Hematology and Oncology

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Shamsuddin Virani, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Shamsuddin Virani, MD joined the Medical College of Wisconsin as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Medicine in 2011. Dr. Virani completed medical school at The Aga Khan University Medical College, Pakistan. After graduation, he worked at his alma mater initially as a Teaching Assistant and then as a full-time faculty member in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. He then completed an Internal Medicine residency and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at West Virginia University in Morgantown West Virginia. During his fellowship, Dr. Virani served as a Chief Fellow. He has several presentations and publications to his credit, including journal articles, meeting abstracts and book chapter. He has also received several awards and recognitions for his work.
Dr. Virani's main clinical interests are focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of breast and lung cancer. His research interests include identification and prevention of cancer induced cognitive dysfunction (especially in patients with breast cancer), to identify and address disparities in cancer care and to employ advance imaging in cancer care. Further, he is also interested in designing clinical trials to develop new therapies to treat cancer.
He also practices medicine in the Department of Hematology and Oncology at the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). At the VAMC, he sees general oncology, benign and malignant hematology patients.

PUBLICATIONS
PAPERS
1. Virani S, Burke L, Remick SC, Abraham J. Barriers to recruitment of rural patients in cancer clinical trials. J Oncol Pract. 2011 May;7(3):172-7.
2. Virani S, Tan M,Abraham J. Transverse myelitis: Amphiphysin autoimmunity paraneoplastic syndrome in a woman with breast cancer. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol. 2009 Mar; 7(3):180-2.
3. Ali S, Rabbani M, Moinuddin S, Virani S, Salam A, Ahmad A. Maximum tolerable dose of Cyclophosphamide and Azathioprine in Pakistani patients with Primary Renal Disease. J Pak Med Assoc Jan 2004; 54(1):39-41.
4. Ali S, Rabbani F, Siddiqui U, Sophie A, Virani S, Younus N. Tuberculosis: do we know enough? A study of patients and their families in an out- patient hospital setting in Karachi, Pakistan. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2003 Nov; 7(11): 1052-8.
5. Saeed S, Atiq M, Virani S, Giliani A. New vistas in the therapeutic uses of Aspirin. Review article. Research communications in pharmacology and toxicology 2001 Vol. 6 Nos. 3&4 Pg 277-296.
ABSTRACTS / POSTERS
1. S. Virani, R. Lagos, G. Hobbs, G. Marano, G. Nagaiah, J. Abraham. Pilot Study Utilizing Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-18 FDG) Positron Emission Tomography - Computed Tomography scan (PET-CT scan) to Investigate Brain Metabolic Changes during Treatment in Women with Breast Cancer. Accepted for presentation at San Antonio Breast Cancer Conference Dec 2011.
2. S. Virani, M. Almubarak, J. Rogers. Histological review of second-line pemetrexed treatment in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). J Clin Oncol 29: 2011 (suppl; abstr e18071).
3. M. Almubarak, S. Virani, G. Marano, K. Veselicky, J. S. Rogers. Role of staging PET/CT scanning in detecting brain metastases in small cell lung cancer. J Clin Oncol 28, 2010 (suppl; abstr e18116)
4. S. Virani, M. Almubarak, G. Marano, J. Rogers. Role of PET/CT scanning in detecting asymptomatic brain metastases in non-small cell lung cancer. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting 2009, Orlando, FL. J Clin Oncol 27, 2009 suppl; abstr e19038.
5. S. Virani, J. Abraham, L. Burke. Barriers to recruitment of rural patients in cancer clinical trials. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting 2008, Chicago, IL. J Clin Oncol 26:2008 May 20 suppl; abstr 17502.
6. S. Virani, J. Abraham, L. Burke. Barriers to recruitment of rural patients in cancer clinical trials. Poster presentation at Transitional Research Cancer Center Consortium (TRC3) meeting, Morgantown, WV Feb 2008.
7. S. Virani, J. Abraham. Transverse myelitis: Amphiphysin autoimmunity paraneoplastic syndrome in a woman with breast cancer. Poster presentation at American College of Physicians (ACP) West Virginia Chapter meeting 2007, Charleston WV. Won third best poster award.
BOOK CHAPTER(S)
1. Virani S, Abraham J. Endocrine treatment in metastatic breast cancer.
Series: Emerging Cancer Therapeutics; Volume: Breast Cancer, Chapter 8 Publisher: Demos medical publishing. Volume editor: Antoinette Tan, M.D

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