School of Medicine
Thoracic Oncology Program
Area of interest
Dr. Rivera's research interests focus on the early detection of lung cancer with the use of the Life Imaging Fluorescence Endoscope (LIFE). In her study, patients at high risk for lung cancer will undergo bronchoscopy with conventional white light and LIFE in order to assess the relative sensitivity and specificity of these combined procedures to detect dysplasia and carcinoma in situ. Her study will follow these paitents over years in order to estimate the proportion of patients that show evidence of progression.
Awards and Honors
Director, Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2004-present
Nominated for the 2004 AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award (results pending)
Teaching Scholars Program University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2003-2004
Best Doctors in America 2003-2004
Chair, Thoracic Oncology Network, American college of Chest Physicians 2002-present
University of North Carolina School of Medicine 1998 Richard H. Whitehead Lecturer
"Based on qualities of leadership, dedication, and devotion to medicine and teaching and in recognition of distinguished contribution to the science and art of medicine"