Daniel J. DeAngelo, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Leukemia
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School
Dr. DeAngelo’s Adult Leukemia Group is responsible for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with acute and chronic leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), and other stem cell hematopoietic disorders. His clinical research centers around phase I, II, and III clinical trials in these patients. He recently studied a series of patients with idiopathic hypereosinophilic syndrome (IHES). In collaboration with Drs. Cools and Gilliland, he identified a target gene, the FIP1L1-PDGFRA fusion gene, which is a consequence of an interstitial chromosomal deletion. This finding has led to the explanation of the molecular basis of IHES. His group is currently working on the development of small molecules to treat acute and chronic leukemias and myelodysplasia. He is testing several small molecules in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myelogenous leukemia, studying the compounds PKC-412, CEP-701, and MLN-518 that specifically inhibit FLT3. Mutations in the FLT3 gene, which encodes a receptor tyrosine kinase, are thought to confer a poor prognosis in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia. We also have clinical trials under way that test histone deacetylase inhibitors in advanced hematologic malignancies. His approach is to bring novel therapeutic agents to the forefront in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic leukemia, MDS, and myeloproliferative disorders. In addition, his group has been focused on the treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). He is the lead coordinating site for a large clinical trial using dose-intense pediatric-like regimens for adult patients with ALL. He is also testing novel Notch inhibitor molecules for patients with relapsed or refractory T-cell ALL.
Dr. DeAngelo received his MD and PhD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1993, followed by residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He served a clinical fellowship in hematology and oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he joined the staff in 1999. He is Board Certified in Hematology, Internal Medicine, and Medical Oncology.
He has continually being ranked as the Best Doctors of America, and globally.