EDUCATION

Graduate Degree

MMSc
  • Harvard Medical School , Boston , MA

Medical School

  • Brown University , 2003 , Providence , RI

Internship

Pediatrics
  • Boston Children's Hospital/Boston Medical Center , 2004 , Boston , MA

Residency

Pediatrics
  • Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) , 2006 , Boston , MA

Fellowship

Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Boston Children's Hospital/ Dana-Farber Cancer Institute , 2010 , Boston , MA

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Rachael Grace, MD, MMSc, is a pediatric hematologist and clinical researcher at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. She is the medical director of both the Hematology Ambulatory Program and the Hematology Clinical Research Program. Dr. Grace enjoys clinical care of pediatric patients and her research interests are focused on improving outcomes in the care and treatment of individuals with and immune cytopenias.

Dr. Grace is the lead investigator for the Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency Natural History Study, a global registry for patients with PK deficiency. She is a site investigator for the DRIVE-PK and ACTIVATE mitapivat (AG-348) clinical trials and the PEAK registry. She is also involved in multiple clinical research studies in immune cytopenias and is the director of the coordinating center for the ITP Consortium of North America (ICON), a research network of pediatric ITP investigators from over 50 institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. Grace is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD at Brown University and received her Master’s degree in Clinical Research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Grace completed her residency at Boston Children’s Hospital and completed her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Boston Children’s and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Lee PY, Platt CD, Weeks S, Grace RF, Maher G, Gauthier K, Devana S, Vitali S, Randolph AG, McDonald DR, Geha RS, Chou J. Immune dysregulation and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in individuals with haploinsufficiency of SOCS1. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Aug 24. View abstract
  2. Voit RA, Grace RF. Pyruvate kinase deficiency in a newborn with extramedullary hematopoiesis in the skin. Blood. 2020 Aug 06; 136(6):770. View abstract
  3. Grace RF, Barcellini W. Management of Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency in Children and Adults. Blood. 2020 Jul 23. View abstract
  4. Al-Samkari H, van Beers EJ, Morton DH, Barcellini W, Eber SW, Glader B, Yaish HM, Chonat S, Kuo KHM, Kollmar N, Despotovic JM, Pospíšilová D, Knoll CM, Kwiatkowski JL, Pastore YD, Thompson AA, Wlodarski MW, Ravindranath Y, Rothman JA, Wang H, Holzhauer S, Breakey VR, Verhovsek MM, Kunz J, Sheth S, Sharma M, Rose MJ, Bradeen HA, McNaull MN, Addonizio K, Al-Sayegh H, London WB, Grace RF. Characterization of the severe phenotype of pyruvate kinase deficiency. Am J Hematol. 2020 Jul 03. View abstract
  5. Grace RF, Klaassen RJ, Shimano KA, Lambert MP, Grimes A, Bussel JB, Breakey VR, Pastore YD, Black V, Overholt K, Bhat R, Forbes PW, Neunert C. Fatigue in children and adolescents with immune thrombocytopenia. Br J Haematol. 2020 Jun 05. View abstract
