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Coalition Leadership


David Ota, MD
Professor of Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine

David Ota, MD, is principal investigator and group co-chair of the American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG), a multicenter cooperative group which is funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He is also professor of Surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine, where the ACOSOG administrative headquarters is based.

He received his doctor of medicine degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency in surgery at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr Ota joined the surgical staff at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1980. He has held positions as chief, Division of Surgical Oncology at the University of Missouri Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr Ota has been a member of the NCI Subcommittee H Review Panel for Cooperative Groups, and a member of the National Institutes of Health Clinical Oncology Study Section for 6 years. He is currently a member of the NCI Subcommittee, “A Review Panel for Cancer Center Support Grants.”

Dr Ota’s research interests have focused on mechanisms of metastasis in colorectal cancer and other solid tumors. He has a strong interest in education for clinical research. Dr Ota has authored over 145 articles. He is a member of several scientific and surgical organizations.