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CURRICULUM VITAE

Richard L. Tower MD
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Hematology and Oncology - Pediatrics

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

EDUCATION:
09/1993 - 05/1997 BS, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
07/1997 - 05/2001 MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
09/2005 - 10/2007 MS, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

POSTGRADUATE TRAINING AND FELLOWSHIP APPOINTMENTS:
07/2001 - 06/2004 Resident, Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
06/2004 - 06/2007 Fellow, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
09/2005 - 09/2007 Post-doctoral Fellow, Pediatrics, NIH NRSA Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology Training Grant, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
06/2012 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 - Present How to Run Team-based Learning, 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
01/2013 - 03/2013 Docere Educator Course: Advancing Educators As Learned Teachers, Pediatrics, Oncology/Hematology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
05/2013 - Present Death by PowerPoint, Pediatrics, Oncology/Hematology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
06/2013 Zorses, Milestones, and EPAs, Oh My, ACGME
09/2016 • 3-day (27 hour) intensive curriculum focused on key issues related to medical education in hematology, American Society of Hematology Medical Educators Institute
08/2019 - Present Collaborative program preparing faculty/staff leaders addressing challenges inherent in the ever-changing environment of academic medicine, Medical College of WI/Univ of Milwaukee Sheldon B Lubar School of Business

FACULTY APPOINTMENTS:
11/2007 - 06/2015 Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
07/2015 - Present Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS:
07/2008 - 06/2012 Associate Director, Fellowship Program, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226
07/2012 - Present Director, Fellowship Program, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
11/2014 - Present Co-Director of Fellowship Education, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
03/2015 - Present Assistant Director for Education and Training, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin
09/2015 - Present Director of Medical Education, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin

HOSPITAL AND CLINICAL ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS:
02/2008 - 08/2011 Director, Pediatrics, Relapsed Leukemia Program, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
10/2010 - 07/2013 Lead MD, Pediatrics Oncology iStrategy/Epic/Beacon Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
04/2011 - Present Primary Investigator Designee, Children's Oncology Group (COG) Audit, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
08/2011 - 08/2013 Director, Pediatric Leukemia/Lymphoma Team, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
08/2013 - Present Member, Pediatric Leukemia/Lymphoma Team, Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin
03/2018 - Present Oncology Clinical Program Director, Department of Pediatrics, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Medical College of Wisconsin

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
05/2009
12/2019
 
Licensure
Number Issue DateExpiration
Medical License
State of Wisconsin
10/10/2007
10/31/2019
 

AWARDS AND HONORS:
05/1997 Phi Kappa Phi, University of Wisconsin Madison
06/1999 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
2015 - 2016 Best Doctors in America
08/2016 Expert Teacher, Department of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
09/2016 American Society of Hematology Medical Educators Institute
2017 - 2018 Outstanding Medical Student Teacher(Teaching Pin), Medical College of Wisconsin
2017 - 2018 Best Doctors in America
2019 - 2020 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 - 2012 Children's Oncology Group Young Investigators (Member)
2012 - Present Association of Pediatric Program Directors (Member)

EDITORSHIPS/EDITORIAL BOARDS/JOURNAL REVIEWS:
Ad-Hoc Reviewer
2007 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
2014 - Present Journal of Graduate Medical Education
2017 - Present British Journal of Dermatology

LOCAL/REGIONAL APPOINTED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEE POSITIONS:
04/2013 - 04/2015 Member, Pediatric Committee, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Wisconsin Chapter
07/2013 - 06/2014 Chair-Elect, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin
02/2014 - 05/2014 Acting Chair, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2014 - 06/2015 Chair, Pediatric Residency Program Evaluation Committee/Clinical Competency Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin
08/2014 - 07/2016 Member, Graduate Medical Education Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
11/2014 - Present Co-Chair, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin
03/2016 - 03/2017 Member, Pediatric Infectious Disease Section Chief Search Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2016 - 07/2019 Member, Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center Seminar Series Planning Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin
10/2018 - 07/2019 Member, Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development Search Committee, Medical College of Wisconsin

