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    Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH

     
    Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH

     
    Medical Director, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
    Faculty Director for Cancer Care Equity
    Physician


    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Centers/Programs

    Thoracic Oncology
    Dana-Farber at St. Elizabeth's

    Office phone: 617-632-6041 (Boston main campus); 617-789-2903 (St. Elizabeth's)
    Fax: 617-632-5786 (Boston main campus); 617-789-2064 (St. Elizabeth's)

    Preferred contact method: office phone

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    Research Department

    Medical Oncology/Population Sciences

    Interests

    Lung cancer, Racial disparities in lung cancer treatment, Midline NUT carcinoma

    Area of Research

    Community-based research, Health services research


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215

    Other Practice Locations


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
    736 Cambridge Street
    Cushing Pavilion, 5th Floor
    Brighton, MA 02135

    Research

    Community-based research, Health services research

    My primary research interests and clinical work focuses on care provided to lung cancer patients, particularly patients who are members of ethnic and racial minority groups. I am interested in all areas of care delivery and feel that community engagement and assessment is of utmost importance.  Cancer patients are vulnerable and knowledge about the distribution of symptoms both physical and psychological is invaluable in the assessment of disparities.

    My current research interests focus on racial disparities in lung cancer, and on improving access to care for underserved cancer patients. Currently I am involved with the Lung Cancer Disparities Center run by Dr. David Williams at the Harvard School of Public Health as an co- investigator on multiple projects including (1) sequencing somatic mutations in African-Americans with lung cancer. (2) Examining socioeconomic changes in the NCI CanCORS data set. (3) Examining the relative effects of socioeconomic status on survival in lung cancer. In addition am currently running an outreach oncology clinic as in a Federally Qualified health center in Roxbury, MA.  This program is an innovative project with the aim of reducing disparities in cancer mortality locally.

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