The Life Raft Group is partnered with Dr. Andrew Blakely, surgical oncologist, National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, NIH, to discuss the basics of surgical removal of primary GISTs and considerations in multimetastatic disease. The presentation included case examples for both non-wild-type and wild-type or SDH-deficient GIST. A Q&A followed the presentation.
About our Presenter:
Dr. Andrew Blakely
National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research
National Institutes of Health
Dr. Blakely completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering followed by medical school at Drexel University. He went on to general surgery residency at Brown University. During residency, he spent two years of dedicated research time at the Center for Biomedical Engineering developing a device for tissue engineering applications. That work then led to a National Science Foundation grant and a patent. Dr. Blakely then completed his fellowship in Complex General Surgical Oncology at City of Hope National Medical Center. Dr. Blakely is currently a surgical oncologist specializing in peritoneal surface malignancies and soft tissue sarcomas. One of the primary focuses of his research includes improving surgical treatment and ex vivo tumor modeling of gastrointestinal stromal tumors.