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Renata Ferrarotto, MD

Clinical Advisor

Renata Ferrarotto is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Head and Neck Clinical Research Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center. In this role, she dedicates time to patient care as well as to clinical and translational research. Her work focuses on clinical development of new personalized cancer therapies for patients with head and neck malignancies, particularly rarer subtypes.

Renata currently leads a project to investigate the importance of Notch1 mutations in patients diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC), a rare salivary gland tumor. Her work demonstrated that Notch1 mutations in ACC define a subgroup of patients with an aggressive disease. She has received numerous awards for her work, including a Conquer Cancer Career Development Award and a Khalifa Scholar Grant.


Renata received her MD degree and completed her Clinical Residency and Fellowship in São Paulo in internal medicine and medical oncology.