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William T. Curry, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 726-3779
Fax: (617) 726-3365


wcurry@partners.org

William T. Curry, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

My research focus is on the study of antitumor immunity in patients with malignant brain tumors. In particular, we are initiating phase I clinical trials using immunotherpy approaches and, in turn, performing detailed serological and tissue-based analyses of antitumor immune responses. One focus is on the discovery of novel glioma-associated antigens and monitoring antibody and T- lymphocyte responses to them as patients are treated.

Publications

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  • Kim DW, Niemierko A, Hwang W, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Curry WT, Barker FG, Martuza R, Loeffler JS, Oh KS, Shih HA. Histopathologic Prognostic Factors of Recurrence Following Surgery and Radiation Therapy for Atypical and Malignant Meningiomas. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 2016; 96:E80. PubMed
  • Miller JJ, Curry WT, Cahill DP, Dietrich J. Perspectives on investigational drugs and immunotherapies for glioblastoma. Expert Opin Investig Drugs 2016; 25:1007-9. PubMed
  • Naunheim MR, Goyal N, Dedmon MM, Chambers KJ, Sedaghat AR, Bleier BS, Holbrook EH, Curry WT, Gray ST, Lin DT. An Algorithm for Surgical Approach to the Anterior Skull Base. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2016; 77:364-70. PubMed
  • Venteicher AS, Tirosh I, Hebert C, Escalante L, Martuza RL, Nahed BV, Curry WT, Cahill DP, Bernstein B, Louis DN, Regev A, Suva M. 142 Genetic and Nongenetic Determinants of Cellular Architecture in IDH1-Mutant Oligodendrogliomas and Astrocytomas Using Single-Cell Transcriptome Analysis. Neurosurgery 2016; 63 Suppl 1:158. PubMed
  • Ho AL, Koch MJ, Tanaka S, Eichler AF, Batchelor TT, Tanboon J, Louis DN, Cahill DP, Chi AS, Curry WT. Impact of histopathological transformation and overall survival in patients with progressive anaplastic glioma. J Clin Neurosci 2016. PubMed
  • Tateishi K, Iafrate AJ, Ho Q, Curry WT, Batchelor T, Flaherty KT, Onozato M, Lelic N, Sundaram S, Cahill DP, Chi AS, Wakimoto H. Myc-driven glycolysis is a therapeutic target in glioblastoma. Clin Cancer Res 2016. PubMed
  • Curry WT, Gorrepati R, Piesche M, Sasada T, Agarwalla PK, Jones PS, Gerstner ER, Golby AJ, Batchelor T, Wen PY, Mihm MC, Dranoff G. Vaccination with Irradiated Autologous Tumor Cells Mixed with Irradiated GM-K562 Cells Stimulates Anti-tumor Immunity and T Lymphocyte Activation in Patients with Recurrent Malignant Glioma. Clin Cancer Res 2016. PubMed
  • Brastianos PK, Shankar GM, Gill CM, Taylor-Weiner A, Nayyar N, Panka DJ, Sullivan RJ, Frederick DT, Abedalthagafi M, Jones PS, Dunn IF, Nahed BV, Romero JM, Louis DN, Getz G, Cahill DP, Santagata S, Curry WT, Barker FG. Dramatic Response of BRAF V600E Mutant Papillary Craniopharyngioma to Targeted Therapy. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2015. PubMed
  • Tateishi K, Wakimoto H, Iafrate AJ, Tanaka S, Loebel F, Lelic N, Wiederschain D, Bedel O, Deng G, Zhang B, He T, Shi X, Gerszten RE, Zhang Y, Yeh JR, Curry WT, Zhao D, Sundaram S, Nigim F, Koerner MV, Ho Q, Fisher DE, Roider EM, Kemeny LV, Samuels Y, Flaherty KT, Batchelor TT, Chi AS, Cahill DP. Extreme Vulnerability of IDH1 Mutant Cancers to NAD+ Depletion. Cancer Cell 2015; 28:773-84. PubMed
