The Long and Winding Road – A Brief History of Pediatric Leukemia


Stephen Sallan, MD
Chief of Staff, Emeritus Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA

Dr. Stephen E. Sallan is Chief of Staff, Emeritus and the Quick Family Senior Investigator in Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Sallan is one of the world’s foremost experts on childhood leukemia. His principal contributions include optimizing the use of asparaginase in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), enhancing outcomes in young adults with ALL, developing “therapeutic windows” for newly diagnosed patients, preventing therapy-related cardiotoxicity, and exploring innovative approaches to the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. After completing his education at Wayne State University in Detroit, he trained in pediatrics at Boston Floating Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. Since 1972, he has pursued his clinical and research career at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

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