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Debra Hawes, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Pathology
Director of Pathology Core Lab
Pediatrics
CHL 4650 Sunset Blvd Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 1156

Overview

Dr. Hawes began her education by pursuing a certificate in vocational nursing from Santa Ana College followed by a BA degree in French from Cal State Fullerton. She then attended medical school, and upon graduation she was first introduced to the Keck School of Medicine as a resident in the pathology department at LAC+USC Medical Center. While in medical school, Dr. Hawes demonstrated a profound aptitude for her studies when she was awarded to the Dean’s List of Outstanding Achievement in the Basic Sciences. Currently, Dr. Hawes is an assistant professor of clinical pathology and an instructor of the Pathology Multidisciplinary Laboratories at USC. She has reviewed manuscripts for the several medical journals, including the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. In addition to her vast academic and clinical responsibilities, Dr. Hawes has a number of research interests, such as cancer prevention, new technology development and biologic markers of disease progression. Dr. Hawes has co-authored nearly 30 peer-reviewed journal articles and a number of book chapters and abstracts.

Publications

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Double-Blind Randomized 12-Month Soy Intervention Had No Effects on Breast MRI Fibroglandular Tissue Density or Mammographic Density. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2015 Oct; 8(10):942-51. View in: PubMed

Phase I, dose-escalation study of the targeted cytotoxic LHRH analog AEZS-108 in patients with castration- and taxane-resistant prostate cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2014 Dec 15; 20(24):6277-83. View in: PubMed

Differential effects of RUNX2 on the androgen receptor in prostate cancer: synergistic stimulation of a gene set exemplified by SNAI2 and subsequent invasiveness. Cancer Res. 2014 May 15; 74(10):2857-68. View in: PubMed

Molecular characteristics of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma in human immunodeficiency virus-infected and -uninfected patients in the pre-highly active antiretroviral therapy and pre-rituximab era. Leuk Lymphoma. 2014 Mar; 55(3):551-7. View in: PubMed

Epstein-Barr virus patterns in US Burkitt lymphoma tumors from the SEER residual tissue repository during 1979-2009. APMIS. 2014 Jan; 122(1):5-15. View in: PubMed

Combination of molecular alterations and smoking intensity predicts bladder cancer outcome: a report from the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program. Cancer. 2013 Feb 15; 119(4):756-65. View in: PubMed

Biological effects of green tea capsule supplementation in pre-surgery postmenopausal breast cancer patients. Front Oncol. 2013; 3:298. View in: PubMed

Lowering oral contraceptive norethindrone dose increases estrogen and progesterone receptor levels with no reduction in proliferation of breast epithelium: a randomized trial. Contraception. 2012 Sep; 86(3):238-43. View in: PubMed

Breast epithelial cell proliferation is markedly increased with short-term high levels of endogenous estrogen secondary to controlled ovarian hyperstimulation. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Apr; 132(2):653-60. View in: PubMed

Occult metastases in lymph nodes predict survival in resectable non-small-cell lung cancer: report of the ACOSOG Z0040 trial. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Nov 10; 29(32):4313-9. View in: PubMed

Ethnic differences in neuroendocrine expression in prostate cancer tissue. Anticancer Res. 2011 Nov; 31(11):3897-901. View in: PubMed

Effects of the change in cutoff values for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 status by immunohistochemistry and fluorescence in situ hybridization: a study comparing conventional brightfield microscopy, image analysis-assisted microscopy, and interobserver variation. Arch Pathol Lab Med. 2011 Aug; 135(8):1010-6. View in: PubMed

Association of occult metastases in sentinel lymph nodes and bone marrow with survival among women with early-stage invasive breast cancer. JAMA. 2011 Jul 27; 306(4):385-93. View in: PubMed

Effect of luteinizing hormone on the steroidogenic pathway in prostate cancer. Prostate. 2011 Jun 1; 71(8):892-8. View in: PubMed

Effect of luteinizing hormone on the steroidogenic pathway in prostate cancer. Prostate. 2011 Jun 01; 71(8):892-8. View in: PubMed

Expression of receptors for luteinizing hormone-releasing hormone (LH-RH) in prostate cancers following therapy with LH-RH agonists. Clin Cancer Res. 2010 Sep 15; 16(18):4675-80. View in: PubMed

Progesterone and estrogen receptors in pregnant and premenopausal non-pregnant normal human breast. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2009 Nov; 118(1):161-8. View in: PubMed