  • Hwang WL, Marciscano AE, Niemierko A, Kim DW, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Curry WT, Barker FG, Martuza RL, Loeffler JS, Oh KS, Shih HA, Larvie M. Imaging and extent of surgical resection predict risk of meningioma recurrence better than WHO histopathological grade. 2015. PubMed
  • Brastianos PK, Carter SL, Santagata S, Cahill DP, Taylor-Weiner A, Jones RT, Van Allen EM, Lawrence MS, Horowitz PM, Cibulskis K, Ligon KL, Tabernero J, Seoane J, Martinez-Saez E, Curry WT, Dunn IF, Paek SH, Park SH, McKenna A, Chevalier A, Rosenberg M, Barker FG, Gill CM, Van Hummelen P, Thorner AR, Johnson BE, Hoang MP, Choueiri TK, Signoretti S, Sougnez C, Rabin MS, Lin NU, Winer EP, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Meyerson M, Garraway L, Gabriel S, Lander ES, Beroukhim R, Batchelor TT, Baselga J, Louis DN, Getz G, Hahn WC. Genomic Characterization of Brain Metastases Reveals Branched Evolution and Potential Therapeutic Targets. 2015. PubMed
  • Curry WT, Lim M. Immunomodulation: checkpoint blockade etc. 2015; 17 Suppl 7:vii26-vii31. PubMed
  • Shankar GM, Lelic N, Gill CM, Thorner AR, Van Hummelen P, Wisoff JH, Loeffler JS, Brastianos PK, Shin JH, Borges LF, Butler WE, Zagzag D, Brody RI, Duhaime AC, Taylor MD, Hawkins CE, Louis DN, Cahill DP, Curry WT, Meyerson M. BRAF alteration status and the histone H3F3A gene K27M mutation segregate spinal cord astrocytoma histology. Acta Neuropathol 2015. PubMed
  • Naunheim MR, Sedaghat AR, Lin DT, Bleier BS, Holbrook EH, Curry WT, Gray ST. Immediate and Delayed Complications Following Endoscopic Skull Base Surgery. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2015; 76:390-6. PubMed
  • Marciscano AE, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Niemierko A, Larvie M, Curry WT, Barker FG, Martuza RL, McGuone D, Oh KS, Loeffler JS, Shih HA. Benign meningiomas (WHO Grade I) with atypical histological features: correlation of histopathological features with clinical outcomes. J Neurosurg 2015. 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
  • Nigim F, Cavanaugh J, Patel AP, Curry WT, Esaki S, Kasper EM, Chi AS, Louis DN, Martuza RL, Rabkin SD, Wakimoto H. Targeting Hypoxia-Inducible Factor 1α in a New Orthotopic Model of Glioblastoma Recapitulating the Hypoxic Tumor Microenvironment. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol 2015; 74:710-22. PubMed
  • Yamasaki A, Sedaghat AR, Lin GC, Curry WT, Shih HA, Gray ST. A Rare Finding of Schwannoma of the Vidian Canal: A Case Report. J Neurol Surg Rep 2015; 76:e48-51. PubMed
  • Shih HA, Sherman JC, Nachtigall LB, Colvin MK, Fullerton BC, Daartz J, Winrich BK, Batchelor TT, Thornton LT, Mancuso SM, Saums MK, Oh KS, Curry WT, Loeffler JS, Yeap BY. Proton therapy for low-grade gliomas: Results from a prospective trial. Cancer 2015. PubMed
  • Jones PS, Cahill DP, Brastianos PK, Flaherty KT, Curry WT. Ipilimumab and craniotomy in patients with melanoma and brain metastases: a case series. Neurosurg Focus 2015; 38:E5. PubMed
