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Philip C. Amrein, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 726-8748
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Philip C. Amrein, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital


  • Assistant Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Physician, Medicine Service, Massachusetts General Hospital


Research Abstract

My research focus has been in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic leukemia. I have also participated in clinical trials for patients with myelodysplasia and multiple myeloma. The following is a list of clinical trials that I am most interested in accruing patients to:

1) DF/HCC protocol 06-254, which tests a new sequence of drugs for acute lymphoid leukemia

2) DF/HCC protocol 05-308 and CALGB 10303, which compares the effectiveness of dasatinib to standard therapy imatinib for CML in chronic phase

3) CALGB 10502, which tests the addition of bortezomib to standard treatment in acute myeloid leukemia

4) DF/HCC protocol 06-211, which tests the effectiveness of dasatinib in relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia


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  • Movassaghian M, Brunner AM, Blonquist TM, Sadrzadeh H, Bhatia A, Perry AM, Attar EC, Amrein PC, Ballen KK, Neuberg DS, Fathi AT. Presentation and outcomes among patients with isolated myeloid sarcoma: a Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database analysis. Leuk Lymphoma 2015. PubMed
  • DeAngelo DJ, Stevenson KE, Dahlberg SE, Silverman LB, Couban S, Supko JG, Amrein PC, Ballen KK, Seftel MD, Turner AR, Leber B, Howson-Jan K, Kelly K, Cohen S, Matthews JH, Savoie L, Wadleigh M, Sirulnik LA, Galinsky I, Neuberg DS, Sallan SE, Stone RM. Long-term outcome of a pediatric-inspired regimen used for adults aged 18-50 years with newly diagnosed acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Leukemia 2015; 29:526-34. PubMed
  • Montero J, Sarosiek KA, DeAngelo JD, Maertens O, Ryan J, Ercan D, Piao H, Horowitz NS, Berkowitz RS, Matulonis U, J√§nne PA, Amrein PC, Cichowski K, Drapkin R, Letai A. Drug-induced death signaling strategy rapidly predicts cancer response to chemotherapy. Cell 2015; 160:977-89. PubMed
  • Brunner AM, Blonquist TM, Sadrzadeh H, Perry AM, Attar EC, Amrein PC, Ballen KK, Chen YB, Neuberg DS, Fathi AT. Population-based disparities in survival among patients with core-binding factor acute myeloid leukemia: a SEER database analysis. Leuk Res 2014; 38:773-80. PubMed
  • Deangelo DJ, Neuberg D, Amrein PC, Berchuck J, Wadleigh M, Sirulnik LA, Galinsky I, Golub T, Stegmaier K, Stone RM. A phase II study of the EGFR inhibitor gefitinib in patients with acute myeloid leukemia. Leuk Res 2014; 38:430-4. PubMed
  • Akbay EA, Moslehi J, Christensen CL, Saha S, Tchaicha JH, Ramkissoon SH, Stewart KM, Carretero J, Kikuchi E, Zhang H, Cohoon TJ, Murray S, Liu W, Uno K, Fisch S, Jones K, Gurumurthy S, Gliser C, Choe S, Keenan M, Son J, Stanley I, Losman JA, Padera R, Bronson RT, Asara JM, Abdel-Wahab O, Amrein PC, Fathi AT, Danial NN, Kimmelman AC, Kung AL, Ligon KL, Yen KE, Kaelin WG, Bardeesy N, Wong KK. D-2-hydroxyglutarate produced by mutant IDH2 causes cardiomyopathy and neurodegeneration in mice. Genes Dev 2014; 28:479-90. PubMed
  • Attar EC, Amrein PC, Fraser JW, Fathi AT, McAfee S, Wadleigh M, Deangelo DJ, Steensma DP, Stone RM, Foster J, Neuberg D, Ballen KK. Phase I dose escalation study of bortezomib in combination with lenalidomide in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Leuk Res 2013; 37:1016-20. PubMed
