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Chin-Lee Wu, MD, PhD

  • Associate Pathologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Wu is a Genitourinary Pathology specialist with interests in urologic cancers, prostate cancers, kidney cancer, and bladder cancer.



Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Genitourinary pathology
  • Head and Neck Pathology
Medical Education
  • MD, First Military Medical University
  • PhD, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Anatomic Pathology
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
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Dr. Wu is recognized internationally as a Genitourinary Pathology specialist. In recent years he developed a genitourinary tumor bank for teaching and research purposes. He consults as needed for particularly difficult urologic pathology specimens encountered by other staff pathologists who do not specialize in prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. Is a member of the Dana Farber-Harvard Cancer Center research team, and has his research laboratory in the Pathology Department at Massachusetts General Hospital.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

The Wu laboratory is jointly supported by the departments of urology and pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Research is focused on studies of molecular biomarkers in urologic tumors including cancers of the prostate, bladder and kidney. The long-term goal of our studies is to develop new diagnostic methods and therapeutic regimens. A major focus of the lab is to identify gene expression profiles associated with development, diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer. We have used laser capture micro-dissection techniques and DNA microarray technology to identify a group of genes whose expression can be used to predict the outcome of patients diagnosed with prostate cancer. We are in the process of developing a new gene-based diagnostic test to guide clinical management of prostate cancer. 

Another project in the laboratory is aimed at improving imaging techniques in prostate cancer. Dr. McDougal, Dr. Leo Cheng and I have identified a metabolomic signature of prostate cancer. We are applying this signature to develop an in-vivo imaging technique for patients with prostate cancer. With this new imaging technology, we hope to be able to better stage localized prostate cancer and quantify the volume of prostate cancer in-vivo See details at the Wu Lab. For more information about research concepts, co-authors, and to see a timeline, visit Dr. Wu's profile at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center.


View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Age and Obesity Promote Methylation and Suppression of 5-Alpha Reductase 2- Implications for Personalized Therapy in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. Bechis SK, Otsetov AG, Ge R, Wang Z, Vangel MG, Wu CL, Tabatabaei S, Olumi AF. J Urol. 2015 Apr 24. pii: S0022-5347(15)03861-6. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2015.04.079. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Succinate dehydrogenase B: a new prognostic biomarker in clear cell renal cell carcinoma. Cornejo KM, Lu M, Yang P, Wu S, Cai C, Zhong W, Olumi A, Young RH, Wu CL.Hum Pathol. 2015 Mar 11. pii: S0046-8177(15)00079-9. doi: 10.1016/j.humpath.2015.02.013. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Aberrant hypomethylation-mediated CD147 overexpression promotes aggressive tumor progression in human prostate cancer.Liang YX, Mo RJ, He HC, Chen JH, Zou J, Han ZD, Lu JM, Cai C, Zeng YR, Zhong WD, Wu CL. Oncol Rep. 2015 May;33(5):2648-54. doi: 10.3892/or.2015.3870. Epub 2015 Mar 20.

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