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How Would You Treat This Patient?


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Faculty Spotlight

“Even though the subsets may be small, when you have a group of patients as large as colorectal cancer, these smaller and smaller subsets actually matter.” -Aparna Parikh

Aparna Parikh, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Medical Director of the Center for Young Adult Colorectal Cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she is also Director of the Global Cancer Care Program. Dr. Parikh specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal malignancies, including colorectal and pancreatic cancers, and she serves a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) colorectal cancer guidelines. Dr. Parikh has been an investigator of numerous clinical trials, and her research focuses on liquid biopsies, drug resistance, and the development of novel therapeutics for patients with gastrointestinal cancers.

“Everyone on the health care team really needs to join together and help promote patient comprehension of at least some of the basic principles about cancer-related genetics and genomics, and even topics such as precision medicine, biomarkers and these pathways, and how tumor mutations and testing help us to determine the best therapy.” -Theresa Gillespie

Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA, RN, FAAN, is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at Winship Cancer Institute of the Emory University School of Medicine. She is also Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at Winship Cancer Institute. Dr. Gillespie has served as an investigator of numerous clinical trials focused on guideline-concordant cancer care,  health disparities, cancer prevention, screening, and quality of life for patients with breast, prostate, lung, and gastrointestinal malignancies. She has chaired or served on national grant review panels for several organizations, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Cancer Society (ACS), and others.


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