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Dr. Charles Hesdorffer

Professor of Medicine
VA Medical Center of DC
50 Irving ST, NW - Hematology 151G

Brief Biography:

Extensive experience in Hematology and Oncology. Originally trained in Johannesburg, South Africa at the University of the Witwatersrand under TH Bothwell who together with Clement Finch in Seattle pioneered iron metabolism in the mid to later part of the 20th century. I subsequently underwent a Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology working with Arthur Bank in the areas of gene therapy for hemaglobinopathies after which I ran the bone marrow and stem cell program at Columbia for more than 19 years prior to my move to Hopkins and now latterly to the NIA to pursue interests in inflammation, immuno-senescence, aging and cancer. My publications of over 80 articles over the past 25 years have ranged around benign and malignant hematological and other malignancies with a major emphasis on the immunology of cancer, its potential use as a treatment modality, as well as the role the immune system plays in allowing a malignancy to develop versus its control. Most notably in this regard, these papers demonstrate my ability both to enroll patients on clinical trials as well as indicating my extensive collaborative efforts over the years together with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research as well as with various departments in the Columbia/Cornell medical systems including neurology, neurosurgery and most surgical groups.

Academic positions:

Professor of Clinical Medicine and Surgery, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, from 1989 to 2005. Associate Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, from 2005 to present. Staff Clinician, National Institutes of Health - National Inst on Aging from 2010 to 2012 and Special Volunteer NIH/NIA from 2012. Professor of Medicine, Georgetown Unversity and George Washington University, from 2012 and Attending in Medicine, Division of Hematology, VA Medical Center in Washington DC from 2012.

Research interests:

Immuno-senescence, Progenitor cells and Regenerative Medicine, Transplant Immunology, Management of hematological malignancies and immunotherapy for hematological malignancies.

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