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Very Rare Cancer Consortium Disease Spotlight & Research Roundtable

Please join us for the Very Rare Cancer Consortium Tumor Board Meeting. This new initiative aims to bring cancer researchers across New York to the table to discuss compelling rare cancer cases presented by physicians and scientists from the New York Genome Center’s partner institutions.

Disease Spotlight & Research Roundtable

Ampullary and duodenal cancers are rare malignancies of the gastrointestinal tract, for which current treatment paradigms remain borrowed from nearby and/or related malignancies of the pancreas and colon, respectively. Clinical outcomes from ampullary and duodenal cancers, however, are distinct, reflecting genomic drivers that are unique to these cancer types. Survival from these malignancies are quite poor, highlighting the need for preclinical model development and translational studies that define specific molecular vulnerabilities to nominate effective clinical interventions.

During this VRCC Roundtable, we will hear from a panel of experts to articulate our current understanding of these rare tumor types, recent advances in clinical treatment and genomic characterization, and collaborative opportunities to advance the field further.


  • Rohit Chandwani, MD, PhD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine
    Division of Liver Transplantation, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery
    Department of Surgery
    Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
    Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center
    Weill Cornell Medicine

  • Brett Ecker, MD

    Clinical Fellow
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

  • Arvind Rishi, MD, FCAP

    Associate Professor, Donald Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell Health
    Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary Pathologist
    Medical Director, Northwell Health Biospecimen Repository (NHBR)
    Northwell Health Laboratories

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