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Dr. Gordana Vlahovic Md

40 Duke Medicine Cir
Durham NC 27710
919 848-8111
Medical School: Other - 1985
Accepts Medicare: Yes
Participates In eRX: Yes
Participates In PQRS: Yes
Participates In EHR: Yes
License #: 2001-00101
NPI: 1518041433
Taxonomy Codes:
207RX0202X

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Dr. Gordana Vlahovic is associated with these group practices

Procedure Pricing

HCPCS Code Description Average Price Average Price
Allowed By Medicare
HCPCS Code:99205 Description:Office/outpatient visit new Average Price:$353.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
$156.57
HCPCS Code:99239 Description:Hospital discharge day Average Price:$272.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
$99.46
HCPCS Code:99223 Description:Initial hospital care Average Price:$356.33 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
$188.41
HCPCS Code:99215 Description:Office/outpatient visit est Average Price:$245.94 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
$103.53
HCPCS Code:99233 Description:Subsequent hospital care Average Price:$218.00 Average Price Allowed
By Medicare:
$96.79

HCPCS Code Definitions

99239
Hospital discharge day management; more than 30 minutes
99233
Subsequent hospital care, per day, for the evaluation and management of a patient, which requires at least 2 of these 3 key components: A detailed interval history; A detailed examination; Medical decision making of high complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient's and/or family's needs. Usually, the patient is unstable or has developed a significant complication or a significant new problem. Typically, 35 minutes are spent at the bedside and on the patient's hospital floor or unit.
99223
Initial hospital care, per day, for the evaluation and management of a patient, which requires these 3 key components: A comprehensive history; A comprehensive examination; and Medical decision making of high complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient's and/or family's needs. Usually, the problem(s) requiring admission are of high severity. Typically, 70 minutes are spent at the bedside and on the patient's hospital floor or unit.
99205
Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of a new patient, which requires these 3 key components: A comprehensive history; A comprehensive examination; Medical decision making of high complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient's and/or family's needs. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity. Typically, 60 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family.
99215
Office or other outpatient visit for the evaluation and management of an established patient, which requires at least 2 of these 3 key components: A comprehensive history; A comprehensive examination; Medical decision making of high complexity. Counseling and/or coordination of care with other physicians, other qualified health care professionals, or agencies are provided consistent with the nature of the problem(s) and the patient's and/or family's needs. Usually, the presenting problem(s) are of moderate to high severity. Typically, 40 minutes are spent face-to-face with the patient and/or family.

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Referrals

NPI
Doctor Name
Specialty
Count
1932295227
Radiation Oncology
2,153
1881777043
Neurosurgery
248
1508952896
Diagnostic Radiology
218
1326122235
Neurology
189
*These referrals represent the top 10 that Dr. Vlahovic has made to other doctors

