Christopher R. Cogle, MD

Christopher R. Cogle, M.D., is a professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is a physician, scientist, and educator with clinical and research expertise in blood cancers and stem cells.

Dr. Cogle earned his medical degree at the University of Florida, where he also subspecialized in medical oncology. Dr. Cogle completed an additional fellowship in stem cell research and blood & bone marrow transplantation at Duke University.

Dr. Cogle’s clinic at UF Health Shands Hospital has earned the international designation as a Center of Excellence in Myelodysplastic Syndromes. In medical science, he is credited with several major discoveries and inventions including:

1. Discovered that hematopoietic stem cells make brain cells in humans (Lancet 2004);

2. Discovered that blood vessels are sanctuary sites for blood cancers and lead to relapsed cancer (Leukemia 2014);

3. Discovered that myocardial infarctions poison the bone marrow through inflammatory cytokine signaling and prevent hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells from repairing the heart (Circulation Research 2014);

4. Invented and patented two new drug classes to treat cancer patients;

5. Invented and patented a new method of using a rabbit virus to kill human cancers and prevent graft versus host disease (Leukemia 2009, Blood 2015);

6. Invented two new methods to accurately count cancer cases in America (Blood 2011, Leukemia Research 2014); and

7. Developed a new DNA sequencing and computational biology method of interpreting the hundreds of DNA mutations inside a cancer cell to tailor treatment for cancer patients (Leukemia Research 2017).

Dr. Cogle has published over 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals, written in 3 books, and has been named a Scholar in Clinical Research by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He is also active in teaching and has mentored 50 students and invented two new pedagogies for teaching oncology to future doctors.

In leadership, Dr. Cogle is the elected State Chairperson of the Florida Cancer Control and Research Advisory Council, which advises the Florida legislature, Florida Surgeon General and Florida Governor on cancer-related issues. The mission of the Council is to reduce the burden of cancer in Florida. Dr. Cogle is also a member of the National Academy of Science’s National Cancer Policy Forum.

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