Midwest Sarcoma Trials Partnership

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Making Strides in Sarcoma Research

History

MWSTP: Established in 2012 from 7 academic institutions in the Midwest with expertise in sarcoma

The 7 academic medical centers (Mayo Clinic, Medical College of Wisconsin,  Northwestern University, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, and Washington University in St. Louis) have established sarcoma programs with medical oncologists with interest and expertise in sarcoma

  • All these institutions perform clinical trials in sarcoma

  • Geographically, these centers are in the Midwest (includes Arizona and Florida for Mayo Clinic) and patients in this region have the ability to travel to several of these sites for consultations and participation in clinical trials

 

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Mayo clinic

Scott Okuno, MD

Scott H. Okuno, M.D., is a medical oncologist with specialty interest is in bone and soft tissue sarcoma. His clinic focus includes:

  • Managing sarcoma patients in a multi-disciplinary approach

  • Providing access to clinical trials for patients

  • Advocate for sarcoma support groups

  • Managing and overseeing the development and conduct of clinical trials

  • Assisting oncologists to manage the care of patients locally when appropriate

In addition to his clinical activities, Dr. Okuno is active in research, education, and mentorship to resident, fellows, and junior staff. He published articles in high-impact scientific journals. Dr. Okuno leads the sarcoma medical oncology program at Mayo Clinic and is Chair of Oncology of Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Read more about Dr. Okuno’s education, certification and awards here.

 
 
 

 
 
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Mayo clinic

Steven Robinson, M.B.B.S.

Read more about Dr. Robinson’s education, certification and awards here.

 
 
 
 

 
 
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Mayo clinic

Jan Buckner, MD

Read more about Dr. Buckner’s education, certification and awards here.

 
 
 
 
 

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Mayo clinic

Mahesh Seetharam, MD

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Mayo clinic

Brittany Siontis, MD

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Mayo clinic

Steve Attia, DO

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Mayo clinic

Eva Galanis, MD

Evanthia Galanis, M.D., has a long-standing interest in developing novel therapeutic approaches for cancer treatment. The focus of her laboratory is to develop and optimize novel virotherapy approaches with special emphasis on paramyxoviruses. A number of different strategies are tested, including use of therapeutic transgenes; trackable markers; combinations with small molecules, cytotoxic agents and radiation therapy; re-targeting of viral strains against tumor-specific antigens; development of novel viral delivery approaches; and exploration of immunomodulatory methods to modify humoral and innate immunity as a means of optimizing virotherapy efficacy.

A significant impetus for Dr. Galanis' research has been the translation of laboratory advances into clinical trials of novel virotherapeutics and small molecules in cancer patients. She has served as the principal investigator in multiple phase I and II virotherapy trials in different solid tumors (ovarian cancer, glioblastoma, renal cell carcinoma, colorectal cancer, melanoma, hepatocellular carcinoma), and she has spearheaded the clinical translation of measles derivatives and their first human testing in patients with ovarian cancer or brain tumors, as well as first human use of live cell carriers for oncolytic virus delivery.

Read more about Dr. Galanis’s education, certification and awards here.

 
 
 

 
 
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Northwestern University

Mark Agulnik, MD

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university of iowa

Mohammed Milhem, MD

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university of iowa

Varun Monga, MD

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university of Minnesota

Keith Skubitz, MD

Dr. Skubitz has led the medical oncology arm of the Bone and Soft Tissue Tumor program at the University since 1988. He received an AB in physics and chemistry from Cornell University and an MD from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and then did internal medicine training at the University of Minnesota. He completed two fellowships, one in Clinical Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins and one in Medical Oncology at the University of Minnesota.

Read more about Dr. Skubitz’s education, certification and awards here.

 
 
 

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university of Wisconsin

Amanda Parkes, MD

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Washington University in St. louis

Brian Van Tine, MD PhD

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Washington University in St. louis

Peter Oppelt, MD

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Washington University in St. louis

Angela Hirbe, MD PhD

Read more about Dr. Hirbe’s education, certification and awards here, and her lab here.

 
 
 

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medical college of wisconsin

John Charlson, MD

Read more about Dr. Charlson’s education, certification and awards here.