About Dr. Darren Carpizo
Dr. Darren Carpizo is a passionate and skilled healthcare professional living in Rochester, New York. In his career, Darren recently stepped into a position with the University of Rochester Medical Center as a Professor of Surgery and Oncology, Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and Vice-Chair of Basic and Translational Research. He also holds the title of co-founder for one of the three major cancer programs at the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
Previously, Darren had been working with Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey for more than 11 years, most recently serving as a Professor of Surgery and Oncology & the Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology.
From the time he was young, Dr. Darren Carpizo knew that healthcare was in his future. He wanted to be a doctor since childhood and took every educational and instructional path along the way that he could.
When he graduated from high school, he chose to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, New York for his undergraduate and study in their Biology of Society major, a unique concentration to Cornell at the time. The major dives deep into the science of biology and how science is impacted on an ongoing basis by different aspects of society, like politics and culture. While attending Cornell, Darren was also a member of the Sigma Nu Fraternity and the Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society. He graduated in 1993 with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology.
Following his undergraduate education, Dr. Darren Carpizo decided to go to Medical School, and he enrolled in the University of Chicago. While here, he got involved in a program that exposed students to research and had the chance to research a condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. Through this program, he had a chance to see what medical research in a lab looked like in actuality and gain hands-on experience in the field. Darren enjoyed the program, and it cemented his knowledge that he wanted to work as a physician or scientist.
After medical school, Dr. Darren Carpizo decided to train to become a cancer surgeon. He attended the University of California in Los Angeles and completed his surgical residency through a program designed to train academic surgeons. Dr. Darren Carpizo spent nine years working with UCLA Health as a Surgical Resident, during which time he also decided to complete his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, a degree he earned in 2003.
From UCLA, Darren continued his fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York for the next two years, completing his surgical oncology residency. During his second year of fellowship, he focused on the management of patients with bile duct, liver, and pancreatic cancers. Darren Carpizo has now been with the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey for more than 11 years. In his current role as Associate Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, he’s excited to see the ways that surgery can increasingly offer new options for cancer treatment.
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