Leo David Wang, M.D., Ph.D.
- Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
- Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
- Benign and malignant hematopoietic stem cells
One of the most important pieces of advice that families should hear is that children and young adults with cancer need to be treated at pediatric cancer centers. There are overwhelmingly convincing data showing that outcomes are much better when young patients are treated by pediatric oncologists."
Dr. Wang earned his undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University, followed by his Ph.D. and medical doctorate at the University of Chicago. He successfully completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Wang then completed his pediatric hematology/oncology/stem cell transplantation fellowship at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, and pursued postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Amy Wagers at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Stem Cell Institute.
Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology, Dr. Wang is the recipient of multiple honors and awards, including a Damon-Runyon Foundation Cancer Research Fellowship, a St. Baldrick’s Scholar Award and an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Award.
Dr. Wang will attend on the pediatric oncology and stem cell transplant services while maintaining an active research laboratory. His research focuses on utilizing novel mass spectrometry-based phosphoproteomic techniques to identify targetable activation pathways in small numbers of rare cells. He plans to continue this work on benign and malignant hematopoietic stem cells, as well as to extend his research to investigate critical pathways important in the immune response to cancer. Ultimately, he plans to create a research program that bridges clinical oncology and bone marrow transplantation with fundamental mechanistic research, permitting the translation of novel laboratory findings into clinically important interventions.
- 2016-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Immuno-Oncology and Department of Pediatrics, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
- 2011-2016, Instructor in Pediatrics, Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Boston, MA
- 1995, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, B.S., Yale University, Hartford, CT
- 2003, University of Chicago Committee on Immunology (Marcus Clark, advisor), Ph.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- 2005, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, M.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
- 2008-2011, Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant, Dana Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA
- 2009, Postdoctoral Fellow, Amy Wagers, PI, Joslin Diabetes Center and Harvard Stem Cell Institute
- 2006-2008, Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- 2005-2006, Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
- 2015-2017, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Award
- 2012-2017, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar Award
- 2012-2016, Damon Runyon-Sohn Foundation Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship