VA San Diego Healthcare System
Dr. Michael Bouvet receives Research Award
VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) Researcher and Director of Surgical Oncology & Endocrine Surgery, Dr. Michael Bouvet, has received the VA Biomedical Laboratory Research & Development Senior Clinical Scientist Award for his work with detection and treatment of colorectal cancers.
The award comes with a grant which includes funding for up to eight years. The grant will support two main areas of his and his team’s research: molecular imaging for the early detection of colorectal cancer and novel strategies for treating the disease.
Dr. Bouvet serves as the principal investigator for this unique collaborative merit award that includes researchers from the Greater Los Angeles and Boston VA Healthcare Systems. This research is of critical importance to Veteran health care since there are 40,000 new cancer cases in Veterans reported annually, and the numbers will continue to rise as the Veteran population ages. Colon and pancreatic cancers are among the most common diseases in the aging Veteran population with colorectal, the third most common cancer in Veterans.
Dr. Bouvet has been a staff physician in the VASDHS surgery service for 21 years. He is also a full professor of Surgery and Director of Endocrine Surgery at the University of California, San Diego. He has maintained a research laboratory at VASDHS for the past 17 years, and he now holds two VA Merit Awards. He has received funding as a Principal Investigator on an American Cancer Society Research Scholar award and serves as the Principal Investigator on the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant. His area of research expertise covers fluorescence-guided surgery and fluorescence laparoscopy for pancreatic, colon, and other tumors, a field in which he is among the world leaders. He has published 346 scientific papers and has been cited 13,690 times.