  6. Wahlster L, Weichert-Leahey N, Trissal M, Grace RF, Sankaran VG. COVID-19 presenting with autoimmune hemolytic anemia in the setting of underlying immune dysregulation. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2020 Jun 03; e28382. View abstract
  7. Al-Samkari H, Addonizio K, Glader B, Morton DH, Chonat S, Thompson AA, Kuo KHM, Ravindranath Y, Wang H, Rothman JA, Kwiatkowski JL, Kung C, Kosinski PA, Al-Sayegh H, London WB, Grace RF. The pyruvate kinase (PK) to hexokinase enzyme activity ratio and erythrocyte PK protein level in the diagnosis and phenotype of PK deficiency. Br J Haematol. 2020 May 28. View abstract
  8. Al-Samkari H, Grace RF, Kuter DJ. The role of romiplostim for pediatric patients with immune thrombocytopenia. Ther Adv Hematol. 2020; 11:2040620720912992. View abstract
  9. Al-Samkari H, van Beers EJ, Kuo KHM, Barcellini W, Bianchi P, Glenthøj AB, Mañú-Pereira M, van Wijk R, Glader B, Grace RF. The variable manifestations of disease in pyruvate kinase deficiency and their management. Haematologica. 2020 Mar 12. View abstract
  10. Bianchi P, Fermo E, Lezon-Geyda K, van Beers EJ, Morton HD, Barcellini W, Glader B, Chonat S, Ravindranath Y, Newburger PE, Kollmar N, Despotovic JM, Verhovsek M, Sharma M, Kwiatkowski JL, Kuo KHM, Wlodarski MW, Yaish HM, Holzhauer S, Wang H, Kunz J, Addonizio K, Al-Sayegh H, London WB, Andres O, van Wijk R, Gallagher PG, Grace RFF. Genotype-phenotype correlation and molecular heterogeneity in pyruvate kinase deficiency. Am J Hematol. 2020 05; 95(5):472-482. View abstract
  11. Salek S, Boscoe AN, Piantedosi S, Egan S, Evans CJ, Wells T, Cohen J, Klaassen RJ, Grace R, Storm M. Development of the pyruvate kinase deficiency diary and pyruvate kinase deficiency impact assessment: Disease-specific assessments. Eur J Haematol. 2020 May; 104(5):427-434. View abstract
  12. Kim TO, Flanagan JM, Habibi A, Arulselvan A, Lambert MP, Grace RF, Despotovic JM. Genetic variants in toll-like receptor 4 are associated with lack of steroid-responsiveness in pediatric ITP patients. Am J Hematol. 2020 Jan 05. View abstract
  13. Neunert C, Terrell DR, Arnold DM, Buchanan G, Cines DB, Cooper N, Cuker A, Despotovic JM, George JN, Grace RF, Kühne T, Kuter DJ, Lim W, McCrae KR, Pruitt B, Shimanek H, Vesely SK. American Society of Hematology 2019 guidelines for immune thrombocytopenia. Blood Adv. 2019 12 10; 3(23):3829-3866. View abstract
  14. Grace RF, Rose C, Layton DM, Galactéros F, Barcellini W, Morton DH, van Beers EJ, Yaish H, Ravindranath Y, Kuo KHM, Sheth S, Kwiatkowski JL, Barbier AJ, Bodie S, Silver B, Hua L, Kung C, Hawkins P, Jouvin MH, Bowden C, Glader B. Safety and Efficacy of Mitapivat in Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency. N Engl J Med. 2019 09 05; 381(10):933-944. View abstract
  15. Grace RF, Shimano KA, Bhat R, Neunert C, Bussel JB, Klaassen RJ, Lambert MP, Rothman JA, Breakey VR, Hege K, Bennett CM, Rose MJ, Haley KM, Buchanan GR, Geddis A, Lorenzana A, Jeng M, Pastore YD, Crary SE, Neier M, Neufeld EJ, Neu N, Forbes PW, Despotovic JM. Second-line treatments in children with immune thrombocytopenia: Effect on platelet count and patient-centered outcomes. Am J Hematol. 2019 07; 94(7):741-750. View abstract
  16. Grace RF, Ware RE. Pediatric Hematology. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2019 06; 33(3):xiii-xiv. View abstract
  17. Kim TO, Grimes AB, Kirk S, Arulselvan A, Lambert MP, Grace RF, Despotovic JM. Association of a positive direct antiglobulin test with chronic immune thrombocytopenia and use of second line therapies in children: A multi-institutional review. Am J Hematol. 2019 04; 94(4):461-466. View abstract
