Meet the 2019 Rock Docs

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Katherine Fuh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Dr. Katherine Fuh is a Gynecologic Oncology surgeon at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Fuh’s research interest and laboratory focuses on identifying and validating therapeutic targets in ovarian and uterine cancer metastasis and chemotherapy resistance in the context of the tumor microenvironment.





Russell Pachynski, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology

Dr. Russell Pachynski is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at Washington University School of Medicine. Pachynski has clinical expertise in Genitourinary cancers and a focus on prostate cancer. He also maintains an active lab focusing on leukocyte trafficking and its role in tumor immunology, with the ultimate goal of advantageously controlling this for patients’ benefits.



Mary Politi, PhD
Professor of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Mary Politi is a Professor of Surgery in the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. Her primary research interests include health communication and shared decision-making. Her work helps patients and the public understand health information, explore what is important to them when making health decisions, and collaborate to make evidence-informed decisions that meet their needs. She also trains health care professionals, public health advocates, and members of the public interested in shared decision-making and patient engagement. Dr. Politi’s research includes a focus on reducing health disparities by engaging communities with unmet health needs and including them in both research and dissemination efforts. She works extensively with stakeholders to ensure her research is relevant to end users in clinical and community settings.


Jose Zevallos, MD, MPH, FACS
Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgical Oncology

Dr. Jose Zevallos is a head and neck surgeon-scientist and serves as Division Chief of Head and Neck Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.  Dr. Zevallos has a busy clinical practice that includes the full depth and breadth of head and neck surgical oncology and thyroid surgery. He is also an NIH-funded researcher and maintains an active translational head and neck cancer research laboratory focused understanding molecular drivers of carcinogenesis of HPV-positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma with poor oncologic outcomes.  Dr. Zevallos has published extensively on the genomics and epidemiology of head and neck cancer. He is a frequently invited lecturer at head and neck cancer and translational research conferences both in the United States and internationally.