Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg

Kenny Rodriguez-Wallberg

Adjunct Professor | Docent
Telephone: +46852481213
Visiting address: Bioclinicum, vån 5, Visionsgatan 4, 17164 Solna
Postal address: K7 Onkologi-Patologi, K7 Forskning Bergh Rodriguez Wallberg, 171 77 Stockholm

About me

  • My specific area of interest and expertise focuses on the impact of cancer
    treatment on fertility potential and the prevention of infertility through
    fertility preservation strategies. This new medical field has been recently
    recognized and it could be named “Reproductive Oncology”. In the U.S. the
    term “Oncofertility” has become popular. As several methods are available
    for fertility preservation and those are currently used for cancer patients,
    I consider of outmost importance the investigation of their safety in the
    oncological context.
    My research is supported by the Clinical Investigator’s grant from
    Stockholm county council, the Swedish research council, the Swedish Childhood
    Cancer Foundation, Radiumhemmets Research Fonds, the Cancer foundation, and
    Karolinska Institutet.
    I completed my medical education and my residency in obstetrics and
    gynecology in my home country, Colombia. As specialist I was then awarded a
    fellowship from the Groupement Français de Gynécologie de l’Enfant et de
    l’Adolescence and completed my training in Pediatric Gynecology at Hôpital
    Necker Enfant Malades in Paris, as well as in Reproductive Endocrinology,
    Infertility and Assisted Reproduction at Cochin-Baudelocque. In 2005 I earned
    her PhD degree at Uppsala University in Sweden and since 2007, I am a Senior
    Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm and
    Head of the Program for Fertility Preservation. I am currently sharing her
    clinical work with both clinical and translational research. Since 2013, I am
    an Associate Professor at Karolinska Institutet and in January 2017 I was
    promoted to the position of University Lecturer in Reproductive Oncology at
    the Department of Oncology-Pathology of Karolinska Institutet.

Research

  • My research encompasses the impact of several variables and interventions,
    such as the performance of ovarian surgery, even conservative and for benign
    diseases, in the development of infertility, as well as the treatment of
    infertility, in particular by using assisted reproductive techniques.
    Psychological aspects of infertility after cancer, ethics in health care
    provision and a better understanding of specific patient groups’ access and
    barriers to healthcare are also subject of my research.
    My research activity is clinically oriented and integrated into my clinical
    work as senior consultant at the Reproductive Medicine clinic of Karolinska
    University Hospital, where I have been the clinical responsible for the
    program for fertility preservation since 2007, as well as into my current
    clinical fellowship at the Department of Oncology of Karolinska University
    Hospital. My Ph D thesis was dedicated to the study of health aspects in
    menopause and after completed in 2005, I initiated independent research in
    2007 on fertility preservation, which was thereafter supported by a fulltime
    2-year postdoctoral grant from the Swedish Society of Medicine Research,
    SSMF, and by a 3-year grant from the Swedish Research Council. Since then my
    projects have developed into both clinical and experimental research and thus
    my current research network includes clinicians and basic science
    researchers. Our research results have contributed to the improvement of
    potentially safer stimulation protocols for female patients with
    hormone-sensitive tumors including breast cancer, one of the most challenging
    patient groups in the field of fertility preservation. I have introduced the
    use of aromatase inhibitors for stimulation protocols of patients with breast
    cancer at Karolinska University Hospital in 2010 and shared my experience
    with colleagues of several Swedish hospitals, who have thereafter implemented
    those protocols at their hospitals successfully. Several of my current
    projects in fertility preservation are prospective and of national coverage.
    Those projects include the evaluation of safety and efficacy of fertility
    preservation by surgical methods, such as in case of gynecological cancer,
    and by the performance of assisted reproductive technologies.
    I am currently a Principal Investigator and research team leader at the
    department of Oncology-Pathology of Karolinska Institutet.

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  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Oncology-Pathology, Karolinska Institutet, 2021-2024

Degrees and Education

  • Docent, Karolinska Institutet, 2013

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