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Mihaela Druta, MD

Specialty: Medical Oncology
Sub Specialty: Medical Oncology, Hematology
Program: Sarcoma

Overview

Cancer Focus: GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor), Osteosarcoma, Sarcoma

Dr. Druta earned her MD degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Romainia.  She completed an Internal Medicine Residency and Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship at the University of South Florida at Moffitt Cancer Center.  Dr. Druta most recently completed a Sarcoma Medical Oncology Fellowship (Willie Tichenor Sarcoma Fellowship) at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Druta's clinical interest is in the development of clinical trials focusing on targeted therapeutics specific to sarcoma patients.  Her research interest is in the translational aspects of sarcoma biology focusing specifically on Well-differentiated/Differential Liposarcoma and Leiomyosarcoma.


Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Fellowship:

  • H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center - Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center - Sarcoma Medical Oncology

Residency:

  • University of South Florida - Internal Medicine

Medical School:

  • University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davilla - MD
Participating Trials

CLINICAL TRIAL 20251
A Phase 2 Single Arm Open-Label Clinical Trial of ADP-A2M4 SPEAR T cells in subjects with Advanced Synovial Sarcoma or Myxoid/Round Cell Liposarcoma (SPEARHEAD 1 Study)
Condition: Immunotherapy
Intervention: ADP-A2M4 (); MESNA (); cyclophosphamide (); cytoxan (cyclophosphamide); fludarabine (Fludarabine phosphate)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19487
A Phase Ib/II Study to Evaluate the Safety, Feasibility and Efficacy of Nivolumab or Nivolumab in Combination with Azacitidine in Patients with Recurrent, Resectable Osteosarcoma
Condition: Sarcoma
Intervention: BMS-936558 (Nivolumab); Nivolumab (Opdivo); azacitidine (5-azacitidine)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 20837
Envasarc: A Pivitol Trial of Envafolimab, and Envafolimab in Combination with Ipilimumab, in Patients with Advanced or Metastatic Undifferentiated Pleomorphic Sarcoma or Myxofibrosarcoma Who Have Progressed on Prior Chemotherapy
Condition: Sarcoma
Intervention: Envafolimab (); Ipilimumab (); Yervoy (Ipilimumab)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 19580
A Phase 1/2 Dose Escalation and Dose Expansion Study of BA3011 in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors
Condition: Multiple
Intervention: BA3011 (); BMS-936558 (Nivolumab); Nivolumab (Opdivo)
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 21029
A Multicenter Phase II Trial of Paclitaxel with and without Nivolumab in Taxane Naïve, and Nivolumab and Cabozantinib in Taxane Pre-treated Subjects with Angiosarcoma
Condition: Sarcoma
Intervention: BMS-936558 (Nivolumab); Cabozantinib (XL 184); Nivolumab (Opdivo); Taxol (paclitaxel); paclitaxel ()
Open

CLINICAL TRIAL 20843
A Phase II Study of Belinostat and Guadecitabine for the Treatment of Unresectable and Metastatic Conventional Chondrosarcoma
Condition: Sarcoma
Intervention: Belinostat (); PXD101 (Belinostat); SGI-110 ()
Open

If you believe you are eligible for one of these trials or studies, please call
813-745-6100 or toll-free 1-800-679-0775.

