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Jerry Le Pow Spivak, MD

Director, Center for the Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders
Professor of Medicine
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  • Director, Center for the Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders
  • Professor of Medicine

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  • Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders Center
  • Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center


Anemias, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, Erythrocytosis, Essential Thrombocytosis, Hematology, Hypereosinophilia, Leukopenia, Myeloproliferative Disorders, Polycythemia Vera, Primary Myelofibrosis, Systematic Mastocytosis

Research Interests

Primary myelofibrosis; Essential thrombocytosis; Polycythemia vera; Myeloproliferative disorders


Jerry L. Spivak, MD, is currently Professor of Medicine and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Spivak is a graduate of Cornell University Medical College and received training in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, New York Hospital, and the National Cancer Institute. Board certified in Internal Medicine and Hematology, Dr. Spivak was Director of the Hematology Division at Johns Hopkins from 1980 to 1992. He is currently the Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for The Chronic Myeloproliferative Disorders.

An author of over 250 publications and the recipient of a Research Career Development Award and a Merit Award from the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Spivak's research and clinical interests include erythropoiesis, erythropoietin, and the chronic myeloproliferative disorders.


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American Society of Hematology
Fellow of the Amercian College of Physicians
International Society of Experimental Hematology
International Society of Hematology
American Clinical and Climatological Society

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    • Cornell University Medical College (Ithaca NY ) (1964)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (1972)
    • New York Hospital (New York NY ) (1969)
    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (1966)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Hematology (Baltimore MD ) (1971)


    • Hematology, American Board of Internal Medicine (1974)
    • Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (1971)
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    Research Summary

    Dr. Spivak's research interests are focused on the chronic myeloproliferative disorders wiht particular emphasis on the molecular basis of these disorders and the means for distinguishing them both diagnostically and with respect to therapeutic intervention. Using techniques to analyze gene expression in polycythemia vera stem cells, he has found that polycythemia vera patients can be distinguished from patients with erythrocytosis and also divided into two groups, those with an aggressive disease and those with a more indolent illness. Dr. Spivak and his colleagues are also studying the role of specific molecular markers identified at Johns Hopkins and eslewhere with respect to the pathogenesis of polycythemia vera as well as its diagnosis.

    Selected Publications

    250 publications as of 2014.

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    Phi Beta Kappa
    Alpha Omega Alpha
    NIH Research Career Development Award
    NIH Merit Award
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    The Johns Hopkins Hospital
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    Sheikh Zayed Tower
    Baltimore, MD 21287
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    • Medicine - Hematology

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