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Ryan J. Sullivan, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 632-9250
Fax: (617) 632-9260


rsullivan7@partners.org

Ryan J. Sullivan, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Instructor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant in Medicine, MGH Cancer Center, Massachusetts General Hospital

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

Ryan Sullivan is a clinical and translational investigator whose main areas of interest are the development of novel molecular therapeutic agents for malignant melanoma, the translation of promising preclinical findings into early stage clinical trials, and the development of predictive biomarkers for these investigational as well as standard treatment approaches. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator (PI) of a phase I clinical trials of dabrafenib, trametinib, and navitoclax in patients with advanced melanoma open at the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center (DFHCC) and sponsored by the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP), a phase II clinical trial of the combination of the BRAF inhibitor vemurafenib in combination with high-dose interleukin 2, and serve as the PI on a trial exploring the utility of a novel assay to measure BRAF in the blood.

Dr. Sullivan is board certified in Medical Oncology and an is a Assistant in Medicine and member of the Center for Melanoma and Teermer Center for Targeted Therapy at MGH, as well as a member of the Melanoma Program at DFHCC. He also is a member on the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Institutional Review Board.

Publications

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  • Sullivan RJ, Flaherty KT. Pembrolizumab for Treatment of Patients with Advanced or Unresectable Melanoma. Clin Cancer Res 2015; 21:2892-7. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Flaherty KT. New strategies in melanoma: entering the era of combinatorial therapy. Clin Cancer Res 2015; 21:2424-35. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Ibrahim N, Lawrence DP, Aldridge J, Giobbie-Hurder A, Hodi FS, Flaherty KT, Conley C, Mier JW, Atkins MB, McDermott DF. A Phase I Trial of Bortezomib and Sorafenib in Advanced Malignant Melanoma. Oncologist 2015; 20:617-8. PubMed
  • Shankar GM, Francis JM, Rinne ML, Ramkissoon SH, Huang FW, Venteicher AS, Akama-Garren EH, Kang YJ, Lelic N, Kim JC, Brown LE, Charbonneau SK, Golby AJ, Sekhar Pedamallu C, Hoang MP, Sullivan RJ, Cherniack AD, Garraway LA, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Reardon DA, Wen PY, Brastianos PK, Curry WT, Barker FG, Hahn WC, Nahed BV, Ligon KL, Louis DN, Cahill DP, Meyerson M. Rapid Intraoperative Molecular Characterization of Glioma. JAMA Oncol 2015. PubMed
  • Wattson DA, Sullivan RJ, Niemierko A, Merritt RM, Lawrence DP, Oh KS, Flaherty KT, Shih HA. Survival patterns following brain metastases for patients with melanoma in the MAP-kinase inhibitor era. J. Neurooncol. 2015; 123:75-84. PubMed
  • Johnson DB, Lovly CM, Flavin M, Panageas KS, Ayers GD, Zhao Z, Iams WT, Colgan M, DeNoble S, Terry CR, Berry EG, Iafrate AJ, Sullivan RJ, Carvajal RD, Sosman JA. Impact of NRAS Mutations for Patients with Advanced Melanoma Treated with Immune Therapies. Cancer Immunol Res 2015; 3:288-95. PubMed
  • Carvajal RD, Lawrence DP, Weber JS, Gajewski TF, Gonzalez R, Lutzky J, O'Day SJ, Hamid O, Wolchok JD, Chapman PB, Sullivan RJ, Teitcher JB, Ramaiya N, Giobbie-Hurder A, Antonescu CR, Heinrich MC, Bastian BC, Corless CL, Fletcher JA, Hodi FS. Phase II Study of Nilotinib in Melanoma Harboring KIT Alterations Following Progression to Prior KIT Inhibition. Clin Cancer Res 2015. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ. Optimal treatment selection for patients with metastatic melanoma. Oncology (Huntingt) 2015; 29:139-41. PubMed
