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Angeles Alvarez Secord, MD

Angeles Secord, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 25172 Morris Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-3765
Email: secor002@mc.duke.edu

My primary research interest has focused on angiogenesis, molecular signatures, clinical trial development, and ovarian cancer. My fundamental goal is to develop a strong translational research program at Duke University in the Gynecologic Oncology Division where knowledge we glean from our basic science research can be incorporated into our clinical trial program. Specifically on anti-angiogenic therapy and molecular tumor signatures to direct therapy in patients with ovarian cancer to determine if a strategy that incorporates both clinical and genomic information can improve clinical outcome, minimize unnecessary toxicity, and impact positively on quality of life.
In addition I am interested in robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery for women with endometrial, ovarian, and cervical cancers as well as for benign gynecologic conditions.

Education and Training

  • Resident, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Duke University, 1994 - 1998
  • M.D., University of Washington, 1994

Certifications

  • Duke University Medical Center, Masters of Health Sciences in Clinical Research, 2005-2011

Research

Dr. Secord's research interests include elucidating the underlying genetic biology of angiogenesis in ovarian cancer, innovative clinical trial design, development of novel targeted therapies for personalized medicine, identification of biomarkers to direct anti-neoplastic therapy, and the incorporation of patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials. She has studied the regulation of angiogenesis in ovarian cancer for approximately 20 years and has recently extended our research to include the immunophenotype of the tumor microenvironment. 

 

Publications

Bernardini, MQ, Baba, T, Lee, PS, Barnett, JC, Sfakianos, GP, Secord, AA, Murphy, SK, Iversen, E, Marks, JR, and Berchuck, A. "Expression signatures of TP53 mutations in serous ovarian cancers. (Published online)" BMC Cancer 10 (May 26, 2010): 237-.

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Gray, HJ, Secord, AA, Anderson, ML, DelPriore, G, Tchabo, NE, and Berek, JS. "A randomized, open-label phase IIb study of maintenence therapy with a MUC-1 dendritic cell vaccine in patients with epithelial ovarian cancer in first or second remission." May 20, 2010.

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Zighelboim, I, Wright, JD, Powell, MA, Case, AS, Eisenhauer, EL, Cohn, DE, Valea, FA, Secord, AA, Lippmann, LT, and Rader, JS. "Phase II trial of topotecan, cisplatin, and bevacizumab for recurrent or persistent cervical cancer." Journal of Clinical Oncology 28, no. 15_suppl (May 20, 2010): TPS252-TPS252.

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Lee, PS, Teaberry, VS, Bland, AE, Huang, Z, Whitaker, RS, Baba, T, Fujii, S, Secord, AA, Berchuck, A, and Murphy, SK. "Elevated MAL expression is accompanied by promoter hypomethylation and platinum resistance in epithelial ovarian cancer." Int J Cancer 126, no. 6 (March 15, 2010): 1378-1389.

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Rasool, N, Fader, AN, Seamon, L, Neubauer, NL, Shahin, FA, Alexander, HA, Moore, K, Moxley, K, Secord, AA, Kunos, C, Rose, PG, and O'Malley, DM. "Stage I, grade 3 endometrioid adenocarcinoma of the endometrium: an analysis of clinical outcomes and patterns of recurrence." Gynecol Oncol 116, no. 1 (January 2010): 10-14.

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Jewell, EL, Darcy, KM, Hutson, A, Lee, PS, Havrilesky, LJ, Grace, LA, Berchuck, A, and Secord, AA. "Association between the N-terminally truncated (DeltaN) p63alpha (DeltaNp63alpha) isoform and debulking status, VEGF expression and progression-free survival in previously untreated, advanced stage epithelial ovarian cancer: A Gynecologic Oncology Group study." Gynecol Oncol 115, no. 3 (December 2009): 424-429.

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Fiorica, JV, Blessing, JA, Puneky, LV, Secord, AA, Hoffman, JS, Yamada, SD, Buekers, TE, Bell, J, Schilder, JM, and Gynecologic Oncology Group, . "A Phase II evaluation of weekly topotecan as a single agent second line therapy in persistent or recurrent carcinoma of the cervix: a Gynecologic Oncology Group study." Gynecol Oncol 115, no. 2 (November 2009): 285-289.

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Fader, AN, Starks, D, Gehrig, PA, Secord, AA, Frasure, HE, O'Malley, DM, Tuller, ER, Rose, PG, Havrilesky, LJ, Moore, KN, Huh, WK, Axtell, AE, Kelley, JL, Zanotti, KM, and UPSC Consortium, . "An updated clinicopathologic study of early-stage uterine papillary serous carcinoma (UPSC)." Gynecol Oncol 115, no. 2 (November 2009): 244-248.

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Sinnathamby, G, Lauer, P, Zerfass, J, Hanson, B, Karabudak, A, Krakover, J, Secord, AA, Clay, TM, Morse, MA, Dubensky, TW, Brockstedt, DG, Philip, R, and Giedlin, M. "Priming and activation of human ovarian and breast cancer-specific CD8+ T cells by polyvalent Listeria monocytogenes-based vaccines." J Immunother 32, no. 8 (October 2009): 856-869.

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Lee, PS, Bland, A, Valea, FA, Havrilesky, LJ, Berchuck, A, and Secord, AA. "Robotic-assisted laparoscopic gynecologic procedures in a fellowship training program." JSLS 13, no. 4 (October 2009): 467-472.

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