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Herta Chao, MD, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology); Deputy Director at the VA Comprehensive Cancer Center, Section of Hematology/Oncology

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Herta Chao, MD, PhD

Research Summary

As a clinician taking care of a large number of prostate cancer patients at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACHS) I was struck by many men who had had excellent response to androgen deprivation but expressed their frustration about self-perceived cognitive decline and decreased mental acuity. This prompted me to study the impact of androgen deprivation on cognitive function.

Another focus of my research efforts is leading the Oncology clinical trials program at VACHS. I would like to provide veterans with a cancer diagnosis the same access to cutting-edge Oncology clinical trials as non-veterans.

Specialized Terms:

  • Prostate cancer
  • Androgen deprivation therapy
  • Cognitive function
  • Lung cancer
  • Clinical trials


Research Interests

Lung Neoplasms; Medical Oncology; Prostatic Neoplasms; Clinical Trial

Selected Publications