Lawrence Lessin

Biographical Sketch

Lawrence S. Lessin, MD, MACP
Former Medical Director
The Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center
Former Professor of Medicine and Pathology
George Washington University Medical Center

Areas of expertise/specialty: Hematology and Medical Oncology
Special Interests: Hematologic malignancies, including leukemia, myelodysplasia, lymphoma, myeloma and myeloproliferative syndromes. Anemias. Breast Cancer.

Lawrence S. Lessin received his Doctorate in Medicine in 1962 from the University of Chicago School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honorary Society. Following medical school, he completed his internship, residency (Medicine) and fellowship (Hematology) at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where he ultimately served as Chief Medical Resident. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Hematology, Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine. Due to his research accomplishments and innovation , Dr. Lessin was awarded a special fellowship from the National Heart Institute (United States Public Health Services) in the Institute for Cell Pathology at the University of Paris, for advanced research training.

Dr. Lessin’s long term commitment to medical education, research and patient care has allowed him the opportunity to impart his knowledge in hematology and oncology to trainees and practicing physicians, while offering hope for patients with cancer and blood diseases. He has participated in the training of over 75 Fellows and research personnel in Hematology and Medical Oncology, as well as countless medical students and residents. His professional path has continued for more than 35 years in distinguished roles such as Professor, Division Head and Medical Director within prominent hospitals including Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC), Veterans Administration Hospital (Durham, NC), and The George Washington University Medical Center and its Cancer Center(Washington, DC)

In 1993, Dr. Lessin became the Medical Director of The Washington Cancer Institute at Washington Hospital Center where his extensive of experience has made the Cancer Institute a leader in comprehensive cancer care. He established the interdisciplinary team care model for treatment and support of cancer patients and helped to recruit top physicians to lead these programs. Over, the past decade he has helped to develop an extensive research program, now conducting over 40 clinical trails per year and bringing cutting edge therapies to over 200 patients annually. Through his many years of dedication to the control, diagnosis and treatment of cancer and related blood disorders Dr. Lessin has developed a national reputation as a medical educator, cancer program administrator and provider of high quality cancer care..

Honors & Awards
As a distinguished professional, Dr. Lessin has received high honors and national accolades for his commitment to optimal cancer care. His extensive medical accomplishments in research and cancer management can be found in more than 120 national and international publications, books and journals. He has severed on numerous national boards and committees for the organizations such as National Heart Lung Blood Institute, National Cancer Institute, American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American College of Physicians. American Blood Commission and others. He served for six years as a member of the American Board of Internal Medicine, subcommittee on Hematology. In 1999, he was awarded Mastership in the American College of Physicians. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Best Doctors in the United States of America (Good Housekeeping Magazine), Best Medical Specialists in the United States (Town and Country Magazine), Washingtonian Top Doctors, and Who’s Who in America.

Contact Information

Office Address:
Washington Hospital Center
110 Irving St., NW C2149
Washington, DC 20010

(202) 877-8111
(202) 877-8086
Email: ten.ratsdem|nissel.s.ecnerwal#ten.ratsdem|nissel.s.ecnerwal

Medical School: University of Chicago School of Medicine, 1962
Internship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1963
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1965
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 1966

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