Barbara L. Asselin, M.D.

Barbara L. Asselin, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 777
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 276-4113
Fax: (585) 276-1128
Administrative: (585) 276-4113

Professional Bio

Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hosptical Medicine, Golisano Children's Hospital, Rochester, New York.

Professor in Oncology, James P. Wilmot Cancer Center, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York.

Principal Investigator, University of Rochester Program in Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Leukemia Consortium.

Research Bio

My primary interest is in clinical trials and clinical research in treatment of pediatric malignancies. I serve as the Principal Investigator for the Clinical Research Program in Pediatric Oncology for all cooperative group activities through the Children's Oncology Group and the Dana-Farber Leukemia Consortium. Through these groups, I have been actively involved in design and development of a number of studies of the treatment and biology of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). My specific areas of expertise are L-asparaginase pharmacology, pharmacodynamics and immunology in treatment of ALL, treatment of T-cell disease (ALL and NHL), and role of cardioprotectants in preventing cardiotoxicity of cancer therapy.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Best Doctors in America 2004 - Present
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society 2003 - Present
George Washington Goler Associate Professor of Pediatrics 2002 - 2005
Jacob Gitelman Award | Cancer Action and Gilda's Club of Rochester 2002
Society of Pediatric Research 1998
Research Fellow, Leukemia Society of America 1987 - 1990
Wilmot Cancer Research Fellow | James P. Wilmot Foundation 1987 - 1990
Bradford Fellow | Department of Pediatrics | University of Rochester Medical Center 1985 - 1986
Rochester Academy of Medicine OB-GYN Annual Award 1980
Paul Gyorgy Annual Award, La Leche League International 1980
Honor Society of Phi Beta Kappa 1977
Honor Society of the Order of the Cross and Crown 1977

Recent Journal Articles

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Tower RL, Jones TL, Camitta BM, Asselin BL, Bell BA, Chauvenet A, Devidas M, Halperin EC, Pullen J, Shuster JJ, Winick N, and Kurtzberg J. "Dose intensification of methotrexate and cytarabine during intensified continuation chemotherapy for high-risk B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia: POG 9406: A report from the Children's Oncology Group." Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2014; 36(5): 353-61.
Vrooman, LM; Neuberg, DS; Supko, JG; Kutok, JL; Dahlberg, S; Stevenson, K; O'Brien, J; Asselin, BL; Athale, UH; Clavell, L; Kelly, KM; Laverdiere, C; Lipshultz, SE; Michon, B; Schorin, M; Cohen, HJ; Sallan, SE; Silverman, LB. "Efficacy of Individualized Dosing of L-Asparaginase and Dexamethasone in Children and Adolescents with Newly Diagnosed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Results from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Consortium Protocol 00-01." J Clin Oncology. 2013; 31(9): 1202-10.
Salzer, WL; Asselin, BL; Supko JG; Devidas M; Kaiser NA; Plourde P; Winick NJ; Reaman GH; Raetz E; Carroll WL; and Hunger SP. "Erwina asparaginase achieves therapeutic activity after PEG-asparaginase allergy: A report from the Children's Oncology Group". Blood. 2013; .
Sears B, Bailes J, Asselin B. "Therapeutic uses of high-dose omega-3 fatty acids to treat comatose patients with severe brain injury." Pharma Nutrition. 2013; 1: 86-89.
Asselin BL, Gaynon P, Whitlock JA. "Recent advances in acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children and adolescents: an expert panel discussion." Curr Opin Oncol. 2013; 25 Suppl, 3: S1-13; quiz S14-6.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Pediatric Hospitalist (SMD) - Primary
Professor - Cancer Center


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1981
BS | Arts and Sciences | Boston College1977

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, H. Cohen, MD, Ph.D at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1984 - 06/30/1987
Residency in Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School06/01/1982 - 07/01/1984
Internship in Pediatrics at University of Massachusetts Medical School06/23/1981 - 05/31/1982