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Posts by David B. Sykes, MD, PhD


David B. Sykes, MD, PhD, completed his undergraduate training in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. He entered the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD, PhD) at the University of California San Diego and carried out his PhD research with Dr. Mark Kamps where he became interested in the problems that arise during white blood cell development.

David did his internship and residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital as well as a year as a Chief Medical Resident in the Department of Internal Medicine. He was a Hematology and Oncology fellow in the combined Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Mass General Cancer Center fellowship program.

David joined the Mass General Cancer Center as an attending in benign hematology. He splits his time between the laboratory (80% research) and clinic (20% direct patient care).

David has a special interest in rare hematologic conditions. In 2011 he defined a new syndrome - the TEMPI syndrome - which affects approximately 20 patients worldwide (

David completed his post-doctoral research training in the laboratory of Dr. David Scadden, working to identify new therapies for patients with acute myeloid leukemia. 

David transitioned to his own lab as an assistant professor in 2017 ( 

He continues to see patients in clinic on Fridays and see patients in the hospital on the inpatient hematology consult service. 

Mass General Bladder, Kidney, Penile, Prostate and Testicular Cancer Program

Physicians in the Mass General Bladder, Kidney, Penile, Prostate and Testicular Cancer Program specialize in using advanced surgical therapies and minimally invasive procedures to treat male and female genitourinary cancers.