NATIONAL ELECTED/APPOINTED LEADERSHIP AND COMMITTEE POSITIONS:
02/2008 - 04/2008 Member, High-Risk ALL Task Force Subcommittee, Children's Oncology Group (COG)
2011 - Present Member, Study Committee, AALL1221, Children's Oncology Group (COG)
07/2012 - Present Member, Fellowship Program Directors Committee, American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO)
02/2013 - Present Member, Fellowship Program Director's Next Accreditation System (NAS), American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO)
05/2013 - 05/2019 Member, Training Committee, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)
04/2014 - Present Member, Certification and Continuing Medical Education Committee, American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology (ASPHO)
09/2015 - 09/2018 Representative, Association of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nurses - Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Associate Collaboration Advisory Panel, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)
05/2017 - Present Chair, Programming Subcommittee, Education Committee, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO)

RESEARCH GRANTS/AWARDS/CONTRACTS/PROJECTS:
Active
Non-Peer Review
Title:
Hem/Onc/BMT Fellowship Recruitment Award
Source:
Children’s Hospital Foundation
Role:
Award Manager
Dates:
07/2016 - Present
Direct Funds:
$15,000
 
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:
09/2005 - 09/2007
 
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:
01/2010 - 06/2013
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:
07/01/2012 - 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.)
 

INVITED LECTURES/WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS:
Local
Pediatric Oncology Pateints and Families, Hem/Onc Buddies Meeting, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 11/2011
Boundaries – Easier to Cross than You Think, Schwartz Center Rounds Panel Participant, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, 11/2011
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, 05/2013
Tower, Richard, The Node Knows: Solving the Mystery of Lymphadenopathy in Children, Medical College of Wisconsin, Pediatric Surgery Basic Science Conference, Milwaukee, WI, 10/2013
Tower, Richard, New Agents in Acute Leukemia, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Leukemia/Lymphoma Nursing Education Series, Milwaukee, WI, 08/2014
So You Want to Be a Teacher, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Curriculum, 02/2016
Shared Aims, Department of Pediatric Fellowship Program Directors Shared Program Aims Workshop, 05/2016
New Fellow Orientation, Pediatric Joint Felloship Curriculum, 07/2016
 
Regional
The Node Knows: Solving the Mystery of Lymphadenopathy in Children, UIC College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Rockford, IL, 02/2009
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Program, Children's Specialty Group Best Practices in Pediatrics Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI, 03/2013
Tower, Richard, The Childhood Cancer Experience, Jane Cramer Foundation Educational Event Cancer, It's a Family Affair, Racine, WI, 04/2014
The Childhood Experience, Jane Cremer Foundation Racine African-American Educational Program - It's a Family Affair, Racine, WI, 10/2014
The Childhood Cancer Experience, Jane Cremer Foundation Kenosha African-American Educational Program - It's a Family Affair, Kenosha, WI, 02/2015
 
National
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, 09/2010
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, 09/2011
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
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, 04/2013
Mapping Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) to Competencies and Milestones Workshops, Facilitator, ASPHO Fellowship Program Directors Meeting, ASPHO Annual Meeting, Miama, FL, 04/2013
Mapping Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) to Competencies and Milstones Workshop, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Directors Meeting, Miami, FL, 04/2013
Tower, Richard, 2014 Training Program Directors' Milestones, Competency, and EPA Workshop, American Society of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 05/2014
2014 Training Program Directors' Milestones, Competency, and EPA Workshop, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 05/2014
Let's Build a Curriculum Workshop, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 05/2015
Jubran R, Macy M, Miller CL, Tower RL, Feedback and Remediation Workshop, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 05/2016
 

