Clinical & Translational Investigators in Skin Cancer

Ongoing Projects, Research and Efforts


Clinical Educator

Participating in the education of tomorrow’s clinicians

Real World Data Analysis

Optimizing Real World Data Collection

Clinical Trials for Skin Cancer

Investigating novel therapies for patients with advanced skin cancer

Biomarkers of Response and Resistance to Cancer Therapy

Investigating why patients do or do not respond to cancer therapies

Data Science Tool Development

Developing Data Science tools to facilitate clinical and translational research

Evolving Landscape of Regulatory Medicine

Evaluating the evolving landscape of regulatory medicine in Cutaneous Oncology and Dermatology

Merkel Cell Carcinoma Patient Registry

Developing a multi-institutional Patient Registry.

Meet the Team

Principal Investigator


David Michael Miller

Medical Oncologist and Dermatologist

Clinical And Translational Research, Advanced Skin Cancer, Data Science, R



Sophia Shalhout

Cutaneous Oncology Research Fellow

Clinical and Biomedical Informatics, Immuno-oncology/Cutaneous Oncology, R/Data Science



Farees Saqlain

Medical Student

Clinical And Translational Research, Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma



Kayla Wright

Clinical Research Assistant

Biomedical Research, Photography


Matthew Miller

Clinical Research Assistant

Biomedical Research


BodyMapR - An R Package and Shiny Application Designed to Generate Anatomical Visualizations of Cancer Lesions

We present BodyMapR, an R package & Shiny application that generates anatomical visualizations of cancer lesions from REDCap.

Evaluation of clinical characteristics and pre-biopsy impressions of primary Merkel cell carcinoma of the skin

A review of prebiopsy clinical DDx of primary cutaneous MCC lesions from a recent, single-institution 5 year cohort.

Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Marjolin Ulcer - A Case Series

We provide a case series in the Journal of Immunotherapy of response to anti-PD1 therapy in Marjolin Ulcer.

Commentary on Surgical Margins in MCC

We provide commentary on a recent publication in JAMA Derm on margins in MCC.

Microsatellitosis in Merkel cell carcinoma - a staging quandary

We provide an analysis in the Dermatology Online Journal of microsatellitosis in a cohort of MCC patients.

Recent & Upcoming Talks

Clinical and Translational Research in Cutaneous Oncology

Pearls for a career in CT research in skin cancer

Management of Cutaneous Melanoma

Pearls for the management of cutaneous melanoma

Accelerate Health

The MCC Patient Registry - From Promise to Prototype to Patient

Squamous Cell Carcinoma - Current Concepts in Management

Pearls on the current concepts in management of SCC

GENETEX - A GENomics Report TEXt Mining R Package to Capture Real-World Clinico-genomic Data

We present an overview of the GENETEX package

Nonmelanoma Skin Cancers - Who Is in the Waiting Room

Pearls on the current concepts in diagnosis and management of NMSC

Recent Posts

Optimizing Real-World Data Collection: The Lesion Information Electronic Data Capture Instrument

We publish the data dictionary for our Lesion Information data collection instrument

Data Quality Improvement in Cancer Registries- Error-Injection Tests

A proposed workflow for monitoring completion of retrospective records in a patient registry hosted on REDCap

Optimizing Real-World Data Collection: Genomics Electronic Data Capture Instrument

We publish the data dictionary for our genomics data collection instrument

FlexDashboards for Clinical and Translational Research

A monograph on how to create Dashboards using R via a package called flexdashboard

A REDCap-to-R Pipeline for Interactive Body Map Visualizations in Cutaneous Oncology

A data science tool for interactive visualizations of skin cancer lesions

Communicating CT Research via Website Development with R

This working document is a rough user guide on how to create a website using R via a package called blogdown

Optimizing Real-World Data Collection: Clinical Genomics

Facilitate capture of real-world next-generation genomic data

Reference Management in RMarkdown

Integrate your EndNote library into RMarkdown

Tutorial Series on the Instruments of the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Patient Registry: Presentation and Initial Staging

Outlining the development of the “Presentation and Initial Staging Instrument” of the Merkel Cell Carcinoma Patient …

Visualizing Tumor Response using Waterfall Charts with R

Visualizing Tumor Response using Waterfall Charts with R

Past and Current Funding

ECOG ACRIN Paul Carbone, MD Fellowship Award

A Novel JAK1 Inhibitor to Overcome BRAF/MEK Inhibitor Resistance in V600-BRAF Mutant Melanoma

American Skin Association Research Grant

JAK1 Inhibition to Overcome BRAF/MEK Inhibitor Resistance in V600-BRAF Mutant Melanoma

American Diabetes Association Physician Scientist Training Award

Umbilical cord blood stem cells as therapy for Diabetes Mellitus

Support Cancer Research

If you are interested in supporting our research please visit our Donation page at Massachusetts General Hospital by clicking here.


Clinical Matters:

For clinical questions, please contact the MGH Cancer Center
Telephone: 617-724-5197
Fax: 617-643-1740

Lab Related Matters

The below contact information is for The Miller Lab related matters


  • 617-726-2667
  • 15 Parkman Street, Boston, MA, 02114, United States
  • Enter Bartlett Hall, to Basement, Room 132
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