  18. Grace RF, Mark Layton D, Barcellini W. How we manage patients with pyruvate kinase deficiency. Br J Haematol. 2019 03; 184(5):721-734. View abstract
  19. Grace RF, Cohen J, Egan S, Wells T, Witherspoon B, Ryan A, Salek SS, Bodie S, Klaassen RJ. The burden of disease in pyruvate kinase deficiency: Patients' perception of the impact on health-related quality of life. Eur J Haematol. 2018 Dec; 101(6):758-765. View abstract
  20. van Beers EJ, van Straaten S, Morton DH, Barcellini W, Eber SW, Glader B, Yaish HM, Chonat S, Kwiatkowski JL, Rothman JA, Sharma M, Neufeld EJ, Sheth S, Despotovic JM, Kollmar N, Pospíšilová D, Knoll CM, Kuo K, Pastore YD, Thompson AA, Newburger PE, Ravindranath Y, Wang WC, Wlodarski MW, Wang H, Holzhauer S, Breakey VR, Verhovsek M, Kunz J, McNaull MA, Rose MJ, Bradeen HA, Addonizio K, Li A, Al-Sayegh H, London WB, Grace RF. Prevalence and management of iron overload in pyruvate kinase deficiency: report from the Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency Natural History Study. Haematologica. 2019 02; 104(2):e51-e53. View abstract
  21. Al-Samkari H, Grace RF, Connors JM. Ofatumumab for acute treatment and prophylaxis of a patient with multiple relapses of acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura. J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2018 Jul; 46(1):81-83. View abstract
  22. Grace RF, Glader B. Red Blood Cell Enzyme Disorders. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2018 06; 65(3):579-595. View abstract
  23. Grace RF, Despotovic JM, Bennett CM, Bussel JB, Neier M, Neunert C, Crary SE, Pastore YD, Klaassen RJ, Rothman JA, Hege K, Breakey VR, Rose MJ, Shimano KA, Buchanan GR, Geddis A, Haley KM, Lorenzana A, Thompson A, Jeng M, Neufeld EJ, Brown T, Forbes PW, Lambert MP. Physician decision making in selection of second-line treatments in immune thrombocytopenia in children. Am J Hematol. 2018 07; 93(7):882-888. View abstract
  24. Grace RF, Bianchi P, van Beers EJ, Eber SW, Glader B, Yaish HM, Despotovic JM, Rothman JA, Sharma M, McNaull MM, Fermo E, Lezon-Geyda K, Morton DH, Neufeld EJ, Chonat S, Kollmar N, Knoll CM, Kuo K, Kwiatkowski JL, Pospíšilová D, Pastore YD, Thompson AA, Newburger PE, Ravindranath Y, Wang WC, Wlodarski MW, Wang H, Holzhauer S, Breakey VR, Kunz J, Sheth S, Rose MJ, Bradeen HA, Neu N, Guo D, Al-Sayegh H, London WB, Gallagher PG, Zanella A, Barcellini W. Clinical spectrum of pyruvate kinase deficiency: data from the Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency Natural History Study. Blood. 2018 05 17; 131(20):2183-2192. View abstract
  25. Grace RF, DeAngelo DJ, Stevenson KE, Neuberg D, Sallan SE, Mourad YRA, Bergeron J, Seftel MD, Kokulis C, Connors JM. The use of prophylactic anticoagulation during induction and consolidation chemotherapy in adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Thromb Thrombolysis. 2018 Feb; 45(2):306-314. View abstract
  26. Frelinger AL, Grace RF, Gerrits AJ, Carmichael SL, Forde EE, Michelson AD. Platelet Function in ITP, Independent of Platelet Count, Is Consistent Over Time and Is Associated with Both Current and Subsequent Bleeding Severity. Thromb Haemost. 2018 01; 118(1):143-151. View abstract
  27. Bennett CM, Neunert C, Grace RF, Buchanan G, Imbach P, Vesely SK, Kuhne T. Predictors of remission in children with newly diagnosed immune thrombocytopenia: Data from the Intercontinental Cooperative ITP Study Group Registry II participants. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2018 Jan; 65(1). View abstract
