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Richard Dunne, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 275-8762

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Cancer

Biography

When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, he or she is faced with a lot of questions and uncertainty of what the future holds. My philosophy is to provide as much information as possible so that patients can make the best decisions for themselves and their families and so that together we can face any fears or worries head on.

I chose this field because my hope is to make the lives of cancer patients better – whether it is through direct patient care or my research, which focuses on pancreatobiliary cancers, as well as weight loss and muscle wasting related to cancer.

In addition to being passionate about cancer care, I have many interests outside of work that I enjoy sharing with my patients such as sports, travel and music.

Conditions I Treat

- Esophageal cancer
- Gastric cancer
- Liver cancer
- Pancreatic cancer
- Colorectal cancer
- Anal cancer

Credentials

Specialties

  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

2009
MD | SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Nursing

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2016 - 06/30/2019
Fellowship at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2013 - 06/30/2015
Fellowship in Hematology & Oncology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/25/2010 - 06/24/2012
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/25/2009 - 06/24/2010
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Awards

2022 - 2027
Cancer Grand Challenges: Understand and Reverse Cachexia
Sponsor: National Cancer Institute and Cancer Research UK

2019 - 2021
CTSI KL2 Career Development Award
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

2017 - 2018
Department of Medicine Research Pilot Grant Award

2016 - 2019
NIH R25 Fellowship Training Program in Cancer Control
Location: University of Rochester Medical Center

2015 - 2018
Wilmot Foundation for Cancer Research Fellowship Award

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Clinical Trials

UGIM-16011: Evaluating the Effects of a 12 Week Home-based Exercise Intervention on Physical Performance in patients with Cancer of the Upper Gastrointestinal Tract with Pre-cachexia or Cachexia: A Pilot Study

Lead Researcher: Richard F Dunne

We would also like to find out if this exercise intervention improves physical performance, day-to-day function, quality of life, and how the exercise may affect markers of inflammation in the blood over time. Cancer cachexia is a complex condition that can result in weight loss, muscle weakness, and/or tiredness, and may affect your normal daily activities and quality of life. Cachexia is common in patients with upper gastrointestinal tract cancers (esophageal, stomach, bile duct or liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer). There is little information on how these symptoms may develop or change as cachexia progresses, or how exercise may help improve these symptoms. Currently more information is needed on how physical performance and quality of life is affected by cachexia. There are no drugs approved for cachexia so understanding cachexia and its effect on the body may guide the development of interventions to help other patients with cancer cachexia.

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Publications

Journal Articles

9/21/2022
Dias Costa A, Väyrynen SA, Chawla A, Zhang J, Väyrynen JP, Lau MC, Williams HL, Yuan C, Morales-Oyarvide V, Elganainy D, Singh H, Cleary JM, Perez K, Ng K, Freed-Pastor W, Mancias JD, Dougan SK, Wang J, Rubinson DA, Dunne RF, Kozak MM, Brais L, Reilly E, Clancy T, Linehan DC, Chang DT, Hezel AF, Koong AC, Aguirre A, Wolpin BM, Nowak JA. "Neoadjuvant chemotherapy is associated with altered immune cell infiltration and an anti-tumorigenic microenvironment in resected pancreatic cancer." Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.. 2022 Sep 21; Epub 2022 Sep 21.

8/19/2022
Jensen-Battaglia M, Lei L, Xu H, Loh KP, Wells M, Tylock R, Ramsdale E, Kleckner AS, Mustian KM, Dunne RF, Kehoe L, Bearden J, Burnette BL, Whitehead M, Mohile SG, Wildes TM. "Communication About Fall Risk in Community Oncology Practice: The Role of Geriatric Assessment." JCO oncology practice.. 2022 Aug 19; :OP2200173. Epub 2022 Aug 19.

7/15/2022
Ullman NA, Burchard PR, Dunne RF, Linehan DC. "Immunologic Strategies in Pancreatic Cancer: Making Tumors ." Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.. 2022 Jul 15; :JCO2102616. Epub 2022 Jul 15.

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