Publications

  • Lewis JH, Gelderblom H, van de Sande M, Stacchiotti S, Healey JH, Tap WD, Wagner AJ, Pousa AL, Druta M, Lin CC, Baba HA, Choi Y, Wang Q, Shuster DE, Bauer S. Pexidartinib Long-Term Hepatic Safety Profile in Patients with Tenosynovial Giant Cell Tumors. Oncologist. 2021 May.26(5):e863-e873. Pubmedid: 33289960. Pmcid: PMC8100574.
  • Robinson LA, Babacan NA, Tanvetyanon T, Henderson-Jackson E, Bui MM, Druta M. Results of treating primary pulmonary sarcomas and pulmonary carcinosarcomas. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2021 Jul.162(1):274-284. Pubmedid: 32711968.
  • Afiat TP, Johns C, Smith J, Kis B, Druta M. Adrenal crisis and death following transarterial chemoembolization of sarcoma liver metastases. Clin Imaging. 2021 Jan.69:79-81. Pubmedid: 32693227.
  • Lee DH, Armanious M, Huang J, Jeong D, Druta M, Fradley MG. Case of pembrolizumab-induced myocarditis presenting as torsades de pointes with safe re-challenge. J Oncol Pharm Pract. 2020 Sep.26(6):1544-1548. Pubmedid: 32089073.
  • Krzyston H, Morse B, Deperalta D, Rishi A, Kayaleh R, El-Haddad G, Smith J, Druta M, Kis B. Liver-directed treatments of liver-dominant metastatic leiomyosarcoma. Diagn Interv Radiol. 2020 Sep.26(5):449-455. Pubmedid: 32673206. Pmcid: PMC7490031.
  • Somaiah N, Chawla SP, Block MS, Morris JC, Do K, Kim JW, Druta M, Sankhala KK, Hwu P, Jones RL, Gnjatic S, Kim-Schulze S, Tuballes K, Yishak M, Lu H, Yakovich A, Ter Meulen J, Chen M, Kenney RT, Bohac C, Pollack SM. A Phase 1b Study Evaluating the Safety, Tolerability, and Immunogenicity of CMB305, a Lentiviral-Based Prime-Boost Vaccine Regimen, in Patients with Locally Advanced, Relapsed, or Metastatic Cancer Expressing NY-ESO-1. Oncoimmunology. 2020 Nov.9(1):1847846. Pubmedid: 33312760. Pmcid: PMC7714520.
  • Pollack SM, Somaiah N, Araujo DM, Druta M, Van Tine BA, Burgess MA, Chawla SP, Seetharam M, Okuno SH, Bohac C, Chen M, Yurasov S, Attia S. Clinical outcomes of patients with advanced synovial sarcoma or myxoid/round cell liposarcoma treated at major cancer centers in the United States. Cancer Med. 2020 Jul.9(13):4593-4602. Pubmedid: 32374488. Pmcid: PMC7333839.
  • Rizk VT, Naghavi AO, Brohl AS, Joyce DM, Binitie O, Kim Y, Hanna JP, Swank J, Gonzalez RJ, Reed DR, Druta M. Chemotherapy improves distant control in localized high-grade soft tissue sarcoma of the extremity/trunk. Clin Sarcoma Res. 2020 Jul.10:11. Pubmedid: 32670544. Pmcid: PMC7350709.
  • Ramachandran I, Lowther DE, Dryer-Minnerly R, Wang R, Fayngerts S, Nunez D, Betts G, Bath N, Tipping AJ, Melchiori L, Navenot JM, Glod J, Mackall CL, D'Angelo SP, Araujo DM, Chow WA, Demetri GD, Druta M, Van Tine BA, Grupp SA, Abdul Razak AR, Wilky B, Iyengar M, Trivedi T, Winkle EV, Chagin K, Amado R, Binder GK, Basu S. Systemic and local immunity following adoptive transfer of NY-ESO-1 SPEAR T cells in synovial sarcoma. J Immunother Cancer. 2019 Oct.7(1):276. Pubmedid: 31651363. Pmcid: PMC6813983.
  • Bridge JA, Sumegi J, Druta M, Bui MM, Henderson-Jackson E, Linos K, Baker M, Walko CM, Millis S, Brohl AS. Clinical, pathological, and genomic features of EWSR1-PATZ1 fusion sarcoma. Mod Pathol. 2019 Nov.32(11):1593-1604. Pubmedid: 31189996.
  • Pham V, Henderson-Jackson E, Doepker MP, Caracciolo JT, Gonzalez RJ, Druta M, Ding Y, Bui MM. Practical Issues for Retroperitoneal Sarcoma. Cancer Control. 2016 Jul.23(3):249-264. Pubmedid: 27556665.
  • Dossett LA, Toloza EM, Fontaine J, Robinson LA, Reed D, Druta M, Letson DG, Zager JS, Gonzalez RJ. Outcomes and clinical predictors of improved survival in a patients undergoing pulmonary metastasectomy for sarcoma. J Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul.112(1):103-106. Pubmedid: 26179670.
  • Liu JJ, Druta M, Shibata D, Coppola D, Boler I, Elahi A, Reich RR, Siegel E, Extermann M. Metabolic syndrome and colorectal cancer: is hyperinsulinemia/insulin receptor-mediated angiogenesis a critical process?. Geriatr Oncol. 2014 Jan.5(1):40-48. Pubmedid: 24484717. Pmcid: PMC4527303.
  • Helm J, Centeno B, Coppola D, Druta M, Park J, Chen D, Hodul P, Kvols LK, Yeatman T, Carey L, Karl R, Malafa M. Outcomes following resection of pancreatic adenocarcinoma: 20-year experience at a single institution. Cancer Control. 2008 Oct.15(4):288-294. Pubmedid: 18813196.
  • Jacobsen PB, Shibata D, Siegel EM, Druta M, Lee JH, Marshburn J, Davenport L, Cruse H, Levine R, Gondi A, Brown R, Malafa M. Measuring quality of care in the treatment of colorectal cancer: the moffitt quality practice initiative. J Oncol Pract. 2007 Mar.3(2):60-65. Pubmedid: 20859375. Pmcid: PMC2793747.

Grants

Title: A Phase Ib/II Study to Evaluate the Safety, Feasibility and Efficacy of Nivolumab or Nivolumab in Combination with Azacitidine in Patients with Recurrent, Resectable Osteosarcoma
Sponsor: Florida Biomedical Research Program (FBRP)
PI: Druta, M.

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