Lee J. Helman, MD

Vice Chairperson
Lee J. Helman, MD
Cancer and Blood Diseases Research ProgramSaban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California

Dr. Helman has numerous positions at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He is Section Head of Basic and Translational Research within the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. Aside from being the Director of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Research Program of the Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, he is also Attending Physician. He is Professor of Pediatrics in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. His laboratory currently studies the biology and treatment of rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing's sarcoma, osteosarcoma and pediatric GIST tumors.

Dr. Helman received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine magna cum laude in 1980 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital Washington University also serving as chief resident. He began his fellowship training at the NCI where he remained for many years. He rose through the ranks at the NCI, and was eventually promoted to become the scientific director for clinical research in the Center for Cancer Research. He served in this latter position until 2016.

Dr. Helman was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians and is a founding member and past president of the Connective Tissue Oncology Society. He serves on the Board of Directors of and is a clinical advisor to The Children's Inn at NIH and is a past member of the Board of Governors of the Clinical Center at NIH. In addition to his many appointments with different organization, he has been appointed director of the Osteosarcoma Institute.