Dr. Cavataio is a native of Staunton, Illinois and earned his pre-med biology bachelor’s from Blackburn College in Carlinville, Illinois. He later earned his medical degree and completed internship and residency at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Dr. Cavataio is trained in internal medicine and will be practicing as a nocturnist, caring for patients at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital during the overnight hours.
Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor marker:
4/2012 - 2/2011 Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine; composed a clinical outcome review of Ki-67 and its role in predicting disease recurrence in resected pancreatic
• Published in the journal, Surgery
• Oral presentation at the Academic Surgical Congress
6/2009 - 3/2009 Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, composed a comprehensive pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor staging criteria from over 500 documented cases at Barnes-Jewish hospital.
• Oral presentation at the Missouri Chapter of American College of Surgeons
• Poster presentation to the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
Octogenarian risk of GI complications following cardiac surgery:
10/2010 -7 /2011 Memorial Medical Center and Southern Illinois University School of Medicine; investigated increased risk of octogenarians presenting with gastrointestinal complications after cardiovascular surgery.
• Oral presentation at the Annual Trainee Research Symposium SIU-SOM
Optimized peptide vaccine for pancreatic cancer:
5/2007 - 8/2008, 7 /2008 Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine; investigated modification of mesothelin epitopes in hopes of creating a murine model of vaccination in which to base a human model.
• Oral presentation at the Siteman Cancer Center, St. Louis MO
Efficacy of mesh reinforcement in decreasing pancreatic leakage after distal pancreatectomy:
3/2008 Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. Collected case studies of distal pancreatectomy (2000 to 2007) performed at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, documented the efficiency of mesh reinforcement when placed over the transected edge and the decreased incidence of pancreatic leakage thereafter.
• Poster presentation at the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliaty Association
Independent bachelors-level research project:
10/2005 - 8/2006 Blackburn College. Performed a ten month study on the ontogenetic decline of Salmonella in captive bred Corn (Elaphe guttata) and captive bred Milk snakes (Lampropeltis triangulum)
• 1/2007 Poster presentation at the Society of integrative and Comparative Biology Conference