PEER REVIEWED WORKSHOPS/PRESENTATIONS:
National
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, 09/2010
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, 09/2011
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
Collins C, Brazauskas R, Tower RL, Jogal SS,, Evaluation of the Quality of Fertility Counseling at the Time of Treatment Consent, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting, Miami, FL, 04/2013
Kesselheim J, Hermiston M, Chou A, Jubran R, Tower, RL, Atlas M, Utilizing the Professional Society as a Platform for Faculty Development about Competency-based Milestone Evaluations (CBME): the Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Experience, Association of Pediatric Program Directors Annual Fall Meeting, Arlington, VA, 09/2014
Lapadat R, Mortland L, Tower RL, Tam W, Orazi A, Gheorghe G, Acute Erythroid Leukemia Mimicking Ewing Sarcoma/PNET in an Infant, 17th Meeting of the European Association of Haematopathology, Istanbul, Turkey, 10/2014
Hintzke M, Schloemer N, Tower RL, Gheorghe G, Refractory Anemia with Excess Blasts Type II (RAEB-2) Associated with Depakote Use in a Pediatric Patient, American Society of Clinical Pathology Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, 10/2014
Schloemer NJ, Acquazzino MA, Schmidt D, Anderson L, Tower RL, Scott JP, Targeted Screening in Pediatric and Young Adult Oncology Patients Identifies Transfusional Iron Overload, American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, 12/2015
Brickler M, Schloemer NJ, Cao Y, Hoffman R, McFadden V, Block J, Tower RL, Burke MJ, Administration of Dexrazoxane Improves Cardiac Outcomes in Children and Young Adult Patients with AML While Maintaining Survival Outcomes, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 05/2016
Garcia J, Tower RL, Multicentric Reticulohistiocytosis Reported in a Pediatric Patient, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 05/2016
Phelan R, Schloemer NJ, Acquazzino MA, Schmidt D, Steffes S, Anderson L, Tower II RL, Scott JP, Standardized Approach Using Phlebotomy to Treat Transfusional Iron Overload in Pediatric and Young Adult Oncology Patients, American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA, 05/2017
Schloemer NJ, Acquazzino MA, Phelan R, Schmidt D, Steffes S, Anderson L, Tower RL, Scott JP, Phlebotomy for Pediatric and Young Adult Oncology Patients Treats Transfusional Iron Overload, American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 12/2017
 
International
Lapadat R, Mortland L, Tower RL, Tam W, Orazi A, Gheorge G, Acute Erythroid Leukemia Mimicking Ewing Sarcoma/PNET in an Infant, 17th Annual Meeting of European Association for Haematopathology, Instanbul, Turkey, 10/2014
 

COMMITTEE SERVICE:
Medical College
07/2009 - Present Member, Faculty Evaluation Form Committee, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2009 Member, Faculty Evaluation Form Committee, Hematology/Oncology/BMT, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
2010 - Present Member, Intern Recruitment Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
10/2011 - 12/2011 Member, Pediatric Fellowship Work Group, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
06/2012 - 06/2013 Member, Residency Evaluation Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2012 - 11/2014 Member, Joint Fellowship Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
2012 - 2013 Member, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
05/2013 - Present Member, Education Committee on Fellowships, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2013 - 06/2014 Chair-Elect, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
02/2014 - 05/2014 Acting Chair, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2014 - Present Chair, Pediatric Residency Program Evaluation Committee/Clinical Competency Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2014 - 06/2015 Chair, Pediatric Residency Program Evaluation Committee/Clinical Competency Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
08/2014 - 07/2016 Member, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals
11/2014 - Present Co-Chair, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
06/2015 - 10/2015 Member, Pediatric Fellowship Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2015 - Present Member, Pediatric Residency Evaluation Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
03/2016 - 03/2017 Member, Pediatric Infectious Disease Section Chief Search Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
07/2016 - 07/2019 Member, Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center Seminar Series Planning Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center
10/2018 - 07/2019 Member, Associate Dean for Continuing Professional Development Search Committee, Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin
 
