Rafael Fonseca, M.D.

  1. Hematologist

Location

  1. Phoenix, Arizona

Languages

English

Rafael Fonseca, M.D., is a clinical investigator for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fund. Dr. Fonseca earned his medical degree at Universidad Anahuac, Mexico. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Miami, Florida, and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Rochester, Minnesota.

Dr. Fonseca's practice focuses on diagnosing and treating plasma cell disorders. He also leads the multiple myeloma team in its effort to develop a better understanding of the disease and its impact on patients.

In his laboratory, Dr. Fonseca has led his team of researchers in concentrating on the genetic nature of the clonal cells of plasma cell disorders. He also has expertise in myeloma bone disease, prognostic markers and development of new therapies for the disease.

Throughout his training and career, Dr. Fonseca has received numerous awards and honors, including the Young Investigator Award in Hematology (Celgene — Achievement Awards for Clinical Research in Hematology), Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Clinical Investigator Award and the International Waldenström Macroglobulinemia Research Award. Most notably, he is a Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator, the highest academic distinction given to investigators at the institution. Dr. Fonseca has an adjunct academic appointment at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen).

Dr. Fonseca's research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute (R01, P01, SPORE), the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Multiple Myeloma Research Fund, and the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fund. He has given many national and international presentations as a visiting professor, and has authored numerous articles (over 200), book chapters, editorials, abstracts and letters.

  1. Amyloidosis
  2. Multiple myeloma
  • Multiple myeloma and related disorders
  • Cytogenetics
  • Amyloidosis
  1. 1998
    Fellow - Clinical Hematology and Medical OncologyMayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  2. 1994
    Resident - Internal MedicineUniversity of Miami
  3. 1991
    MD - Medical School EducationUniversidad Anahuac

Certifications

  1. 1998
    HematologyAmerican Board of Internal Medicine

Awards and honors

  1. 2012
    Academic Excellence Award in the Faculty of Health SciencesMexico Norte, Vince in Bono Malum, Universidad Anahuac
  2. 2010
    Distinguished Mayo Clinic InvestigatorMayo Clinic
  3. 2009
    Getz Family Professor of Cancer, Named Professorship AwardMayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, Department of Education Administration
  4. 2002
    New Investigator Award, Department of Internal MedicineAwarding Organization
  5. 2002
    Young Investigator Award in HematologyCelgene, Achievement Awards for Clinical Research in Hematology
  6. 2001
    Young Investigator AwardEastern Cooperative Oncology Group
  7. 2001
    Young Investigator AwardECOG Aventis
  8. 1998
    Outstanding Achievement Award as Clinical Fellow in HematologyMayo Clinic
  9. 1997
    Travel AwardAmerican Society of Hematology
  10. 1997
    Berlex Oncology Foundation Award: Pharmacology of Anticancer DrugsBerlex Oncology Foundation
  11. 1997
    Travel AwardAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology
  12. 1997
    Berlex Oncology Foundation Award: Genetics in OncologyBerlex Oncology Foundation
  13. 1996
    Berlex Oncology Foundation Award: Epidemiology and Clinical Trial DesignBerlex Oncology Foundation
  14. 1995
    Travel AwardAmerican Society of Hematology
  15. 1989
    Honorific Mention for having obtained the highest final GPA of the Medical School ClassUniversidad Anahuac
  16. 1985
    Distinction for highest GPA in 7 out of 8 semestersUniversidad Anahuac
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Professional memberships

  1. 2017
    MemberAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology
  2. 2017
    MemberAmerican Society of Hematology
  3. 2017
    ChairScientific Subcommittee on Plasma Cell Neoplasms, American Society of Hematology
  4. 2017
    MemberInternational Myeloma Society
  5. 2017
    MemberAssociation of American Physicians and Surgeons
  6. 2016 - 2017
    MemberAmerican College of Physicians
  7. 2016
    Vice ChairScientific Subcommittee on Plasma Cell Neoplasms, American Society of Hematology
  8. 2016
    ConsultantMultiple Myeloma Advisory Board Meeting, Celgene
  9. 2016
    ConsultantIxazomib Advisory Board Meeting
  10. 2016
    Advisory Board MemberGlobal Multiple Myeloma Advisory Board Meeting, AMGEN
  11. 2016
    ConsultantKOL/Janssen Biotech
  12. 2016
    ConsultantMultiple Myeloma Advisory Board, AbbVie
  13. 2015
    Advisory Board MemberEndeavor - Proteasome Inhibition Global Advisory Board
  14. 2015
    Advisory Board MemberMultiple Myeloma Regional Advisory Board, Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals
  15. 2014 - 2015
    MemberScientific Subcommittee on Plasma Cell Neoplasms, American Society of Hematology
  16. 2014
    Advisory Board MemberJanssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
  17. 2014
    MemberPanobinostat Advisory Board, Novartis
  18. 2014
    MemberPhysician Advisory Board, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  19. 2014
    Panel MemberProteasome Inhibitor Global Franchise Advisory Board, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  20. 2014
    MemberAdaptive ASH Scientific Advisory Board, American Society of Hematology
  21. 2014
    Consulting MemberCytogenetics Data in the SAR650984 Program in Multiple Myeloma, Sanofi-Aventis U.S., Inc.
  22. 2014
    ConsultantTRM Oncology, EPIC Congress Coverage: ASH 2014 Multiple Myeloma Highlights, American Society of Hematology
  23. 2012 - present
    MemberCancer Center Committee, Executive Operations Team - Arizona, Mayo Clinic Arizona Committees
  24. 2012 - present
    ChairDepartment of Internal Medicine
  25. 2010 - present
    MemberMayo Clinic Cancer Center Scientific Advisory Council, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center Committees, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  26. 2010 - present
    MemberAmerican Association for Cancer Research
  27. 2010 - present
    MemberMinorities in Cancer Research, American Association for Cancer Research
  28. 2007 - 2012
    Deputy DirectorMayo Clinic Cancer Center
  29. 2007 - 2011
    Program LeaderHematologic Malignancies
  30. 2004 - present
    Site DirectorHematological Malignancies, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine
  31. 2003 - 2010
    ChairGenomics Core, Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium
  32. 2001
    Committee MemberInternational Prognostic Index in Myeloma Working Group
  33. 2001 - present
    Laboratory ChairECOG Myeloma Committee, Mayo Clinic Task Forces/Work Groups
  34. 2000 - 2004
    ChairTranslational Research Committee, Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine
  35. 1999 - 2004
    MemberHematology Research Committee, Division of Hematology, Department of Internal Medicine
  36.  
    Vice ChairResearch, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine
  37.  
    FellowInternational Society of Hematology
  38.  
    MemberEastern Cooperative Oncology Group
  39.  
    MemberMexican Society of Internal Medicine
  40.  
    MemberLeadership Team, Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium
  41.  
    MemberTissue Banking Core, Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium
  42.  
    MemberNorth Central Cancer Treatment Group
  43.  
    Ad Hoc ReviewerDevelopmental Therapeutics Study Section, NCI Study Sections
  44.  
    ReviewerNCI SPORE Grant Review, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health
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Publications

Research activities

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