Christopher LaRocca, MD

Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology,

Christopher LaRocca

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Administrative Assistant Name
Stephanie Lundgren

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Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology

MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine (2010)

Residency, General Surgery, University of Minnesota (2017)

Fellowship, Complex General Surgical Oncology, City of Hope National Medical Center (2019)


As a surgical oncologist, I aspire to provide my patients with compassionate, cutting-edge cancer treatment and to care for them as if they were family members.


  • Complex General Surgical Oncology

Awards & Recognition

  • 2018: Society for Translational Oncology Rising Star 
  • 2017: David Gaviser Surgical Research Award  
  • 2015: Justin W. Goodhue Humanitarian Scholarship   
  • 2015: Minnesota Surgical Society Cancer Award  
  • 2013: VFW Surgical Oncology Research Award

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Cancer Research 
  • American College of Surgeons 
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology 
  • American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy
  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
  • Society of Surgical Oncology


Research Summary/Interests

My main research interests are in gene therapy and oncolytic virotherapy. As a surgeon-scientist, I aim to translate these novel therapeutics to the clinic to bridge the gap between the lab bench and the patient's bedside. In addition, I also have an interest in surgical oncology outcomes research.


Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Complex General Surgical Oncology

Clinical Interests

Gastrointestinal cancers, cytoreductive surgery & HIPEC, sarcoma, melanoma