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Marcia Cruz-Correa
Title Associate Professor of Medicine & Biochemistry
Faculty Rank
Degree MD, PhD
Institution University of Puerto Rico
Department Cancer Center
Clusters Cancer
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University of Puerto Rico
Medical Sciences Campus
P.O. Box 365067
City San Juan
State
Postal Code 00936
Telephone 787-759-0306
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  Dr. Marcia Cruz-Correa completed her B.S. in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), and her medical degree at the UPR Medical School. Dr. Cruz-Correa continued her training in Internal Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico Hospital, and subsequently a fellowship in Gastroenterology & Hepatology at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland. Dr. Cruz-Correa completed a doctorate degree in Clinical Investigation and Genetic Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Cruz-Correa is an Associate Professor of Medicine & Biochemistry at the University of Puerto Rico, Visiting Assistant Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and Adjunct Associate Professor of Surgical Oncology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her research focuses in gastrointestinal oncology, including the study of epigenetics and genetics in gastrointestinal cancer, hereditary GI cancers, and chemoprevention of gastrointestinal neoplasia.

Dr. Cruz-Correa leads a Gastrointestinal Oncology Program at the UPR Cancer Center, which is integrated by a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, basic and clinical scientists, and epidemiologists with an expertise in gastrointestinal cancer. The main focus of the Program is to elucidate genetic and epigenetic pathways for colorectal carcinogenesis among Hispanic patients. Evaluation of environmental and nutritional factors as effect-modifiers and gene-environmental interactions is an active investigative priority. Dr. Cruz-Correa and her team developed the first population-based familial colorectal cancer registry in Puerto Rico that currently has over 500 colorectal cancer patients with detailed epidemiological and environmental information (http://purificar.rcm.upr.edu). A second research area is chemoprevention, and Dr. Cruz-Correa leads an NCI sponsored clinical trial evaluating the role of bioflavinoids (curcumin) as a chemopreventive agent in adult patients with Familial Adenomatous polyposis (FAP) and is a co-investigator evaluating the use of celecoxib in pediatric patients with FAP. In addition, her group is a member of the Polyp Prevention Study Group (11-site national consortia, lead by Dr. John Baron, Dartmouth University) participating in several clinical trials aimed at evaluating different compounds for chemoprevention of sporadic colorectal adenomas. Dr. Cruz-Correa’s research is sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and other private foundations including Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Cancer Research Prevention Foundation.

Dr. Cruz-Correa has published over 50 original publications, is a reviewer of several NCI special review panels, and reviewer for numerous medical journals including Gastroenterology, Cancer Research, and GUT. She is actively involved as a Chair or committee member in several national gastroenterology societies, including the American Gastroenterology Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is President of the Puerto Rico Gastroenterology Association.

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  Research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

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2018Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC)5U54MD007587-08
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2018ADMINISTRATIVE CORE5U54MD007587-08
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2017Association of gut bacterial genes and diet to colorectal neoplasia5R21CA198963-02
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2017Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC)5U54MD007587-07
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2017UPRCCC/MDACC: Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research (1 of 2)3U54CA096300-15S1
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2017ADMINISTRATIVE CORE5U54MD007587-07
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2017UPRCCC/MDACC: Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research (1 of 2)5U54CA096300-15
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2017Outreach Core5U54CA096300-15
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2017Overall Objectives and ADM5U54CA096300-15
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2017Planning and Evaluation5U54CA096297-15
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2017Association of gut bacterial genes and diet to colorectal neoplasia3R21CA198963-02S1
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2017Full Project A: Multivariate Prediction of Prostate Cancer in Puerto Rican and 5U54CA096300-15
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2017Administrative Core5U54CA096297-15
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2017Cancer Education Core: Curriculum in Cancer Medicine, Science, and Health Disparities5U54CA096300-15
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2017UPR/MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research (2 of 2)5U54CA096297-15
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2017Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Bioinformatics Core (BEBiC)5U54CA096300-15
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2016Association of gut bacterial genes and diet to colorectal neoplasia1R21CA198963-01A1
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2016UPR/MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research (2 of 2)4U54CA096297-14
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2016Outreach Core4U54CA096300-14
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2016UPR/MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research (2 of 2)3U54CA096297-14S1
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2016Puerto Rico Clinical and Translational Research Consortium (PRCTRC)5U54MD007587-06
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2016Overall Objectives and ADM4U54CA096300-14
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2016Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Bioinformatics Core (BEBiC)4U54CA096300-14
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2016Full Project A: Multivariate Prediction of Prostate Cancer in Puerto Rican and 4U54CA096300-14
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2016UPRCCC/MDACC: Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research (1 of 2)3U54CA096300-14S1
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