David F. Claxton, MD

David F. Claxton, MD
Employed by Penn State Health
Medical Oncology

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About Me

Dr. Claxton received his MD from McGill University in Montreal Canada in 1978 and completed an Internal Medicine Residency in 1983. He then pursued a Hematology Fellowship followed by an Oncology Fellowship, which he completed at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1990. He was subsequently a faculty member at M.D. Anderson in the Department of Blood and Marrow Transplantation until he left M.D. Anderson in year 2000 to come to Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute. At Penn State, he was promoted to full Professor. His responsibilities at Penn State have included patient care in the areas of hematological malignancies and leukemia treatments, blood and marrow transplantation, teaching, research, and administration.

Currently, Dr. Claxton is actively involved in patient care of patients with blood malignancies. His clinical focus is on leukemia s and myelodysplastic syndrome and bone marrow transplantation. He teaches medical students, residents, and sub-specialty fellows. He has numerous publications in the field of leukemia molecular biology and therapeutics. He has active clinical research interests in leukemia therapeutics and is also active in translational and bench research and leukemia therapeutics.


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Professional Education


Medical School, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine - 1978


Fellowship, Oncology M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - 1990

Fellowship, Hematology Royal Victoria Hospital (UK) - 1986


Residency, Internal Medicine Royal Victoria Hospital (UK) - 1984


Internship, Rotating Royal Jubilee Hospital - 1979

Research Interests

  • Blood and marrow transplantation for hematological malignancies
  • Clinical trials and leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, lymphoma, bone marrow transplantation
  • Immunotherapy of leukemia
  • Leukemia treatment - in particular, acute myelogenous leukemia

Academic Interests

  • Dr. Claxton regularly lectures to medical students, residents, and subspecialty fellows.