Brian D. Friend, MD, MS

Location

  • Texas Medical Center

Specialty

Cancer

Phone: 832-826-0870
Fax: 832-825-4668

Contact Information

6621 Fannin St., Ste. 1510
Houston, TX 77030
United States
Texas US

Research Area

  • Bone Marrow Transplant / Stem Cell Transplant
  • Cell and gene therapy
  • Leukemia

Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Program
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine

Education

School Education Degree Year
University of California San Francisco, Benioff Children's Hospital fellowship Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant 2019
University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine masters Master of Science, Clinical Research 2018
University of California Los Angeles, Mattel Children's Hospital fellowship Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 2018
University of California Los Angeles, Mattel Children's Hospital residency Pediatrics 2015
University of Nebraska Medical Center medical school Doctor of Medicine 2012

About

Dr. Brian Friend is a physician at Texas Children's Cancer Center, where he is the Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Program, and a member of the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, specializing in pediatric bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapies. He has a particular interest in treating patients with leukemia and lymphoma. 

Dr. Friend's main academic interests are focused on improving outcomes for children, adolescents, and young adults undergoing stem cell transplantation by reducing the toxicity of current treatments, while also developing new therapies that are less harmful to patients. He has a special interest in treating adolescents and young adults since survival for many cancers in this age group has not improved in recent decades, as has been observed with many childhood cancers. 

As Director of the Adolescent and Young Adult Program, Dr. Friend leads a multidisciplinary group that strives to deliver comprehensive clinical and psychosocial care including oncofertility services, fosters research collaborations across the cancer center and its affiliates, and trains physicians and other health care providers on how to appropriately care for this unique population.   

Organization

Organization Name Role
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Member
American Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Member
American Society of Hematology (ASH) Member
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) Member
Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Member

Research Statement

Dr. Brian Friend's research is aimed at developing a better understanding of the risk factors that lead to poor outcomes in pediatric and young adult patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapies. This includes studying the impact of co-morbidities and other health-related biomarkers on transplant-related toxicity, including acute graft-versus-host disease. In addition, he is interested in examining how particular drugs may be metabolized differently by certain groups of people depending on a number of factors including genetics.

Dr. Friend's ultimate goal is to develop more personalized treatment for patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapies, by implementing novel therapies and designing individualized dosing models for a variety of drugs that will result in reducing short and long-term side effects for pediatric and young adult patients. As part of this, Dr. Friend will design and participate in institutional and multicenter clinical trials involving novel therapies and interventions in order to improve outcomes.