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Laura Jean Havrilesky, MD

Laura Havirlesky, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Campus Mail: 25172 Morris Bldg, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-0188
Email: havri001@mc.duke.edu

I am interested in using health economic models to inform decisions related to gynecologic cancers. Specific models have addressed the decision to administer intraperitoneal chemotherapy for newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer following optimal cytoreduction, the choice of chemotherapy regimen for recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, and the exploration of screening strategies for ovarian cancer. The ovarian cancer screening model examines the effects of test cost, sensitivity, specificity, and screen frequency on ovarian cancer mortality, the lifetime false positive rate of testing, the positive predictive value of the test, and its cost effectiveness. This type of model is potentially useful in informing the design trials of novel screening tests for ovarian cancer. I am also conducting a prospective study to quantify the effects of screening for, diagnosis of, and treatment for ovarian cancer on the quality of life of women.

Education and Training

  • Residency, Obstetrics And Gynecology, Duke University, 1995 - 1999
  • M.D., Duke University, 1995

Research

I am interested in using health economic models to inform decisions related to gynecologic cancers. Specific models have addressed the decision to administer intraperitoneal chemotherapy for newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer following optimal cytoreduction, the choice of chemotherapy regimen for recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, and the exploration of screening strategies for ovarian cancer.

The ovarian cancer screening model examines the effects of test cost, sensitivity, specificity, and screen frequency on ovarian cancer mortality, the lifetime false positive rate of testing, the positive predictive value of the test, and its cost effectiveness. This type of model is potentially useful in informing the design trials of novel screening tests for ovarian cancer. I am also conducting a prospective study to quantify the effects of screening for, diagnosis of, and treatment for ovarian cancer on the quality of life of women. 

Publications

Lowery, WJ, Lowery, AW, Barnett, JC, Lopez-Acevedo, M, Lee, PS, Secord, AA, and Havrilesky, L. "Cost-effectiveness of early palliative care intervention in recurrent platinum-resistant ovarian cancer." Gynecologic Oncology 130, no. 3 (2013): 426-430.

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Havrilesky, LJ, Chino, JP, and Myers, ER. "How much is another randomized trial of lymph node dissection in endometrial cancer worth? A value of information analysis." Gynecologic Oncology 131, no. 1 (2013): 140-146.

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Havrilesky, LJ, Moorman, PG, Lowery, WJ, Gierisch, JM, Coeytaux, RR, Urrutia, RP, Dinan, M, McBroom, AJ, Hasselblad, V, Sanders, GD, and Myers, ER. "Oral contraceptive pills as primary prevention for ovarian cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis." Obstetrics and Gynecology 122, no. 1 (2013): 139-147.

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Lopez-Acevedo, M, Lowery, WJ, Lowery, AW, Lee, PS, and Havrilesky, LJ. "Palliative and hospice care in gynecologic cancer: A review." Gynecologic Oncology 131, no. 1 (2013): 215-221.

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Jewell, EL, Smrtka, M, Broadwater, G, Valea, F, Davis, DM, Nolte, KC, Valea, R, Myers, ER, and Havrilesky, LJ. "Preference-based utility scores for adverse events associated with the treatment of gynecologic cancers." International journal of gynecological cancer : official journal of the International Gynecological Cancer Society 23, no. 6 (January 1, 2013): 1158-1166.

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Bolac, CS, Wallace, AH, Broadwater, G, Havrilesky, LJ, and Habib, AS. "The impact of postoperative nausea and vomiting prophylaxis with dexamethasone on postoperative wound complications in patients undergoing laparotomy for endometrial cancer." Anesthesia and Analgesia 116, no. 5 (2013): 1041-1047.

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Lopez-Acevedo, M, Havrilesky, LJ, Broadwater, G, Kamal, AH, Abernethy, AP, Berchuck, A, Secord, AA, Tulsky, JA, Valea, F, and Lee, PS. "Timing of end-of-life care discussion with performance on end-of-life quality indicators in ovarian cancer." Gynecologic Oncology 130, no. 1 (2013): 156-161.

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Alvarez Secord, A, Bernardini, MQ, Broadwater, G, Grace, LA, Huang, Z, Baba, T, Kondoh, E, Sfakianos, G, Havrilesky, LJ, and Murphy, SK. "TP53 Status is Associated with Thrombospondin1 Expression In vitro. (Published online)" Front Oncol 3 (2013): 269-.

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Danesh, K, Durrett, R, Havrilesky, LJ, and Myers, E. "A branching process model of ovarian cancer." Journal of Theoretical Biology 314 (December 2012): 10-15.

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Lopez-Acevedo, M, Zhang, C, Secord, AA, Lee, PS, Havrilesky, LJ, and Berchuck, A. "Predictors of failure to perform pelvic peritoneal cytology in endometrial cancer staging surgery." JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY 30, no. 34 (December 1, 2012).

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