Publications

Phase 1 study of ixazomib, an investigational proteasome inhibitor, in advanced non-hematologic malignancies. - Investigational new drugs
Purpose Ixazomib is an investigational proteasome inhibitor with demonstrated antitumor activity in xenograft models of multiple myeloma (MM), lymphoma, and solid tumors. This open-label, phase 1 study investigated intravenous (IV) ixazomib, in adult patients with advanced non-hematologic malignancies. Methods Patients received IV ixazomib twice-weekly for up to twelve 21-day cycles. The 0.125 mg/m(2) starting dose was doubled (one patient/dose) until 1.0 mg/m(2) based on dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) in cycle 1. This was followed by 3 + 3 dose-escalation and expansion at the maximum tolerated dose (MTD). Primary objectives included safety and MTD assessment. Secondary objectives included assessment of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and disease response. Results Ixazomib was escalated from 0.125 to 2.34 mg/m(2) to determine the MTD (n = 23); patients were then enrolled to MTD expansion (n = 73) and pharmacodynamic (n = 20) cohorts. Five patients experienced DLTs (1.0 and 1.76 mg/m(2): grade 3 pruritic rash; 2.34 mg/m(2): grade 3 and 4 thrombocytopenia, and grade 3 acute renal failure); thus, the MTD was 1.76 mg/m(2). Drug-related grade ≥3 adverse events (AEs) included thrombocytopenia (23 %), skin and subcutaneous (SC) tissue disorders (16 %), and fatigue (9 %). Among 92 evaluable patients, one (head and neck cancer) had a partial response and 30 had stable disease. Ixazomib terminal half-life was 3.8-7.2 days; plasma exposures increased dose-proportionally and drug was distributed to tumors. Inhibition of whole-blood 20S proteasome activity and upregulation of ATF-3 in tumor biopsies demonstrated target engagement. Conclusions In patients with solid tumors, ixazomib was associated with a manageable safety profile, limited antitumor activity, and evidence of downstream proteasome inhibition effects.
A phase I safety and pharmacokinetic study of ABT-263 in combination with carboplatin/paclitaxel in the treatment of patients with solid tumors. - Investigational new drugs
Bcl-2 family proteins are the key regulators of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway, controlling the point-of no-return and setting the threshold to engage the death machinery in response to chemical damage. Bcl-2 proteins have emerged as attractive targets for anti-cancer drug development. Navitoclax is a selective, potent, orally bioavailable, small molecule Bcl-2 inhibitor. Primary endpoints assessed the safety and pharmacokinetic (PK) interactions between navitoclax in combination with carboplatin/paclitaxel or paclitaxel alone in patients with solid tumors The study comprised two arms, one a combination of navitoclax with paclitaxel and carboplatin, the second with navitoclax and paclitaxel alone. Nineteen patients were enrolled in this study. The most frequently reported treatment-emergent AEs were alopecia (57.9 %), anemia (52.6 %), nausea (52.6 %), constipation (42.1 %), diarrhea (42.1 %), fatigue (42.1 %), neutropenia (36.8 %), thrombocytopenia (36.8 %), vomiting (31.6 %), decreased appetite (31.6 %), dehydration (26.3 %), and hypomagnesaemia (26.3 %). In the light of significant hematological and non-hematological toxicity the study was ended before de-escalation of navitoclax. Only one partial response was obtained at any dose tested, thus lowering doses could not have increased efficacy. It is the combination of toxicity with modest efficacy that led to discontinuation. No apparent PK interaction was observed between navitoclax and carboplatin or paclitaxel and the combination of navitoclax and paclitaxel had modest anti-tumor activity.
PET with 62Cu-ATSM and 62Cu-PTSM is a useful imaging tool for hypoxia and perfusion in pulmonary lesions. - AJR. American journal of roentgenology
Hypoxia is a characteristic of many tumors and portends a worse prognosis in lung, cervical, prostate, and rectal cancers. Unlike the others, lung cancers present a unique challenge in measuring hypoxia, with invasive biopsies and higher rates of complications. Noninvasive imaging studies detecting hypoxia using isotopes of copper-diacetyl-bis(N4-methylthiosemicarbazone) ((62)Cu-ATSM) have predicted prognosis and treatment outcomes in some small feasibility trials. These images, however, may not identify all areas of hypoxia. Hence, we hypothesize that the addition of another PET imaging agent, copper-pyruvaldehyde-bis(N4-methylthiosemicarbazone) ((62)Cu-PTSM), which can detect areas of perfusion, can augment the information obtained in (62)Cu-ATSM PET scans.To characterize tumors on the basis of both perfusion and hypoxia, 10 patients were studied using both (62)Cu-ATSM and (62)Cu-PTSM PET scans. In addition, proteomic arrays looking at specific proangiogenic, survival, and proinflammatory targets were assessed.Six of 10 patients had evaluable PET scans. Our initial experience of characterizing lung tumor hypoxia using (62)Cu-ATSM and (62)Cu-PTSM PET scans showed that visualization of areas with hypoxia normalized for perfusion is feasible. All studied tumors exhibited some hypoxia. Despite the small sample size, a positive relationship was noted between epidermal growth factor levels and (62)Cu-ATSM-detected hypoxia.This initial series of (62)Cu-ATSM and (62)Cu-PTSM PET scans shows that evaluating lung masses by visualizing hypoxia and perfusion is a feasible and novel technique to provide more information. Further investigation is warranted to assess the potential role of (62)Cu-ATSM and (62)Cu-PTSM PET techniques combined with proteomics as alternatives to invasive biopsy techniques in clinical care.
A phase I study of bevacizumab, everolimus and panitumumab in advanced solid tumors. - Cancer chemotherapy and pharmacology
