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Donald P. Lawrence, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 643-3614
Fax: (617) 724-6898


dplawrence@partners.org

Donald P. Lawrence, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Lecturer, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Clinical Director, Center for Melanoma, Massachusetts General Hospital

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

Dr. Lawrence’s research focuses on the development of novel therapies for melanoma. He leads numerous melanoma clinical trials within the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center. He is the principal investigator of two NCI-funded, multicenter clinical trials evaluating targeted therapies in cancers selected by prospective genotypic analysis: an intergroup trial of a c-kit inhibitor for the subset of melanomas that harbor mutations in that gene, and a trial of a MEK inhibitor in cancers other than melanoma with BRAF mutations. Dr. Lawrence also has a research interest in immunotherapy for melanoma.

Publications

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  • Wu X, Giobbie-Hurder A, Liao X, Lawrence D, McDermott D, Zhou J, Rodig S, Hodi FS. VEGF Neutralization Plus CTLA-4 Blockade Alters Soluble and Cellular Factors Associated with Enhancing Lymphocyte Infiltration and Humoral Recognition in Melanoma. Cancer Immunol Res 2016; 4:858-868. PubMed
  • Weber JS, Gibney G, Sullivan RJ, Sosman JA, Slingluff CL, Lawrence DP, Logan TF, Schuchter LM, Nair S, Fecher L, Buchbinder EI, Berghorn E, Ruisi M, Kong G, Jiang J, Horak C, Hodi FS. Sequential administration of nivolumab and ipilimumab with a planned switch in patients with advanced melanoma (CheckMate 064): an open-label, randomised, phase 2 trial. Lancet Oncol. 2016. PubMed
  • Ratushny V, Kraft S, Moschella SL, Duncan LM, Lawrence DP, Tsao H. A Symmetric Eczematous Eruption Harboring Thousands of Melanocytic Lesions. JAMA Dermatol 2016. PubMed
  • Ribas A, Hamid O, Daud A, Hodi FS, Wolchok JD, Kefford R, Joshua AM, Patnaik A, Hwu WJ, Weber JS, Gangadhar TC, Hersey P, Dronca R, Joseph RW, Zarour H, Chmielowski B, Lawrence DP, Algazi A, Rizvi NA, Hoffner B, Mateus C, Gergich K, Lindia JA, Giannotti M, Li XN, Ebbinghaus S, Kang SP, Robert C. Association of Pembrolizumab With Tumor Response and Survival Among Patients With Advanced Melanoma. JAMA 2016; 315:1600-9. PubMed
  • Johnson DB, Sullivan RJ, Ott PA, Carlino MS, Khushalani NI, Ye F, Guminski A, Puzanov I, Lawrence DP, Buchbinder EI, Mudigonda T, Spencer K, Bender C, Lee J, Kaufman HL, Menzies AM, Hassel JC, Mehnert JM, Sosman JA, Long GV, Clark JI. Ipilimumab Therapy in Patients With Advanced Melanoma and Preexisting Autoimmune Disorders. JAMA Oncol 2015. PubMed
  • Buchbinder EI, Sosman JA, Lawrence DP, McDermott DF, Ramaiya NH, Van den Abbeele AD, Linette GP, Giobbie-Hurder A, Hodi FS. Phase 2 study of sunitinib in patients with metastatic mucosal or acral melanoma. Cancer 2015. 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
  • 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
  • Luo S, Lobo AZ, Tanabe KK, Muzikansky A, Durazzo T, Sober A, Tsao H, Cosimi AB, Lawrence DP, Duncan LM. Clinical significance of microscopic melanoma metastases in the nonhottest sentinel lymph nodes. JAMA Surg 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
  • Lacouture ME, Morris JC, Lawrence DP, Tan AR, Olencki TE, Shapiro GI, Dezube BJ, Berzofsky JA, Hsu FJ, Guitart J. Cutaneous keratoacanthomas/squamous cell carcinomas associated with neutralization of transforming growth factor β by the monoclonal antibody fresolimumab (GC1008). Cancer Immunol Immunother 2015; 64:437-46. PubMed
  • Friedman AA, Amzallag A, Pruteanu-Malinici I, Baniya S, Cooper ZA, Piris A, Hargreaves L, Igras V, Frederick DT, Lawrence DP, Haber DA, Flaherty KT, Wargo JA, Ramaswamy S, Benes CH, Fisher DE. Landscape of Targeted Anti-Cancer Drug Synergies in Melanoma Identifies a Novel BRAF-VEGFR/PDGFR Combination Treatment. PLoS ONE 2015; 10:e0140310. PubMed
  • Panka DJ, Buchbinder E, Giobbie-Hurder A, Schalck AP, Montaser-Kouhsari L, Sepehr A, Lawrence DP, McDermott DF, Cohen R, Carlson A, Wargo JA, Merritt R, Seery VJ, Hodi FS, Gunturi A, Fredrick 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