  • Sullivan JP, Nahed BV, Madden MW, Oliveira SM, Springer S, Bhere D, Chi AS, Wakimoto H, Rothenberg SM, Sequist LV, Kapur R, Shah K, Iafrate AJ, Curry WT, Loeffler JS, Batchelor TT, Louis DN, Toner M, Maheswaran S, Haber DA. Brain tumor cells in circulation are enriched for mesenchymal gene expression. 2014. PubMed
  • Reardon DA, Freeman G, Wu C, Chiocca EA, Wucherpfennig KW, Wen PY, Fritsch EF, Curry WT, Sampson JH, Dranoff G. Immunotherapy advances for glioblastoma. 2014; 16:1441-58. PubMed
  • Jones PS, Aghi MK, Muzikansky A, Shih HA, Barker FG, Curry WT. Outcomes and patterns of care in adult skull base chondrosarcomas from the SEER database. J Clin Neurosci 2014. PubMed
  • Jones PS, Aghi MK, Muzikansky A, Shih HA, Barker FG, Curry WT. Outcomes and patterns of care in adult skull base chordomas from the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database. J Clin Neurosci 2014. PubMed
  • Patel AP, Tirosh I, Trombetta JJ, Shalek AK, Gillespie SM, Wakimoto H, Cahill DP, Nahed BV, Curry WT, Martuza RL, Louis DN, Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Suvà ML, Regev A, Bernstein BE. Single-cell RNA-seq highlights intratumoral heterogeneity in primary glioblastoma. Science 2014. PubMed
  • Wakimoto H, Tanaka S, Curry WT, Loebel F, Zhao D, Tateishi K, Chen J, Klofas LK, Lelic N, Kim JC, Dias-Santagata D, Ellisen LW, Borger DR, Fendt SM, Vander Heiden MG, Batchelor TT, Iafrate AJ, Cahill DP, Chi AS. Targetable signaling pathway mutations are associated with malignant phenotype in IDH-mutant gliomas. Clin Cancer Res 2014. PubMed
  • Suvà ML, Rheinbay E, Gillespie SM, Patel AP, Wakimoto H, Rabkin SD, Riggi N, Chi AS, Cahill DP, Nahed BV, Curry WT, Martuza RL, Rivera MN, Rossetti N, Kasif S, Beik S, Kadri S, Tirosh I, Wortman I, Shalek AK, Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Regev A, Louis DN, Bernstein BE. Reconstructing and reprogramming the tumor-propagating potential of glioblastoma stem-like cells. Cell 2014; 157:580-94. PubMed
  • Gray ST, Lin A, Curry WT, Barker FG, Busse P, Sanan A, Deschler DG, Lin DT. Delayed complications after anterior craniofacial resection of malignant skull base tumors. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2014; 75:110-6. PubMed
  • Herr MW, Sethi RK, Meier JC, Chambers KJ, Remenschneider A, Chan A, Curry WT, Barker FG, Deschler DG, Lin DT. Esthesioneuroblastoma: an update on the massachusetts eye and ear infirmary and massachusetts general hospital experience with craniofacial resection, proton beam radiation, and chemotherapy. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2014; 75:58-64. PubMed
  • Shankar GM, Taylor-Weiner A, Lelic N, Jones RT, Kim JC, Francis JM, Abedalthagafi M, Borges LF, Coumans JV, Curry WT, Nahed BV, Shin JH, Paek SH, Park SH, Stewart C, Lawrence MS, Cibulskis K, Thorner AR, Van Hummelen P, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Batchelor TT, Carter SL, Hoang MP, Santagata S, Louis DN, Barker FG, Meyerson M, Getz G, Brastianos PK, Cahill DP. Sporadic hemangioblastomas are characterized by cryptic VHL inactivation. Acta Neuropathol Commun 2015; 2:167. PubMed
  • Hanak BW, Walcott BP, Nahed BV, Muzikansky A, Mian MK, Kimberly WT, Curry WT. Postoperative intensive care unit requirements after elective craniotomy. World Neurosurg 2014. PubMed
