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Kyuwan Lee

Affiliation: University of Southern California, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

My research efforts focus on examining the role of exercise training on ameliorating cardiovascular complications in cancer patients. Specifically, I am interested in understanding how exercise and other lifestyle choices can physiologically improve cardiovascular function during cancer treatment and/or after cancer treatment, as well as health-related quality of life, fatigue, and functional status. I have a concentrated background in the field of cardiovascular exercise physiology. I started my masters’ studies in the cardiovascular research laboratory at West Virginia University. There I examined on arterial stiffness and endothelial function using ultrasound in various clinical populations including patients with gastric bypass surgery, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and obesity. Upon transitioning into my doctoral/postdoctoral training, I expanded my research experience as a clinical oncology researcher by working closely with cancer survivors utilizing cardiac magnetic resonance and ultrasound. I have conducted multiple randomized controlled trials funded by the National Cancer Institute examining the effects of exercise on cardiovascular toxicity in cancer patients. During the course of my involvement with cancer survivors, I have had the opportunity to identify my current area of research in cardio-oncology: examining the benefits of exercise to attenuate cardiovascular risk factors in cancer survivors. My recent findings in cardio-oncology have been published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Oncology, BMC Cancer and other major oncology journals.

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