Director of Research
ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation, Select Medical
Fort Collins, Colorado
Dr. Mackenzi Pergolotti is the Director of Research for ReVital Cancer Rehabilitation, adjunct professor at Colorado State University and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
As an occupational therapist, Dr. Pergolotti worked at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) developing programs aimed to better address the needs of multiple populations. Realizing the impact of cancer rehabilitation provided at centers like MSKCC, she was driven to build the evidence-base and increase access to cancer rehabilitation programs nation-wide.
Dr. Pergolotti was trained the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she worked collaboratively with researchers from the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, in the Department of Health Policy and Management, the Cancer Research Outcomes Group and the Geriatric Oncology Program at the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center through pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellowships to look at utilization, access to and the quality of cancer rehabilitation. Dr. Pergolotti’s Pre-Doctoral fellowship was supported by a T32 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and her Post-Doctoral fellowships were funded through an R25 Cancer Care Quality Training Program from the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Pergolotti has published over 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts about cancer rehabilitation and presented at both National and International conferences. Last year, Pergolotti was a finalist for a competitive Nursing and Allied Health Award within the International Society for Geriatric Oncology; was selected to participate in NCI-funded Building, Implementing and Evaluating supportive care programs training, and was selected for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Science Institute Immersion Training in Community Engagement project.
After being on faculty for two years at Colorado State University, Department of Occupational Therapy, Dr. Pergolotti decided to shift from a faculty role to work full time towards her dream of realizing quality, multidisciplinary cancer care for survivors and joined the ReVital team. She was recently interviewed by the American Society for Clinical Oncology Post News, for their special section, Women in Oncology, titled: A leader in the emerging field of occupational therapy in oncology. http://www.ascopost.com/issues/january-25-2018/mackenzi-pergolotti-phd-otrl-a-leader-in-the-emerging-field-of-occupational-therapy-in-oncology/