Theodore S. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., Isadore Lampe Professor of Radiation Oncology, is the Chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology and a professor in the Department of Environmental Health, School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Lawrence is the Chair of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Councilors (Clinical and Epidemiology) and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He is an editor of The Cancer Journal: Journal of the Principles and Practice of Oncology, associate editor for Seminars in Radiation Oncology, and editor-in-chief of Translational Oncology.
In addition to having served as ASTROs President and Chairman of the Board, Dr. Lawrence has dedicated significant effort to professional societies. He was Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for ASTRO from 1994-1998, and Chair of the Scientific Program Committee for ASCO in 1999. He has served on the Annual Program Committee for ASTRO, ESTRO, ASCO, AACR, and RRS. He organized the first and second Translational Research in Radiation Oncology meetings for ASTRO, with the goal of encouraging and educating residents and early career faculty who wish to establish a career in translational research. He has served on numerous National Cancer Institute review panels, including the Clinical Oncology and the Radiation Therapeutics and Biology Study Sections.
His research interests in the laboratory are focused on chemotherapeutic and molecularly targeted radiosensitizers. His clinical research combines these laboratory studies with highly conformal radiation therapy guided by functional imaging to try to improve the outcome of treatment for patients with gastrointestinal and central nervous system malignancies. He is the author of over 190 peer-reviewed manuscripts and 20 book chapters. He is an editor, along with Drs. DeVita and Rosenberg, of the 8th edition of The Principles and Practice of Oncology.
Dr. Lawrence joined the faculty of the University of Michigan as an Assistant Professor in 1987, following a fellowship in medical oncology and a residency in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Institute. He received his research degree in cell biology from the Rockefeller University in New York, followed by his medical degree from Cornell University and an internal medicine residency at Stanford University. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and to Professor in 1997. He became the Isadore Lampe Professor and chair of the department in 1999.