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FINDING CURES TOGETHER<sup>SM</sup>
Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD, AGAF, FASGE

Marcia R. Cruz-Correa, MD, PhD, AGAF, FASGE
(2019-2022)
Director, Division of Cancer Biology and the Gastrointestinal Oncology Program
University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dr. Cruz-Correa is professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus and director of the Division of Gastrointestinal Oncology at the Isaac Gonzalez Martinez Oncologic Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is also director of the Division of Cancer Biology and the GI Oncology Research Program at the University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center. The GI Oncology Research Program is integrated by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, basic and clinical scientists, and epidemiologists with an expertise in gastrointestinal cancer. The main focus of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Program is to elucidate genetic and epigenetic pathways for colorectal carcinogenesis among Hispanic patients. Evaluation of environmental and nutritional factors as effect-modifiers and gene-environmental interactions is an active investigative priority. She and her team developed the first population-based familial colorectal cancer registry in Puerto Rico with more than 2000 colorectal cancer patients' detailed epidemiological and environmental information. A second research area is cancer interception, and Dr. Cruz-Correa investigates the role of several chemopreventive and immuno-preventive agents in early phase clinical trials through NCI-sponsored programs. She has written over 100 peer-reviewed publications and is the president of the Puerto Rico Colorectal Cancer Coalition, a not-for-profit organization for education and policy to increase screening and early detection.