Ajlan Atasoy, MD

Assistant Professor of Oncology
Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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Areas of Expertise: 
Esophageal cancer
Gastric cancer
Pancreatic cancer
Colorectal cancer
Special Interests: 
Developing novel treatments for patients with esophageal cancer, gastric cancer and pancreatic cancer
Understanding the biomarkers of cancer stemness in esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancer
Understanding the mechanism of resistance to chemoradiotherapy in nonmetastatic esophageal and gastroesophageal junction cancer

Biography

Dr. Atasoy is a board certified medical oncologist working with Gastrointestinal Oncology team of Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Department of Medicine, focusing primarily on esophageal and gastric cancers.

She started building her experience in multidisciplinary research and multidisciplinary clinical management of esophageal and gastric cancers during her fellowship training at the University of Pittsburgh. Following graduation, Dr. Atasoy practiced as a medical oncologists in a variety of high-volume referral centers in her homeland, Turkey and served as an assistant professor at Marmara University School of Medicine in Istanbul. She pursued her passion in clinical research activities, first as an investigator at Marmara University, then as a coordinating physician with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium. This wide range of global experiences provided her exposure to a rich variety of patient populations, clinical practice patterns and different approaches to clinical and translational research in cancers of the gastrointestinal tract.

Background

Education and Training: 
2001 - MD - Hacettepe University School of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Residency: 
2008 - Chief Medical Resident, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
2007 - Department of Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Fellowship: 
Division of Hematology Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Clinical Fellowship, research activities with Esophageal Cancer Research Group under mentorship of Michael K Gibson, MD, PhD
Board Certification: 
2014 - European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Certification
2011 - American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
2011 - American Board of Internal Medicine, Hematology
Honors and Awards: 
2010 - American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Oncology Trainee Travel Award
2007 - Arthur Mirsky Award, UPMC Presbyterian-Shadyside Hospital, PA “Role model for clinical competence, intellectual curiosity and compassion towards patients and families”