Joseph Maakaron
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Credentials
MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Biography

Bio

I specialize in treating blood cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma utilizing chemotherapy and radiation, targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and cellular therapy. I focus particularly on cellular therapies such as bone marrow transplantation and modified lymphocytes (CAR-T and CAR-NK). My research focuses on making these products safer to administer and more widely available.

Research Summary

My research focuses on utilizing biomarkers to predict outcomes of novel cellular therapies. In the short term, this will allow for better patient care and safer delivery of these novel treatments. In the long run, it will allow us to determine who benefits and who doesn't from these, and more specifically, what to do with patients who are unlikely to benefit.

Clinical Summary

T-cell lymphoma; Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; Acute leukemia; Bone marrow transplant; Cellular therapies; CAR-T cells

Education

MD, American University of Beirut
BS, American University of Beirut

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Fellow, Fellowship
James Cancer Center/Ohio State University
Ohio
Intern/Resident, Internship
Indiana University
Indiana
Fellow, Fellowship
American University of Beirut
Beirut

Licensures and Certifications

Ohio Medical License,
Indiana Medical License,
Internal Medicine Certificate, American Board of Internal Medicine
Minnesota Medical License,

Honors and Recognition

Travel Award, Methods in Clinical Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology/American Association of Cancer Research
2017
Deans' Honor Award, American University of Beirut
2011
Penrose Award Shortlist, American University of Beirut
2011
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor , American University of Beirut Medical Society
2011
Deans' Honor Award, American University of Beirut
2010
Standard of Excellence Award, International Foundation of Medicine
2010
Deans' Honor Award, American University of Beirut
2009
Deans' Honor Award, American University of Beirut
2008
Deans' Honor Award, American University of Beirut
2007
Deans' Honor Award, American University of Beirut
2006
Deans' Honor Award, American University of Beirut
2005
Deans' Honor Award, American University of Beirut
2004

Professional Memberships

American Association for Cancer Research
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Hematology
American Society for Transplant and Cellular Therapies
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Schaefer, A., Saygin, C., Maakaron, J., Hoelscher, T., Purdin, Z., Robinson, J., Lamprecht, M., Penza, S., Brammer, J. E., Efebera, Y. A., Benson, D. M., Vasu, S., Mims, A., Blaser, B., Choe, H., Larkin, K., Long, M., Rosko, A., Grieselhuber, N., Wall, S., Jaglowski, S., William, B. M. "Cytopenias after chimeric antigen receptor t-cells infusion: patterns and outcomes", Transplantation and Cellular Therapy Meeting, Houston, Texas, January 01, 2019.
Maakaron, J., Penza, S., El Boghdadly, Z. E., Jacobson, C., Hunter, B., Armand, P., Frigauld, M., Abramson, J., Kline, J., Cohen, J., Gopal, A., Acharya, U., Jaglowski, S. "Procalcitonin as a potential biomarker for differentiating bacterial infectious fevers from cytokine release syndrome", American Society of Hematology Annual Conference, San Diego, California, January 01, 2018.
Maakaron, J. "Gene therapy for hemophilia B", Department Journal Club, Ohio State University, Ohio, January 01, 2018.
Maakaron, J., Zhao, Q., Puto, M., Roddy, J., Penza, S., Brammer, J., Efebera, Y., Benson, D., Vasu, S., Walker, A., Mims, A., Bhatnagar, B., Blaser, B., Chaudry, M., Choe, H., Larkin, K., Long, M., Rosko, A., Grieselhuber, N., Wall, S., Christian, B., Maddocks, K., Baiocchi, R., alinare, L., Epperla, N., Ayyappan, S., Jaglowski, S., William, B. M. "Clinical trials in progress: Phase I dose escalation study of venetoclax plus BEAM followed by autologous stem cell transplant for chemoresistant or high-risk relapsed/refractory B-cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma", International Workshop in Relapse after HSCT, Chicago, Illinois, January 01, 2018.
Maakaron, J., (Author & Presenter) "Opportunistic infections in a patient with undiagnosed CLL", Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Ohio State University, Ohio, January 01, 2018.
Maakaron, J. "Graft versus host disease in an orthotopic liver transplant recipient", Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Ohio State University, Ohio, January 01, 2017.
Maakaron, J. "Clinicopathological case conference: He looks like he's about to crash", Grand Rounds, Indiana University, Indiana, January 01, 2014.
Abboud, M. R., Maakaron, J., Khoury, R. A., Tamim, H., Shehab, M., Haddad, F., Adams, R. J., Taher, A. T. "Intracranial blood flow velocities inLebanese patients with sick cell disease and B-Thalassemia intermedia", Congress of the European Hematology Association Annual Meeting, Amsterdam, Netherlands. January 01, 2012.
Maakaron, J. "Pathophysiology of thromboembolic diseases", Nursing Seminar, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. January 01, 2012.
Maakaron, J. "Venous thromboembolism treatment simplified: thoughts on improving patient care", Nursing Seminar, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. January 01, 2012.
Maakaron, J. "Optimal dosing of iron chelation therapy", Visiting Nurses Meeting, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. January 01, 2012.
Maakaron, J. "Assessment of iron overload", Visiting Nurses Meeting, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. January 01, 2012.
Maakaron, J. "VTE in medical patients: at rest or at risk?", Nursing Lecture, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. January 01, 2011.
Maakaron, J. "VTE in medical patients: at rest or at risk?", Resident Lecture, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. January 01, 2011.