Saketh Guntupalli, MD is an Assistant Professor for the Division of Gynecologic Oncology. He completed medical school at University of Texas School of Medicine at Houston, his residency at Baylor College of Medicine and fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine.
What brought you to the University of Colorado Denver?
I was looking for an academic job that combined a heavy research focus with a large volume of clinical care. When I interviewed here I loved the synergy of the two and saw a huge amount of potential in the department and division. It was nice to meet people with a passion for cancer care as well as an easy-to-work with attitude.
What are your responsibilities within the Department? What does a typical day for you look like?
I wear several "hats" in the department; my primary role is to provide excellent cancer care within the Anschutz Cancer Center as well as serve as a surgical consultant for our colleagues in OB/GYN and surgery. I am also proud to direct our fellowship in women’s cancer as well as mentor residents and students who want to pursue a career in women's health/cancer care. In addition, I am still very much connected to obstetrics by leading the placenta accrete response team with my colleagues in MFM.
What are the key experiences and decisions you made that led you to become interested in research?
Without discovery, medicine would be a static art- always in the present and never in the future. Research allows us to find new ways to approach clinical questions and find better treatments or interventions for women. I was always drawn to this as a student and resident and am happy that I can continue this as faculty.
What excites you about your research and why does your work matter to your field?
I am particularly interested in improving outcomes and improving post op surgical care for women with cancer. I am very excited about our oral anti coagulation study that compares oral therapy to injectable interventions. We are running our randomized safety study and if this proves positive will make postop care much easier for women and providers.
What passions or hobbies do you have outside of the Department?
I love to travel and I am big basketball fan having grown up in Houston. I also have become an avid hiker since moving to Colorado and love being in the mountains, particularly in the summer.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
After college I considered joining the CIA since for some reason I can pick up languages very easily. I always wonder how if joining them in the summer of 2001 would have changed my life...