M. Patricia Rivera

MD, School of Medicine, UNC-Chapel Hill, Clinical Research, Thoracic Oncology Program

School of Medicine
UNC-Chapel Hill
Clinical Research
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 patients 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”

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