Catherine M. Diefenbach, MD

  • Specialty: Hematology
  • Languages: English, German
  • Phone: 212-731-5670

About Me

I am a hematologist-oncologist specializing in the care of patients with lymphoma. My goal is to provide the best possible care for these patients, and to discover new and scientifically grounded treatments that can improve management and increase the cure rate of lymphoma.

As an oncologist, I am committed to combining compassionate and personalized patient care with cutting-edge, patient-focused, and translational research. I strive to develop a treatment plan for each patient that is designed to fit the person’s unique situation, as well as the biology of his or her tumor.

At NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, our team of experts from various specialties provides outstanding and compassionate clinical care to people with all types of lymphoma. We have the advantage of being at the forefront of advanced research, coupling personalized care with some of the most innovative and groundbreaking clinical trials in the nation. We provide people with access to many exciting new treatments before they are commercially available.

I am currently leading a national clinical trial for patients with relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma. I also serve as the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials at NYU Langone involving a range of different therapies, including targeted therapy, immunotherapy, and radiation therapy. Many of these clinical trials explore innovative methods of combining new targeted or immune-based therapies with existing therapies to find new ways to control lymphoma, while maximizing patients’ quality of life and minimizing side effects. I also collaborate with basic scientists to create the next generation of therapeutic approaches for the management of lymphoma.

I am on the lymphoma committee of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group, a cooperative group made up of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network. I am currently participating in the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s yearlong Leadership Development Program. I have received research grants for my work from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Lymphoma Research Foundation.


Conditions and Treatments

non Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), Hodgkin disease (HD), cutaneous t-cell lymphoma, AIDS-related lymphoma

Credentials

Positions
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Hematology), 2010
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology), 2008
Education and Training
  • Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hematology-Oncology, 2008
  • Residency, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Internal Medicine, 2004
  • MD from University Of Pennsylvania, 2001
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Publications

  • Brentuximab vedotin activity in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma with CD30 undetectable by visual assessment of conventional immunohistochemistry

    Bartlett, Nancy L; Smith, Mitchell R; Siddiqi, Tanya; Advani, Ranjana H; O'Connor, Owen A; Sharman, Jeff P; Feldman, Tatyana; Savage, Kerry J; Shustov, Andrei R; Diefenbach, Catherine S; Oki, Yasuhiro; Palanca-Wessels, Maria Corinna; Uttarwar, Mayur; Li, Martha; Yang, Jing; Jacobsen, Eric D Bartlett, Nancy L; Smith, Mitchell R; Siddiqi, Tanya; Advani, Ranjana H; O'Connor, Owen A; Sharman, Jeff P; Feldman, Tatyana; Savage, Kerry J; Shustov, Andrei R; Diefenbach, Catherine S; Oki, Yasuhiro; Palanca-Wessels, Maria Corinna; Uttarwar, Mayur; Li, Martha; Yang, Jing; Jacobsen, Eric D
    Leukemia & lymphoma. 2016 Nov 20. 1-10

  • Development of highly aggressive mantle cell lymphoma after sofosbuvir treatment of hepatitis C

    Lin, R J; Moskovits, T; Diefenbach, C S; Hymes, K B Lin, R J; Moskovits, T; Diefenbach, C S; Hymes, K B
    Blood cancer journal. 2016 Mar 11. 6: e402-e402 e402

  • Checkpoint Inhibition in Hodgkin Lymphoma: Saving the Best for Last? [Review]

    Lin, Richard J; Diefenbach, Catherine S Lin, Richard J; Diefenbach, Catherine S
    Oncology. 2016 OCT. 30 (10): 914-920

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