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Holcombe  Grier, MD

Research Center:
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Medicine Research
Hematology/Oncology Research
Hospital Title:
Associate in Medicine
Academic Title:
Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Research Overview Dr. Grier's major research focus has been the clinical management, treatment, and biology of solid tumors in children, particularly Ewing's sarcoma. His major research has been at the national level through clinical trials undertaken by the Children's Oncology Group, a consortium of cancer treatment centers across the United States, Canada, and other countries. Dr. Grier is on the steering committee of the Bone Tumor Committee. In addition to his national research positions, Dr. Grier is also part of the Pediatric Solid Tumor group at DFCI and Children's Hospital. Dr. Grier and colleagues help organize laboratory and clinical cross talk and development of lab bench to bedside clinical research. Dr. Grier is also involved in cancer survivor studies that focus on the late effects of chemotherapy, studies which are led by Dr. Lisa Diller at the David B. Perini Jr. Quality of Life Clinic at DFCI. In addition, he participates in a study of the best application of palliative care through work with the Pediatric Advanced Care Team, led by Dr. Joanne Wolfe. About Holcombe Grier Holcombe Grier received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania. He trained in pediatrics, internal medicine, and infectious disease at the University of North Carolina. He was a fellow in pediatric hematology/oncology at Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is a past president of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He received the Charles A. Janeway Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching of Children's Hospital House Staff in 1992, a Harvard Medical School Faculty Prize for Excellence in Teaching [Years III and IV] in 2008 and a Harvard Medical School Community Service award in 2009.
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Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is one of the top research centers in the world for pediatric cancers and blood diseases. It brings together laboratory scientists and clinical researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital in a single program. We investigate pediatric cancers and non-malignant blood disorders from every angle—from examining cells under the microscope to tracking the effectiveness of current drug regimens using the most advanced molecular methods—so that we can create better treatments for children seen here and around the world.

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