Flavio Rocha, MD

Affiliate Investigator

Background Information

Dr. Rocha is a staff surgeon at Virginia Mason Medical Center. He also holds appointments as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Washington and an Affiliate Investigator at BRI. He attended the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago followed by general surgery residency at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a postdoctoral research fellowship in tissue engineering at Harvard Medical School. After residency, he completed a surgical oncology and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. His clinical practice involves all aspects of benign and malignant disease of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. Dr. Rocha serves as the Director of Research for the Digestive Disease Institute and Associate Medical Director of the Cancer Institute. He is a member of several cancer cooperative groups including the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology and the Eastern Cooperative Group and serves on the Pancreas Task Force at the National Cancer Institute. He is also on the executive committee of the International Cholangiocarcinoma Research Network.

Area of Research

Dr. Rocha's research focuses on clinical and translational studies in pancreaticobiliary cancer. This includes biomarker discovery and validation in cholangiocarcinoma and outcomes research following chemotherapy and surgical resection of pancreas cancer. He also performs health services research using large population-based repositories such as the National Cancer Database. Lastly, he serves as a co-investigator for several clinical trials in hepatopancreatobiliary cancers and the PI for the BRITE Tumor Registry.