Preclinical data suggest concurrent inhibition of VEGF, mTOR and EGFR pathways may augment antitumor and antiangiogenic effects compared to inhibition of each pathway alone. This study evaluated the maximum tolerated dose/recommended phase II dose and safety and tolerability of bevacizumab, everolimus and panitumumab drug combination.Subjects with advanced solid tumors received escalating doses of everolimus and flat dosing of panitumumab at 4.8 mg/kg and bevacizumab at 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks. Dose-limiting toxicities (DLTs) were assessed in cycle 1; toxicity evaluation was closely monitored throughout treatment. Treatment continued until disease progression or undesirable toxicity.Thirty-two subjects were evaluable for toxicity; 31 subjects were evaluable for tumor response. DLTs were observed in cohorts with everolimus at 10 and 5 mg daily and included grade 3 mucositis, skin rash and thrombocytopenia. Therefore, everolimus was dose-reduced to 5 mg three times weekly, which improved the tolerability of the treatment regimen. Common adverse events were skin rash/pruritus (91 %), mucositis/stomatitis (75 %), hypomagnesemia (72 %), hypocalcemia (56 %) and hypokalemia (50 %). There were 3 partial responses; an additional 10 subjects had stable disease ≥6 months. Three subjects with ovarian cancer and one with endometrial cancer achieved prolonged disease control ranging from 11 to >40 months.The recommended phase II dose is everolimus at 5 mg three times weekly plus panitumumab at 4.8 mg/kg and bevacizumab at 10 mg/kg every 2 weeks. This dosing regimen has an acceptable safety and tolerability profile and appears to have moderate the clinical activity in refractory tumors.
Cancer- and chemotherapy-induced anemia. - Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN
Anemia is prevalent in 30% to 90% of patients with cancer. Anemia can be corrected through either treating the underlying cause or providing supportive care through transfusion with packed red blood cells or administration of erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), with or without iron supplementation. Recent studies showing detrimental health effects of ESAs sparked a series of FDA label revisions and a sea change in the perception of these once commonly used agents. In light of this, the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) for Cancer- and Chemotherapy-Induced Anemia underwent substantial revisions this year. The purpose of these NCCN Guidelines is twofold: 1) to operationalize the evaluation and treatment of anemia in adult cancer patients, with an emphasis on those who are receiving concomitant chemotherapy, and 2) to enable patients and clinicians to individualize anemia treatment options based on patient condition.
Lower incidence of deletions in the survival of motor neuron gene and the neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein gene in children with spinal muscular atrophy from Serbia. - The Tohoku journal of experimental medicine
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the second most frequent autosomal recessive disease characterized by degeneration of the anterior horn cells of the spinal cord, leading to muscular atrophy. SMA is classified into three types according to disease severity and age-onset: severe (type I), intermediate (type II) and mild (type III). Deletions in the survival motor neuron (SMN) gene, located in the chromosome region 5q11.2- 5q13.3, are major determinants of SMA phenotype. Extended deletions that include the neuronal apoptosis inhibitory protein (NAIP) gene may correlate with the severtity of SMA. SMN gene is present in two highly homologous copies, SMN1 and SMN2, but only deletions of the SMN1 gene (exons 7 and 8 or exon 7) are responsible for clinical manifestations of SMA. Here, we present the deletion profiling of SMN1 and NAIP genes in 89 children with SMA from Serbia: 52 patients with type I, 26 with type II, and 11 with type III. The homozygous deletion of the SMN1 gene was confirmed in 72 of 89 (81%) patients, being the most frequent in SMA type I (48/52): 68 patients (94.4%) with deletion of exons 7 and 8 and 4 patients (5.6%) with deletion of exon 7. The extended deletion including the NAIP gene was detected in 18 of 89 (20.2%) patients, mostly affected with type I. This study has revealed the lower incidence of deletions in the SMN1 and NAIP genes in families with SMA in Serbia and will provide important information for genetic counselling in these families.
Efficacy of bevacizumab plus erlotinib versus erlotinib alone in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer after failure of standard first-line chemotherapy (BeTa): a double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial. - Lancet
Bevacizumab and erlotinib target different tumour growth pathways with little overlap in their toxic-effect profiles. On the basis of promising results from a phase 1/2 trial assessing safety and activity of erlotinib plus bevacizumab for recurrent or refractory non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC), we aimed to assess efficacy and safety of this combination in a phase 3 trial.In our double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised phase 3 trial (BeTa), we enrolled patients with recurrent or refractory NSCLC who presented to 177 study sites in 12 countries after failure of first-line treatment. Patients were randomly allocated in a one-to-one ratio to receive erlotinib plus bevacizumab (bevacizumab group) or erlotinib plus placebo (control group) according to a computer-generated randomisation sequence by use of an interactive voice response system. The primary endpoint was overall survival in all enrolled patients. Patients, study staff, and investigators were masked to treatment assignment. We assessed safety by calculation of incidence of adverse events and tissue was collected for biomarker analyses. