Karen R. Rabin, MD, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center



Phone: 832-824-4213
Fax: 832-825-1206

Contact Information

1102 Bates Ave., Ste. 750.01
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Research Laboratory

Research Area

  • Cancer
  • Leukemia

Director, Leukemia Program
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital fellowship Pediatric Hematology Oncology 2004
University of California San Francisco residency Pediatrics 2001
University of California, San Francisco medical school Doctor of Medicine 1998
Baylor College of Medicine PhD


Dr. Karen Rabin is Director of the Leukemia Program. Her clinical interests include acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Her research interests focus on prognosis, management, and genomics of ALL, with special interests in ALL in children with Down syndrome; and disparities in ALL outcomes in Hispanics. 


Organization Name Role
American Association of Pediatrics (AAP) Member
American Society of Hematology (ASH) Member
American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (ASPHO) Member
Children's Oncology Group (COG) Member

Research Statement

Dr. Karen Rabin's principal research interest is in ALL in children with Down syndrome, including the molecular basis for development of leukemia in these patients, the basis for their increased risk of treatment-related toxicities, and identification of novel therapeutic targets.  

Dr. Rabin also has nationally-recognized expertise in the biology and management of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  She was Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) ALL Classification Study AALL08B1; and serves currently as Vice Chair of ALL Biology for COG, and as COG Principal Investigator for Baylor College of Medicine, with responsibility for the oversight of all COG clinical trials conducted at this site.