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Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH

Medical Oncology

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  • Medical Director, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
  • Faculty Director for Cancer Care Equity
  • Senior Network Physician
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Clinical Interests

  • Lung cancer
  • Midline NUT carcinoma
  • Racial disparities in lung cancer treatment

Diseases Treated

Contact Information

  • Appointments617-562-7208 (New - St. Elizabeths)
    617-789-2903 (Follow-up - St. Elizabeths)
    617-632-6875 (new - Boston)
    617-632-6190 (follow-up - Boston)
  • Office Phone Number617-632-6041 (Boston main campus)
    617-789-2903 (St. Elizabeths)
  • Fax617-632-5786 (Boston main campus)
    617-789-2064 (St. Elizabeths)

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology, 2007


  • Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, Medical Oncology


  • Boston Medical Center, Chief Medical Resident
  • Boston Medical Center, Internal Medicine

Medical School:

  • Tufts University School of Medicine


Community-based research, Health services research

My primary research interests and clinical work focuses on care provided to lung cancer patients, particularly patients who are members of ethnic and racial minority groups. I am interested in all areas of care delivery and feel that community engagement and assessment is of utmost importance.  Cancer patients are vulnerable and knowledge about the distribution of symptoms both physical and psychological is invaluable in the assessment of disparities.

My current research interests focus on racial disparities in lung cancer, and on improving access to care for underserved cancer patients. Currently I am involved with the Lung Cancer Disparities Center run by Dr. David Williams at the Harvard School of Public Health as an co- investigator on multiple projects including (1) sequencing somatic mutations in African-Americans with lung cancer. (2) Examining socioeconomic changes in the NCI CanCORS data set. (3) Examining the relative effects of socioeconomic status on survival in lung cancer. In addition am currently running an outreach oncology clinic as in a Federally Qualified health center in Roxbury, MA.  This program is an innovative project with the aim of reducing disparities in cancer mortality locally.

Research Departments:


Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
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Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
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Brighton, MA 02135
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