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    Karen D. Wright, MD, MS

    Karen D. Wright, MD, MS

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics , Harvard Medical School


    Pediatric Brain Tumors

    Office phone: 617-632-4244
    Appointment phone: 617-632-2680
    Fax: 617-632-4897
    Email: karend_wright@dfci.harvard.edu

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    Pediatric Neuro-Oncology


    Early-phase clinical trials, Circulating tumor DNA/Liquid biopsy, Infant brain tumors

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


    The diagnosis of cancer is incredibly difficult for anyone, but when it’s your child, it’s particularly devastating. I make sure to reassure patients, parents, families and caregivers that this is a partnership and a journey we will weather together. Part of my job is to teach them about the tumor, the treatment, and expected side effects of that treatment, but what they don’t initially realize is how much they will teach me in return. I’ve had years of training to prepare for this; they have had but a few weeks. Yet one of the most rewarding parts of my job is to watch my patients, their families and caregivers transition from students to teachers. I think it’s important to also acknowledge that although we may not cure every patient with a brain tumor, we will help patients to live as long and as well as possible with current therapies and supportive care.


    Board Certification
    Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2015
    Pediatrics, 2007

    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Neuro-Oncology, 2010
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Hematology/Oncology, 2009

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Pediatrics

    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, Pediatrics, 2006

    Medical School
    Temple University School of Medicine, 2003

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