Traci Hedrick, MD

Traci Hedrick, MD

 

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Treatment of Colorectal Conditions, including Rectal and Colon Cancer

Traci Hedrick, M.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Virginia.  Originally from Huntington, WV, she received both her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Hedrick graduated valedictorian of her medical school class in 2002 and completed her general surgery training and a two-year postgraduate research fellowship at the University of Virginia.  After completing a Colon and Rectal Surgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, she returned to the University of Virginia in 2010.

Dr. Hedrick specializes in the treatment of colorectal conditions, including rectal and colon cancer.  Her research interests include discovering new treatment options for rectal cancer patients in hopes to decrease morbidity and improve quality of life.  She is currently site Principle Investigator for a cooperative international trial testing the efficacy of neoadjuvant FOLFOX with selective radiation therapy in patients with rectal cancer.  Additionally, Dr. Hedrick has initiated a pilot study funded by the American Cancer Society to develop a sentinel lymph node mapping technique in rectal cancer patients.  The future goal for this research is to combine the ability to identify the sentinel node with transanal endoscopic microsurgery (TEM), a less invasive surgery for excising early stage rectal tumors.  If this research is successful, thousands of early stage rectal cancer patients could benefit from this minimally invasive technique.  Currently, Dr. Hedrick is one of only three surgeons performing TEM in Virginia.