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CURRICULUM VITAE

Richard L. Tower MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Hematology/Oncology

OFFICE ADDRESS:
MACC Fund Research Center
8701 Watertown Plank Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53226

CITIZENSHIP:  USA

EDUCATION:
9/1993 - 5/1997 BS, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
7/1997 - 5/2001 MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
9/2005 - 10/2007 MS, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING AND FELLOWSHIP APPOINTMENTS:
7/2001 - 6/2004 Resident, Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
6/2004 - 6/2007 Fellow, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
9/2005 - 9/2007 Post-doctoral Fellow, Pediatrics, NIH NRSA Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology Training Grant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
6/2012 Rounding Like a Ninja: Faculty Empowering Senior Residents as Leaders and Teachers During Family-Centered Rounds, Pediatrics, Oncology/Hematology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
10/2012 - 10/2013 Macy Foundation Collaborative Faculty Development Project entitled,"Passing the Torch: Fostering Medical Humanism throughFaculty Role Models., Pediatrics, Oncology/Hematology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
10/2012 - Present How to Run Team-based Learning, Pediatrics, Oncology/Hematology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1/2013 - 3/2013 Docere Educator Course: Advancing Educators As Learned Teachers, Pediatrics, Oncology/Hematology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
5/2013 - Present Death by PowerPoint, Pediatrics, Oncology/Hematology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
6/2013 Zorses, Milestones, and EPAs, Oh My, ACGME,

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS:
11/2007 - Present Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS:
7/2008 - 6/2012 Associate Director, Fellowship Program, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226
7/2012 - Present Director, Fellowship Program , Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

HOSPITAL AND CLINICAL ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS:
2/2008 - 8/2011 Director, Pediatrics, Relapsed Leukemia Program, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
10/2010 - 7/2013 Lead MD, Pediatrics Oncology iStrategy/Epic/Beacon Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
4/2011 - Present Primary Investigator Designee, Children's Oncology Group (COG) Audit, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
8/2011 - Present Director, Pediatric Leukemia/Lymphoma Team, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

HOSPITAL STAFF PRIVILEGES:
11/2007 - Present Medical Staff, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

SPECIALTY BOARDS AND CERTIFICATION:
Board Certified
Issue DateExpiration
American Board of Pediatrics Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
5/2009
12/2016
 
Licensure
Number Issue DateExpiration
Medical License
State of Wisconsin
10/10/2007
10/31/2015
 
AWARDS AND HONORS:
5/1997 Phi Kappa Phi, University of Wisconsin Madison
6/1999 Merck Manual Award - recognizes medical students that devote a significant amount of time to medical student organizations and activities outside the classroom
2012 Faculty Shout Out 2012 for Outstanding Teaching of Junior Medical Students (JMS), Medical College of Wisconsin
2013 - 2014 Best Doctors in America

MEMBERSHIPS IN HONORARY AND PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES:
2001 - 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics (Member)
2004 - Present American Board of Pediatrics (Diplomat)
2004 - Present American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (Member)
2005 - Present American Society of Hematology (Active Member)
2007 - Present Children's Oncology Group (Full Member)
2008 - Present Children's Oncology Group Young Investigators (Member)
2012 - Present Association of Pediatric Program Directors (Member)

EDITORSHIPS/EDITORIAL BOARDS/JOURNAL REVIEWS:
Journal Review
2007 - Present International Journal of Cancer
2007 - Present Journal of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
2010 - Present CTSI Grant Submissions, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin

LOCAL/REGIONAL APPOINTED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEE POSITIONS:
4/2013 - Present Member, Pediatric Committee, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Wisconsin Chapter

NATIONAL ELECTED/APPOINTED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEE POSITIONS:
2/2008 - 4/2008 Member, High-Risk ALL Task Force Subcommittee, Children's Oncology Group (COG)
2011 - Present Member, Study Committee, AALL1221, Children's Oncology Group (COG)
7/2012 - Present Member, Fellowship Program Directors Committee
2/2013 - Present Member, Fellowship Program Director's Next Accreditation System (NAS), American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO)
5/2013 - Present Member, Training Committee, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)