Hospital
12/2008 - 06/2012 Member, Infection Huddle, Oncology/BMT, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
04/2009 - 02/2014 Co-chair, Quality Improvement Committee, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
06/2009 Participant, “Red Dragon” Disaster Exercise, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
07/2009 Member, Shadow Chart Improvement Team, Oncology, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
10/2010 - 07/2013 Lead MD, Pediatric Oncology iStrategy/Epic/Beacon Committee, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
01/2013 - 01/2015 Member, Central Line-Associated Blood Stream Infection Subgroup of Solutions for Patient Safety, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
01/2013 - 01/2015 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
05/2009 Taught multiple SPUR students and other interested undergraduates int eh Pediatric Oncologic Clinic
05/2009 - 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
06/2009 Teaching attending on the inpatient Orange Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
05/2010 Teaching attending on the inpatient Orange Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
11/2010 Pediatric Oncology Patients and Families presention to Hem/Onc Buddies Group
11/2010 Facilitator, Pediatric Component to the Clinical Examination and Reasoning Course (CER)
01/2011 Facilitator, JMS Professionalism Session
01/2011 Facilitator, JMS Head-to-Toe Physical Exam Workshop
02/2011 Faculty Reviewer, JMS History & Physicals
11/2011 Pediatric Oncology Patients and Families presentation to Heme/Onc Buddies Group
04/2012 Developed and presented Lymphadenopathy session for M2 students in the Pilot curriculum
09/2013 Preceptor, Molecules to Cells Course, "Targeting Nucleotide Metabolism in Cancer," Case-Based Discussion
08/2014 Nursing Education - Presenter, Leukemia/Lymphoma Nursing Education Series, “New Agents in Acute Leukemia”
09/2014 Preceptor, Moles to Cells Course, "Targeting Nucleotide Metabolism in Cancer," Case-Based Discussion
09/2015 Preceptor, Molecules to Cells course, “Targeting Nucleotide Metabolism In Cancer” Case Based Discussion
 
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
06/2009 Teaching attending on the inpatient Orange Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
12/2009 - Present Senior author on a fellow-authored case report
05/2010 Teaching attending on the inpatient Orange Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
07/2010 - 06/2011 Invited Faculty Expert, Pediatric Resident Morning Report
07/2010 Invited Faculty Expert, Pediatric Leukemia, Pediatric Resident Board Championship Series
01/2012 - Present Faculty advisor, multiple Fellow QI Patient/Safety Projects
11/2012 - Present Pediatrics Residency Core Faculty Member
07/2015 - Present Presenter, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Curriculum, "New Fellow Orientation
02/2016 - Present Presenter, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Curriculum, "So You Want to Be a Teacher"
02/2016 Presenter, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Curriculum, "So You Want to Be a Teacher"
07/2016 Facilitator, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Simulation Session - "Delivering a New Cancer Diagnosis" and "Consent Conference"
07/2016 Facilitator, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Simulation Session - "Sepsis"
05/2019 Presenter, Pediatric Joint Fellowship Curriculum, “So You Want to Be a Teacher.”
 
Continuing Medical Education
06/2007 Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Special Lecture - DNA Repair Protein Polymorphisms and Infant Leukemia
11/2007 - Present Presenter, Tumor Board, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
02/2008 Consultant for Medical Missions for Children, providing consultative services in oncology topics for physicians in other countries
06/2008 Article entitled "The node knows: solving the mystery of lymphadenopathy published in Pediatric Rounds
07/2011 Presenter, "NT-ProBNP as a marker of Early Cardiac Dysfunction in Children Receiving Anthracycline Chemotherapy," Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Research Lecture Series
10/2012 How to Run Team-based Learning.
05/2013 Presenter, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT Faculty Development Lecture - "Milestones, Competencies, and Entrustable Professional Activities in Pediatric Hematology Oncology
06/2013 Zorses, Milestones, and EPAs, Oh My
10/2013 Presenter, Pediatric Surgery Basic Science Conference, "The Node Knows: Solving the Mystery of Lymphadenopathy in Children"
09/2014 Presenter, "Pediatric Hematollogy/Oncology/BMT FAculty Development Lecture, "ACGME Milestone-Based Fellow Assessment"
 

EXTRAMURAL TEACHING:
Resident and Fellow Education
06/2012 Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Rounding Like a Ninja: Faculty Empowering Senior Residents as Leaders and Teachers During Family-Centered Rounds
09/2013 Preceptor, Molecules to Cells Course, "Targeting Nucleotide Metabolism in Cancer", Medical College of Wisconsin
 

