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Scott Strome

Scott Strome

Professor and Chairman
University of Maryland School of Medicine


Scott Strome, MD, is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Interim Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He previously served as Interim Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and as founder/former leader of the program in tumor immunology and immunotherapy within the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center. He has contributed nationally as chairman of two NIH special emphasis panels and membership on the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee. He has excelled in creating drugs and procedures with direct clinical impact. For example, as a Harvard Medical Student, Dr. Strome worked with his father and developed the in vivo models that ultimately resulted in the first human larynx transplant. Similarly, at the Mayo Clinic, Dr. Strome worked with Lieping Chen, MD, to define the translational potential of two costimulatory molecules, B7-H1 (PDL-1) and 4-1BB. The papers resulting from this collaboration are considered seminal works in the field and the intellectual property portfolio on the use of B7-H1, many patents on which Drs. Strome and Chen are named as inventors, has translated into the successful use of these drugs for the treatment of cancer. Finally, Dr. Strome has co-developed a new series of Trojan Peptide Vaccines (TPV) for cancer and evaluated their utility in phase I/II clinical trials. These TPVs, in combination with fully recombinant intravenous immunoglobulin mimetics, serve as core technologies for a biotechnology company, Gliknik Inc., of which Dr. Strome is co-founder. In recognition of these academic-industry initiatives, the University of Maryland Baltimore recognized Dr. Strome as the “2011 Entrepreneur of the Year” and he was named as Entrepreneur of the year for the University of Maryland in 2013. These scientific endeavors have also resulted in 117 publications in leading basic science and clinical journals.

Research Interest

Department of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery and creating drugs and procedures with direct clinical impact