Biographical sketch and career plan
Lawrence B. Faulkner, M.D.
Title: Medical Advisory Board Coordinator, Cure2Children Foundation
Specialty: Pediatric hematology-oncology and stem cell transplantation
Born August 3, 1958
Medical Doctor Degree: University of Florence, Italy , 1983 (110/110 cum laude).
Pediatric Residency: Long Island College Hospital , Brooklyn NY, 1986-89.
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Fellowship: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center - New York Hospital, New York NY, Cornell University Medical School combined program, 1989-92.
International Society of Pediatric Oncology
American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
JACIE (Joint Accreditation Commitee ISCT-EBMT) Inspector
1990-1992 As Pediatric Fellow in the laboratory of Developmental Hematology directed by Malcolm A. S. Moore Ph.D., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY, USA.
1992-1993 As Pediatric Hematology-Oncology attending at the Catholic University Medical Center (Policlinico Gemelli) in Rome, Italy.
1994-2005. As Pediatric Hematology-Oncology attending at the Children's Hospital of Florence (Ospedale Meyer).
During 2004-2005 collaborated with the Mediterranean Institute of Hematology and was responsible for the management of children with thalassemia major coming to Florence, Italy, from different developing areas (Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Kroatia, etc...) to undergo allogeneic stem cell transplantation from either matched or mismatched family donors.
January-September 2006. Director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Transplantation at Ospedale Silvestrini, Perugia, Italy. This is a 12 bed unit that acts as the referal center for the Region of Umbria.
October 2006-present. Primarily involved in international medicine projects as Medical Coordinator of the Cure2Children Foundation.
2006-present. Medical Coordinator of the Cure2Children Foundation.
2015-present. Program Director, Sankalp-People Tree Hospitals Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Bangalore, India.
Research Grants and Awards
1995 Principal investigator of a three-year "Seed Grant" by the Italian Cancer Research Association. Total funds: 90,000 Euros.
1997 Principal investigator of a four-year research project by the Italian Neuroblastoma Research Association on minimal residual disease analysis of neuroblastoma. Total funds: 80,000 Euros.
2001 Principal investigator of a four-year research support by the Tommasino Bacciotti Foundation on the use of stem cell transplantation for the cure of high-risk brain tumors and other pediatric malignancies. Total funds: 200,000 Euros.
2002 Coordinator of the Marrow Disease Evaluation Subcommittee of the Neuroblastoma Group of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP).
2007 Founder and Advisory Board Coordinator of the Cure2Children Foundation
2008 Principal investigator for a two-year grant from the Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy, to support a network of centers offering the cure for thalassemic children in Pakistan. Total funds: 150,000 Euros.
2010 Principal investigator for a one-year grant from the Fondazione Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy, on the support for sustainable cure and prevention of thalassemia in India through social entrepreneurship initiatives. Total funds: 20,000 Euros.
2010 Coordinator of a two-year grant of 50,000,000 Pakistani rupees (~450,000 Euros) from the Pakistani-Italian Dept-for-development Swap Agreement for a project on the cure and prevention of thalassemia in Pakistan.
2010 Coordinator of a two-year grant for a Global Neuroblastoma Database module within the St Jude’s Hospital Outreach Program Pediatric Oncology Network Database by the Fondazione Umberto Veronesi, Italy. Total funds: 122,000 Euros.
An entire chapter dedicated to Cure2Children on Nobel Prize Professor Muhammad Yunus's book “Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs”. Chapter 4: “To Cure One Child”. 2010, ISBN 978-1-58648-824-6 (hardcover).
After working for almost 20 years in affluent counties as a pediatrician specialized in childhood cancer and blood disorders, I decided to dedicate myself full-time to international medicine. For the past 4 years I have collaborated with professionals and institutions in developing countries committed to the cure of children with cancer and severe hematological diseases. Since then this has increasingly become my primary professional objective.
As a result of my involvement with children with thalassemia major coming from different developing areas (Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Croatia, etc...) to undergo bone marrow transplantation at the Children’s Hospital of Florence, Italy, I realized how critical it is to ensure that these children are cared for in their home countries. These children eventually have to go back and relay on their own health care systems, not considering the financial and personal burden on their families. The more I am involved in international medicine projects, the more I am rewarded both professionally and personally.