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Jeffrey S. Wasser, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Clinical Trials Office
Academic Office Location:
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 800-579-7822

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Dr. Jeffrey Wasser, a hematologist and medical oncologist, sees patients at the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health. Dr. Wasser has particular clinical expertise in immune thrombocytopenic purpura, a disorder that inhibits normal blood clotting and is associated with a low platelet count. He has been involved in practice guideline development and in clinical trials of new therapeutic agents for this disorder.

He also has an interest in lung cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies and basal cell cancer of the skin. One of his roles at UConn Health is that of medical director of the Cancer Clinical Trials Office. Dr. Wasser, of Manchester, joins UConn from Manchester Memorial Hospital, where he was medical director of the Eastern Connecticut Health Network’s Cancer Clinical Services Department.

He has spent 30 years in the practice of medical oncology and hematology in Connecticut, and was a founding partner of a private practice in Manchester and Hartford. He earned his medical degree and completed his residency and fellowship training at Cornell University Medical College, known today as Weill Cornell Medical College. He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology and medical oncology.

A.B.Rutgers CollegeBiological Sciences
M.D.Cornell University Medical CollegeMedicine

Post-Graduate Training
InternshipCornell University Medical CollegeInternal Medicine: New York Hospital - Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases and the Hospital for Special Surgery
ResidencyCornell University Medical CollegeJunior Assistant Resident in Internal Medicine
ResidencyCornell University Medical CollegeSenior Assistant Resident in Medicine
FellowshipCornell University Medical CollegeHematology/Oncology
FellowshipThe Presbyterian HospitalVisiting Hematology Fellow
OtherThe Presbyterian HospitalAssistant Pysician
OtherColumbia Presbyterian Medical CenterClinical Research Associate

Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Research Award-1977National Institutes of Health
Research Award-1976 National Institutes of Health
Merck Award Merck
Traineeship Grants-1971 National Institutes of Health
Traineeship Grants-1969 National Institutes of Health
Henry Rutgers Scholar-1969Rutgers University
Henry Rutgers Scholar-1968Rutgers University

Immune thrombocytopenic purpura, gastrointestinal malignancies, lung cancer and basal cell cancer of the skin

Name & DescriptionCategoryRoleTypeScopeStart YearEnd Year
Medical Staff of the Eastern Connecticut Health NetworkProfessional/Scientific OrganizationHonorary MemberExternalState2011
American Journal of Hematology Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalNational2010
British Medical Journal (BMJ) Point of Care series: Thrombocytopenia. Professional/Scientific JournalReviewerExternalInternational2008
Planning Committee ECHN Board of Trustees Advisory CommitteeChairmanExternalState20052006
Planning Committee Manchester Hospital Board of TrusteesAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal20042006
Executive Committee ECHN Board of Trustees Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalState20032006
Data Monitoring Committee Amgen Protocols for AMP-2 Thrombopoetic Mimetic Agent Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalNational20022007
Executive Committee of Oncology Network of Connecticut Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState19972005
Oncology Network of Connecticut Professional/Scientific OrganizationTreasurerExternalState19972003
Connecticare Prostate Cancer Project Advisory CommitteeConsultantExternalState19951996
Investment Committee Manchester Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19942008
American Board of Internal Medicine Relevance Reviewer for Hematology Certification and Recertification Examinations Advisory CommitteeReviewerExternalNational19941996
Advisor to AdminiStar Federal, Inc. Advisory CommitteeAdvisorExternalNational1994
Manchester Health Care Board of Trustees Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19942006
Courtesy Staff Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, Hartford, CTProfessional/Scientific OrganizationStaff memberExternalLocal19942009
Cancer Committee Manchester Memorial HospitalAdvisory CommitteeChairmanExternalLocal19942010
American Society of Hematology Subcommittee on Practice Guideline Development Advisory CommitteeChairmanExternalNational19931996
American Society of Hematology Practice Guideline Development Working Group on Primary Immune ThrombocytopeniaAdvisory CommitteeCo-ChairmanExternalNational19931996
Executive Committee Manchester Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalLocal19932006
Staff Development Committee Manchester Hospital Board of Trustees Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19931995
Planning Committee Manchester Hospital Board of Trustees and 2004-2006 Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19932002
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut Advisory CommitteeConsultantExternalState19932000
Eastern Connecticut Health Care Network(ECHN) Board of Trustees Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalState19932006
Connecticut Oncology Association Medicare Liaison Committee Professional/Scientific OrganizationChairmanExternalState19921993
American Society of Hematology (to the American Medical Association Practice Parameters Forum) Professional/Scientific OrganizationDelegateExternalNational19901995
Connecticut Oncology Association Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalState19902009
Manchester Memorial Hospital Manchester, CT Professional/Scientific OrganizationIncorporatorExternalLocal19891993
Quality Assurance Committee Board of Trustees Manchester Memorial HospitalAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19891994
American Society of Clinical Oncology Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1989
Board of Directors Crossroads Manchester, Connecticut Community ServiceMemberExternalLocal19861987
Medical Audit Committee Saint Francis HospitalAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19851986
Medical Audit Committee Manchester Memorial HospitalAdvisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19851993
Committee on Practice of the American Society of Hematology Professional/Scientific OrganizationCommittee MemberExternalNational19841995
Utilization Review Committee Manchester Memorial Hospital Manchester, CT 06040 Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19841985
Transfusion Committee, Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT Professional/Scientific OrganizationChairmanExternalLocal19831990
Medical Staff and Executive Committee Manchester Memorial Hospital Manchester, CT Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalUniversity19831984
Radiation Safety Committee Manchester Memorial Hospital Manchester, CT Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalUniversity19831993
Cancer Clinical Research Group Saint Francis Hospital, Includes NSABP, Yale and ECOG protocols Research CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19831993
Transfusion Committee Saint Francis Hospital, Hartford, CT 06105 Advisory CommitteeMemberExternalLocal19831993
Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford Community ServiceScholarship ChairmanExternalLocal19831988
Scholarship Committee Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford Community ServiceMemberExternalLocal19831990
American Society of Hematology Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1980
Hartford County Medical Association Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalLocal1980
Board of Directors Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford Community ServiceMemberExternalLocal19801988
American Heart AssociationProfessional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational19781979
American College of Physicians Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1977
Alpha Omega Alpha Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1972
Phi Beta Kappa Professional/Scientific OrganizationMemberExternalNational1969

