Lawrence Nathan Shulman, MD

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Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

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Abramson Cancer Center
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
South Pavilion, 12-111
Philadelphia, PA 19104
B.A. (Organic Chemistry)
Syracuse University, 1971.
M.D. (Medicine)
Harvard Medical School, 1975.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Lawrence N. Shulman, M.D., is the Deputy Director for Clinical Services of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of their newly formed Center for Global Cancer Medicine. He has a leadership role in the strategic development of cancer services for the Cancer Center and its affiliated hospitals. He also leads the Cancer Quality program for the University of Pennsylvania’s Health System.

Dr. Shulman is the former Chair of American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Quality of Care Committee. He is the Chair of the Commission on Cancer’s Quality Integration Committee. He is Chair-elect of the Commission on Cancer. He has been nominated to serve on the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academy, a role he will assume in 2017.

Dr. Shulman serves as Senior Oncology Advisor to Partners In Health (PIH), a non-profit organization co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, and Ophelia Dahl in 1987. Over the past five years, PIH has expanded its mission to include supporting the establishment of national cancer treatment programs with the Ministries of Health in Rwanda and Haiti, programs for which he plays a leadership role. In addition he works with the cancer program in Botswana through the Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership. Dr. Shulman is a member of ASCO’s International Affairs Committee, and was a member of their Global Oncology Leadership Task Force.

A specialist in the treatment of patients with breast cancer, his research includes development of new cancer therapies, and implementation of cancer treatment programs in low-resource settings.

He received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and trained in Hematology and Oncology at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, MA.

Selected Publications

Riesel J, Mandigo M, Gillies R, Damuse R, Farmer P, Cusack J, Krakauer E, Shulman, LN: Surgical palliative care in resource-limited settings. Lancet (15), 60307-5, Aug 8 2015.

Stulac S, Binagwaho A, Tapela N, Wanger C, Muhimpundu M, Ngabo F, Nsanzimana S, Kayonde L, Bigirimana J, Lessard A, Lehmann L, Shulman L, Nutt C, Drobac P, Mpunga T, Farmer P: Building capacity of oncology programs in sub-Saharan Africa: the Rwanda experience. Lancet Oncol 16(8): 405-13, Aug 2015.

Pace LE, Mpunga T, Hategekimana V, Dusengimana JMV, Habineza H, Bigirimana JB, Mutumbira C, Mpanumusingo E, Ngiruwera JP, Tapela N, Amoroso C, Shulman LN, Keating NL: Delays in breast cancer presentation and diagnosis at two rural referral centers in Rwanda The Oncologist 20(7): 780-8, Jul 2015 Notes: Epub 2015 Jun 1.

Shulman LN, McCabe R, Gay G, McKellar D: Building data infrastructure to evaluate and improve quality: The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) and the Commission on Cancer's Quality Improvement Programs. J Oncol Practice 11(3): 209-12, May 2015 Notes: Epub ahead of print, Apr 21.

Grover S, Balogun OD, Yamoah K, Groen R, Shah M, Rodin D, Olson AC, Slone JS, Shulman LN, Coleman CN, Hahn SM: Training global oncologists: Addressing the global cancer control problem. Front Oncol Apr 8 2015.

Warner JL, Maddux SE, Hughes KS, Krauss JC, Yu PP, Shulman LN, Mayer DK, Hogarth M, Fiscalini AS, Esserman L, Alschuler L, Koromia GA, Gonzaga Z, Ambinder EP: Development, implementation, and initial evaluation of a foundational open interoperability standard for oncology treatment planning and summarization. J Am Med Inform Assoc Jan 20 2015 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Evans T, Gabriel PE, Shulman LN: Cancer Staging in Electronic Health Records: Strategies to Improve Documentation of this Critical Data. J Clin Oncol 2015.

Tapela N, Nzayisenga I, Sethi R, Bigirimana JB, Habineza H, Hategekimana V, Mantini N, Mpunga T, Shulman LN, Lehmann L.: Treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia in rural Rwanda: Promising early outcomes. J Global Oncol 2015 Notes: "In Press 2015"

Mpunga T, Hedt B, Tapela N, Nshimiyimana I, Mubugabigwi G, Prtichett N, Greenberg L, Benewe O, Shulman D, Pepoon J, Shulman L, Milner D.: Implementation and validation of telepathology triage at cancer referral center in rural Rwanda. J Global Oncol 2015 Notes: "In Press 2015"

Tapela N, Mpunga T, Karema N, Nzayisenga I, Fadelu T, Uwizeye F, Hirschhorn L, Muhimpundu M, Balinda J, Amoroso C, Wagner C, Binagwaho A, Shulman LN.: Implementation Science for Global Oncology: The Imperative to Evaluate Safety and Efficacy of Cancer Care Delivery. J Clin Oncol 2015.

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