  28. Grace RF, Neunert C. Second-line therapies in immune thrombocytopenia. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2016 Dec 02; 2016(1):698-706. View abstract
  29. Schoettler ML, Graham D, Tao W, Stack M, Shu E, Kerr L, Neufeld EJ, Grace RF. Increasing observation rates in low-risk pediatric immune thrombocytopenia using a standardized clinical assessment and management plan (SCAMP® ). Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 05; 64(5). View abstract
  30. Lacy JN, Ulirsch JC, Grace RF, Towne MC, Hale J, Mohandas N, Lux SE, Agrawal PB, Sankaran VG. Exome sequencing results in successful diagnosis and treatment of a severe congenital anemia. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2016 Jul; 2(4):a000885. View abstract
  31. Neunert C, Despotovic J, Haley K, Lambert MP, Nottage K, Shimano K, Bennett C, Klaassen R, Stine K, Thompson A, Pastore Y, Brown T, Forbes PW, Grace RF. Thrombopoietin Receptor Agonist Use in Children: Data From the Pediatric ITP Consortium of North America ICON2 Study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 08; 63(8):1407-13. View abstract
  32. Stredny CM, Frosch O, Singhi S, Furutani E, Durbin AD, Grace RF, Ullrich NJ. Vitamin B12 Deficiency Presenting with Neurological Dysfunction in an Adolescent. Pediatr Neurol. 2016 09; 62:66-70. View abstract
  33. Grace RF, Zanella A, Neufeld EJ, Morton DH, Eber S, Yaish H, Glader B. Erythrocyte pyruvate kinase deficiency: 2015 status report. Am J Hematol. 2015 Sep; 90(9):825-30. View abstract
  34. Neunert CE, Grace RF. Thrombopoietin-receptor agonists in children with immune thrombocytopenia. Lancet. 2015 Oct 24; 386(10004):1606-9. View abstract
  35. Frelinger AL, Grace RF, Gerrits AJ, Berny-Lang MA, Brown T, Carmichael SL, Neufeld EJ, Michelson AD. Platelet function tests, independent of platelet count, are associated with bleeding severity in ITP. Blood. 2015 Aug 13; 126(7):873-9. View abstract
  36. Skelton E, Jewison A, Okpaluba C, Sallomi J, Lowe J, Ramesar K, Grace R, Howlett DC. Image-guided core needle biopsy in the diagnosis of malignant lymphoma. Eur J Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul; 41(7):852-8. View abstract
  37. Archer NM, Samnaliev M, Grace R, Brugnara C. The utility of the DDAVP challenge test in children with low von Willebrand factor. Br J Haematol. 2015 Sep; 170(6):884-6. View abstract
  38. Schoettler M, Elisofon SA, Kim HB, Blume ED, Rodig N, Boyer D, Neufeld EJ, Grace RF. Treatment and outcomes of immune cytopenias following solid organ transplant in children. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 02; 62(2):214-218. View abstract
  39. Morrison JF, Neufeld EJ, Grace RF. The use of erythropoietin-stimulating agents versus supportive care in newborns with hereditary spherocytosis: a single centre's experience. Eur J Haematol. 2014 Aug; 93(2):161-4. View abstract
  40. Grace RF. Standardized clinical assessment and management plans (SCAMPs): perspectives on a new method to understand treatment decisions and outcomes in immune thrombocytopenia. Semin Hematol. 2013 Jan; 50 Suppl 1:S31-8. View abstract
  41. Neufeld EJ, Galanello R, Viprakasit V, Aydinok Y, Piga A, Harmatz P, Forni GL, Shah FT, Grace RF, Porter JB, Wood JC, Peppe J, Jones A, Rienhoff HY. A phase 2 study of the safety, tolerability, and pharmacodynamics of FBS0701, a novel oral iron chelator, in transfusional iron overload. Blood. 2012 Apr 05; 119(14):3263-8. View abstract
