The science of Immuno Oncology is rapidly evolving and increasing in its complexity. The Gradalis Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was formed to provide guidance to the Gradalis leadership team on scientific and clinical matters.

Rodney P. Rocconi, MD

Rodney P. Rocconi, M.D., joined Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) as a physician-scientist in the Gynecologic Oncology Service in 2007. He was the first MCI Abraham A. Mitchell Cancer Research Scholar.

He specializes in the management of cancers of the ovary, uterus, cervix and lower genital tract.  As the Associate Director for Clinical Research, Dr. Rocconi provides leadership and medical expertise to the clinical trials department, reviews and designs clinical research protocols, evaluates safety and efficacy data, analyzes and summarizes data for presentation to regulatory agencies, and provides strategic guidance on non-regulatory clinical trial plans.

He is the recipient of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer ResearchAward and the Gynecologic Oncology Young Investigator Research Award. Dr. Rocconi also serves as a scientific expert reviewer for the U.S. Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program.

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Robert L. Coleman, MD

Dr. Coleman received his doctor of medicine degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and completed his Obstetrics & Gynecology residency at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He then completed his fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 1993. Prior to joining the M.D. Anderson faculty, he served as Vice Chairman, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Dr. Coleman’s research interests include drug discovery and novel therapeutics for ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancer, clinical trial development and statistical design. He serves as the institution’s Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) principal investigator (PI), serves on the NRG’s (formerly the Gynecologic Oncology Group) Ovarian and Developmental Therapeutics Committees, and is PI or co-PI for several GOG prospective clinical trials. He currently is a co-project leader for the MDACC Ovarian SPORE, the MDACC UterineSPORE, the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and the Marcus Foundation, each of which is sponsoring novel therapeutics trials in gynecologic cancers. He also serves as Physician Champion and PI for a new human therapeutic leveraging nanoparticle delivery of gene silencing non-coding RNA (siRNA). He has developed a mentoring program for junior investigator clinical trialists.

Dr. Coleman has authored or coauthored over 400 scientific publications, including over 250 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, monographs, invited articles and textbooks including, The Handbook of Gynecologic Oncology, Clinical Lymphatic Mapping in Gynecologic Cancers,Prognostic and Predictive Factors in Gynecological Cancers, and Atlas of Gynecologic Oncology. In 2012, Dr Coleman was elected to the position of Secretary Treasurer for the International Gynecologic Cancer Society, and was Program Chair for their 2012 biannual meeting. In 2015, he was elected President for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. He currently serves on the Gynecologic Oncology Group’s Board of Directors.

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Evanthia Galanis, MD

Evanthia Galanis, M.D., is a Professor of Oncology and the Sandra J. Schulze Professor of Novel Therapeutics at the Mayo Clinic where she also serves as the Executive Dean for Development and the leader of Virus and Gene Therapy Program of the Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. She also serves as the Chair of the Neurooncology Committee of the cooperative group Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and as the Co-chair of NCI’s Glioblastoma Working Group.

She has a long-standing interest in developing novel therapeutic approaches for cancer treatment. The focus of her laboratory is to develop and optimize novel virotherapy approaches with special emphasis on paramyxoviruses. A number of different strategies are tested, including use of therapeutic transgenes; trackable markers; combinations with small molecules, cytotoxicagents and radiation therapy; re-targeting of viral strains against tumor-specific antigens; development of novel viral delivery approaches; and exploration of immunomodulatory methods to modify humoral and innate immunity as a means of optimizing virotherapy efficacy.

A significant impetus for Dr. Galanis' research has been the translation of laboratory advances into clinical trials of novel virotherapeutics and small molecules in cancer patients. She has served as the principal investigator in multiple phase I and II virotherapy trials in different solid tumors (ovarian cancer, glioblastoma, renal cell carcinoma, colorectal cancer, melanoma, hepatocellular carcinoma), and she has spearheaded the clinical translation of measles derivatives and their first human testing in patients with ovarian cancer or brain tumors, as well as first human use of live cell carriers for oncolytic virus delivery.

She has also conducted multiple cooperative group phase II and randomized studies of small molecules and anti-angiogenesis agents in the treatment of glioblastoma through the North Central Cancer Treatment Group and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

In addition, Dr. Galanis has a special research interest in clinical trial endpoints and innovative trial designs in neuro-oncology. Her work has been supported by the National Cancer Institute, and she has been involved in several Mayo Clinic Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs),including the Brain Cancer, Ovarian Cancer and Breast Cancer SPOREs.

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Thomas J. Herzog, MD

Thomas Herzog, MD, is the deputy director of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute and is professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Dr. Herzog graduated from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1986. He completed his residency at Good Samaritan Hospital inCincinnati in 1990 and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, in 1993, before becoming a faculty member at Washington University and then director of the gynecologic oncology fellowship program. In 2004, he became the director of the division of gynecologic oncology at Columbia University.

Herzog is a National Institutes of Health- and American CancerSociety-funded researcher with over 200 published manuscripts. He’s also been a member of a number of national professional societies including the American College of Surgeons, for which he is also on the elected board of governors, the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, among others. Herzog is also editor-in-chief of the journal Gynecologic Oncology Research and Practice in addition to being the editor and on the editorial boards for a number of other peer-reviewed journals.

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Bradley J. Monk, MD

Dr. Bradley J. Monk graduated at the top of his class from theUniversity of Arizona College of Medicine-Tucson in 1988, and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1992. Between 1988 and 1995, he was the recipient of three fellowships in Medical Genetics and Gynecologic Oncology. In 1995, Dr. Monk was appointed Director of Gynecologic Oncology at Texas Tech University Health Services Center and, from 1998 until 2010, was Associate Professor with Tenure of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California Irvine Medical Center and Director of Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Dr. Monk was then appointed Director and Professor in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Creighton University School of Medicine at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ.  In 2016, he became a member of Arizona Oncology and part of the US Oncology Network and continues to practice in Phoenix. 

Most recently, he has been appointed the US Oncology Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research.  Dr. Monk is also a Professor on the Clinical Scholar Track at the University of Arizona College of Medicine–Phoenix and works at Arizona Oncology (US Oncology Network). He has been named one of Arizona’s “Top Doctors” by PHOENIX magazine 5 years in a row beginning in 2012.

Dr. Monk’s research interests include the prevention and treatment of gynecologic cancers. He was the first to report the activity of anti-vascular growth factor (VEGF) therapy in ovarian cancer and his papers in the New England Journal of Medicine led to the global approval of anti-VEGF therapy and PARP inhibitors in recurrent ovarian and cervical cancers in 2014.

He was also the lead author on the pivotal trial of trabectedin in recurrent ovarian cancer as well as many other studies that have met their primary endpoints. Dr. Monk was also awarded the highly prestigious Ernst Wertheim Award for his research in cervical cancer and is on the Board of Directors for the GOG Foundation, Inc. and is the Cervical Cancer Chair for for the Gynecologic Cancer Intergroup (GCIG). He is past President of the WesternAssociation of Gynecologic Oncologists (WAGO) and current co-director for theGOG Research Consortium (GOG-Partners).

Dr. Monk is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP), as well as being an active member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and other professional organizations. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed articles along with 31 book chapters dealing predominantly with the prevention and chemotherapy of gynecologic malignancies and patient quality of life.

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Adam Walter, MD

Adam Walter, MD is a practicing OBGYN (Obstetrician & Gynecologist) in Toledo, OH.  Dr. Walter graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine - Indianapolis in 2009 and has been in practice for 9 years. He completed a residency at Medical College of Ohio.

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