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Michael F. Walsh, MD

Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist & Clinical Geneticist

My Role at MSK

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Pediatrics, Genetics, and Hematology & Oncology

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What I Do at MSK
  • Associate Attending Physician
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I am a pediatrician, geneticist, and hematologist-oncologist. I treat children with cancer and take care of families with a predisposition to cancer.

As a member of the Niehaus Center for Inherited Cancer Genomics, the Department of Pediatrics, and the Clinical Genetics Service, I prescribe treatments, offer risk-reductive options, generate surveillance plans, and contextualize information for patients.

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I am part of the American Association for Cancer Research’s Pediatric Cancer Working Group, which focuses on screening recommendations for children with a predisposition to cancer. Within this group, I lead a committee focused on DNA damage syndromes.

I have contributed to the field of cancer genetics primarily by identifying families with a predisposition to cancer and expanding our understanding of how heritable genetic changes occur more commonly than previously realized in pediatric patients as well as in men with metastatic prostate cancer. Both of these discoveries were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. During my training, I also made notable discoveries about leukemia and mutations that raise the risk of it, as well as about Li Fraumeni Syndrome.

My Role at MSK

A pediatric hematologist-oncologist is a doctor who treats cancers of the blood in children and adolescents. This doctor is a hematologist (HEE-muh-TAH-loh-jist) who diagnoses and treats blood disorders. They also are an oncologist (cancer doctor).

A clinical geneticist is a scientist with special training in diagnosing and treating genetic conditions. They can help explain your risk of getting a genetic condition that is passed on from parents to children.

Areas of Expertise

My Specialties

  • Pediatrics, Genetics, and Hematology & Oncology
Education & Honors

Education

  • MD, University College Dublin

Residencies

  • Pediatrics and Genetics - Johns Hopkins Hospital

Awards and Honors

  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Young Investigator Award (2016)
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital, McKusick-Nathans Institute for Genetic Medicine, Margaret Ellen Nielsen Fellowship in Genetic Medicine Award (2009)

Fellowships

  • Hematology-Oncology - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Board Certifications

  • Medical Genetics
  • Pediatrics

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Contact and Location

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Research and Publications

Cancer Predisposition Risk & Genomics

Walsh MF, Kennedy J, Harlan M, Kentsis A, Shukla N, Roberts S, Kung AL, Robson M, Kushner BH, Meyers P, Offit K. Germ line BRCA2 Mutations Detected in Pediatric Sequencing Studies Impact Parents’ Evaluation and Care. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2017 Jun 27. pii: mcs.a001925. doi: 10.1101/mcs.a001925.

Pritchard CC*, Mateo J*, Walsh MF* (co-first authors), De Sarkar N, Abida W, Beltran H, Garofalo A, Gulati R, Carreira S, Eeles R, Elemento O, Rubin MA, Robinson D, Lonigro R, Hussain M, Chinnaiyan A, Vinson J, Filipenko J, Garraway L, Taplin ME, AlDubayan S, Han GC, Beightol M, Morrissey C, Nghiem B, Cheng HH, Montgomery B, Walsh T, Casadei S, Berger M, Zhang L, Zehir A, Vijai J, Scher HI, Sawyers C, Schultz N, Kantoff PW, Solit D, Robson M, Van Allen EM, Offit K, de Bono J, Nelson PS. Inherited DNA-Repair Gene Mutations in Men with Metastatic Prostate Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2016 Aug 4;375(5):443-53. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1603144. Epub 2016 Jul 6. PMID: 27433846

Zhang J*, Walsh MF*, Wu G* (*co-first authors), Edmonson MN, Gruber TA, Easton J, Hedges D, Ma X, Zhou X, Yergeau DA, Wilkinson MR, Vadodaria B, Chen X, McGee RB, Hines-Dowell S, Nuccio R, Quinn E, Shurtleff SA, Rusch M, Patel A, Becksfort JB, Wang S, Weaver MS, Ding L, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Gajjar A, Ellison DW, Pappo AS, Pui CH, Nichols KE, Downing JR. Germline Mutations in Predisposition Genes in Pediatric Cancer. N Engl J Med. 2015 Dec 10;373(24):2336-2346. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1508054. Epub 2015 Nov 18. PMID:26580448

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Mandelker D, Z.L., Kemel Y, Stadler ZK, Joseph V, Zehir A, Pradhan N, Arnold A, Walsh MF, Yirong Li Y, Balakrishnan A, Syed A, Prasad M, Nafa K, Carlo MI, Cadoo KA, Sheehan M, Fleischut MH, Salo-Mullen E, Trottier M, Lipkin SM, Lincoln A, Mukherjee S, Ravichandran V, Cambria R, Galle J, Abida W. Arcila ME, Benayed R, Shah R, Yu K, Bajorin DF. Coleman JA, Leach SD, Lowery MA, Garcia-Aguilar J, Kantoff PW, Sawyers CL, Dickler MN, Saltz L, Motzer RJ, O’Reilly E, Scher HI, Baselga J, Klimstra DS, Solit DB. Hyman DM, Berger MF, Ladanyi M, Robson M and Offit K, Mutation detection in patients with advanced cancer by universal sequencing of cancer-related genes in tumor and normal DNA compared to guideline-based germline testing. JAMA, 2017. In Press.

