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Paul M. Barr, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-5823

Fax: (585) 273-5761

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Patient Care Setting

Cancer

Biography

As the Director of the Clinical Trials Office for Wilmot Cancer Institute, I oversee our state-of-the-art clinical trials while also educating my patients about their disease so they are as informed as possible. This enables my patients to participate in the process of making the best treatment decisions.

Individual patients drew me into the field of hematology/oncology. I am driven by the desire to develop better, less toxic treatments for our lymphoma and leukemia patients. I also have an amazing team working with me that is focused on communicating with and educating our patients, helping them in every aspect of their lives.

If I were to recommend one thing to patients, it would be to ask about clinical trials. While a clinical trial may not be appropriate in every circumstance, all patients should learn about these important options.

Conditions I Treat

- Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
- Hodgkin lymphoma
- Chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Professional Background

Paul M. Barr, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Trials Office for the Wilmot Cancer Institute.



Dr. Barr received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. His postgraduate training included an internship, residency and chief residency at Case Western Reserve University. He subsequently completed a hematology and oncology fellowship at Case Western and now holds subspecialty certification in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.

He is a member of the lymphoma committee in the Southwest Oncology Group and serves as principal investigator on several local and national clinical trial treatment protocols for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

His research interests focus on the development of novel therapeutics for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lymphoma. He has received a NIH funded K12 award during his training for his work with the organic amine Methoxyamine to improve the effect of fludarabine for CLL patients. Most recently, he was awarded a Clinical Research award from the Lymphoma Research Foundation based o his work developing combination therapies targeting molecules within the B cell receptor pathway for CLL and lymphoma patients.

Research

Paul M. Barr, M.D. is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Clinical Trials Office for the Wilmot Cancer Institute.

Dr. Barr received his medical degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University. His postgraduate training included an internship, residency and chief residency at Case Western Reserve University. He subsequently completed a hematology and oncology fellowship at Case Western and now holds subspecialty certification in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.

He is a member of the lymphoma committee in the Southwest Oncology Group and serves as principal investigator on several local and national clinical trial treatment protocols for chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

His research interests focus on the development of novel therapeutics for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and lymphoma. He has received a NIH funded K12 award during his training for his work with the organic amine Methoxyamine to improve the effect of fludarabine for CLL patients. Most recently, he was awarded a Clinical Research award from the Lymphoma Research Foundation based o his work developing combination therapies targeting molecules within the B cell receptor pathway for CLL and lymphoma patients.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Hematology - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

2000
MD | Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2004 - 06/30/2007
Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology at University Hospitals of Cleveland

07/01/2001 - 06/30/2003
Residency in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland

07/01/2000 - 06/30/2001
Internship in Internal Medicine at University Hospitals of Cleveland

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Awards

2012 - 2015
Lymphoma Research Foundation Clinical Investigator

2011 - 2014
NIH Loan Repayment Program Award Recipient
Sponsor: NIH

2011 - 2014
Wilmot Cancer Research Fellowship

2009
American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute

2008
NIH/NCI K12 Paul Calabresi Scholar
Sponsor: NIH
Location: University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve

2006 - 2007
John W. Harris, MD Hematology Scholar Award
Location: Case Western Reserve University

2003 - 2004
Chief Medical Resident
Location: Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals

1996
Department of Zoology Honors Program

1996
Phi Beta Kappa

1995
Howard Hughes Summer Scholars Program

1995
Miami MED Premedical Honorary

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Clinical Trials

Randomized, Phase III Study of Early Intervention With Venetoclax and Obinutuzumab Versus Delayed Therapy With Venetoclax and Obinutuzumab in Newly Diagnosed Asymptomatic High-Risk Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma (CLL/SLL): EVOLVE CLL/SLL Study

Lead Researcher: Paul M Barr

This phase III trial compares early treatment with venetoclax and obinutuzumab versus delayed treatment with venetoclax and obinutuzumab in patients with newly diagnosed high-risk chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma. Venetoclax may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Immunotherapy with monoclonal antibodies, such as obinutuzumab, may help the body's immune system attack the cancer, and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Starting treatment with the venetoclax and obinutuzumab early (before patients have symptoms) may have better outcomes for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma compared to starting treatment with the venetoclax and obinutuzumab after patients show symptoms.

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A Phase 1 Dose-Escalation and Cohort-Expansion Study of VLS-101 in Subjects with Hematological Malignancies

Lead Researcher: Paul M Barr

This is a Phase 1 study evaluating the safety, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, immunogenicity, and efficacy of VLS-101, an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) that targets receptor tyrosine kinase-like orphan receptor 1 (ROR1) on cancer cells. The study is evaluating VLS-101 in patients with previously treated hematological cancers.

