The Shawn Felty Cancer Fund is focused on funding research for colorectal cancer and chron’s disease. As many of you know, Shawn was treated at Johns Hopkins University and we are thrilled to be partnering with Dr. Michael Choti at John Hopkins University. Dr. Choti was one of Shawn’s doctors and a leader in cancer research and surgery. Dr. Choti has since moved on from Hopkins to continue his work at another university but our mission remains the same.
To date, the Shawn Felty Cancer Fund has donated $70,500 to John Hopkins University to help fund research; the frist donation started with a $5,000 in December 2010, then in the following years: $10,000 in 2011, $12,500 in 2012, $10,000 in 2013, $11,000 in 2014, $12,000 in 2015 and $10,000 in 2016. Below is a short bio and overview of his reseach focus.
Dr. Michael Choti is the Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs and Finance in the Department of Surgery. In this role, Dr. Choti has administrative responsibility for the Division of Surgical Oncology, the Department of Surgery Hospital Clinic, its new electronic medical record order entry system, and expense management within the Department. Dr. Choti leads a busy clinical practice, as well as conducting clinical trials and outcomes research in hepatobiliary, pancreatic, colorectal and other gastrointestinal malignancies. Dr. Choti serves as Director of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.
Dr. Choti serves on various leadership positions in national and international societies and has chaired study sections for the American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Chair of the NCI-CTEP Hepatobiliary Task Force and as the Director of the NCCN Neuroendocrine Tumor database. He serves on the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer, the GI committees of NSABP and ACOSOG, and the Colorectal Cancer and Neuroendocrine Tumors Guidelines Panels of NCCN. He is the Principal Investigator of NSABP C-11, an Intergroup Phase III study for patients with resectable hepatic colorectal metastases.
In addition to clinical research, Dr. Choti also maintains an active laboratory effort in the use of robotics and computer assistance to surgically treat gastrointestinal malignancies. This work has been funded through a series of NIH grants and industry collaborations. He also has a strong interest in molecular genetics and biomarkers in gastrointestinal cancer. He has more than 240 peer-reviewed publications.
Education and patient advocacy has also been important to Dr. Choti. He serves on the medical advisory boards for several foundations related to gastrointestinal cancer. He has directed educational symposia and served on program committees for ASCO, AHPBA, among others.
In the video below, Dr. Choti discusses the uniqueness of liver cancer and highlights a surgical procedure that was done on Shawn to extend his life.