RESEARCH GRANTS/AWARDS/CONTRACTS/PROJECTS:
Active
Peer Review
Title:
NT-ProBNP as a Marker of Early Cardiac Dysfunction in Children Receiving Anthracycline Chemotherapy
Source:
Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Role:
Co-Principal Investigator
Dates:
1/2010 - 12/2012
Direct Funds:
$45,000
 
Title:
Preventing Obesity in Children Diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Pilot Study
Source:
Circle of Hope
Role:
Co-PI
PI:
Richard Tower, II and Michael Kelly
Dates:
7/1/2012 - 12/31/2013
Direct Funds:
$50,000 (Prospective interventional trial to assess the feasibility of dietary and exercise interventions in children and young adults newly diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia.)
 
Prior
Peer Review
Title:
DNA Repair Protein Polymorphisms and the Risk of Infant Leukemia
Source:
NIH/NCI Children's Cancer Research Fund
Role:
Co-Investigator
Dates:
9/2005 - 9/2007
 
INVITED LECTURES/WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS:
Local
1. Pediatric Oncology Pateints and Families, Hem/Onc Buddies Meeting, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 11/2011
2. Boundaries – Easier to Cross than You Think, Schwartz Center Rounds Panel Participant, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 11/2011
3. NT-ProBNP as a Marker of Early Cardiac Dysfunction in Children Receiving Anthracycline Chemotherapy, MACC Fund Scientific Advistory Board Visit, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 5/2013 - Present
 
Regional
1. The Node Knows: Solving the Mystery of Lymphadenopathy in Children, UIC College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Rockford, IL, 2/2009
2. Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Program, Children's Specialty Group Best Practices in Pediatrics Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI , 3/2013 - Present
 
National
1. Tower RL, Saudek D, Earing M, Gudausky T, NT-ProBNP as a Marker of Early Cardia Dysfunction in Children Receiving Anthracycline Chemotherapy, Children's Oncology Group Fall Meeting - Poster Presentation, Dallas, TX, 9/2010 - Present
2. Brown J, Hemker B, Cameron C, Tower RL, Burke S, Improvement of Informed Consent Documentation Through Quality Initiatives, Children's Oncology Group Fall Meeting - Pposter Presentation, Atlanta, GA, 9/2011 - Present
3. Ross J, Linabery A, Blommer C, Langer E, Spector L, Hilden J, Heerema N, Radloff G, Tower R, Davies S, Genetic Susceptibility Loci and Risk of INfant Leukemia by Subtype and MLL Status: A Children's Oncology Group Report, American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting - Oral Presentation, San Diego, CA, 12/2011 - Present
4. Collins CL, Jogal SS, Burke S, Tower RL., Evaluation of the Quality of Fertility Counseling at the Time of Treatment Consent, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting, Miami, Florida, 4/24/2013 - 4/27/2013
5. Mapping Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) to Competencies and Milestones Workshops, Facilitator, ASPHO Fellowship Program Directors Meeting, ASPHO Annual Meeting, Miama, FL, 4/2013 - Present
 
PEER REVIEWED WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS:
National
1. Tower RL, Saudek D, Earing M, Gudausky T, NT-ProBNP as a Marker of Early Cardiac Dysfunction in Children Receiving Anthracycline Chemotherapy, Children's Oncology Group (COG) Fall Meeting - Poster Presentation, Dallas, TX, 9/2010
2. Brown J, Hemker B, Cameron C, Tower RL, Burke S, Improvement of informed consent documentation through quality initiatives, Children's Oncology Group (COG) Fall Meeting - Poster Presentation, Atlanta, GA, 9/2011
3. Ross J, Linabery A, Blommer C, Langer E, Spector L, Hilden J, Heerema N, Radloff G, Tower R, Davies S, Genetic Susceptibility Loci and Risk of Infant Leukemia by Subtype and MLL status: A Children’s Oncology Group Report, American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting - Oral Presentation, San Diego, CA, 12/2011
 