  42. Long M, Kalish LA, Neufeld EJ, Grace RF. Trends in anti-D immune globulin for childhood immune thrombocytopenia: usage, response rates, and adverse effects. Am J Hematol. 2012 Mar; 87(3):315-7. View abstract
  43. Grace RF, Long M, Kalish LA, Neufeld EJ. Applicability of 2009 international consensus terminology and criteria for immune thrombocytopenia to a clinical pediatric population. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Feb; 58(2):216-20. View abstract
  44. Grace RF, Bennett CM, Ritchey AK, Jeng M, Thornburg CD, Lambert MP, Neier M, Recht M, Kumar M, Blanchette V, Klaassen RJ, Buchanan GR, Kurth MH, Nugent DJ, Thompson AA, Stine K, Kalish LA, Neufeld EJ. Response to steroids predicts response to rituximab in pediatric chronic immune thrombocytopenia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Feb; 58(2):221-5. View abstract
  45. Grace RF, Dahlberg SE, Neuberg D, Sallan SE, Connors JM, Neufeld EJ, Deangelo DJ, Silverman LB. The frequency and management of asparaginase-related thrombosis in paediatric and adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia treated on Dana-Farber Cancer Institute consortium protocols. Br J Haematol. 2011 Feb; 152(4):452-9. View abstract
  46. Lee EY, Kritsaneepaiboon S, Arellano CM, Grace RF, Zurakowski D, Boiselle PM. Unsuspected pulmonary emboli in pediatric oncology patients: detection with MDCT. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2010 May; 194(5):1216-22. View abstract
  47. Bergmann AK, Grace RF, Neufeld EJ. Genetic studies in pediatric ITP: outlook, feasibility, and requirements. Ann Hematol. 2010 Jul; 89 Suppl 1:S95-103. View abstract
  48. Grace RF, Su H, Sena L, Poussaint TY, Heeney MM, Gutierrez A. Resolution of cerebral artery stenosis in a child with sickle cell anemia treated with hydroxyurea. Am J Hematol. 2010 Feb; 85(2):135-7. View abstract
  49. Grace RF, Mednick RE, Neufeld EJ. Compliance with immunizations in splenectomized individuals with hereditary spherocytosis. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2009 Jul; 52(7):865-7. View abstract
  50. Fox RA, Neufeld EJ, Bennett CM. Rituximab for adolescents with haemophilia and high titre inhibitors. Haemophilia. 2006 May; 12(3):218-22. View abstract
  51. Lim ZY, Grace R, Salisbury JR, Creamer D, Jayaprakasam A, Ho AY, Devereux S, Mufti GJ, Pagliuca A. Cardiac presentation of ALK positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma. Eur J Haematol. 2005 Dec; 75(6):511-4. View abstract
  52. Brooks PA, Grace RF. Ivermectin is better than benzyl benzoate for childhood scabies in developing countries. J Paediatr Child Health. 2002 Aug; 38(4):401-4. View abstract
  53. Fox RA, Sigman M, Boekelheide K. Transmembrane versus soluble stem cell factor expression in human testis. J Androl. 2000 Jul-Aug; 21(4):579-85. View abstract
  54. Parker JE, Pagliuca A, Mijovic A, Cullis JO, Czepulkowski B, Rassam SM, Samaratunga IR, Grace R, Gover PA, Mufti GJ. Fludarabine, cytarabine, G-CSF and idarubicin (FLAG-IDA) for the treatment of poor-risk myelodysplastic syndromes and acute myeloid leukaemia. Br J Haematol. 1997 Dec; 99(4):939-44. View abstract
  55. Royer WE, Fox RA, Smith FR, Zhu D, Braswell EH. Ligand linked assembly of Scapharca dimeric hemoglobin. J Biol Chem. 1997 Feb 28; 272(9):5689-94. View abstract