Kevan L. Hartshorn, MD
Emeritus Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Hematology & Medical Oncology

MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
MA, Williams College
BA, Williams College

I am a Medical Oncologist Boston University Medical Center with principle focus on solid tumors. I am Director of the Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine for 18 years and also on-site PI for multicenter clinical trials of chemotherapy and targeted agents for various cancers. I participates in cooperative clinical trials groups (NSABP, SWOG, Alliance, and AIDs Clinical Trials group) and to a lesser extent in industry related clinical trials. I did my clinical training in Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and then did Fellowship training in Hematology/Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital. After this I joined the Attending staff at Boston City Hospital and feel very devoted to the mission of Boston Medical Center (the name of the Hospital formed by the merger of Boston City Hospital and Boston University Hospital). This mission is to provide, “Exceptional Care Without Exception”. Boston Medical Center is the main safety net hospital for the city of Boston and prides itself on providing cutting edge care to patient’s regardless or economic or social status. The hospital cares for a large population of African American and immigrant patients and has developed a number of special services (e.g. care navigators) to under-served patients get the care they need. In addition to the above clinical research interests, I have a particular interest in Geriatric Oncology and shared in developing a clinical Fellowship in Geriatric Oncology here which has now been in existence for about 10 years. I have a long standing interest in health care disparities as well. I have mentored numerous Fellows, Medical Students, Residents and College and High School students over the years in clinical care, clinical research and basic research.

In addition to my clinical interests have a laboratory research program related to innate immunology have had continuous NIH grant support for 30 years. Our research principally deals with innate immunity, which refers to immune responses that are hard-wired into the genome and provide a first line of protection against infection or transformed cells. Innate immune responses are sometimes also responsible for damaging inflammation. Defects or variants in innate immunity account for increased propensity for infections or harmful inflammation. As an example, people lacking one of the collectins found in blood are at greater risk for infection during neutropenia and have a greater risk for certain cancers. There is surprising complexity and specificity to innate immunity despite the fact that it provides protection even when a person has not been exposed to a specific infection. The main aspects of innate immunity we study include neutrophils and monocyte/macrophages, toll like receptors, and soluble immune defense proteins called collectins and defensins. We study how neutrophils and monocytes become activated in response to infectious organisms (viruses and bacteria), including studies of cell signaling, phagocytosis and oxidant production. We study how defensins and collectins kill bacteria or viruses and promote their uptake by neutrophils and monocytes. We have created or collaborate to create and test a variety of new recombinant versions of collectins and defensins, some of which have strongly increased antiviral or antibacterial activity. We also collaborate with members of the department of Biophysics in crystallographic studies of collectin structure in order to predict protein changes that might confer greater antimicrobial activity. We also collaborate in use of mouse models (e.g., mice in which collectin genes are deleted) to study the role of specific innate immune mediators in infection. A particular area of interest for us is the innate immune response to respiratory infection, especially influenza virus infection. Influenza virus and HIV (which we also study to some extent) are important examples of infections for which innate immunity is important since these viruses undergo continuous mutation thus evading adaptive immune responses (i.e., specific T and B cell responses).

A Randomized, Double-blind, Phase II Study of RAD001 10 mg/d plus Best Supportive Care versus Placebeo plus Best Supportive Care in the Treatment of Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Neuroendocri
04/04/2008 - 04/30/2011 (PI)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

A randomized, double-blind, multi-center phase III study comparing everolimus (RAD001) plus best supportive care vs placebo, plus best best supportive care in patients with advanced gastric cance
03/16/2010 - 02/28/2011 (PI)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

A Phase II, Multi-center, Open-label Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of DAVANAT in Combination with 5-Fluorouracil when Administered as First Line Chemotherapy in Patients Advanced Bili
07/05/2007 - 07/04/2010 (PI)
Pro-Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

A Randomized, Open-Label Trial Comparing Two Avastin (bevacizumab)- Based Treatment Regimens for the First-Line Treatment of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
05/17/2006 - 12/31/2009 (PI)
Genentech, Inc.

Enhancing Collectin Mediated Host Defense
04/01/1998 - 03/31/2003 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
5 R01 HL58910 04

An Open Label, Randomized, Controlled, Phase III, Multicenter, Clinical Trial of PN401 with HighDose 5-Fluoraouracil (5FU) vs. Gemcitabine for Treatment of Patients with Advanced Pancreatic Cancer
12/01/2001 - 11/30/2002 (PI)

Merck 937: A Phase 3 Double-blinded, Two-arm Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Pembrolizu
08/15/2019 - 08/31/2024 (PI)

Lexicon: A Phase 2, Multicenter, Open-label, Safety and Efficacy Study of XERMELO® (telotristat …
02/06/2020 - 02/05/2023 (PI)
Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

NGM 120: A Phase 1a/b Dose-Escalation Study Followed by Expansion Cohorts of NGM120, a GFRAL…
01/03/2020 - 01/02/2023 (PI)
NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.

Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza
07/01/2019 - 12/31/2020 (PI)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute/NIH/DHHS National Institutes

EL CENTRO: Engaging Latinos in the CENter of Cancer TReatment Options
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
Dana Farber Cancer Institute National Cancer Inst

Pulmonary Epithelial Dynamics and Innate Host Defense
12/07/2017 - 11/30/2019 (PI)
University of Cincinnati National Institutes

The JANUS 1 Study
08/26/2015 - 08/31/2019 (PI)
Incyte Corporation

11/17/2017 - 03/31/2019 (PI)

A Randomized, Double-Blind, Phase 3 Study of the JAK 1/2 Inhibitor Ruxolitinib of Placebo in Comb…
01/15/2015 - 01/31/2019 (PI)
Incyte Corporation

Enhancing Collectin Medicated Defense Against Influenza
08/11/2011 - 06/30/2015 (PI)
5R01 HL069031-12

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2018 Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza 5R01HL069031-17 41
2017 Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza 5R01HL069031-16 41
2016 Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza 5R01HL069031-15 41
2015 Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza 2R01HL069031-14 41
2014 Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza 5R01HL069031-13 41
2013 Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza 5R01HL069031-12 41
2012 Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza 5R01HL069031-11 41
2011 Enhancing Collectin Mediated Defense Against Influenza 2R01HL069031-10 41
2010 Collectin-Mediated Defense Against Influenza 5R01HL069031-09 41
2009 Collectin-Mediated Defense Against Influenza 5R01HL069031-08 41
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  1. Singh S, Zhao Q, Sachs TE, Hartshorn K. Reporting a Case of Solid Pseudopapillary Neoplasm of the Pancreas in a 44-Year-Old Woman with Parallel Analysis of Literature. Case Rep Oncol Med. 2023; 2023:1768926.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37153719; PMCID: PMC10162882; DOI: 10.1155/2023/1768926;
  2. Lazzaro A, Hartshorn KL. A Comprehensive Narrative Review on the History, Current Landscape, and Future Directions of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) Systemic Therapy. Cancers (Basel). 2023 Apr 27; 15(9). PMID: 37173972; PMCID: PMC10177076; DOI: 10.3390/cancers15092506;
  3. Alymova IV, Cipollo JF, Parsons LM, Music N, Kamal RP, Tzeng WP, Goldsmith CS, Contessa JN, Hartshorn KL, Wilson JR, Zeng H, Gansebom S, York IA. Aberrant Cellular Glycosylation May Increase the Ability of Influenza Viruses to Escape Host Immune Responses through Modification of the Viral Glycome. mBio. 2022 Apr 26; 13(2):e0298321. PMID: 35285699; PMCID: PMC9040841; DOI: 10.1128/mbio.02983-21;
  4. White MR, Nikolaidis NM, McCormack F, Crouch EC, Hartshorn KL. Viral Evasion of Innate Immune Defense: The Case of Resistance of Pandemic H1N1 Influenza A Virus to Human Mannose-Binding Proteins. Front Microbiol. 2021; 12:774711. PMID: 34956139; PMCID: PMC8692257; DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2021.774711;
  5. Boehmer U, Ozonoff A, Winter M, Berklein F, Potter J, Hartshorn KL, Ward KC, Ceballos RM, Clark MA. Health-related quality of life among colorectal cancer survivors of diverse sexual orientations. Cancer. 2021 10 15; 127(20):3847-3855.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34237147; PMCID: PMC8478814; DOI: 10.1002/cncr.33762;
  6. Boehmer U, Potter J, Clark MA, Winter M, Berklein F, Ceballos RM, Hartshorn K, Ozonoff A. Follow-up surveillance among colorectal cancer survivors of different sexual orientations. J Cancer Surviv. 2022 Apr; 16(2):445-454.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33851339; PMCID: PMC8531882; DOI: 10.1007/s11764-021-01039-1;
  7. Boehmer U, Potter J, Clark MA, Ozonoff A, Winter M, Berklein F, Ward KC, Hartshorn K. Assessing the relationship between symptoms and health care utilization in colorectal cancer survivors of different sexual orientations. Support Care Cancer. 2021 Oct; 29(10):5821-5830.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33742243; PMCID: PMC8410628; DOI: 10.1007/s00520-021-06157-1;
  8. Hsieh IN, White M, Hoeksema M, Deluna X, Hartshorn K. Histone H4 potentiates neutrophil inflammatory responses to influenza A virus: Down-modulation by H4 binding to C-reactive protein and Surfactant protein D. PLoS One. 2021; 16(2):e0247605. PMID: 33635872; PMCID: PMC7909658; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0247605;
  9. Ando K, Ozonoff A, Lee SY, Voisine M, Parker JT, Nakanishi R, Nishimura S, Yang J, Grace Z, Tran B, Diefenbach TJ, Maehara Y, Yasui H, Irino T, Salgia R, Terashima M, Gibbs P, Ramanathan RK, Oki E, Mori M, Kulke M, Hartshorn K, Bharti A. Multicohort Retrospective Validation of a Predictive Biomarker for Topoisomerase I Inhibitors. Clin Colorectal Cancer. 2021 06; 20(2):e129-e138.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33731288
  10. White MR, Hsieh IN, De Luna X, Hartshorn KL. Effects of serum amyloid protein A on influenza A virus replication and viral interactions with neutrophils. J Leukoc Biol. 2021 07; 110(1):155-166.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33205458; PMCID: PMC7753654; DOI: 10.1002/JLB.4AB0220-116RR;
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2017 Boston University Medical Center: Reward for Excellence as Training Program Director (Hematology Oncology Fellowship)
2010-2020 Boston Magazine: Selected as one of Boston's Top Doctors Annually 2010 - 2020
1982-1983 Boston City Hospital: Residency Training – Elected Co-President of House Officers Association
Albert Einstein College of Medicine: Alpha Omega Alpha
Williams College: Honors in English, Cum Laude
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Gastrointestinal cancer
Innate Immunity
Geriatric Oncology
Gastrointestinal Oncology
Respiratory viruses
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