COMMITTEE SERVICE:
Medical College
7/2009 Member, Faculty Evaluation Form Committee, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
2010 - 2013 Member, Intern Recruitment Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
2011 - Present Member, Pediatric Fellowship Work Group, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
6/2012 - Present Member, Residency Evaluation Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
7/2012 - Present Member, Joint Fellowship Committee, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
2012 - 2013 Member, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
5/2013 - Present Member, Education Committee on Fellowships, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
7/2013 - Present Chair-Elect, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
 
Hospital
12/2008 - 6/2012 Member, Infection Huddle, Oncology/BMT, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
4/2009 - Present Co-chair, Quality Improvement Committee, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
6/2009 Participant, “Red Dragon” Disaster Exercise, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
7/2009 Member, Shadow Chart Improvement Team, Oncology, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
10/2010 - 7/2013 Lead MD, Pediatric Oncology iStrategy/Epic/Beacon Committee, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
1/2013 - Present Member, CLABSI Subgroup of Solutions for Patient Safety, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
1/2013 - Present Member, Hematology/Oncology/BMTService CVL Workgroup, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
 
MEDICAL COLLEGE TEACHING ACTIVITIES:
Community/Lay Public
2008 - Present Provided multiple interviews for newspaper stories, internet stories and radio programs regarding various pediatric oncology topics
5/2009 - Present Taught multiple SPUR students and other interested undergraduates in the Pediatric Oncology clinic
 
Medical Student Education
11/2007 - Present Teaching in clinic and on the wards
6/2009 Teaching attending on the inpatient Orange Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
5/2010 Teaching attending on the inpatient Orange Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
11/2010 Facilitator, Pediatric Component to the Clinical Examination and Reasoning Course (CER)
11/2010 Pediatric Oncology Patients and Families presention to Hem/Onc Buddies Group
1/2011 Facilitator, JMS Head-to-Toe Physical Exam Workshop
1/2011 Facilitator, JMS Professionalism Session
2/2011 Faculty Reviewer, JMS History & Physicals
11/2011 Pediatric Oncology Patients and Families presentation to Heme/Onc Buddies Group
4/2012 Developed and presented Lymphadenopathy session for M2 students in the Pilot curriculum
 
Resident and Fellow Education
11/2007 - Present Teach residents and fellows in clinic and on the wards.
11/2007 - Present Clinical preceptor for fellows in their Pediatric Oncology Continuity Clinic
11/2007 - Present Faculty mentor in teaching conferences and journal club
11/2007 - Present Present didactic sessions in the HOT Resident Education Series
11/2007 - Present Faculty mentor for fellows performing Tumor Board presentations
11/2007 - Present Give didactic lectures on various oncology topics to Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT fellows
6/2009 Teaching attending on the inpatient Orange Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
12/2009 - Present Senior author on a fellow-authored case report
5/2010 Teaching attending on the inpatient Orange Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
7/2010 - 6/2011 Invited Faculty Expert, Pediatric Resident Morning Report
7/2010 Invited Faculty Expert, Pediatric Leukemia, Pediatric Resident Board Championship Series
1/2012 - Present Faculty advisor, multiple Fellow QI Patient/Safety Projects
11/2012 - Present Pediatrics Residency Core Faculty Member
 
Continuing Medical Education
6/2007 Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Special Lecture - DNA Repair Protein Polymorphisms and Infant Leukemia
11/2007 - Present Presenter, Tumor Board, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
2/2008 Consultant for Medical Missions for Children, providing consultative services in oncology topics for physicians in other countries
6/2008 Article entitled "The node knows: solving the mystery of lymphadenopathy published in Pediatric Rounds
7/2011 Presenter, "NT-ProBNP as a marker of Early Cardiac Dysfunction in Children Receiving Anthracycline Chemotherapy," Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Research Lecture Series
5/2013 Presenter, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Faculty Development Lecture - "Milestones, Competencies, and Entrustable Professional Activities in Pediatric Heamtology Oncology
 