  • Awad MM, Sullivan RJ. Dabrafenib in combination with trametinib for the treatment of metastatic melanoma. Expert Rev Clin Pharmacol 2014; 8:25-33. PubMed
  • Panka DJ, Buchbinder E, Giobbie-Hurder A, Schalck AP, Montaser-Kouhsari L, Sepehr AP, Lawrence DP, McDermott DF, Cohen R, Carlson A, Wargo JA, Merritt R, Seery VJ, Hodi FS, Gunturi A, Frederick D, Atkins MB, Iafrate AJ, Flaherty KT, Mier JW, Sullivan RJ. Clinical utility of a blood-based BRAF V600E mutation assay in melanoma. Mol Cancer Ther 2014. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Fisher DE. Understanding the Biology of Melanoma and Therapeutic Implications. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am 2014; 28:437-453. PubMed
  • Ackerman A, Klein O, McDermott DF, Wang W, Ibrahim N, Lawrence DP, Gunturi A, Flaherty KT, Hodi FS, Kefford R, Menzies AM, Atkins MB, Long GV, Sullivan RJ. Outcomes of patients with metastatic melanoma treated with immunotherapy prior to or after BRAF inhibitors. Cancer 2014. PubMed
  • Luo X, Mitra D, Sullivan RJ, Wittner BS, Kimura AM, Pan S, Hoang MP, Brannigan BW, Lawrence DP, Flaherty KT, Sequist LV, McMahon M, Bosenberg MW, Stott SL, Ting DT, Ramaswamy S, Toner M, Fisher DE, Maheswaran S, Haber DA. Isolation and molecular characterization of circulating melanoma cells. Cell Rep 2014. PubMed
  • Rudek MA, Moore PC, Mitsuyasu RT, Dezube BJ, Aboulafia D, Gerecitano J, Sullivan R, Cianfrocca ME, Henry DH, Ratner L, Haigentz M, Dowlati A, Little RF, Ivy SP, Deeken JF. A phase 1/pharmacokinetic study of sunitinib in combination with highly active antiretroviral therapy in human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients with cancer: AIDS Malignancy Consortium trial AMC 061. Cancer 2014; 120:1194-202. PubMed
  • Frederick DT, Salas Fragomeni RA, Schalck A, Ferreiro-Neira I, Hoff T, Cooper ZA, Haq R, Panka DJ, Kwong LN, Davies MA, Cusack JC, Flaherty KT, Fisher DE, Mier JW, Wargo JA, Sullivan RJ. Clinical Profiling of BCL-2 Family Members in the Setting of BRAF Inhibition Offers a Rationale for Targeting De Novo Resistance Using BH3 Mimetics. PLoS ONE 2014; 9:e101286. PubMed
  • Panka DJ, Mier JW, Sullivan RJ. Assaying for BRAF V600E in tissue and blood in melanoma. Methods Mol Biol 2013; 1102:117-36. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Atkins MB. Emerging clinical issues in melanoma in the molecularly targeted era. Methods Mol Biol 2013; 1102:11-26. PubMed
  • Wagle N, Van Allen EM, Treacy DJ, Frederick DT, Cooper ZA, Taylor-Weiner A, Rosenberg M, Goetz EM, Sullivan RJ, Farlow DN, Friedrich DC, Anderka K, Perrin D, Johannessen CM, McKenna A, Cibulskis K, Kryukov G, Hodis E, Lawrence DP, Fisher S, Getz G, Gabriel SB, Carter SL, Flaherty KT, Wargo JA, Garraway LA. MAP kinase pathway alterations in BRAF-mutant melanoma patients with acquired resistance to combined RAF/MEK inhibition. 2014; 4:61-8. PubMed
  • Luke JJ, Callahan MK, Postow MA, Romano E, Ramaiya N, Bluth M, Giobbie-Hurder A, Lawrence DP, Ibrahim N, Ott PA, Flaherty KT, Sullivan RJ, Harding JJ, D'Angelo S, Dickson M, Schwartz GK, Chapman PB, Wolchok JD, Hodi FS, Carvajal RD. Clinical activity of ipilimumab for metastatic uveal melanoma: a retrospective review of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and University Hospital of Lausanne experience. Cancer 2013; 119:3687-95. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Lorusso PM, Flaherty KT. The intersection of immune-directed and molecularly targeted therapy in advanced melanoma: where we have been, are, and will be. Clin Cancer Res 2013; 19:5283-91. PubMed
  • Cooper ZA, Frederick DT, Juneja VR, Sullivan RJ, Lawrence DP, Piris A, Sharpe AH, Fisher DE, Flaherty KT, Wargo JA. BRAF inhibition is associated with increased clonality in tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes. Oncoimmunology 2013; 2:e26615. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Lawrence DP, Wargo JA, Oh KS, Gonzalez RG, Piris A. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 21-2013. A 68-year-old man with metastatic melanoma. N Engl J Med 2013; 369:173-83. PubMed
