African-American patients with advanced ovarian cancer were found to have a pre-existing immune response linked to worse survival rates compared with their white counterparts, according to research led by Dr. Rodney P. Rocconi, a gynecologic oncologist and interim director of the USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute.
About Rodney P. Rocconi, M.D.
Rodney P. Rocconi, M.D., joined Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) as a physician-scientist in the Gynecologic Oncology Service in 2007. He was the first MCI Abraham A. Mitchell Cancer Research Scholar. He specializes in the management of cancers of the ovary, uterus, cervix and lower genital tract. As the Associate Director for Clinical Research, Dr. Rocconi provides leadership and medical expertise to the clinical trials department, reviews and designs clinical research protocols, evaluates safety and efficacy data, analyzes and summarizes data for presentation to regulatory agencies, and provides strategic guidance on non-regulatory clinical trial plans. He is the recipient of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Research Award and the Gynecologic Oncology Young Investigator Research Award. Dr. Rocconi also serves as a scientific expert reviewer for the U.S. Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program.