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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
  • Medical Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

2009
MD | SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2016 - 6/30/2019
Research in Research 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

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

Evaluating the Effects of Dietary Supplementation With Remune on Cancer Associated Weight and Muscle Loss With and Without Exercise: A Randomized Pilot Feasibility Study.

Lead Researcher: Richard F Dunne

In this study the investigator would like to better understand how cachexia (weight and muscle loss) may improve or worsen, and how exercise and nutritional supplements may impact this process. The investigator would like to see whether a nutritional supplement (Remune) with or without a walking and progressive resistance exercise program (EXCAP©®, Exercise for Cancer Patients) can improve symptoms in patients with lung or gastrointestinal cancers with weight loss and cachexia. The investigator would also like to find out if this nutritional supplement and exercise intervention improves physical performance, day-to-day function, quality of life, and how the supplement and/or exercise may affect different markers in the blood over time.

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Induction Chemotherapy for Locally Advanced Esophageal Cancer: A Phase II Study

Lead Researcher: Richard F Dunne

Evaluate mFOLFOX6 (5-Fluorouracil, Leucovorin and Oxaliplatin) chemotherapy as induction treatment prior to standard neoadjuvant chemoradiation to decrease the rate of distant recurrence among patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer.

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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

8/19/2020
Inglis JE, Kleckner AS, Lin PJ, Gilmore NJ, Culakova E, VanderWoude AC, Mustian KM, Fernandez ID, Dunne RF, Deutsch J, Peppone LJ. "Excess Body Weight and Cancer-Related Fatigue, Systemic Inflammation, and Serum Lipids in Breast Cancer Survivors." Nutrition and cancer.. 2020 Aug 19; :1-11. Epub 2020 Aug 19.

5/28/2020
Du C, da Silva A, Morales-Oyarvide V, Dias Costa A, Kozak MM, Dunne RF, Rubinson DA, Perez K, Masugi Y, Hamada T, Brais LK, Yuan C, Babic A, Ducar MD, Thorner AR, Aguirre A, Kulke MH, Ng K, Clancy TE, Findeis-Hosey JJ, Chang DT, Hornick JL, Fuchs CS, Ogino S, Koong AC, Hezel AF, Wolpin BM, Nowak JA. "Insulin-like growth factor-1 receptor expression and disease recurrence and survival in patients with resected pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma." Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology.. 2020 May 28; Epub 2020 May 28.

4/16/2020
Chung KM, Singh J, Lawres L, Dorans KJ, Garcia C, Burkhardt DB, Robbins R, Bhutkar A, Cardone R, Zhao X, Babic A, Vayrynen SA, Dias Costa A, Nowak JA, Chang DT, Dunne RF, Hezel AF, Koong AC, Wilhelm JJ, Bellin MD, Nylander V, Gloyn AL, McCarthy MI, Kibbey RG, Krishnaswamy S, Wolpin BM, Jacks T, Fuchs CS, Muzumdar MD. "Endocrine-Exocrine Signaling Drives Obesity-Associated Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma." Cell.. 2020 Apr 16; Epub 2020 Apr 16.

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