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Dr. Adamson serves as chair of the international consortium Children's Oncology Group and on the National Cancer Advisory Board. In addition to his national and international leadership roles in pediatric oncology, Dr. Adamson maintains a dynamic research program on pediatric clinical-translational drug development, with a strong focus on childhood cancer drug development.
Dr. Adamson is chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), a National Cancer Institute-supported international consortium of more than 220 childhood centers that conducts clinical-translational research, including large-scale clinical trials, in children with cancer.
He was appointed by President Obama and serves on the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) and has served as a member of the Blue Ribbon Panel for Vice President Biden’s National Cancer Moonshot Initiative.
Prior to becoming chair of the COG in 2011, Dr. Adamson was director for Clinical and Translational Research at Children’s Hospital as well as chief of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Other past roles include being co-director of the University of Pennsylvania-CHOP Clinical Translational Science Award, program director of the General Clinical Research Center and principal investigator of CHOP’s Pediatric Pharmacology Research Unit.
His laboratory work focuses on the clinical pharmacology of new drugs for childhood cancer.
Education and Training
BA, Wesleyan University (Chemistry), 1980
MD, Cornell University Medical College, 1984
Fellowship, National Cancer Institute (Pediatric Hematology/Oncology), 1990
Titles and Academic Titles
Chair, Children’s Oncology Group
Alan R. Cohen Endowed Chair in Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics
American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
American College of Clinical Pharmacology
American Association for Cancer Research
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Society for Pediatric Research
National Cancer Advisory Board
Biden Cancer Initiative Advisory Committee
Ritter Award for Overall Excellence in Clinical and Interpersonal Skills, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1987
Children's Cancer Foundation Research Scholar, 1992
Special Recognition Award for Exceptional Service to the Clinical Trials Working Group of the National Cancer Advisory Board, National Cancer Institute, 2005
Director's Service Award for Outstanding and Dedicated Service to the Institute and the Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee, National Cancer Institute, 2013