Preferential induction of EphB4 over EphB2 and its implication in colorectal cancer progression. Cancer Res. 2009 May 1; 69(9):3736-45. View in: PubMed

Preferential induction of EphB4 over EphB2 and its implication in colorectal cancer progression. Cancer Res. 2009 May 01; 69(9):3736-45. View in: PubMed

Prognostic value of the androgen receptor and its coactivators in patients with D1 prostate cancer. Anticancer Res. 2008 Jan-Feb; 28(1B):425-30. View in: PubMed

Glucose-regulated protein GRP78 is up-regulated in prostate cancer and correlates with recurrence and survival. Hum Pathol. 2007 Oct; 38(10):1547-52. View in: PubMed

Expression of stress response protein Grp78 is associated with the development of castration-resistant prostate cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Oct 15; 12(20 Pt 1):5987-93. View in: PubMed

Most early disseminated cancer cells detected in bone marrow of breast cancer patients have a putative breast cancer stem cell phenotype. Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Oct 01; 12(19):5615-21. View in: PubMed

Most early disseminated cancer cells detected in bone marrow of breast cancer patients have a putative breast cancer stem cell phenotype. Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Oct 1; 12(19):5615-21. View in: PubMed

Receptor tyrosine kinase EphB4 is a survival factor in breast cancer. Am J Pathol. 2006 Jul; 169(1):279-93. View in: PubMed

Detection of occult lymph node metastases in locally advanced node-negative prostate cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Jun 20; 24(18):2735-42. View in: PubMed

Expression and significance of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor 2 in bladder cancer. J Urol. 2006 Apr; 175(4):1245-52. View in: PubMed

Dense breast stromal tissue shows greatly increased concentration of breast epithelium but no increase in its proliferative activity. Breast Cancer Res. 2006; 8(2):R24. View in: PubMed

Anti-angiogenic activity of contortrostatin, a disintegrin from Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix snake venom. Angiogenesis. 2003; 6(3):213-24. View in: PubMed

Correlation of p53 immunostaining in primary and residual ovarian cancer at the time of positive second-look laparotomy and its prognostic role: a Southwest Oncology Group ancillary study. Gynecol Oncol. 2002 Oct; 87(1):17-23. View in: PubMed

Thrombospondin-1 expression in patients with pathologic stage T3 prostate cancer undergoing radical prostatectomy: association with p53 alterations, tumor angiogenesis, and tumor progression. Urology. 2002 Jan; 59(1):97-102. View in: PubMed

Occult metastases in patients with breast cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2001 Oct; 8(9 Suppl):60S-63S. View in: PubMed

Detection of occult metastasis in patients with breast cancer. Semin Surg Oncol. 2001 Jun; 20(4):312-8. View in: PubMed

Occult metastasis. Biomed Pharmacother. 2001 May; 55(4):229-42. View in: PubMed

Calcium-induced modification of protein conformation demonstrated by immunohistochemistry: What is the signal? J Histochem Cytochem. Calcium-induced modification of protein conformation demonstrated by immunohistochemistry: What is the signal? J Histochem Cytochem. 1999 Apr; 47(4):463-70. View in: PubMed

Detection of occult metastases in lung carcinomas: progress and implications for lung cancer staging. J Surg Oncol. 1998 Dec; 69(4):265-74. View in: PubMed

Magnetic resonance imaging for detection of prostate cancer metastatic to bone. J Urol. 1993 Jun; 149(6):1482-4. View in: PubMed

Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric adenocarcinoma among Japanese Americans in Hawaii. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 1993 May-Jun; 2(3):213-7. View in: PubMed

Specific genetic analysis of microscopic tissue after selective ultraviolet radiation fractionation and the polymerase chain reaction. Am J Pathol. 1992 Sep; 141(3):539-43. View in: PubMed

Postoperative bone marrow alterations: potential pitfalls in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis with In-111-labeled leukocyte scintigraphy. Radiology. 1991 Sep; 180(3):741-7. View in: PubMed

Vertebral compression fractures: distinction between benign and malignant causes with MR imaging. Radiology. 1989 Jul; 172(1):215-8. View in: PubMed

Osteomyelitis of the foot in diabetic patients: evaluation with plain film, 99mTc-MDP bone scintigraphy, and MR imaging. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 1989 Apr; 152(4):795-800. View in: PubMed

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