Flavio Rocha MD

Dr. Rocha is a surgical oncologist and hepatopancreatobiliary surgeon in the Section of General, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. In addition he is the Director of Research in the Digestive Disease Institute and Associate Medical Director of the Floyd and Delores Jones Cancer Institute. He holds an appointment as a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington. After attending the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago, Dr. Rocha completed a residency in general surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a postdoctoral research fellowship in tissue engineering at Harvard Medical School, both in Boston. After residency, he pursued a surgical oncology and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. His clinical practice encompasses all aspects of benign and malignant disease of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. As an investigator at the Benaroya Research Institute, his research is focused on biomarker discovery and novel therapeutics in pancreaticobiliary cancer. He has been funded by the NIH, AAS, ASCO and the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation. He currently serves on the editorial boards of HPB, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Journal of Surgical Oncology and PLoS ONE. In addition, he holds several committee positions in surgical specialty societies including the ACS, SSO, AHPBA, and SSAT. Lastly, he is a member of the Pancreas Task Force at the NCI as an ECOG representative and is the surgical lead of the International Cholangiocarcinoma Research Network.