There are volumes of research studies related to the heart. As a result, we know a lot about risk factors and the prevention of cardiovascular disease. The same cannot be said of data about cancer treatments and their effects on the heart. That’s because people with heart conditions are traditionally excluded from cancer clinical trials and people with cancer are excluded from cardiac studies. Enter Lavanya Kondapalli, MD.
Kondapalli, an investigator with University of Colorado Cancer Center, grew up in Cleveland the daughter of a pulmonologist and a stay at home mom where ambition was not in short supply. “I have wanted to be a doctor for as long as I can remember,” Kondapalli says.