Erika Ramsdale, MD
Dr. Ramsdale is a geriatric oncologist specializing in the care of older cancer patients. She has recently launched the Geriatric Oncology Clinic at the University of Virginia, an outpatient consultation clinic in the Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center. This clinic assists oncologists and other specialists with complex decision-making in older adults with cancer, particularly those with comorbidities or frailty. She is interested in the outcomes of older adults undergoing curative-intent chemotherapy for cancer; older adults are typically excluded from clinical trials, and data is lacking about outcomes in this population. Dr. Ramsdale is developing a program, the Geriatric Evaluation and Relative Intensity of Treatment (GERITrack), to perform comprehensive assessments over the course of chemotherapy treatment, in order to describe how older adults fare with chemotherapy and discover targets for intervention to improve quality of life and reduce toxicity. She is also studying the outcomes in older patients receiving multidisciplinary care for localized pancreatic cancer: these patients often require a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and pancreaticoduodenectomy, with high risk of complications. She is investigating the use of geriatric assessment with targeted interventions to improve outcomes for these patients.
Dr. Ramsdale also sees patients in the Gastrointestinal Oncology Clinic, with a particular focus on colorectal cancer.