  • Venteicher AS, Walcott BP, Sheth SA, Snuderl M, Patel AP, Curry WT, Nahed BV. Clinical features of brain metastasis from salivary gland tumors. J Clin Neurosci 2013; 20:1533-7. PubMed
  • Reardon DA, Wucherpfennig KW, Freeman G, Wu CJ, Chiocca EA, Wen PY, Curry WT, Mitchell DA, Fecci PE, Sampson JH, Dranoff G. An update on vaccine therapy and other immunotherapeutic approaches for glioblastoma. 2013; 12:597-615. PubMed
  • Herr MW, Gray ST, Erman AB, Curry WT, Deschler DG, Lin DT. Orbital preservation in patients with esthesioneuroblastoma. J Neurol Surg B Skull Base 2014; 74:142-5. PubMed
  • Biermann JS, Adkins DR, Agulnik M, Benjamin RS, Brigman B, Butrynski JE, Cheong D, Chow W, Curry WT, Frassica DA, Frassica FJ, Hande KR, Hornicek FJ, Jones RL, Mayerson J, McGarry SV, McGrath B, Morris CD, O'Donnell RJ, Randall RL, Santana VM, Satcher RL, Siegel HJ, von Mehren M, Bergman MA, Sundar H, . Bone cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw 2013; 11:688-723. PubMed
  • Jones PS, Dunn GP, Barker FG, Curry WT, Hochberg FH, Cahill DP. Molecular genetics of low-grade gliomas: genomic alterations guiding diagnosis and therapeutic intervention. 11th annual Frye-Halloran Brain Tumor Symposium. Neurosurg Focus 2013; 34:E9. PubMed
  • Snuderl M, Wirth D, Sheth SA, Bourne SK, Kwon CS, Ancukiewicz M, Curry WT, Frosch MP, Yaroslavsky AN. Dye-enhanced multimodal confocal imaging as a novel approach to intraoperative diagnosis of brain tumors. Brain Pathol 2012. PubMed
  • Tanaka S, Louis DN, Curry WT, Batchelor TT, Dietrich J. Diagnostic and therapeutic avenues for glioblastoma: no longer a dead end? Nat Rev Clin Oncol 2012; 10:14-26. PubMed
  • Chi AS, Batchelor TT, Dias-Santagata D, Borger D, Stiles CD, Wang DL, Curry WT, Wen PY, Ligon KL, Ellisen L, Louis DN, Iafrate AJ. Prospective, high-throughput molecular profiling of human gliomas. J. Neurooncol. 2012; 110:89-98. PubMed
  • Barnard Z, Wakimoto H, Zaupa C, Patel AP, Klehm J, Martuza RL, Rabkin SD, Curry WT. Expression of FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3 ligand by oncolytic herpes simplex virus type I prolongs survival in mice bearing established syngeneic intracranial malignant glioma. Neurosurgery 2012; 71:741-8; discussion 748. PubMed
  • Plotkin SR, O'Donnell CC, Curry WT, Bove CM, MacCollin M, Nunes FP. Spinal ependymomas in neurofibromatosis Type 2: a retrospective analysis of 55 patients. J Neurosurg Spine 2011; 14:543-7. PubMed
  • Jeyaretna DS, Curry WT, Batchelor TT, Stemmer-Rachamimov A, Plotkin SR. Exacerbation of cerebral radiation necrosis by bevacizumab. J Clin Oncol 2011; 29:e159-62. PubMed
  • Curry WT, Carter BS, Barker FG. Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in patient outcomes after craniotomy for tumor in adult patients in the United States, 1988-2004. Neurosurgery 2010; 66:427-37; discussion 437-8. PubMed
  • Walcott BP, Jaglowski JR, Curry WT. Spinal epidural metastasis. Arch Neurol 2010; 67:358-9. PubMed
  • Agarwalla PK, Barnard ZR, Curry WT. Virally mediated immunotherapy for brain tumors. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2009; 21:167-79. PubMed
  • Truong MT, Kamat UR, Liebsch NJ, Curry WT, Lin DT, Barker FG, Loeffler JS, Chan AW. Proton radiation therapy for primary sphenoid sinus malignancies: treatment outcome and prognostic factors. Head Neck 2009; 31:1297-308. PubMed
