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Dr. Joseph P. Connor completed his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He received residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University followed by sub- specialty fellowship training in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Iowa. He is a physician-scientist whose primary research focus is on immune mechanisms of disease as it relates to gynecologic cancers. Dr. Connor is currently a member of the UW Carbone Cancer Center's Experimental Therapeutics Program. He is the Director of the UWCCC Gynecologic Cancer Disease-Oriented Working Group. This group works on research efforts to treat female pelvic cancers.
Education & credentials
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Gynecologic Oncology
- University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
Gynecologic Oncology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
- University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
- Robotic hysterectomy
Research & publications
Dr. Connor is the primary investigator on two current clinical trials of novel immune based therapies for gynecologic cancers. He is also co-investigator on several grants with Dr. Manish Patankar, a PhD scientist in the Cancer Center. His main research interests are: the development of immunotherapy for gynecologic malignancies via phase I and phase II clinical trials, both investigator-initiated and via the Gynecologic Oncology Group; mechanisms of immune evasion in cancer; and improving the clinical use of the CA125 blood test for ovarian cancer by researching the function of CA125 in ovarian cancer - in particular, CA125's effects on immune cell function in women with ovarian cancer and its ability to facilitate metastasis by interaction with other cancer-associated molecules that allow attachment of ovarian tumor cells.