MCW STUDENTS, FACULTY, RESIDENTS AND CLINICAL/RESEARCH FELLOWS MENTORED:
Medical Students
Terence Mukonje, Medical College of Wisconsin, 03/2010 - 06/2012 Pathway Advisor
Katie Seeger, Medical College of Wisconsin, 11/2010 - 06/2014 Pathway Advisor
Adam Olson, Medical College of Wisconsin, 12/2010 - 06/2012 Clinical Advisor
Brian Godshaw, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2012 - 06/2015 Pathway Advisor
Meg Schaefer, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2012 - 06/2013 Pathway Advisor
Lauren Plesh, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2012 - 06/2015 Pathway Advisor
Nina Nosavan, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2012 - 06/2015 Pathway Advisor
Wendi Wendt, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2013 - 06/2014 Clinical Advisor
Zara Khan, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2013 - 06/2014 Clinical Advisor
Dominic Zarlengo, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2013 - 06/2014 Clinical Advisor
Torey Hilt, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2015 - 06/2016 Clinical Advisor
Grace Blitzer, Medical College of Wisconsin, 01/2016 - 06/2017 Clinical Advisor
 
Clinical/Research Fellows
Sweta Gupta, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 11/2007 - 07/2008 Scholarship Oversight Committee
Cheryl Cameron, Medical College of Wisconsin, 11/2007 - 06/2009 Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Bradd Hemker, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2008 - 07/2009 Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Bradd Hemker, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2008 - 06/2011 Associate Program Director
Elizabeth Thiel, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2008 - 06/2010 Associate Program Director
Cheryl Cameron, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2008 - 06/2009 Associate Program Director
Sweta Gupta, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2008 - 06/2010 Associate Program Director
Sweta Gupta, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2009 - 07/2010 Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Hemalatha Rangarajan, Medical College of Wisconsin, 10/2009 - 06/2010 Associate Program Director
Hemalatha Rangarajan, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2009 - 2011 Fellowship Mentor
Chelsea Collins, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2010 Clinical Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Samuel Milanovich, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2010 - 06/2012 Associate Program Director
Chelsea Collins, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2010 - 06/2012 Associate Program Director
Jonathan Roberts, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2011 - Present Clinic Preceptor - 1/2 Clinic/Week
Jonathan Roberts, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2011 - 06/2012 Associate Program Director
Matthew Ehrhardt, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2011 - 06/2012 Associate Program Director
Chelsea Collins, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2012 - 06/2013 Program Director
Hemalatha Rangarajan, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2012 - 09/2012 Program Director
Matthew Ehrhardt, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2012 - 06/2014 Program Director
Anna Vinitsky, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2012 - 06/2015 Program Director
Jonathan Roberts, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2012 - 06/2014 Program Director
Sarah Dobrozsi, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2012 - 06/2015 Program Director
Melissa Acquazzino, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2013 - 06/2016 Program Director
Nathan Schloemer, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2013 - 06/2016 Program Director
Craig Erker, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2014 - 06/2017 Program Direcdtor
Emily Olson, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2014 - 06/2015 Program Director
Neel Bhatt, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2015 - 06/2018 Program Director
Jessica Garcia, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2015 - 06/2018 Program Director
Kerri Becktell, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2016 - 06/2019 Program Director
Lauren Pommert, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2016 - 06/2019 Program Director
Amy Moskop, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2017 - Present Program Director
Tyce Kearl, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2017 - Present Program Director
Mike Halyko, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2018 - Present Program Director
Matt Kudek, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2018 - Present Program Director
Karen Chao, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2019 - Present Program Director
Amanda Scheuermann, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2019 - Present Program Director
Lonya Melnikov, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2019 - Present Program Director
 
Residents
Matt Ehrhardt, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, 06/2009 - 06/2011 Informal Career Mentor
Leah Phillippi, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2012 - 2013 Informal Career Advisor
Emily Olson, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2012 - 2013 Informal Career Advisor
Alexander Raskin, Medical College of Wisconsin, 07/2013 - 06/2016 Resident Advisor
 
Faculty
Tara Petersen, Medical College of Wisconsin, 04/2016 - Present
 

EXTRAMURAL STUDENTS, FACULTY, RESIDENTS, AND CLINICAL/RESEARCH FELLOWS MENTORED:
Clinical/Research Fellows
Samuel Milanovich, Medical College of Wisonsin, 07/2012 - 06/2013 Program Director
 
Residents
Neel Bhatt, Jessica Garcia, Medical College of Wisconisn, 07/2015 - 06/2018 Informal Career Mentor
 

PROGRAMMATIC DEVELOPMENTS:
 
