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, MD, is the Deputy Director for Clinical Services of the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of the Center for Global Cancer Medicine. In this capacity, he helps to lead the Cancer Quality program and strategic development of Cancer Services.

Dr. Shulman is currently Chair of the Commission on Cancer and serves on the National Cancer Policy Forum of the National Academy. He is the former Chair of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality of Care Committee and the Commission on Cancer’s Quality Integration Committee. In this regard, Dr. Shulman serves as Senior Oncology Advisor to the non-profit organization Partners In Health (PIH). The PIH mission includes the establishment of national cancer treatment programs with the Ministries of Health in Rwanda and Haiti, programs for which he plays a seminal leadership role. He sits on the Vice Chancellor’s Advisory Council for Rwanda’s University for Global Health Equity. In addition, he helps to lead the development of the national oncology program in Botswana through the Botswana-UPenn Partnership.

Dr. Shulman is a former member of ASCO’s International Affairs Committee and their Task Force on Global Oncology as an Academic Career. He led the World Health Organization’s review and revision of their Essential Medicines for Cancer from 2014-2017.

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

Description of Research Expertise

His research includes innovations in cancer care delivery, both in the US and in resource constrained settings, including Rwanda, Botswana and Haiti.

Selected Publications

Erfani P, Bates M, Garcia-Gonzalez P, Milner DA, Rebbeck TR, Ruhangaza D, Shulman LN, Fadelu T: Leveraging Molecular Diagnostic Technologies to Close the Global Cancer Pathology Gap. JCO Glob Oncol 8, Oct 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1200/GO.22.00182.

Parikh RB, Basen-Enquist KM, Bradley C, Estrin D, Levy M, Lichtenfeld JL, Malin B, McGraw D, Meropol NJ, Oyer RA, Sheldon LK, Shulman LN: Digital Health Applications in Oncology: An Opportunity to Seize. J Natl Cancer Inst 114(10): 1338-1339, Oct 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1093/jnci/djac108.

Takvorian SU, Anderson RT, Gabriel PE, Poznyak D, Lee S, Simon S, Barrett K, Shulman LN: Real-World Adherence to Patient-Reported Outcome Monitoring as a Cancer Care Quality Metric. JCO Oncol Pract 18(9): e1454-e1465, Sep 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1200/OP.21.00855. Epub 2022 Jun 8.

Shulman LN: The National Cancer Institute Funding of Global Research: Lessons Learned and Opportunities Going Forward. J Natl Cancer Inst Sep 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1093/jnci/djac105.

Graboyes EM, Chaiyachati KH, Sisto Gall J, Johnson W, Krishnan JA, McManus SS, Thompson L, Shulman LN, Yabroff KR: Addressing Transportation Insecurity Among Patients With Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst Sep 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1093/jnci/djac134. Epub ahead of print.

Lin JK, Jacobs LA, Blauch A, Shulman LN, Vaughn DJ: Guideline discordant care in patients with metastatic germ cell tumors. Urol Oncol 40(8): 385.e9-385.e17, Aug 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.urolonc.2022.05.001. Epub 2022 Jun 1.

Kizub DA, Naik S, Abogan AA, Pain D, Sammut S, Shulman LN, Martei YM: Access to and Affordability of World Health Organization Essential Medicines for Cancer in Sub-Saharan Africa: Examples from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. Oncologist Aug 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1093/oncolo/oyac143. Epub ahead of print.

Pace LE, Vianney Dusengimana JM, Hategekimana V, Rugema V, Umwizerwa A, Frost E, Kwait D, Schleimer LE, Huang C, Shyirambere C, Bigirimana JB, Shulman LN, Mpunga T, Raza S: Clinical Diagnoses and Outcomes After Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound by Nurses and General Practitioner Physicians in Rural Rwanda. J Am Coll Radiol 19(8): 983-989, Aug 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2022.04.009. Epub 2022 Jun 20.

Bange EM, Coughlin K, Li W, Moriarty E, Brown TJ, Shulman LN, Mamtani R: Accuracy of a Text Intervention to Minimize the Burden of Cancer Care Among Patients Treated With Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors. JAMA Netw Open 5(8), Aug 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.28452.

Sedhom R, Blackford AL, Gupta A, Smith TJ, Shulman LN, Carducci MA: Oncologist Peer Comparisons as a Behavioral Science Strategy to Improve Hospice Utilization. JCO Oncol Pract 18(7): e1122-e1131, Jul 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1200/OP.21.00738. Epub 2022 Apr 4.

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