Lee Helman, MD

Director, Cancer and Blood Diseases Research Program

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Helman is Director of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Research Program at the Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles. He is Section Head of Basic and Translational Research within the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. Dr. Helman is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and a member of the Sarcoma Program and executive leadership team at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Helman’s laboratory currently studies the biology and treatment of rhabdomyosarcoma, Ewing’s sarcoma, osteosarcoma, and pediatric GIST tumors. Major areas of research include the study of the pathophysiologic consequences of IGF signaling; identification of the molecular/biochemical determinants of the biology of these sarcomas; and the application of functional genomics to develop novel clinical studies for these sarcomas.

Dr. Helman received his medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital Washington University also serving as chief resident. He began his fellowship training at the NCI where he remained for many years. He was Scientific Director for Clinical Research in the Center for Cancer Research until he joined CHLA in 2017.