MCW STUDENTS, FACULTY, RESIDENTS AND CLINICAL/RESEARCH FELLOWS MENTORED:
Medical Students
Terence Mukonje, Medical College of Wisconsin, 3/2010 - 6/2012 Pathway Advisor
Katie Seeger, Medical College of Wisconsin, 11/2010 - Present Pathway Advisor
Adam Olson, Medical College of Wisconsin, 12/2010 - 6/2012 Clinical Advisor
Brian Godshaw, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1/2012 - Present Pathway Advisor
Lauren Plesh, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1/2012 - Present Pathway Advisor
Meg Schaefer, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1/2012 - 6/2013 Pathway Advisor
Nina Nosavan, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1/2012 - Present Pathway Advisor
Wendi Wendt, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1/2013 - Present Clinical Advisor
Dominic Zarlengo, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1/2013 - Present Clinical Advisor
Zara Khan, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1/2013 - Present Clinical Advisor
 
Clinical/Research Fellows
Sweta Gupta, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 11/2007 - 7/2008 Scholarship Oversight Committee
Cheryl Cameron, Medical College of Wisconsin, 11/2007 - 6/2009 Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Bradd Hemker, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2008 - 6/2011 Associate Program Director
Elizabeth Thiel, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2008 - 6/2010 Associate Program Director
Bradd Hemker, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2008 - 7/2009 Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Cheryl Cameron, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2008 - 6/2009 Associate Program Director
Sweta Gupta, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2008 - 6/2010 Associate Program Director
Sweta Gupta, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2009 - 7/2010 Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Hemalatha Rangarajan, Medical College of Wisconsin, 10/2009 - 6/2010 Associate Program Director
Hemalatha Rangarajan, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2009 - 2011 Fellowship Mentor
Chelsea Collins, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2010 - 6/2012 Associate Program Director
Samuel Milanovich, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2010 - 6/2012 Associate Program Director
Chelsea Collins, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2010 Clinical Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Jonathan Roberts, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2011 - Present Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Jonathan Roberts, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2011 - 6/2012 Associate Program Director
Matthew Ehrhardt, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2011 - 6/2012 Associate Program Director
Chelsea Collins, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2012 - 6/2013 Program Director
Anna Vinitsky, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2012 - Present Program Director
Jonathan Roberts, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2012 - Present Program Director
Hemalatha Rangarajan, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2012 - 9/2012 Program Director
Matthew Ehrhardt, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2012 - Present Program Director
Sarah Dobrozsi, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2012 - Present Program Director
Nathan Schloemer, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2013 - Present Program Director
Nathan Schloemer, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2013 - Present Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Melissa Acquazzino, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2013 - Present Program Director
 
Residents
Matt Ehrhardt, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 6/2009 - 6/2011 Informal Career Mentor
Emily Olson, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2012 - 2013 Informal Career Advisor
Leah Phillippi, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2012 - 2013 Informal Career Advisor
Alexander Raskin, Medical College of Wisconsin, 7/2013 - Present Resident Advisor
 
EXTRAMURAL STUDENTS, FACULTY, RESIDENTS, AND CLINICAL/RESEARCH FELLOWS MENTORED:
Clinical/Research Fellows
Samuel Milanovich, Medical College of Wisonsin, 7/2012 - 6/2013 Program Director
 
PROGRAMMATIC DEVELOPMENTS:
 
Research Programs
2008 - Present Relapsed Leukemia Group, Medical College of Wisconsin
 
