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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

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


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


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. 



Teoh, D, Lowery, WJ, Jiang, X, Ehrisman, J, Halvorson, P, Broadwater, G, Bentley, R, Secord, AA, Sobolewski, C, Berchuck, A, Havrilesky, LJ, Valea, FA, and Lee, PS. "Vaginal cuff thermal injury by mode of colpotomy at total laparoscopic hysterectomy: a randomized clinical trial." February 2015.

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Cobb, LP, Gaillard, S, Wang, Y, Shih, I-M, and Secord, AA. "Adenocarcinoma of Mullerian origin: review of pathogenesis, molecular biology, and emerging treatment paradigms." Gynecologic oncology research and practice 2 (January 2015): 1-.

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Siamakpour-Reihani, S, Owzar, K, Jiang, C, Turner, T, Deng, Y, Bean, SM, Horton, JK, Berchuck, A, Marks, JR, Dewhirst, MW, and Secord, AA. "Prognostic significance of differential expression of angiogenic genes in women with high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma." Gynecologic Oncology 139, no. 1 (2015): 23-29.

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Havrilesky, LJ, Alvarez Secord, A, Ehrisman, JA, Berchuck, A, Valea, FA, Lee, PS, Gaillard, SL, Samsa, GP, Cella, D, Weinfurt, KP, Abernethy, AP, and Reed, SD. "Patient preferences in advanced or recurrent ovarian cancer." Cancer 120, no. 23 (December 2014): 3651-3659.

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Secord, AA, Nixon, AB, and Hurwitz, HI. "The search for biomarkers to direct antiangiogenic treatment in epithelial ovarian cancer." Gynecologic oncology 135, no. 2 (November 2014): 349-358. (Review)

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Fleming, G, Ghamande, S, Lin, Y, Secord, AA, Nemunaitis, J, Markham, M-J, Nephew, K, Fang, F, Gupta, S, Naim, S, Choy, G, Jueliger, S, Taverna, P, Hao, Y, Keer, H, Azab, M, and Matei, D. "Abstract 2320: Clinical epigenetic resensitization of platinum-resistant, recurrent ovarian cancer patients with SGI-110, a novel, second-generation, subcutaneously administered hypomethylating agent (HMA)." October 1, 2014.

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Kokosis, G, Schmitz, R, Secord, A, Havrilesky, L, Berchuck, A, Mantyh, C, and Erdmann, D. "Modifizierter doppelt gestielter VRAM-Lappen zur simultanen Rekonstruktion eines Perineum- und posterioren vaginalen Defekts." Der Gynäkologe 47, no. 10 (October 2014): 784-787.

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Herzog, TJ, Alvarez, RD, Secord, A, Goff, BA, Mannel, RS, Monk, BJ, and Coleman, RL. "SGO guidance document for clinical trial designs in ovarian cancer: a changing paradigm." Gynecologic oncology 135, no. 1 (October 2014): 3-7.

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Krivak, TC, Lele, S, Richard, S, Secord, AA, Leath, CA, Brower, SL, Tian, C, and Moore, RG. "A chemoresponse assay for prediction of platinum resistance in primary ovarian cancer." American journal of obstetrics and gynecology 211, no. 1 (July 2014): 68.e1-68.e8.

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Tew, WP, Sill, M, McMeekin, DS, Secord, AA, Bonebrake, AJ, Schilder, J, Stuckey, A, Rice, L, Tewari, KS, and Aghajanian, C. "A randomized phase II trial of bevacizumab (BV) plus oral everolimus (EV) versus bevacizumab alone for recurrent or persistent epithelial ovarian (EOC), fallopian tube (FTC), or primary peritoneal cancer (PPC)." May 20, 2014.