Audrey Choi, M.D. is a general surgery resident interested in pursuing a career in surgical oncology. She is currently completing her postgraduate training as a Research Fellow at the City of Hope National Cancer Center in Duarte, CA, and as a Resident in General Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, California.
After completing her first two years of surgical residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center, Dr. Choi decided to pursue two years of research in surgical oncology, the subdivision of surgery that inspired her to become a surgeon during medical school. In her first year of research at City of Hope under the mentorship of Dr. Joseph Kim, her work focused mainly on basic science and clinical research in gastric cancer. Audrey’s clinical research included outcomes after double-stapled technique for esophagoenteric anastomoses in gastric cancer and rates of lymph node metastasis in US T1a gastric cancer patients in the setting of endoscopic resection. In terms of basic science, she had contributed to projects focused on targeted single and combination molecular therapies against MET-overexpressing gastric cancers in conjunction with Dr. Joseph Chao. Dr. Choi is also a recipient of the American Medical Association Seed Grant for a project examining CXCR4 and IL-6 cytokine feedback loops in pancreatic cancer. For this upcoming year, she is excited to be joining Dr. Yuman Fong’s lab to work on the development and testing of a novel oncolytic vaccinia virus for the treatment of multiple cancers, including gastric and pancreatic cancers.
Audrey Choi attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology, with a minor in Anthropology. She then pursued her Medical Degree at Case Western Reserve University. Since then, she has co-authored over twenty articles in peer-reviewed journals in topics ranging from inconsistency in gastrointestinal stromal tumor reporting extranodal extension in breast cancer. Recently, she has enjoyed traveling to conferences throughout the United States to give presentations on her research, including the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress, Digestive Diseases Week, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, American Association for Cancer Research, and Academic Surgical Congress.