Surgical Fellowship, 2002-2003
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Since completing my surgical oncology fellowship at MSKCC in 2003, I have been a member of the Division of Surgical Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Currently, I spend about half my time in clinical practice caring for sarcoma and gastric cancer patients and the other half of time running a translational research lab and performing clinical trials.
I learned a great deal about caring for sarcoma patients at MSKCC under Dr. Brennan. While at MGH, I continue to strive for better treatments against this often deadly disease. In the laboratory, we are examining how sarcomas grow and metastasize and how novel therapies affect these tumors using a genetically engineered mouse model of sarcoma developed in a collaboration of MGH and MIT investigators. In the clinic, we have a clinical trial which is determining if radiation therapy can be improved with the addition of drugs that block tumor blood vessels.
In the current period of financial instability and flat government funding of medical research, foundations such as the Kristen Ann Carr Fund are vital in our progress against sarcomas and other cancers. I continue to be appreciative of the education that Dr. Brennan provided and benevolent works of the Kristen Ann Carr Fund.