Internal Medicine Resident Dr. Jeremy Kratz Presents Cancer Research

Dr. Jeremy KratzJeremy Kratz, MD, internal medicine resident, presented a poster entitled “Intratumor Heterogeneity Predicting Clinical Outcomes of EGFR Targeting in Metastatic Colorectal Cancer” at the Association of American Physicians/American Society for Clinical Investigation/American Physician Scientists Association (AAP/ASCI/APSA) Joint Meeting on April 21-23, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. 

The meeting is an annual conference designed to feature the work of physician-scientists. It involves each of three professional societies: AAP, which is devoted to the advancement of scientific and practical medicine; ASCI, which is one of the oldest organizations devoted to physician-scientists; and APSA, which addresses the training and career development needs of physician-scientists.

The work presented by Dr. Kratz evaluated the ability of tumor texture analysis to enhance the ability to predict the benefit of cetuximab, a targeted therapeutic agent, in metastatic colorectal cancer. Researchers were able to link pre-treatment tumor characteristics with targeted therapeutic response using CT texture analysis in metastatic colorectal cancer, setting the stage for further investigation of CT texture analysis for non-invasive prediction of treatment response.  

Dr. Kratz is enrolled in the Internal Medicine Pathway for Academic Career Training (IMPACT) program and plans to engage in fellowship training in oncology at the UW-Madison Department of Medicine. He studies under the direction of Dustin Deming, MD, assistant professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care.