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Linda M Smith-Resar, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
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  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Associate Professor of Oncology


Anemias, Blood Diseases in Young Adults, Bone Marrow Failure, Hematology, Hemoglobinopathies, Hemophilia, Iron Deficiency, Red Cell Disorders, Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassemias, Thrombocytopenias

Research Interests

Basic research focus is hematologic malignancy and molecular mechanisms that lead to cancer.; Clinical research interests include sickle cell anemia.


Dr. Resar''s studies molecular mechanisms leading to cancer, blood diseases, sickle cell anemia, hemophilia and other coagulopathies. Her research focuses on the HMG-I/Y gene family, which is widely overexpressed and functions as oncogenes in human cancers. Her laboratory recently developed transgenic mice overexpressing HMG-I; all mice develop aggressive lymphoid malignancy similar to leukemia and lymphoma in humans. Her studies also demonstrate that this gene is overexpressed in human lymphoid and other malignancies. Translational studies are underway to determine if overexpression of HMG-I is a marker for more aggressive human cancers. Resar''s long-term goal is to develop more rational therapies that interfere with HMG-I/Y function in neoplastic transformation.


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    • Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee WI) (1986)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (Baltimore MD) (1989)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (Baltimore MD) (1992)


    • Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Hematology (2011)
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    Selected Publications

    1. Savage, W.J.; DeRusso, P.A.; Resar, L.M.; Chen, A.R.; Higman, M.A.; Loeb, D.M.; Jones, R.J.; Brodsky, R.A. Treatment of hepatitis-associated aplastic anemia with high-dose cyclophosphamide. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2007 Dec;49(7):947-951.
    2. Tesfaye, A.; Di Cello, F.; Hillion, J.; Ronnett, B.M.; Elbahloul, O.; Ashfaq, R.; Dhara, S.; Prochownik, E.; Tworkoski, K.; Reeves, R.; Roden, R.; Ellenson, L.H.; Huso, D.L.; Resar, L.M. The high-mobility group A1 gene up-regulates cyclooxygenase 2 expression in uterine tumorigenesis. Cancer Res. 2007 May 1;67(9):3998-4004.
    3. Di Cello, F.; Hillion, J.; Hristov, A.; Wood, L.J.; Mukherjee, M.; Schuldenfrei, A.; Kowalski, J.; Bhattacharya, R.; Ashfaq, R.; Resar, L.M. HMGA2 participates in transformation in human lung cancer. Mol Cancer Res. 2008 May;6(5):743-750.
    4. Di Cello, F.; Hillion, J.; Kowalski, J.; Ronnett, B.M.; Aderinto, A.; Huso, D.L.; Resar, L.M. Cyclooxygenase inhibitors block uterine tumorigenesis in HMGA1a transgenic mice and human xenografts. Mol Cancer Ther. 2008 Jul;7(7):2090-2095.
    5. Hillion, J.; Dhara, S.; Sumter, T.F.; Mukherjee, M.; Di Cello, F.; Belton, A.; Turkson, J.; Jaganathan, S.; Cheng, L.; Ye, Z.; Jove, R.; Aplan, P.; Lin, Y.W.; Wertzler, K.; Reeves, R.; Elbahlouh, O.; Kowalski, J.; Bhattacharya, R.; Resar, L.M. The high-mobility group A1a/signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 axis: an achilles heel for hematopoietic malignancies Cancer Res. 2008 Dec 15;68(24):10121-10127.
    6. Hines, P.; Dover, G.J.; Resar, L.M. Pulsed-dosing with oral sodium phenylbutyrate increases hemoglobin F in a patient with sickle cell anemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2008 Feb;50(2):357-359.
    7. Hillion, J.; Wood, L.J.; Mukherjee, M.; Bhattacharya, R.; Di Cello, F.; Kowalski, J.; Elbahloul, O.; Segal, J.; Poirier, J.; Rudin, C.M.; Dhara, S.; Belton, A.; Joseph, B.; Zucker, S.; Resar, L.M. Upregulation of MMP-2 by HMGA1 promotes transformation in undifferentiated, large-cell lung cancer. Mol Cancer Res. 2009 Nov;7(11):1803-1812.
    8. Hristov, A.C.; Cope, L.; Reyes, M.D.; Singh, M.; Iacobuzio-Donahue, C.; Maitra, A.; Resar, L.M. HMGA2 protein expression correlates with lymph node metastasis and increased tumor grade in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Mod Pathol. 2009 Jan;22(1):43-49.
    9. Hristov, A.C.; Cope, L.; Di Cello, F.; Reyes, M.D.; Singh, M.; Hillion, J.A.; Belton, A.; Joseph, B.; Schuldenfrei, A.; Iacobuzio-Donahue, C.A.; Maitra, A.; Resar, L.M. HMGA1 correlates with advanced tumor grade and decreased survival in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Mod Pathol. 2010 Jan;23(1):98-104.
    10. Mazaheri, P.; Nadkarni, G.; Lowe, E.; Hines, P.; Vuica, M.; Griffin, M.; Resar, L.M. Ghosal hematodiaphyseal dysplasia: a rare cause of a myelophthisic anemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Dec 1;55(6):1187-1190.
    11. Resar, L.M. The high mobility group A1 gene: transforming inflammatory signals into cancer? Cancer Res. 2010 Jan 15;70(2):436-439.
    12. Karp, J.E.; Smith, B.D.; Resar, L.S.; Greer, J.M.; Blackford, A.; Zhao, M.; Moton-Nelson, D.; Alino, K.; Levis, M.J.; Gore, S.D.; Joseph, B.; Carraway, H.; McDevitt, M.A.; Bagain, L.; Mackey, K.; Briel, J.; Doyle, L.A.; Wright, J.J.; Rudek, M.A. Phase I and pharmacokinetic study of bolus-infusion flavopiridol followed by cytosine arabinoside and mitoxantrone for acute leukemias. Blood. 2011 Jan 14;Epub 1/18/11.
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