  • Herbst RS, Soria JC, Kowanetz M, Fine GD, Hamid O, Gordon MS, Sosman JA, McDermott DF, Powderly JD, Gettinger SN, Kohrt HE, Horn L, Lawrence DP, Rost S, Leabman M, Xiao Y, Mokatrin A, Koeppen H, Hegde PS, Mellman I, Chen DS, Hodi FS. Predictive correlates of response to the anti-PD-L1 antibody MPDL3280A in cancer patients. Nature 2014; 515:563-7. PubMed
  • Johnson DB, Flaherty KT, Weber JS, Infante JR, Kim KB, Kefford RF, Hamid O, Schuchter L, Cebon J, Sharfman WH, McWilliams RR, Sznol M, Lawrence DP, Gibney GT, Burris HA, Falchook GS, Algazi A, Lewis K, Long GV, Patel K, Ibrahim N, Sun P, Little S, Cunningham E, Sosman JA, Daud A, Gonzalez R. Combined BRAF (Dabrafenib) and MEK inhibition (Trametinib) in patients with BRAFV600-mutant melanoma experiencing progression with single-agent BRAF inhibitor. J Clin Oncol 2014. 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
  • Topalian SL, Sznol M, McDermott DF, Kluger HM, Carvajal RD, Sharfman WH, Brahmer JR, Lawrence DP, Atkins MB, Powderly JD, Leming PD, Lipson EJ, Puzanov I, Smith DC, Taube JM, Wigginton JM, Kollia GD, Gupta A, Pardoll DM, Sosman JA, Hodi FS. Survival, durable tumor remission, and long-term safety in patients with advanced melanoma receiving nivolumab. J Clin Oncol 2014; 32:1020-30. PubMed
  • Morris JC, Tan AR, Olencki TE, Shapiro GI, Dezube BJ, Reiss M, Hsu FJ, Berzofsky JA, Lawrence DP. Phase I study of GC1008 (fresolimumab): a human anti-transforming growth factor-beta (TGFβ) monoclonal antibody in patients with advanced malignant melanoma or renal cell carcinoma. PLoS ONE 2014; 9:e90353. 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
  • 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
  • Hodi FS, Corless CL, Giobbie-Hurder A, Fletcher JA, Zhu M, Marino-Enriquez A, Friedlander P, Gonzalez R, Weber JS, Gajewski TF, O'Day SJ, Kim KB, Lawrence D, Flaherty KT, Luke JJ, Collichio FA, Ernstoff MS, Heinrich MC, Beadling C, Zukotynski KA, Yap JT, Van den Abbeele AD, Demetri GD, Fisher DE. Imatinib for melanomas harboring mutationally activated or amplified KIT arising on mucosal, acral, and chronically sun-damaged skin. J Clin Oncol 2013; 31:3182-90. 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
  • Trunzer K, Pavlick AC, Schuchter L, Gonzalez R, McArthur GA, Hutson TE, Moschos SJ, Flaherty KT, Kim KB, Weber JS, Hersey P, Long GV, Lawrence D, Ott PA, Amaravadi RK, Lewis KD, Puzanov I, Lo RS, Koehler A, Kockx M, Spleiss O, Schell-Steven A, Gilbert HN, Cockey L, Bollag G, Lee RJ, Joe AK, Sosman JA, Ribas A. Pharmacodynamic effects and mechanisms of resistance to vemurafenib in patients with metastatic melanoma. J Clin Oncol 2013. 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
  • Nardi V, Sadow PM, Juric D, Zhao D, Cosper AK, Bergethon K, Scialabba VL, Batten JM, Borger DR, Iafrate AJ, Heist RS, Lawrence DP, Flaherty KT, Bendell JC, Deschler D, Li Y, Wirth LJ, Dias-Santagata D. Detection of novel actionable genetic changes in salivary duct carcinoma helps direct patient treatment. Clin Cancer Res 2013; 19:480-90. PubMed
  • Hong DS, Kurzrock R, Supko JG, He X, Naing A, Wheler J, Lawrence D, Eder JP, Meyer CJ, Ferguson DA, Mier J, Konopleva M, Konoplev S, Andreeff M, Kufe D, Lazarus H, Shapiro GI, Dezube BJ. A phase I first-in-human trial of bardoxolone methyl in patients with advanced solid tumors and lymphomas. Clin Cancer Res 2012; 18:3396-406. PubMed
  • Tsao H, Tanabe KK, Lawrence DP, Piris A. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Case 30-2010. A 15-year-old boy with a recurrent skin lesion. N Engl J Med 2010; 363:1352-60. PubMed
  • Boni A, Cogdill AP, Dang P, Udayakumar D, Njauw CN, Sloss CM, Ferrone CR, Flaherty KT, Lawrence DP, Fisher DE, Tsao H, Wargo JA. Selective BRAFV600E inhibition enhances T-cell recognition of melanoma without affecting lymphocyte function. Cancer Res 2010; 70:5213-9. PubMed
  • Rubin KM, Lawrence DP. Your patient with melanoma: staging, prognosis, and treatment. Oncology (Huntingt) 2009; 23:13-21. PubMed
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