Experimental therapeutics in oncology and in the management of immune thrombocytopenic purpura.

Journal Articles


  • Long-Term Dosing of AMG 531 in Thrombocytopenic Patients with Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura: 48-Week Update.
    Kuter, D., Bussel, J., George, J., Aldedort, L., Lichtin, A., Lyons, R., Nieva, J., Wasser, J, et al ASH Meeting Abstracts, Part 1, 2006 Jan;108(11):
  • Safety and Effect On Platelet Count of Repeated Doses of Monoclonal Antibody to CD40 Ligand in Patients with Chronic ITP
    George, M.M., Raskob, G., Bussel,J., et al Blood 1999 Jan;94(10):

Case Reports

Conference Papers

  • Long Term Efficacy and Safety of Romiplostim Treatment of Adult Patients with Chronic Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP): Final Report from an Open-Label Extension Study.
    Kuter, D.J., Bussel, J.B., Newland, A., Wasser,J., Lyons, R.M., George, J., et al 2010 Jan;
  • The Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of Long –Term Romiplostim Treatment for Patients with Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP) Enrolled in an Open Label Extension Study: A Patient Cohort Analysis.
    Kuter, D.J., Newland, A. C.,DeWolf, TM J., Bussel, J.B., Wasser, J. et al. 2010 Jan;
  • Long-term treatment with romiplostim in patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP): 3-year update from an open-label extension study.
    Kuter, D., Bussel, J., Newland, A., Wolf, J., Guthrie, T., Wasser, J., Gehl, L., Nie, K., Berger 2008 Jan;
  • Long-Term Dosing of AMG 531 in Thrombocytopenic Patients with ITP: 2 Year Update
    Bussel, Kuter, de Wolf, Guthrie, Newland, Wasser, Hamburg, Bjorkquist, Guo, Nichol 2007 Jan;
  • An Open Label Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Long-Term Dosing of AMG 531 in Thrombocytopenic Subjects with Immune (Idiopathic) Thrombocytopenic Purpura.
    David J. Kuter, MD, James Busel, Louis Aledort, James George, Reggie Kelly, Chien-Feng Chen, Janet Nichol, Roger Lyons, Jeffrey Wasser, Alan Lichtin, Jorge Nieva 2005 Jan;
  • An Open-label,Dose-finding Study Evaluating the Safety and Platelet Response of a Novel Thrombopoietic (AMG 531)in Thrombocytopenic Adult Patients With Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP).
    James B. Bussel et al 2003 Jan;


  • Evidentiary Uncertainty and the Timing of Splenectomy.
    Wasser, J. S. Blood 2011 Jan;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Heme/Onc Core Curriculum: Lung Cancer, Colon Cancer, Esophageal-Gastric Cancer, ITPLectureUCHC2013UCHC
ITP/Lung Cancer Screening Medical Grand Rounds TalkUCHC2013UCHC
A Relationship between 5,10 methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) and cryptogenic ischemic stroke.PosterAmerican College of Physicians Connecticut Chapter Meeting 2011
Use of Rituximab in a study comparing the Thrombopoetin Mimetic Romiplostim with Standard of Care (SOC) in Patients with Immune Thrombocytopenia (ITP).PosterAmerican Society of Hematology Meeting2011
Reduction in Immunoglobulin use in Patients with Chronic ITP receiving AMG 531: Results from 2 Phase 3 Randomized Placebo-Controlled TrialsPoster2007
Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia: ITP and BeyondTalkOffice of Continuing Medical Education 2007Cornell University, Weill Medical College
ITP and TPO Mimetics. TalkUniversity of Connecticut School of Medicine Research Seminar2007Farmington, Connecticut
Practice Guidelines: Rationale, Design, Legal Ramifications.TalkAmerican Society of Hematology1996Orlando, Florida
ModeratorOtherAmerican Society of Hematology Practice Parameters Forum1990Boston, Mass
The Use of Flutamide in Advanced Prostatic Carcinoma.TalkHartford Hospital, Department of Urology Grand Rounds1989Hartford, CT
The Role of the Hematologist in Managing Thromboembolic DisordersTalkAmerican Society of Hematology, Committee on Practice1985New Orleans, Louisiana
The Sequence of Fibrinogen Proteolysis in Vivo.TalkAmerican Society for Clinical Investigation1978San Francisco, California
New Concepts in Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation.TalkColumbia Presbyterian Medical Center, Medical Grand Rounds1978
The Sequence of Fibrinogen Proteolysis in Vivo.TalkSixteenth Annual Seminar on Hemostasis1978Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Anticoagulation and High Dose Liver Radiation.TalkAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology1977Denver, Colorado
Clinical and Prognostic Features of Multiple MyelomaTalkNew York Hospital Department of Medicine Grand Rounds1977