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Board of Advisors


Renato V. LaRocca, M.D, FACP  portrait

Renato V. LaRocca, M.D, FACP   (2011-14)
Director
Kentuckiana Cancer Institute

Renato V. LaRocca, M.D., FACP is the Founder and Director of the Kentuckiana Cancer Institute, PLLC, located in Louisville, Kentucky. This cancer treatment center was conceived on the principle of providing the highest standard of patient care while fostering a transitional and clinical research environment that places the Institute at the regional forefront of novel cancer therapy development.

Dr. LaRocca completed a "Maturita Scientifica" from the Liceo Scientifico Statale "G. Segre" in Turin, Italy and then received his M.D. from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He is an AOA Honor Society member.  He completed his residency of Internal Medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering, and then a medical oncology fellowship at the National Center Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. Subsequently he served as Senior Investigator at that Facility. In addition to currently serving as Director of the Kentuckiana Cancer Institute, he is also a part-time faculty member at the University of Louisville (Clinical Associate Professor), as well as a Clinical Professor of Medicine (gratis faculty) Department of Medicine, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

He is active in clinical and translational cancer research having published over 50 manuscripts in peer-review medical journals and multiple book chapters. He also holds four patents in cancer-related projects. Dr. LaRocca serves as principal investigator on multiple investigator-initiated IRB approved clinical cancer protocols and has served as Co-chairman of the Kentucky Early Detection and Prevention Working Group of the Kentucky Lung Cancer Project. He also serves on the Medicare Carrier Advisory Committee for Kentucky and was a member of Board of directors of the Jewish Hospital Heart and Lung Institute, the Michael J. Quinlan Brain Tumor Foundation and Drive Cancer Out  He is the founder of The Kentucky Astrocytoma Research Endeavor (KARE), which brings together regional cancer medicine specialists, neurosurgeons, and radiation therapists to develop and implement a cohesive clinical research and treatment program for brain tumor patients.

Dr. LaRocca also established the Kentucky Cancer Research Foundation (KCRF), a nonprofit organization, in 2000 and serves as its Chairman. The Foundation serves as a resource for "seed money" and grants to support the development of regional cancer research projects oncology nurse education. Monies from the Foundation are also allocated to indigent cancer patients and to those with limited insurance coverage in order to permit their access to state-of-the-art care regardless of location.

Dr. LaRocca is board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology and is licensed in Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, and Virginia.