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EA4151 ~ Phase III Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Followed by Maintenance Rituximab vs. Maintenance Rituximab Alone for Patients with Mantle Cell Lymphoma In Minimal Residual Disease-Negative First Complete Remission

Lead Researcher: Paul M Barr

This randomized phase III trial studies rituximab after stem cell transplant and to see how well it works compared with rituximab alone in treating patients with in minimal residual disease-negative mantle cell lymphoma in first complete remission. Monoclonal antibodies, such as rituximab, may interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread. Giving chemotherapy before a stem cell transplant helps kill any cancer cells that are in the body and helps make room in the patient's bone marrow for new blood-forming cells (stem cells) to grow. After treatment, stem cells are collected from the patient's blood and stored. More chemotherapy is then given to prepare the bone marrow for the stem cell transplant. The stem cells are then returned to the patient to replace the blood-forming cells that were destroyed by the chemotherapy. Giving rituximab with or without stem cell transplant may work better in treating patients with mantle cell lymphoma.

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Phase II study of acalabrutinib and high frequency low dose subcutaneous rituximab in patients with previously untreated CLL/SLL,Phase II study of acalabrutinib and high frequency low dose subcutaneous rituximab in patients with previously untreated CLL/SLL

Lead Researcher: Paul M Barr

The main purpose of this research study is to find out if the combination of acalabrutinib and high frequency low dose subcutaneous rituximab is safe and effective in patients who have previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL).

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ILYM17064: Phase I/II study of venetoclax in combination with Ublituximab and Umbralisib (TGR-1202) in patients with relapsed or refractory CLL/SLL

Lead Researcher: Paul M Barr

Phase I/II Study of Venetoclax or Lenalidomide in Combination with Ublituximab and Umbralisib in Subjects with Relapsed or Refractory CLL/SLL and NHL

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S1608:Testing two new targeted drug combinations against standard chemotherapy for early relapsing or refractory follicular lymphoma

Lead Researcher: Paul M Barr

This phase II trial studies how well obinutuzumab with or without umbralisib, lenalidomide, or combination chemotherapy work in treating patients with grade I-IIIa follicular lymphoma that has come back (relapsed) or does not respond to treatment (refractory). Immunotherapy with obinutuzumab, may induce changes in body's immune system and may interfere with the ability of tumor cells to grow and spread. Umbralisib may stop the growth of cancer cells by blocking some of the enzymes needed for cell growth. Biological therapies, such as lenalidomide, use substances made from living organisms that may stimulate or suppress the immune system in different ways and stop cancer cells from growing. Drugs used in chemotherapy, such as cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone, and bendamustine, work in different ways to stop the growth of cancer cells, either by killing the cells, by stopping them from dividing, or by stopping them from spreading. It is not yet known whether giving obinutuzumab with or without umbralisib, lenalidomide, or combination chemotherapy will work better in treating patients with grade I-IIIa follicular lymphoma.

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Publications

Journal Articles

4/28/2021
Kumar A, Casulo C, Advani RH, Budde E, Barr PM, Batlevi CL, Caron P, Constine LS, Dandapani SV, Drill E, Drullinsky P, Friedberg JW, Grieve C, Hamilton A, Hamlin PA, Hoppe RT, Horwitz SM, Joseph A, Khan N, Laraque L, Matasar MJ, Moskowitz AJ, Noy A, Palomba ML, Schöder H, Straus DJ, Vemuri S, Yang J, Younes A, Zelenetz AD, Yahalom J, Moskowitz CH. "Brentuximab Vedotin Combined With Chemotherapy in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Early-Stage, Unfavorable-Risk Hodgkin Lymphoma." Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.. 2021 Apr 28; :JCO2100108. Epub 2021 Apr 28.

3/2021
Barr PM. "Highlights in leukemia and lymphoma from the 62nd American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition: commentary." Clinical advances in hematology & oncology : H&O.. 2021 Mar 0; 19 Suppl 11(3):17-19.

12/1/2020
Mato AR, Ghosh N, Schuster SJ, Lamanna N, Pagel JM, Flinn IW, Barrientos J, Rai KR, Reeves JA, Cheson BD, Barr PM, Kambhampati S, Lansigan F, Pu JJ, Skarbnik AP, Roeker LE, Fonseca G, Sitlinger A, Hamadeh IS, Dorsey C, LaRatta N, Weissbrot H, Luning Prak ET, Tsao PY, Paskalis D, Sportelli P, Miskin HP, Weiss MS, Svoboda J, Brander DM. "Phase 2 Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Umbralisib in Patients with CLL Who Are Intolerant to BTK or PI3K? Inhibitor Therapy." Blood.. 2020 Dec 1; Epub 2020 Dec 01.

Books & Chapters

2019
Book Title: How I treat early relapsing follicular lymphoma
Author List: Casulo C, Barr PM
Published By: Blood 2019

2019
Book Title: Augmenting Indolent Lymphoma Treatment Options with the Combination of Lenalidomide and Rituximab.
Author List: Barr PM
Published By: J Clin Oncology 2019

2018
Book Title: COUNTERPOINT: Can Chemotherapy Be Eliminated in the Treatment of Follicular Lymphoma?
Author List: Barr PM
Published By: Oncology 2018

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