Abida, W, Armenia, J, Gopalan, A, Brennan, R, Walsh, MF, Barron, D, Danila, D, Rathkopf, D, Morris, M, Slovin, S, McLaughlin, B, Curtis, K, Hyman, D, Durack, J, Solomon, S, Arcila, M, Zehir, A, Syed, A, Gao, J, Chakravarty, D, Vargas, HA, Robson, M, Vijai, J, Offit, K, Donoghue, M, Abeshouse, A, Kundra, R, Heins, Z, Penson, A, Harris, C, Taylor, B, Ladanyi, M, Mandelker, D, Zhang, L, Reuter, V, Kantoff, P, Solit, D, Berger, M, Sawyers, C, Schultz, N, Scher, H. Prospective Genomic Profiling of Prostate Cancer Across Disease States Reveals Germline and Somatic Alterations That May Affect Clinical Decision Making. JCO Precision Oncology. 2017 May 31. DOI: 10.1200/PO.17.00029.

Schrader KA, Cheng DT, Joseph V, Prasad M, Walsh MF, Zehir A, Ni A, Thomas T, Benayed R, Ashraf A, Lincoln A, Arcila M, Stadler Z, Solit D, Hyman DM, Zhang L, Klimstra D, Ladanyi M, Offit K, Berger M, Robson M. Germline Variants in Targeted Tumor Sequencing Using Matched Normal DNA. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Jan;2(1):104-11. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.5208. PMID:26556299

Bouffet E, Larouche V, Campbell BB, Merico D, de Borja R, Aronson M, Durno C, Krueger J, Cabric V, Ramaswamy V, Zhukova N, Mason G, Farah R, Afzal S, Yalon M, Rechavi G, Magimairajan V, Walsh MF, Constantini S, Dvir R, Elhasid R, Reddy A, Osborn M, Sullivan M, Hansford J, Dodgshun A, Klauber-Demore N, Peterson L, Patel S, Lindhorst S, Atkinson J, Cohen Z, Laframboise R, Dirks P, Taylor M, Malkin D, Albrecht S, Dudley RW, Jabado N, Hawkins CE, Shlien A, Tabori U.Immune Checkpoint Inhibition for Hypermutant Glioblastoma Multiforme Resulting From Germline Biallelic Mismatch Repair Deficiency. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Jul 1;34(19):2206-11. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2016.66.6552. Epub 2016 Mar 21. PMID:27001570

Huether R, Dong L, Chen X, Wu G, Parker M, Wei L, Ma J, Edmonson MN, Hedlund EK, Rusch MC, Shurtleff SA, Mulder HL, Boggs K, Vadordaria B, Cheng J, Yergeau D, Song G, Becksfort J, Lemmon G, Weber C, Cai Z, Dang J, Walsh MF, Gedman AL, Faber Z, Easton J, Gruber T, Kriwacki RW, Partridge JF, Ding L, Wilson RK, Mardis ER, Mullighan CG, Gilbertson RJ, Baker SJ, Zambetti G, Ellison DW, Zhang J, Downing JR.The landscape of somatic mutations in epigenetic regulators across 1,000 paediatric cancer genomes. Nat Commun. 2014 Apr 8;5:3630. doi: 10.1038/ncomms4630.

Leukemia Predisposition

Topka S*, Vijai J*, Walsh MF* (*co-first authors),, Jacobs L, Maria A, Villano D, Gaddam P, Wu G, McGee RB, Quinn E, Inaba H, Hartford C, Pui CH, Pappo A, Edmonson M, Zhang MY, Stepensky P, Steinherz P, Schrader K, Lincoln A, Bussel J, Lipkin SM, Goldgur Y, Harit M, Stadler ZK, Mullighan C, Weintraub M, Shimamura A, Zhang J, Downing JR, Nichols KE, Offit K. Germline ETV6 Mutations Confer Susceptibility to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and Thrombocytopenia. PLoS Genet. 2015 Jun 23;11(6):e1005262. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1005262. eCollection 2015 Jun. PMID: 26102509

Schwartz JR, Wang S, Ma J, Lamprecht T, Walsh M, Song G, Raimondi SC, Wu G, Walsh MF, McGee RB, Kesserwan C, Nichols KE, Cauff BE, Ribeiro RC, Wlodarski M, Klco JM. Germline SAMD9 mutation in siblings with monosomy 7 and myelodysplastic syndrome. Leukemia. 2017 Aug;31(8):1827-1830. doi: 10.1038/leu.2017.142. Epub 2017 May 10. No abstract available.

