Andrew Staron, MD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Hematology & Medical Oncology

MD, New York Medical College




Andrew Staron, MD is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in Hematology & Medical Oncology at the Boston University School of Medicine. He was appointed to this position after completing his residency (2015–2018) and fellowship (2019–2022) at Boston Medical Center. In his third year of fellowship, Dr. Staron was selected for the role of chief fellow. Additionally, he completed a year-long clinical and research fellowship in amyloidosis (2018–2019) at the Boston University Amyloidosis Center, under the mentorship of the director, Dr. Sanchorawala.

As a practicing hematologist at Boston Medical Center, Dr. Staron has a deep commitment to serving patients and families who are affected by various hematologic diseases and who come from diverse backgrounds, drawing upon his own upbringing in an immigrant family. His main research interest is in AL amyloidosis—a rare plasma cell disorder that leads to the accumulation of abnormal immunoglobulin light chain proteins in organs. He has been the lead author on several publications in peer-reviewed journals and given presentations related to AL amyloidosis at national and international meetings. Dr. Staron helps to oversee the clinical database at the Boston University Amyloidosis Center and is directly involved in research projects utilizing this resource. He has conducted natural history studies that described important trends in disease outcomes and explored the role of minimal residual disease assessment in AL amyloidosis. Dr. Staron is also a member of the International Society of Amyloidosis and a peer-reviewer for several journals.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

"In 2015, I started my internal medicine residency at Boston Medical Center—the largest safety net hospital in New England—with a strong commitment to making a difference in the lives of people from underprivileged and marginalized communities. The work was eye-opening and humbling, shaping me into a more thoughtful and compassionate physician. I learned how members of minority groups often face discrimination in various aspects of life, including housing, education, employment and healthcare. During my early training years, I realized the importance of supporting diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in my future career. These attributes of my experience led me to stay at Boston Medical Center for my fellowship training in hematology/oncology, where I learned how cancer is more than a disease. Each day, I saw the ways in which cancer interplays with sociocultural, language, economic and lifestyle obstacles.

Now as a practicing hematologist at Boston Medical Center, I strive to bridge access to the most cutting-edge diagnostic modalities and treatments for members of all underrepresented groups—e.g., ethnic, racial, religious, and sexual minorities, among others.

I also support diversity and equity through my research efforts, by studying and tackling the historic racial and ethnic inequalities that are pervasive within the field of cancer. In particular, I am struck by the low representation of minorities in clinical trials, despite having a disproportionately higher risk of certain diseases—e.g., plasma cell disorders like multiple myeloma are more prevalent among Black Americans. I conducted a study investigating racial and ethnic disparities in a rare plasma cell disorder called AL amyloidosis, and found that differences in health outcomes among minorities were largely explained by lower educational level and later recognition of disease, rather than race and ethnicity itself. I concluded that, in order to mitigate disparities in this disease, earlier disease detection and concerted efforts to reduce economic and/or language barriers are key."

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  1. Gustine JN, Staron A, Szalat RE, Mendelson LM, Joshi T, Ruberg FL, Siddiqi O, Gopal DM, Edwards CV, Havasi A, Kaku M, Lau KHV, Berk JL, Sloan JM, Sanchorawala V. Predictors of hematologic response and survival with stem cell transplantation in AL amyloidosis: A 25-year longitudinal study. Am J Hematol. 2022 Sep; 97(9):1189-1199.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35731907
     
  2. Staron A, Zheng L, Doros G, Sanchorawala V. Differences in the cytogenetic underpinnings of AL amyloidosis among African Americans and Caucasian Americans. Blood Cancer J. 2022 07 04; 12(7):100.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35787622; PMCID: PMC9253332; DOI: 10.1038/s41408-022-00697-3;
     
  3. Staron A, Verma K, Sanchorawala V. Prevalence of plasma cell and lymphoproliferative disorders among blood relatives of patients with light chain amyloidosis. Br J Haematol. 2022 Sep; 198(5):861-865.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35499208
     
  4. Staron A, Zheng L, Doros G, Connors LH, Mendelson LM, Joshi T, Sanchorawala V. Marked progress in AL amyloidosis survival: a 40-year longitudinal natural history study. Blood Cancer J. 2021 08 04; 11(8):139.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34349108; PMCID: PMC8338947; DOI: 10.1038/s41408-021-00529-w;
     
  5. Staron A, Connors LH, Zheng L, Doros G, Sanchorawala V. Race/ethnicity in systemic AL amyloidosis: perspectives on disease and outcome disparities. Blood Cancer J. 2020 11 10; 10(11):118.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33173025; PMCID: PMC7655813; DOI: 10.1038/s41408-020-00385-0;
     
  6. Hughes DM, Staron A, Sanchorawala V. A pharmacist's review of the treatment of systemic light chain amyloidosis. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2021 Jan; 27(1):187-198.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33028132
     
  7. Staron A, Burks EJ, Lee JC, Sarosiek S, Sloan JM, Sanchorawala V. Assessment of minimal residual disease using multiparametric flow cytometry in patients with AL amyloidosis. Blood Adv. 2020 03 10; 4(5):880-884.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32130406; PMCID: PMC7065470; DOI: 10.1182/bloodadvances.2019001331;
     
  8. Staron A, Kataria Y, Murray DL, Sloan JM, Sanchorawala V. Systemic AL amyloidosis with an undetectable plasma cell dyscrasia: A zebra without stripes. Am J Hematol. 2020 02; 95(2):E45-E48.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31736101
     
  9. Staron A, Connors LH, Ruberg FL, Mendelson LM, Sanchorawala V. A new era of amyloidosis: the trends at a major US referral centre. Amyloid. 2019 Dec; 26(4):192-196.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31306033
     
  10. Qualls DA, Lewis GD, Sanchorawala V, Staron A. Orthotopic heart transplant rejection in association with immunomodulatory therapy for AL amyloidosis: A case series and review of the literature. Am J Transplant. 2019 11; 19(11):3185-3190.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31207062
     

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Bar chart showing 10 publications over 4 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 2019 and 2020 and 2022

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20211
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2020-2021 American Society of Hematology Abstract Achievement Award
2020 Amyloidosis Foundation Travel Grant
2014 Wellsford and Mildred Clark Medical Memorial: Scholarship Award
2014 Dr. Frank and Florence Marino Scholarship Award
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Amyloidosis
Hematology
Clinical Research
Minimal Diseases, Residual
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