David S. Schrump, MD, MBA, FACS, a Cardiothoracic Surgeon with National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research

Get to know Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. David S. Schrump, who serves patients in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Schrump, a board-certified cardiothoracic surgeon, serves as the Chief of the Thoracic Surgery Branch at the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research in Bethesda, Maryland. 

The Thoracic Surgery Branch conducts laboratory research pertaining to mechanisms of initiation and progression of thoracic malignancies; translates results of laboratory research to clinical protocols examining novel strategies to improve detection, diagnosis, and treatment of these neoplasms; mentors future leaders in thoracic surgical oncology and translational cancer research; and provides comprehensive clinical support for all patients with thoracic surgical issues at the NIH Clinical Center.

As Chief of the Branch, Dr. Schrump oversees clinical and translational research pertaining to thoracic malignancies, including the development of innovative molecular approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of these neoplasms. He has pioneered the development of epigenetic therapies for thoracic cancers. Using unique in vitro models and correlative experiments with surgical specimens, he has characterized epigenetic responses to tobacco carcinogens, and identified novel therapeutic targets in lung and esophageal cancers and pleural mesotheliomas. His clinical protocols have demonstrated that chromatin remodeling agents simultaneously induce growth arrest and augment immunogenicity of thoracic malignancies; these efforts have provided rationale for combining epigenetic regimens with immunotherapies for these neoplasms. Results of his laboratory and clinical efforts have been presented at numerous international meetings and have been published in top-tier scientific and thoracic surgery journals.

A 1983 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Dr. Schrump completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Chicago, as well as a 3-year research fellowship in human cancer immunology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Following completion of his residency in thoracic surgery at the University of Michigan in 1993, he was appointed to the cardiothoracic surgery faculty at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In 1997, he was appointed Head of Thoracic Oncology, Surgery Branch, NCI. He received NIH tenure in 2006. Wanting to further his education, Dr. Schrump went on to receive his Master of Business Administration degree in Health Services Management from the Carey School of Business, Johns Hopkins University in 2009. He is a member of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the John Alexander Society, and the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the doctor is board-certified in thoracic surgery by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, an American surgical organization devoted to surgery of the chest. Dr. Schrump is internationally renowned for his expertise pertaining to surgical management of complex thoracic malignancies including lung and esophageal cancers, malignant pleural mesothelioma, chest wall sarcomas, and pulmonary metastases.

Cardiothoracic surgery is the field of medicine involved in the surgical treatment of organs inside the thorax. Cardiothoracic surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in surgical procedures inside the thorax, which may involve the heart, lungs, esophagus, and other organs in the chest. Alongside performing surgery, they also diagnose and treat diseases of these organs. 

Learn More about Dr. David S. Schrump:

Through his findatopdoc profile, https://www.findatopdoc.com/doctor/2296676-David-Schrump-Doctor or through National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research, https://ccr.cancer.gov/thoracic-surgery-branch/david-s-schrump

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