  • Postow MA, Luke JJ, Bluth MJ, Ramaiya N, Panageas KS, Lawrence DP, Ibrahim N, Flaherty KT, Sullivan RJ, Ott PA, Callahan MK, Harding JJ, D'Angelo SP, Dickson MA, Schwartz GK, Chapman PB, Gnjatic S, Wolchok JD, Hodi FS, Carvajal RD. Ipilimumab for patients with advanced mucosal melanoma. Oncologist 2013; 18:726-32. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Flaherty KT. Resistance to BRAF-targeted therapy in melanoma. Eur J Cancer 2013; 49:1297-304. PubMed
  • Frederick DT, Piris A, Cogdill AP, Cooper ZA, Lezcano C, Ferrone CR, Mitra D, Boni A, Newton LP, Liu C, Peng W, Sullivan RJ, Lawrence DP, Hodi FS, Overwijk WW, Lizée G, Murphy GF, Hwu P, Flaherty KT, Fisher DE, Wargo JA. BRAF inhibition is associated with enhanced melanoma antigen expression and a more favorable tumor microenvironment in patients with metastatic melanoma. Clin Cancer Res 2013; 19:1225-31. PubMed
  • Joseph RW, Eckel-Passow JE, Sharma R, Liu P, Parker A, Jakob J, Buchbinder E, Bassett RL, Davies MA, Hwu P, Atkins MB, Sullivan RJ. Characterizing the Clinical Benefit of Ipilimumab in Patients Who Progressed on High-dose IL-2. J Immunother 2012; 35:711-715. PubMed
  • Joseph RW, Sullivan RJ, Harrell R, Stemke-Hale K, Panka D, Manoukian G, Percy A, Bassett RL, Ng CS, Radvanyi L, Hwu P, Atkins MB, Davies MA. Correlation of NRAS mutations with clinical response to high-dose IL-2 in patients with advanced melanoma. J Immunother 2011; 35:66-72. PubMed
  • DeRose ER, Pleet A, Wang W, Seery VJ, Lee MY, Renzi S, Sullivan RJ, Atkins MB. Utility of 3-year torso computed tomography and head imaging in asymptomatic patients with high-risk melanoma. Melanoma Res 2011; 21:364-9. PubMed
  • Mahadevan A, Miksad R, Goldstein M, Sullivan R, Bullock A, Buchbinder E, Pleskow D, Sawhney M, Kent T, Vollmer C, Callery M. Induction Gemcitabine and Stereotactic Body Radiotherapy for Locally Advanced Nonmetastatic Pancreas Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2011. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Flaherty KT. BRAF in Melanoma: Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, Inhibition, and Resistance. J Skin Cancer 2011; 2011:423239. PubMed
  • Frankenthaler A, Sullivan RJ, Wang W, Renzi S, Seery V, Lee MY, Atkins MB. Impact of concomitant immunosuppression on the presentation and prognosis of patients with melanoma. Melanoma Res 2010; 20:496-500. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Pantanowitz L. New drug targets in Kaposi sarcoma. Expert Opin Ther Targets 2010; 14:1355-66. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Atkins MB. Molecular targeted therapy for patients with melanoma: the promise of MAPK pathway inhibition and beyond. Expert Opin Investig Drugs 2010; 19:1205-16. PubMed
  • Panka DJ, Sullivan RJ, Mier JW. An inexpensive, specific and highly sensitive protocol to detect the BrafV600E mutation in melanoma tumor biopsies and blood. Melanoma Res 2010; 20:401-7. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Atkins MB. Cytokine therapy in melanoma. J Cutan Pathol 2010; 37 Suppl 1:60-7. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ, Pantanowitz L, Dezube BJ. Studying Rac1-induced tumorigenesis suggests antioxidants may help prevent and treat Kaposi's sarcoma. Future Oncol 2009; 5:949-52. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ,Atkins MB. Molecular-targeted therapy in malignant melanoma. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther 2009; 9:567-81. PubMed
  • Sullivan RJ,Pantanowitz L,Casper C,Stebbing J,Dezube BJ. HIV/AIDS: epidemiology, pathophysiology, and treatment of Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus disease: Kaposi sarcoma, primary effusion lymphoma, and multicentric Castleman disease. Clin Infect Dis 2008; 47:1209-15. PubMed
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