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Nicholas J. Petrelli

Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
Christiana Care
Wilmington, Delaware

Professor of Surgery
Thomas Jefferson University
4755 Ogletown-Stanton Road
Newark, DE 19718
(302) 733-1534
npetrelli@christianacare.org

Education/Certification

  • 1965 1969, University of Notre Dame, Cum Laude, South Bend, Indiana
  • 1969 1973, Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1974-1978, St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, California, General Surgery Residency

Professional Experience

  • 1981‑1982 – Assistant Director of Surgical Education, St. Mary's Hospital and Medical Center, San Francisco, California
  • 1982‑1987 – Senior Surgical Clinician, Division of Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York
  • 1986‑1989 – Assistant Professor of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
  • 1990-1995 – Associate Professor of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo 
  • 1987-1991 – Associate Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology and Endoscopy, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York
  • 1991-2001 – Chair, Division of Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York
  • 1991-2001 – Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, New York
  • 1995-2001 – Professor of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo

Recent Publications/Books & Publications

  • Yothers G, Allegra C, Kuebler P, Colangelo L, Petrelli N, Wolmark N. NSABP C-07 – Oxaliplatin as adjuvant therapy for colon cancer: updated results including survival and subset analysis. J Clin Oncol, 29(28), 3768-3774, 2011.
  • Sikes R, Duncan R, Lee K, Czymmek K, Steiner K, Rajasekaran A, Iacocca M, Rabeno B, Ali-Khan Catts Z, Joseph A, Boman B, Petrelli N. The Center for Translational Cancer Research: a collaborative effort between the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care, the University of Delaware and Nemours Biomedical Research. Oncology Issues, Jan/Feb, 26(1): 22-25, 2011.
  • Krasna M, Petrelli N, Salner A. Multidisciplinary cancer care: a new model for community cancer centers. Journal of Multidisciplinary Cancer Care, 1(4), 1, 2009.
  • Petrelli N. Bevacizumab and postoperative complications after hepatic surgery for colorectal metastases. Letter to the Editor, J Clin Oncol, 27(11): 1917, 2009.
  • Fuchshuber P, Petrelli N. A critical appraisal: providing care for patients with solid tumor metastases – challenges across academic and community practice. Surg Oncol Clin N Am, 16(3): 695, 2007.
  • Mortenson MM, Khatri VP, Bennett JJ, Petrelli NJ. Total mesorectal excision and pelvic node dissection for rectal cancer : an appraisal. Surg Oncol Clin N Am, 16(1):177-97, 2007.

Grants

  • SOURCE: AstraZeneca (Principal Investigator)
    GRANT: Lung Cancer Program
    TITLE: Early Detection of Lung Cancer
    AMOUNT: $750,000 2003-2008; 2009-2012

    Utilizing a CT Scan software package to detect lung cancer 3-4mm in size in patients with a 20-pack year smoking history.

  • SOURCE: AstraZeneca (Principal Investigator)
    GRANT: Ruth Ann Minner High Risk Family Cancer Registry
    TITLE: Cancer Genetics Program
    AMOUNT: $500,000 2007-2012

    Funding to establish a statewide high risk family cancer registry to genetically counsel and gene test individuals at high risk for developing cancer. The registry has 1,100 families with 35,000 individuals.

  • SOURCE: NIH/NCI
    GRANT: U10 – CA12023-31
    TITLE: Chair, NSABP Colorectal Committee
    AMOUNT: $34,158/year 2000-2005; Renewed 2005-2010; Renewed 2011-2014

    To develop and put into effect clinical trials for the prevention or treatment of early and late stage colon and rectal cancer as part of the NCI Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program.

  • SOURCE: NCI (Principal Investigator)
    GRANT: RFP S06-285
    TITLE : NCI Community Cancer Centers Program
    AMOUNT: $1,151,300 2007-2011; Funded Extension 2012

    A program to increase minority accrual to NCI clinical trials, to participate in the cancer bioinformatics grid (caBIG), to develop cancer outreach programs to the underserved, and survivorship and palliative care programs.

  • SOURCE: NCI (Principal Investigator)
    GRANT: Subcontract 28X5277
    TITLE: The Cancer Genome Atlas Project
    AMOUNT: $4,647,934 2008-2012; Funded Extension -2013

    To collect biospecimens as part of a three year pilot project involving squamous cell carcinoma of the lung, ovarian cancer, and glioblastoma multiforme of the brain.

Honors & Awards

  • American Cancer Society Clinical Oncology Fellowship Award 1979, 1980
  • Best Scientific Research Paper, Roswell Park Cancer Institute 1980
  • International Union Cancer Congress (UICC) Fellowship Grant 1980
  • American Cancer Society Volunteer of the Month. San Francisco Unit 1982
  • Louis A. and Ruth Siegel Clinical Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo 1990
  • Golden Apple Award for Best Teacher, Division of Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute 1991
  • Golden Apple Award for Best Teacher, Division of Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute 1992
  • Stanley Freshling Award for General Surgical Excellence, Mount Sinai Medical Center 1992
  • Preceptor of the Year Award, Physician Assistant Program, D'Youville College 1996
  • The Best Doctors in America - American Health Magazine 1996
  • Buffalo Ambassador Award 1996
  • Golden Apple Award for Best Teacher, Division of Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute 1997
  • Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, Roswell Park Cancer Institute 1997
  • Good Housekeeping Best Doctors 1999
  • Buffalo Business First – Health Care Hero for Administrative Excellence 2001
  • Golden Apple Award for Best Teacher, Division of Surgical Oncology, Roswell Park Cancer Institute 2001
  • Top Physician in State of Delaware 2005
  • Translational Research Award, Huntington’s Disease Society 2006
  • ASCO Statesman Award

Professional Membership

    National

  • The Society of University Surgeons
  • American Surgical Association
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • The Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Association for Cancer Education
  • American College of Surgeons
  • International Hepato Pancreato Biliary Association
  • American Hepato-Pancreato Biliary Association
  • Will C. Sealy Surgical Society
  • International Photodynamic Therapy Association
  • Roswell Park Surgical Society
  • Regional

  • American College of Surgeons - Western New York Chapter
  • Gastrointestinal Liver Society of Western New York
  • Buffalo Surgical Society
  • American Cancer Society, NYS Division Colorectal Cancer Committee
  • Medical Society of Erie County, New York
  • Medical Society of State of New York
  • Delaware Medical Society
  • Delaware Society for Clinical Oncology
  • Philadelphia Academy of Surgery

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