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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

Havrilesky, LJ, Leath, CA, Huh, W, Calingaert, B, Bentley, RC, Soper, JT, and Alvarez Secord, A. "Radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphadenectomy for stage IB2 cervical cancer." Gynecol Oncol 93, no. 2 (May 2004): 429-434.

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Roth, TM, Secord, AA, Havrilesky, LJ, Jones, E, and Clarke-Pearson, DL. "High dose rate intraoperative radiotherapy for recurrent cervical cancer and nodal disease." Gynecol Oncol 91, no. 1 (October 2003): 258-260.

Scholars@Duke

Jones, EL, Samulski, TV, Dewhirst, MW, Alvarez-Secord, A, Berchuck, A, Clarke-Pearson, D, Havrilesky, LJ, Soper, J, and Prosnitz, LR. "A pilot Phase II trial of concurrent radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and hyperthermia for locally advanced cervical carcinoma." Cancer 98, no. 2 (July 15, 2003): 277-282.

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Havrilesky, LJ, Wong, TZ, Secord, AA, Berchuck, A, Clarke-Pearson, DL, and Jones, EL. "The role of PET scanning in the detection of recurrent cervical cancer." Gynecol Oncol 90, no. 1 (July 2003): 186-190.

Scholars@Duke

Berchuck, A, Alvarez, AA, and Stout, JE. "Abdominal pain and bloating in two 20-something patients." Contemporary Ob/Gyn 48, no. 1 (2003): 51-58.

Scholars@Duke

Alvarez, AA, and Clarke-Pearson, DL. "Platinum-Resistant and Refractory Ovarian Cancer." American Journal of Cancer 2, no. 1 (2003): 1-13.

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Havrilesky, LJ, Alvarez, AA, Sayer, RA, Lancaster, JM, Soper, JT, Berchuck, A, Clarke-Pearson, DL, Rodriguez, GC, and Carney, ME. "Weekly low-dose carboplatin and paclitaxel in the treatment of recurrent ovarian and peritoneal cancer." Gynecologic oncology 88, no. 1 (January 2003): 51-57.

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Havrilesky, LJ, Alvarez, AA, Whitaker, RS, Marks, JR, and Berchuck, A. "Loss of expression of the p16 tumor suppressor gene is more frequent in advanced ovarian cancers lacking p53 mutations." Gynecologic oncology 83, no. 3 (December 2001): 491-500.

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Stout, JE, Woods, CW, Alvarez, AA, Berchuck, A, and Dukes Hamilton, C. "Mycobacterium bovis peritonitis mimicking ovarian cancer in a young woman." Clin Infect Dis 33, no. 4 (August 15, 2001): E14-E16.

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Alvarez, AA, Axelrod, JR, Whitaker, RS, Isner, PD, Bentley, RC, Dodge, RK, and Rodriguez, GC. "Thrombospondin-1 expression in epithelial ovarian carcinoma: association with p53 status, tumor angiogenesis, and survival in platinum-treated patients." Gynecol Oncol 82, no. 2 (August 2001): 273-278.

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