Clinically trained as an OT, I saw the impact cancer rehabilitation can have first hand; now I am building the evidence underpinning cancer rehabilitation.
Dr. Mackenzi Pergolotti is the Senior Director of Research and Clinical Development for ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation, adjunct professor at Colorado State University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. As an occupational therapist, Dr. Pergolotti worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) developing programs aimed to better address the needs of adults and children with cancer. Considering the impact of cancer rehabilitation, she was driven to build the evidence-base and increase access to cancer rehabilitation programs nationwide. Dr. Pergolotti was trained the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked collaboratively with researchers from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Cancer Research Outcomes Group, and the Geriatric Oncology Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to look at utilization, access to and the quality of cancer rehabilitation. Dr. Pergolotti’s Pre-Doctoral fellowship was supported by a T32 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and her Post-Doctoral fellowships were funded through an R25 Cancer Care Quality Training Program from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Pergolotti is well published in cancer rehabilitation, with over 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts: Click here to view her Google Scholar. She is also the co-lead of the ACRM, Cancer and Research Networking Group, Research and Outcomes. Dr. Pergolotti leads and oversees the strategy and implementation of research, education and quality for the ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation Program.
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