Debra L. Friedman, MD
Pediatric Cancer, Cancer Care Delivery, Health Outcomes
Dr. Friedman is the E. Bronson Ingram Chair of Pediatric Oncology and Director of the Division of Hematology/Oncology. She co-leads the Clinical Trials and Population Sciences Research Core for the NCI-funded Meharry-Vanderbilt-Tennessee State University Cancer Partnership (MVTCP) and co-leads the community engagement research initiatives for the NCI-funded Southern Community Cohort Study. She serves on the Internal Scientific Advisory Committee for the MVTCP where she brings input in population sciences. She has published over 150 manuscripts, largely with a focus on outcomes for cancer survivors. She is the Director for the Vanderbilt Cancer Survivorship Program at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center and serves the program co-leader for the Cancer Health Outcomes and Control (CO) Program. As such, she contributes to academic, clinical and educational initiatives in the Division, Department and within the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Dr. Friedman is an internationally recognized physician-scientist, with continuous grant funding for over 20 years. Her research focuses on cancer care delivery and health outcomes across the lifespan for diverse populations of pediatric and adult cancer patients. Her research has contributed to an understanding of psychosocial, functional, and physiologic long-term outcomes for childhood and adult cancer survivors, with contributions to surveillance guidelines and interventions to ameliorate adverse outcomes. Dr. Friedman is a leader in clinical pediatric oncology, where she has developed and led clinical trials in the Children's Oncology Group (COG) in Hodgkin lymphoma, retinoblastoma and survivorship. She is on the Hodgkin lymphoma, Rare tumor, Survivorship and Adolescent and Young Adult committees within the COG. Dr. Friedman has had continuous grant funding supporting these activities for over 20 years. She currently has funding from the National Cancer Institute and foundations to investigate cancer health disparities, cancer control and care delivery in rural populations, psychosocial and functional issues facing adolescent and young adult cancer patients and, in the biology, clinical care and outcomes in retinoblastoma. She also leads the clinical trials in Hodgkin lymphoma, retinoblastoma and survivorship at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Dr. Friedman contributes to the educational initiatives to support the training of the leaders of the future. She is the multiple-PI for a K12 training grant and the co-program director for a T32 training grant.