  • Brunner AM, Sadrzadeh H, Feng Y, Drapkin BJ, Ballen KK, Attar EC, Amrein PC, McAfee SL, Chen YB, Neuberg DS, Fathi AT. Association between baseline body mass index and overall survival among patients over age 60 with acute myeloid leukemia. Am J Hematol 2013. PubMed
  • Fathi AT, Preffer FI, Sadrzadeh H, Ballen KK, Amrein PC, Attar EC, McAfee SL, Dillon L, Chen YB, Hasserjian RP. CD30 expression in acute myeloid leukemia is associated with FLT3-internal tandem duplication mutation and leukocytosis. Leuk Lymphoma 2013. PubMed
  • Attar EC, Johnson JL, Amrein PC, Lozanski G, Wadleigh M, DeAngelo DJ, Kolitz JE, Powell BL, Voorhees P, Wang ES, Blum W, Stone RM, Marcucci G, Bloomfield CD, Moser B, Larson RA. Bortezomib added to daunorubicin and cytarabine during induction therapy and to intermediate-dose cytarabine for consolidation in patients with previously untreated acute myeloid leukemia age 60 to 75 years: CALGB (Alliance) study 10502. J Clin Oncol 2013. PubMed
  • Fathi AT, Sadrzadeh H, Borger DR, Ballen KK, Amrein PC, Attar EC, Foster J, Burke M, Lopez HU, Matulis CR, Edmonds KM, Iafrate AJ, Straley KS, Yen KE, Agresta S, Schenkein DP, Hill C, Emadi A, Neuberg DS, Stone RM, Chen YB. Prospective serial evaluation of 2-hydroxyglutarate, during treatment of newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia, to assess disease activity and therapeutic response. Blood 2012. PubMed
  • Amrein PC, Attar EC, Takvorian T, Hochberg EP, Ballen KK, Leahy KM, Fisher DC, Lacasce AS, Jacobsen ED, Armand P, Hasserjian RP, Werner L, Neuberg D, Brown JR. Phase II study of dasatinib in relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Clin Cancer Res 2011. PubMed
  • Amrein PC. The potential for dasatinib in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia, acute myeloid leukemia, and myeloproliferative neoplasms. Leuk Lymphoma 2011. PubMed
  • Farris AB, Hasserjian RP, Zukerberg LR, Amrein PC, Greene RE, Mark EJ, Kradin RL. Diffuse cellular and fibrosing interstitial pneumonitis with desquamative interstitial pneumonitis-like features associated with myeloid neoplasia. Am J Surg Pathol 2010; 33:1485-93. PubMed
  • Richardson PG, Xie W, Mitsiades C, Chanan-Khan AA, Lonial S, Hassoun H, Avigan DE, Oaklander AL, Kuter DJ, Wen PY, Kesari S, Briemberg HR, Schlossman RL, Munshi NC, Heffner LT, Doss D, Esseltine DL, Weller E, Anderson KC, Amato AA. Single-agent bortezomib in previously untreated multiple myeloma: efficacy, characterization of peripheral neuropathy, and molecular correlations with response and neuropathy. J Clin Oncol 2009; 27:3518-25. PubMed
  • Attar EC, De Angelo DJ, Supko JG, D'Amato F, Zahrieh D, Sirulnik A, Wadleigh M, Ballen KK, McAfee S, Miller KB, Levine J, Galinsky I, Trehu EG, Schenkein D, Neuberg D, Stone RM, Amrein PC. Phase I and pharmacokinetic study of bortezomib in combination with idarubicin and cytarabine in patients with acute myelogenous leukemia. Clin Cancer Res 2008; 14:1446-54. PubMed
  • Meyer GS, Hales CA, Amrein PC, Sharma A, Kradin RL. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 26-2007 - a 61-year-old man with recurrent fevers. N Engl J Med 2007; 357:807-16. PubMed
  • Amrein PC, Clark JR, Supko JG, Fabian RL, Wang CC, Colevas AD, Posner MR, Deschler DG, Rocco JW, Finkelstein DM, McIntyre JF. Phase I trial and pharmacokinetics of escalating doses of paclitaxel and concurrent hyperfractionated radiotherapy with or without amifostine in patients with advanced head and neck carcinoma. Cancer 2005; 104:1418-27. PubMed