Clinical Programs
2008 - Present Relapsed Leukemia Group, Medical College of Wisconsin
4/2009 - Present Quality Improvement Committee, Oncology, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
10/2010 - 7/2013 Pediatric Oncology iStrategy/Epic/Beacon Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
8/2011 - Present Pediatric Leukemia/LymphomaTeam, Medical College of Wisconsin
 
 

BIBLIOGRAPHY
Refereed Journal Publications/Original Papers
1. Thiel EL, Trost BA, Tower RL A composite pheochromocytoma/ganglioneuroblastoma of the adrenal gland. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Jul 1;54(7):1032-4
2. Ross JA, Linabery AM, Blommer CN, Langer EK, Spector LG, Hilden JM, Heerema NA, Radloff GA, Tower RL, Davies SM. Genetic variants modify susceptibility to leukemia in infants: A Children's Oncology Group report. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2013 Jan;60(1):31-34.
3. Scott JP, Troshynski TJ, Clarke WR, Woods RK, Lal DR, Berens RJ, Tower RL. Case report: Giant cardiac malignancy in a nine-year-old female. Can J Anaesth. 2012 Nov;59(11):1048-1051.
4. Tower RL, Jones TL, Camitta BM, Asselin BL, Bell BA, Chauvenet A, Devidas M, Halperin EC, Pullen J, Shuster JJ, Winick N, Kurtzberg J. Dose intensification of methotrexate and cytarabine during intensified continuation chemotherapy for high-risk B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia: POG 9406: A randomized study conducted by the Pediatric Oncology Group. [submitted to J Clin Oncol]
5. Collins CL, Bartz PJ, Lal DR, Segura AD, Woods RK, Tower RL 2nd Significant Response to Oral Etoposide in the Treatment of an Unresectable Cardiac Sarcoma. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2013 May 3:
6. Tower RL, Jones TL, Camitta BM, Asselin BL, Bell BA, Chauvenet A, Devidas M, Halperin EC, Pullen J, Shuster JJ, Winick N, Kurtzberg J Dose Intensification of Methotrexate and Cytarabine During Intensified Continuation Chemotherapy for High-risk B-Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: POG 9406: A Report From the Children's Oncology Group. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2014 Mar 6:
 
Books, Chapters, and Reviews
1. Tower RL, Spector LG The epidemiology of childhood leukemia with a focus on birth weight and diet. Crit Rev Clin Lab Sci. 2007;44(3):203-42
2. Tower RL, Camitta B. Section 9 – The Lymphatic System (Chapter 482 Anatomy and Function of the Lymphatic System, Chapter 483 Abnormalities of Lymphatic Vessels, Chapter 484 Lymphadenopathy, 484.1 • Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease (Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis), 484.2 • Sinus Histiocytosis with Massive Lymphadenopathy (Rosai-Dorfman Disease), 484.3 • Castleman Disease. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 19th Edition, 2011, pp. 1723-1724.
3. Tower RL, Camitta B. Section 9 – The Lymphatic System (Chapter 482 Anatomy and Function of the Lymphatic System, Chapter 483 Abnormalities of Lymphatic Vessels, Chapter 484 Lymphadenopathy, 484.1 • Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease (Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis), 484.2 • Sinus Histiocytosis with Massive Lymphadenopathy (Rosai-Dorfman Disease), 484.3 • Castleman Disease. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 20th Edition, 2011, pp. 1723-1724.
 
Abstracts
1. Ross JA, Linabery AM, Blommer CN, Langer EK, Spector LG, Hilden JM, Heerema NA, Radloff GA, Tower RL, Davies SM. Genetic Susceptibility Loci and Risk of Infant Leukemia by Subtype and MLL status: A Children’s Oncology Group Report. Blood (ASH Annual Meeting Abstracts). 2011 Nov;118:749.
2. Collins CL, Brazauskas R, Tower RL, Jogal SS. Evaluation of the Quality of Fertility Counseling at the Time of Treatment Consent. Pediatr Blood Cancer (American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Meeting Abstracts) 2013 Apr. [Accepted]