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Radiology and Imaging Sciences

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Clara Chen, MD
Staff Clinician, Nuclear Medicine Section
Radiology and Imaging Sciences

Academic Degrees
AB, Princeton University
MD, Cornell University Medical College


Phone: 301-496-5675


Dr. Chen completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, graduating in 1978. She earned her Doctorate in Medicine from Cornell University Medical College in 1982. She completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Minnesota in 1985 and a Nuclear Medicine residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in New York in 1989. She is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine.

Dr. Chen has been a Staff Nuclear Medicine physician in the Clinical Center Nuclear Medicine Department since 1989. She became the Section Chief of the Clinical Studies Section in 1998.

Dr. Chen’s main clinical research activities have recently been in functional imaging of neuroendocrine tumors and oncology.

Selected Publications

William H. Chong, Alfredo A. Molinolo, Clara C. Chen, Michael T. Collins (2011):  Tumor-Induced Osteomalacia.   Endocrine Related Cancer  Jun 8;18(3):R53-77. Print 2011. Apr 13. [Epub ahead of print]

Ronan J. Kelly, Deborah Draper, Clara C. Chen, Robert W. Robey, William D. Figg, Richard L. Piekarz, Xiaohong Chen, Erin R. Gardner, Frank M. Balis, Aradhana M. Venkatesan, AT Fojo, Susan E. Bates (2011):  A Pharmacodynamic Study of Docetaxel in Combination with the P-glycoprotein Antagonist, Tariquidar (XR9576) in Patients with Lung, Ovarian, and Cervical Cancer.  Clin Cancer Res 2010 Feb 2011 17(3):569-80 Epub Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print]

Carrasquillo, JA and Chen, CC (2010): Molecular imaging of neuroendocrine tumors.  Semin Oncol 37(6):662-679.

Marina S. Zemskova, Bhaskar Gundabolu, Ninet Sinaii, Clara C. Chen, Jorge A. Carrasquillo, Millie Whatley, Iffat Chowdhury, Ahmed M. Gharib, Lynnette K. Nieman  (2010):  Utility of Various Functional and Anatomic Imaging Modalities for Detection of Ectopic ACTH-secreting Tumors.   Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 95(3):1207-1219.

Timmers HJ, Chen CC, Carrasquillo JA, Whatley M, Ling A, Havekes B, Eisenhofer G, Martiniova L, Adams KT, Pacak K  (2009):  Comparison of 18F-Fluoro-L-DOPA, 18F-Fluoro-Deoxyglucose, and 18F-Fluorodopamine PET and 123I-MIBG Scintigraphy in the Localization of Pheochromocytoma and Paraganglioma.  Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism 94(12):4757-4767; Epub 2009 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print]

Abraham J, Edgerly M, Wilson R, Chen C, Rutt A, Bakke S, Robey R, Dwyer A,Goldspiel B, Balis F, Van Tellingen O, Bates S, Fojo T (2009): A Phase I Study of the Novel P-Glycoprotein Antagonist Tariquidar in Combination with Vinorelbine. Clin Cancer Res. 15(10):3574-82. Epub 2009 May 5.

Chang R, Chen CC, Kam A, Mao E, Shawker TH, Horne MK III: (2008) Direct intraclot injection of alteplase once daily with systemic anticoagulation for deep vein thrombosis of the lower extremity: results of a pilot study. Radiology 246(2): 619-629.

Timmers HJ, Hadi M, Carrasquillo JA, Chen CC, Martiniova L, Whatley M, Ling A, Eisenhofer G, Adams KT, Pacak K: (2007) The Effects of Carbidopa on Uptake of 6-18F-Fluoro-L-DOPA in PET of Pheochromocytoma and Extraadrenal Abdominal Paraganglioma. J Nucl Med. 48(10):1599-1606. Epub 2007 Sep 14.

Arlen PM, Skarupa L, Pazdur M, Seetharam M, Tsang KY, Grosenbach DW, Feldman J, Poole DJ, Litzinger M, Steinberg SM, Jones E, Chen C, Marte J, Parnes H, Wright J, Dahut W, Schlom J, Gulley JL: (2007) Clinical safety of a viral vector based prostate cancer vaccine strategy. Journal of Urology 178(4 Pt 1):1515-20 Epub 2007 Aug 16

Anthi, A; Machado, RF; Jinson, ML; Taveira-DaSilva, AM; Rubin, LJ; Hunter, L; Hunter, CJ; Coles, W; Nichols, J; Avila, NA; Sachdev, V; Chen, CC; Gladwin, MT (2007): Hemodynamic and functional assessment of patients with sickle cell disease and pulmonary hypertension. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine 175(12):1272-9. Epub 2007 Mar 22

Hart, ES; Kelly, MH; Brillante,B; Chen, CC; Ziran, N; Lee, JS; Feuillan, P; Leet, AI; Kushner, H; Robey, PG; Collins, MT: (2007) Onset, progression, and plateau of skeletal lesions in fibrous dysplasia, and the relationship to functional outcome. J Bone Miner Res. 22(9):1468-74.

Timmers HJ, Kozupa A, Chen CC, Carrasquillo JA, Ling A, Eisenhofer G, Adams KT, Solis D, Lenders JWM, Pacak K: (2007) Superiority of fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography to other functional imaging techniques in the evaluation of metastatic SDHB-associated pheochromocytoma and paraganglioma. J Clin Oncol. 25(16):2262-9.

Rao VK, Carrasquillo JA, Dale JK, Bacharach SL, Whatley M, Dugan F, Tretler J, Fleisher T, Puck JM, Wilson W, Jaffe ES, Avila N, Chen CC, Straus SE (2006): Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography (FDG PET) for monitoring lymphadenopathy in the Autoimmune Lymphoproliferative Syndrome (ALPS). AJHematol 81(2):81-5. Erratum in AJHematol 81(5):389.

Michael H. Kershaw, Jennifer A. Westwood, Linda L. Parker, Gang Wang, Zelig Eshhar, Sharon A. Mavroukakis, Donald E. White,John R. Wunderlich, Silvana Canevari, Linda Rogers-Freezer, Clara C. Chen, James C. Yang, Steven A. Rosenberg, Patrick Hwu (2006): A Phase I Study on adoptive immunotherapy using gene-modified T cells for ovarian cancer. Clin Cancer Res 2006;12(20):6106-6115.

Collins MT, Kushner H, Reynolds JC, Chebli C, Kelly MH, Gupta A, Brillante B, Leet AI, Riminucci M, Robey PG, Bianco P, Wientroub S, Chen CC (2005) An instrument to measure skeletal burden and predict functional outcome in fibrous dysplasia of bone. J Bone Miner Res. 2005 Feb;20(2):219-26. Epub 2004 Nov 16.

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