  • Curry WT Jr,Barker FG 2nd. Racial, ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in the treatment of brain tumors. J Neurooncol 2009; 93:25-39. PubMed
  • Aghi MK,Batchelor TT,Louis DN,Barker FG 2nd,Curry WT Jr. Decreased rate of infection in glioblastoma patients with allelic loss of chromosome 10q. J Neurooncol 2009; 93:115-20. PubMed
  • Wakimoto H,Kesari S,Farrell CJ,Curry WT Jr,Zaupa C,Aghi M,Kuroda T,Stemmer-Rachamimov A,Shah K,Liu TC,Jeyaretna DS,Debasitis J,Pruszak J,Martuza RL,Rabkin SD. Human glioblastoma-derived cancer stem cells: establishment of invasive glioma models and treatment with oncolytic herpes simplex virus vectors. Cancer Res 2009; 69:3472-81. PubMed
  • Aghi MK,Carter BS,Cosgrove GR,Ojemann RG,Amin-Hanjani S,Martuza RL,Curry WT Jr,Barker FG 2nd. Long-term recurrence rates of atypical meningiomas after gross total resection with or without postoperative adjuvant radiation. Neurosurgery 2009; 64:56-60; discussion 60. PubMed
  • Farrell CJ,Zaupa C,Barnard Z,Maley J,Martuza RL,Rabkin SD,Curry WT Jr. Combination immunotherapy for tumors via sequential intratumoral injections of oncolytic herpes simplex virus 1 and immature dendritic cells. Clin Cancer Res 2008; 14:7711-6. PubMed
  • Skog J,Wurdinger T,van Rijn S,Meijer DH,Gainche L,Sena-Esteves M,Curry WT Jr,Carter BS,Krichevsky AM,Breakefield XO. Glioblastoma microvesicles transport RNA and proteins that promote tumour growth and provide diagnostic biomarkers. Nat Cell Biol 2008; 10:1470-6. PubMed
  • Nichols AC,Chan AW,Curry WT,Barker FG,Deschler DG,Lin DT. Esthesioneuroblastoma: the massachusetts eye and ear infirmary and massachusetts general hospital experience with craniofacial resection, proton beam radiation, and chemotherapy. Skull Base 2009; 18:327-37. PubMed
  • Barnholtz-Sloan JS, Maldonado JL, Williams VL, Curry WT, Rodkey EA, Barker FG 2nd, Sloan AE. Racial/ethnic differences in survival among elderly patients with a primary glioblastoma. J Neurooncol 2007; 85:171-80. PubMed
  • Aghi MK, Eskandar EN, Carter BS, Curry WT Jr, Barker FG 2nd. Increased prevalence of obesity and obesity-related postoperative complications in male patients with meningiomas. Neurosurgery 2007; 61:754-60; discussion 760-1. PubMed
  • Cahill DP, Levine KK, Betensky RA, Codd PJ, Romany CA, Reavie LB, Batchelor TT, Futreal PA, Stratton MR, Curry WT, Iafrate AJ, Louis DN. Loss of the mismatch repair protein MSH6 in human glioblastomas is associated with tumor progression during temozolomide treatment. Clin Cancer Res 2007; 13:2038-45. PubMed
  • Dunn GP, Dunn IF, Curry WT. Focus on TILs: Prognostic significance of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes in human glioma. Cancer Immun 2007; 7:12. PubMed
  • Verhey LJ, Chen CC, Chapman P, Loeffler J, Curry WT. Single-fraction stereotactic radiosurgery for intracranial targets. Neurosurg Clin N Am 2006; 17:79-97. PubMed
  • Curry WT, Cosgrove GR, Buchbinder BR, Ojemann RG. Resection of a dominant-hemisphere intraventricular meningioma facilitated by functional magnetic resonance imaging. Case report. Neurosurg Focus 2006; 10:E1. PubMed
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