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Robert Maki


Ph.D., Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences, 1991
M.D., Cornell University Medical College, 1992

516-734-8976 (p)
With joint appointments at CSHL and Northwell Health, I am working to expand clinical cancer research at our institutions to provide new treatments for patients as well as greater insight into the biology of this complex set of diseases. In my own research, I am collaborating on research in soft-tissue and bone sarcomas to better understand the cancer microenvironment and epigenetics, targeting molecular weaknesses to halt cancer growth.
Robert Maki is interested in applying basic research discoveries in the clinic to treat patients with sarcomas and other neoplasms of soft-tissue and bone. Connective tissue represents a remarkable diversity of tissues. Pathologists recognize more than 70 types of sarcoma, but using molecular characteristics (changes in DNA sequence like translocations or mutations) there are even more subtypes of sarcomas. Dr. Maki is working to exploit these molecular changes to inhibit growth and proliferation of sarcoma.

Dr. Maki also maintains a particular interest in angiosarcoma, leiomyosarcoma and desmoid tumors as manifestations of the interplay of the microenvironment with cancer. He is also exploring the common pathways in metabolism and epigenetics in the hope that they may provide useful tools to circumvent the well-appreciated genetic heterogeneity of most cancers.

In developing the Center for New Cancer Therapies (CNCT) at Northwell Health Cancer Institute, Dr. Maki is facilitating the translation of basic research at CSHL into the clinics of partner institutions, in particular Northwell Health’s Monter Cancer Center. The CNCT will help to inform and advance basic research by bringing patient samples and data back into the laboratories at CSHL. Dr. Maki brings significant expertise in the interplay between clinical and basic research: he has written and conducted phase I-II-III trials in soft tissue and bone tumors at his home institutions and via collaborative efforts such as SARC (Sarcoma Alliance for Research through Collaboration), and will apply that knowledge as CSHL and Northwell Health expand their clinical trials.

Demicco, E. G. and Wagner, M. J. and Maki, R. G. and Gupta, V. and Iofin, I. and Lazar, A. J. and Wang, W. L. (2017) Risk assessment in solitary fibrous tumors: validation and refinement of a risk stratification model. Mod Pathol

Hensley, M. L. and Patel, S. R. and von Mehren, M. and Ganjoo, K. and Jones, R. L. and Staddon, A. and Rushing, D. and Milhem, M. and Monk, B. and Wang, G. and McCarthy, S. and Knoblauch, R. E. and Parekh, T. V. and Maki, R. G. and Demetri, G. D. (2017) Efficacy and safety of trabectedin or dacarbazine in patients with advanced uterine leiomyosarcoma after failure of anthracycline-based chemotherapy: Subgroup analysis of a phase 3, randomized clinical trial. Gynecol Oncol

Heinrich, M. and Rankin, C. and Blanke, C. D. and Demetri, G. D. and Borden, E. C. and Ryan, C. W. and von Mehren, M. and Blackstein, M. E. and Priebat, D. A. and Tap, W. D. and Maki, R. G. and Corless, C. L. and Fletcher, J. A. and Owzar, K. and Crowley, J. J. and Benjamin, R. S. and Baker, L. H. (2017) Correlation of Long-term Results of Imatinib in Advanced Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors With Next-Generation Sequencing Results: Analysis of Phase 3 SWOG Intergroup Trial S0033. JAMA Oncol

Gronchi, A. and Maki, R. G. and Jones, R. L. (2017) Treatment of soft tissue sarcoma: a focus on earlier stages. Future Oncol 13(1s) pp. 13-21.

Lee, C. K. and Goldstein, D. and Gibbs, E. and Joensuu, H. and Zalcberg, J. and Verweij, J. and Casali, P. G. and Maki, R. G. and Cioffi, A. and McArthur, G. and Lord, S. J. and Yip, D. and Kanjanapan, Y. and Rutkowski, P. (2015) Development and validation of prognostic nomograms for metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumour treated with imatinib. Eur J Cancer 51(7) pp. 852-60.

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CSHL Institutional Repository
2014 Fellow, American College of Physicians

2014 Life Raft Group (GIST), Clinician of the Year

2013 Nobility in Science Award, Sarcoma Foundation of America

2009 NCI Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

2007 Byrne Fund Award, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center