Holmfeldt L, Wei L, Diaz-Flores E, Walsh MF, Zhang J, Ding L, Payne-Turner D, Churchman M, Andersson A, Chen SC, McCastlain K, Becksfort J, Ma J, Wu G, Patel SN, Heatley SL, Phillips LA, Song G, Easton J, Parker M, Chen X, Rusch M, Boggs K, Vadodaria B, Hedlund E, Drenberg C, Baker S, Pei D, Cheng C, Huether R, Lu C, Fulton RS, Fulton LL, Tabib Y, Dooling DJ, Ochoa K, Minden M, Lewis ID, To LB, Marlton P, Roberts AW, Raca G, Stock W, Neale G, Drexler HG, Dickins RA, Ellison DW, Shurtleff SA, Pui CH, Ribeiro RC, Devidas M, Carroll AJ, Heerema NA, Wood B, Borowitz MJ, Gastier-Foster JM, Raimondi SC, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Hunger SP, Loh ML, Mullighan CG. The genomic landscape of hypodiploid acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Nat Genet. 2013 Mar;45(3):242-52. doi: 10.1038/ng.2532. Epub 2013 Jan 20.PMID:23334668

Guidelines

Walsh MF, Chang VY, Kohlmann WK, Scott HS, Cunniff C, Bourdeaut F, Molenaar JJ, Porter CC, Sandlund JT, Plon SE, Wang LL, Savage SA.Recommendations for Childhood Cancer Screening and Surveillance in DNA Repair Disorders. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Jun 1;23(11):e23-e31. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-0465. Review.

Porter CC, Druley TE, Erez A, Kuiper RP, Onel K, Schiffman JD, Wolfe Schneider K, Scollon SR, Scott HS, Strong LC, Walsh MF, Nichols KE.Recommendations for Surveillance for Children with Leukemia-Predisposing Conditions. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Jun 1;23(11):e14-e22. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-0428. Review. PMID: 28572263

Ballinger ML, Best A, Mai PL, Khincha PP, Loud JT, Peters JA, Achatz MI, Chojniak R, Balieiro da Costa A, Santiago KM, Garber J, O’Neill AF, Eeles RA, Evans DG, Bleiker E, Sonke GS, Ruijs M, Loo C, Schiffman J, Naumer A, Kohlmann W, Strong LC, Bojadzieva J, Malkin D, Rednam SP, Stoffel EM, Koeppe E, Weitzel JN, Slavin TP, Nehoray B, Robson M, Walsh MF, Manelli L, Villani A, Thomas DM, Savage SA. Baseline Surveillance in Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Using Whole-Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Meta-analysis. JAMA Oncol. 2017 Aug 3. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2017.1968. PMID:28772291

Wasserman JD, Tomlinson GE, Druker H, Kamihara J, Kohlmann WK, Kratz CP, Nathanson KL, Pajtler KW, Parareda A, Rednam SP, States LJ, Villani A, Walsh MF, Zelley K, Schiffman JD. Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia and Hyperparathyroid-Jaw Tumor Syndromes: Clinical Features, Genetics, and Surveillance Recommendations in Childhood. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Jul 1;23(13):e123-e132. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-0548. Review.PMID:28674121

Kamihara J, Bourdeaut F, Foulkes WD, Molenaar JJ, Mossé YP, Nakagawara A, Parareda A, Scollon SR, Schneider KW, Skalet AH, States LJ, Walsh MF, Diller LR, Brodeur GM. Retinoblastoma and Neuroblastoma Predisposition and Surveillance. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Jul 1;23(13):e98-e106. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-0652. Review. PMID: 28674118

Villani A, Greer MC, Kalish JM, Nakagawara A, Nathanson KL, Pajtler KW, Pfister SM, Walsh MF, Wasserman JD, Zelley K, Kratz CP. Recommendations for Cancer Surveillance in Individuals with RASopathies and Other Rare Genetic Conditions with Increased Cancer Risk. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Jun 15;23(12):e83-e90. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-0631. Review.PMID:28620009

Publications on PubMed

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

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Michael F. Walsh discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

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