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT00130728.Overall survival did not differ between 317 controls and 319 patients in the bevacizumab group (hazard ratio [HR] 0·97, 95% CI 0·80-1·18, p=0·7583). Median overall survival was 9·3 months (IQR 4·1-21·6) for patients in the bevacizumab group compared with 9·2 months (3·8-20·2) for controls. Progression-free survival seemed to be longer in the bevacizumab group (3·4 months [1·4-8·4]) than in the control group (1·7 months [1·3-4·1]; HR 0·62, 95% CI 0·52-0·75) and objective response rate suggested some clinical activity of bevacizumab and erlotinib. However, these secondary endpoint differences could not be defined as significant because the study prespecified that the primary endpoint had to be significant before testing of secondary endpoints could be done, to control type I error rate. In the bevacizumab group, 130 (42%) of 313 patients with safety data had a serious adverse event, compared with 114 (36%) controls. There were 20 (6%) grade 5 adverse events, including two arterial thromboembolic events, in the bevacizumab group, and 14 (4%) in the control group.Addition of bevacizumab to erlotinib does not improve survival in patients with recurrent or refractory NSCLC.Genentech.Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
MHC class I-presented lung cancer-associated tumor antigens identified by immunoproteomics analysis are targets for cancer-specific T cell response. - Journal of proteomics
The development of potent cancer vaccines for common malignancies such as lung cancer requires identification of suitable target antigens. We hypothesized that peptide epitopes naturally presented by MHC class I molecules on the surface of cancer cells would be the most relevant targets. We used LC/MS/MS analysis and identified 68 MHC class I-presented peptides from lung cancer cells. Using the criteria of strong consensus for HLA-A2 binding and relevance of the source proteins to malignant phenotype, we selected 8 peptides for functional characterization. These peptides, with a range of binding affinities, were confirmed to stabilize HLA-A2 molecules and were used to activate peptide-specific CTLs that efficiently recognized lung tumor cells. No correlation between the transcript levels of the source proteins and the extent of peptide-specific T cell recognition of lung cancer cells was observed. Furthermore, the peptide specific CTLs failed to recognize HLA-A2+ normal lung cells despite expression of the mRNA encoding the source proteins from which the peptides were derived. We conclude that MHC class I associated peptide epitopes are a more relevant source of authentic tumor antigens than over-expressed proteins and the identified peptides may be used as antigens for therapeutic vaccine strategies to treat lung cancer.Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Characterizing the clinical relevance of an embryonic stem cell phenotype in lung adenocarcinoma. - Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Cancer cells possess traits reminiscent of those ascribed to normal stem cells. It is unclear whether these phenotypic similarities are the result of a common biological phenotype, such as regulatory pathways.Lung cancer cell lines with corresponding gene expression data and genes associated with an embryonic stem cell identity were used to develop a signature of embryonic stemness (ES) activity specific to lung adenocarcinoma. Biological characteristics were elucidated as a function of cancer biology/oncogenic pathway dysregulation. The ES signature was applied to three independent early-stage (I-IIIa) lung adenocarcinoma data sets with clinically annotated gene expression data. The relationship between the ES phenotype and cisplatin (current standard of care) sensitivity was evaluated.Pathway analysis identified specific regulatory networks [Ras (P = 0.0005), Myc (P = 0.0224), wound healing (P < 0.0001), chromosomal instability (P < 0.0001), and invasiveness (P < 0.0001)] associated with the ES phenotype. The prognostic relevance of the ES signature, as related to patient survival, was characterized in three cohorts [CALGB 9761 (n = 82; P = 0.0001), National Cancer Institute Director's Challenge Consortium (n = 442; P = 0.0002), and Duke (n = 45; P = 0.06)]. The ES signature was not prognostic in prostate, breast, or ovarian adenocarcinomas. Lung tumors (n = 569) and adenocarcinoma cell lines (n = 31) expressing the ES phenotype were more likely to be resistant to cisplatin (P < 0.0001 and P = 0.006, respectively).Lung adenocarcinomas that share a common gene expression pattern with normal human embryonic stem cells were associated with decreased survival, increased biological complexity, and increased likelihood of resistance to cisplatin. This indicates the aggressiveness of these tumors.(Clin Cancer Res 2009;15(24):7553-61)
Hypoxia, angiogenesis, and lung cancer. - Current oncology reports
Lung cancer is responsible for more deaths than any other cancer in America. As a result, novel ways to treat it are needed to improve patient outcomes. A tumor must form new blood vessels to grow and metastasize to distant sites; this angiogenesis is mediated by factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Because it increases VEGF levels, hypoxia has been thought to be a primary trigger of angiogenesis. Tumor hypoxia and higher levels of serum markers of angiogenesis have been associated with poor prognosis in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In recent years, antiangiogenic compounds have been developed and tested in various solid malignancies, including NSCLC, for which bevacizumab, a monoclonal antibody against VEGF, was recently approved. Combinations of antiangiogenic drugs and conventional cytotoxic chemotherapy are currently under development.

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