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Joseph J. Drabick, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Professor of Medicine

Office Information

Penn State Cancer Institute
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033
Tel: 800-243-1455 / 717-531-6585 Fax: 717-531-0429



Patient Services Provided

Melanoma and Skin Cancers Genitourinary Cancers Central Nervous System Cancers Immunotherapy of Cancer Endocrine Cancers Sarcomas Show all patient services »

Practice Locations

Biographical Information

Dr. Joseph J. Drabick did his undergraduate training at Villanova University, earning a BS in Biology and Chemistry in 1979. He received his MD degree from Thomas Jefferson College of Medicine in Philadelphia in 1983. He joined the United States Army and completed his Residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC, in 1986. He then completed fellowship training in Infectious Diseases in 1989. After this training, he was a clinician and researcher in Infectious Diseases and vaccine development. He later did a second fellowship in Hematology-Oncology at Walter Reed, completing that in 2000. From that point, he served as a clinician and researcher in Hematology-Oncology at Walter Reed. While at Walter Reed, he was the Principal Investigator of the CALGB Cooperative Group operation and Director of clinical research. After retiring from the Army in 2004, this native Pennsylvanian returned home to join Penn State Hershey. In addition to board certification in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Hematology, and Medical Oncology, he has had substantial Emergency Medicine, Field Medicine, and Preventive Medicine experience. He continues clinical care, teaching, and research at Penn State for a broad array of problems as noted previously.

Professional Education

Fellowship, Hematology/Oncology, National Naval Medical Center (2000) Fellowship, Infectious Disease, Walter Reed Army Medical Center-GME (1988) Residency, Internal Medicine, Walter Reed Army Medical Center-GME (1986) M.D., Jefferson Medical College (1983)

Research Interests

Tumor Immunology and the Immunotherapy of Cancer
Vaccine Therapy
Biology of Metastasis
Lipopolysaccharide Biology
Stem Cell Transplantation
Cancer Dormancy
Anticoagulation to Prevent Metastases


Drabick JJ, Glasspool-Malone J, Somiari S., King A, Malone RW
Increased Efficiency of Cutaneous Transfection and Polynucleotide Immunization Using In-vivo Electropermeabilization
Molecular Therapy 2001; 3(2): 249-55
Cross AS, Opal S, Cook P, Drabick JJ, Bhattacharjee A
Development of an Anti-core Lipopolysaccharide Vaccine for the Prevention and Treatment of Sepsis
Vaccine 2004; 22:812-7
Fulchiero GJ, Salvagio H, Drabick JJ, Staveley-O'Carroll K, Billingsley EM, Marks EM, Helm KF
Eruptive Latent Metastatic Melanomas After Initiation of Anti-Tumor Necrosis Factor Therapies
American Academy of Dermatology 2007; 56(5): S65-7
Rais-Bahrami S, Drabick JJ, DeMarzo AM, Hicks J, Ho C, Argani P
Xp11 Translocation Renal Cell Carcinoma: Delayed Metastatic Recurrence of a Chemotherapy-associated Secondary Malignancy
Urology 2007; 70(1): 178.e3-6
Koszyk-Szewczyk A, Abou-Ella A, Bayerl M, Zurlo J, Drabick JJ
High Grade Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in an HIV Infected Man with a Durable Complete Remission to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) Alone: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
Southern Medical Journal 2010 (in press - eprint)

Honors and Awards

United States Army, Legion of Merit, 2004 Fellow of the American College of Physicians, 1993 America's Top Physicians, 2007 James Leonard Award for Excellence in Teaching (Medical Students/Residents), 2002