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Considered one of the United States’ leading experts in malignant peritoneal mesothelioma, Dr. Claire Verschraegen is a native of Belgium and is currently the Director of the Division of Medical Oncology for the Department of Internal Medicine at Ohio State University of Medicine. Her research focuses on treatment for pleural and peritoneal mesothelioma, with many studies focusing around combinations of chemotherapy drugs, like pemetrexed and gemcitabine.

Verschraegen is a member of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation and as such has appeared as guest or keynote speaker at a number of mesothelioma-centered symposiums, conferences, workshops and meetings sharing information with both mesothelioma doctors and their patients. A former Fulbright scholar, she has penned more than 80 peer-reviewed papers, 10 book chapters and 20 invited papers. Her studies and expertise have also earned Dr. Verschraegen the Occino-Kernkamp Prize from the Belgium Association of University Women.

Dr. Verschraegen is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology in America as well as in Belgium. As a medical oncologist, she focuses on the treatment of not only peritoneal mesothelioma, but also a variety of gynecological and appendiceal cancers. She has conducted extensive research of the chemotherapy drug Alimta® used in tandem with gemcitabine for the treatment of malignant peritoneal mesothelioma.

Main Speciality: Medical Oncology

Other Interests & Specialties: Mesothelioma, metastatic melanoma, sarcomas, gynecologic malignancies and the study of new anticancer drugs and treatments for solid tumors.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Internal Medicine Certification in Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine Certification in Medicine Oncology, member of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation

Education & Experience:

  • Medical Degree from Université Libre de Bruxelles in Belgium
  • Residency at University of Texas Health Science Center
  • Fellowship for Oncology at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Fellowship in Internal Medicine at Clinique L. Caty

Publications:
New insights into understanding the mechanisms, pathogenesis, and management of malignant mesotheliomasThe American Journal of Pathology. April 2013;182(4):1065-77. doi: 10.1016/j.ajpath.2012.12.028

Avelumab in patients with previously treated mesothelioma: Updated phase 1b results from the JAVELIN Solid Tumor trialJournal of Clinical Oncology. February 2018;36(5):166-166. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2018.36.5_suppl.16

Phase II study of cediranib in patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma: SWOG S0509Journal of Thoracic Oncology. November 2011;6(11):1938-45. doi: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e318229586e

Pemetrexed plus gemcitabine as first-line chemotherapy for patients with peritoneal mesothelioma: final report of a phase II trialJournal of Clinical Oncology. July 2008;26(21):3567-72. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2007.15.2868

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