Virginia Commonwealth University

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Featured Researcher

Research Expertise and Focus

  • Endocrine research and use of robotic surgery system in thyroid surgery
  • Modifications that can silence gene expression to prevent the development of cancer. Funded 2011-2012 by VCU BIRCWH (Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health) Scholar award for $100,000, VCU School of Medicine. Primary investigator

Professional Highlights

Membership and Leadership

  • President, Women in Science, Dentistry, and Medicine (WISDM) Faculty Organization
  • President, Association of Women Surgeons, Virginia chapter, 2008


  • First surgeon in Virginia to perform a robotic-assisted surgical procedure to treat thyroid nodules without leaving a scar on the patient’s neck

Education and Training

  • M.D., Wayne State University, Detroit
  • Residency, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.
  • Research fellowship, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Selected Publications

Vanderbilt AA, Grover AC, Pastis NJ, Feldman M, Granados DD, Murithi LK, Mainous AG,3rd. Randomized controlled trials: A systematic review of laparoscopic surgery and simulation-based training. Glob J Health Sci. 2014 Dec 12; 7(2): 310-327. PMCID: PMC4493882

Borges NJ, Grover AC, Navarro AM, Raque-Bogdan TL, Elton C. International women physicians’ perspectives on choosing an academic medicine career. Perspect Med Educ. 2013 Apr 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMCID: PMC3722369

Borges NJ, Navarro AM, Grover AC. Women physicians: choosing a career in academic medicine. Acad Med. 2012 Jan;87(1):105-14. PMCID: PMC3247640

Shen HC, He M, Powell A, Adem A, Lorang D, Heller C, Grover AC, Ylaya K, Hewitt SM, Marx SJ, Spiegel AM, Libutti SK. Recapitulation of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors in human multiple endocrine neoplasia type I syndrome via Pdx1-directed inactivation of Men1. Cancer Res. 2009 Mar 1; 69(5): 1858-1866. PMCID: PMC3879686

Grover A, Kim GJ, Lizée G, Tschoi M, Wang G, Wunderlich JR, Rosenberg SA, Hwang ST, Hwu P. Intralymphatic Dendritic Cell Vaccination Induces Tumor Antigen–Specific, Skin-Homing T Lymphocytes. Clin Cancer Res. 2006 October 1; 12(19): 5801–5808. PMCID: PMC2174601

Grover AC, Tangrea MA, Woodson KG, Wallis BS, Hanson JC, Chuaqui RF, Gillespie JW, Erickson HS, Bonner RF, Pohida TJ, Emmert-Buck MR, Libutti SK. Tumor-associated endothelial cells display GSTP1 and RARbeta2 promoter methylation in human prostate cancer. J Transl Med. 2006 Mar 2;4:13. PMCID: PMC1420331

Rodriguez-Martin T, Garcia-Blanco MA, Mansfield SG, Grover AC, Hutton M, Yu Q, Zhou J, Anderton BH, Gallo JM. Reprogramming of tau alternative splicing by spliceosome-mediated RNA trans-splicing: Implications for tauopathies. Proc Natl Acad Sci U.S.A. 2005 Oct 25; 102(43): 15659-15664. PMCID: PMC1266082