Research Programs
2008 - Present Relapsed Leukemia Group, Medical College of Wisconsin
05/2019 - Present Local Primary Investigator, CANVAS research network
 
Clinical Programs
02/2008 - 08/2011 Director, Pediatric Relapsed Leukemia Team
2008 - Present Relapsed Leukemia Group, Medical College of Wisconsin
04/2009 - 02/2014 Quality Improvement Committee, Oncology, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
10/2010 - 07/2013 Pediatric Oncology iStrategy/Epic/Beacon Team, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
08/2011 - 08/2013 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 01;54(7):1032-4.
2. 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):1048-51.
3. 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):31-4. PMCID: PMC3381932
4. 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. 2014 May;36(4):e237-40. PMCID: PMC4479394
5. 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 Jul;36(5):353-61. PMCID: PMC4120865
6. Lapadat R, Tower RL 2nd, Tam W, Orazi A, Gheorghe G. Pure Erythroid Leukemia Mimicking Ewing Sarcoma/Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumor in an Infant. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 May;63(5):935-7.
7. Mink RB, Schwartz A, Herman BE, Turner DA, Curran ML, Myers A, Hsu DC, Kesselheim JC, Carraccio CL and the Steering Committee of the Subspecialty Pediatrics Investigator Network (SPIN). Collaborator: Tower RL. Validity of Level of Supervision Scales for Assessing Pediatric Fellows on the Common Pediatric Subspecialty Entrustable Professional Activities. Acad Med. 2017 Jul 11. PMID: 28700462.
8. Schloemer NJ, Brickler M, Hoffmann R, Pan A, Simpson P, McFadden V, Block J, Tower RL 2nd, Burke MJ. Administration of Dexrazoxane Improves Cardiac Indices in Children and Young Adults With Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) While Maintaining Survival Outcomes. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2017 07;39(5):e254-e258. PMCID: PMC5591641
9. Tower RL. Kaposiform haemangioendothelioma: new insights and old problems. Br J Dermatol. 2018 08;179(2):253-254.
 
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. Thakar MS, Talano JM, Tower RL, Kelly ME, Burke MJ. Indications for Transplantation in Childhood Acute Leukemia and the Impact of Minimal Residual Disease on Relapse: A Review. Clinical Practice. January 2014.
4. Tower RL, Camitta B. Section 9 – The Lymphatic System Chapter 488 Anatomy and Function of the Lymphatic System, Chapter 489 Abnormalities of Lymphatic Vessels, Chapter 490 Lymphadenopathy, 490.1 • Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease (Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis), 490.2 • Sinus Histiocytosis with Massive Lymphadenopathy (Rosai-Dorfman Disease), 490.3 • Castleman Disease. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 20th Edition, 2015, pp. 2412-2415.
5. Tower RL, Camitta B. Chapter 490 Lymphadenopathy, 490.1 Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease (Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis), 490.2 Sinus Histiocytosis with Massive Lymphadenopathy (Rosai-Dorfman Disease), 490.3 Castleman Disease. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 21st Edition, 2019
6. Kelly ME, Tower RL, Camitta B. Chapter 488 Anatomy and Function of the Lymphatic System, Chapter 489 Abnormalities of Lymphatic Vessels. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics, 21st Edition, 2019
 
Editorials, Letters to Editor, Other
1. Invited Commentaries - Tower RL. Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma: New insights and old problems. Br J Dermatol, 2018 Aug;179(2):253-254. PMID: 30141555
 
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]
3. Schloemer NJ, Brickler MM, Cao Y, Hoffman R, McFadden V, Block J, Tower RL, Burke MJ. Dexrazoxane Does Not Negatively Impact Survival Outcomes in Children and Young Adults with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) (ASH Annual Meeting Abstracts) 2015 Nov.
 
Peer Reviewed Educational Products
1. Atlas MP, Chou A, Garrington T, Hermiston M, Jubran R, Kesselheim JC, Tower RL. Entrustable Professional Activities for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Published by the American Board of Pediatrics on abp.org, 2016
2. Schereck E, Atlas MP, Lewing K, Tower RL. Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Medical Home Entrustable Professional Activity Curricular Components. Published by the American Board of Pediatrics on abp.org, 2016.
 

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