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Vuja De Sciences: Dr. Lee Helman

Lee Helman, MD


Dr. Helman is Director of the Osteosarcoma Institute and Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Cancer and Blood Disease Institute, CHLA, Keck School of Medicine, USC.

Former Section Head of Basic and Translational Research within the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases and Director of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Research Program of the Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Professor of Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Helman has been studying the biology and caring for pediatric patients with sarcomas for over thirty years. He has also trained many investigators in the field of pediatric sarcomas. One current area of active research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles focuses on using full genomic classification of osteosarcoma tumors to improve therapy, as well as testing novel therapeutic drugs and drug combinations in patients with osteosarcoma. 

Dr. Helman received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine magna cum laude in 1980 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He has served as scientific director for clinical research in the Center for Cancer Research at the NIH until 2016. He was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians and is a founding member and past president of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society. He  is a past member of the Board of Governors of the Clinical Center at NIH. In addition to his many appointments with different organization, he has been appointed director of the Osteosarcoma Institute.