New Faculty Members: Tony E. Godfrey, PhD and Virginia R. Litle, MD


January 7th, 2013

Tony E. Godfrey, PhD
Associate Chair, Surgical Research
Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Tony E. Godfrey, PhD, Associate Chair, Surgical Research and Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, earned a bachelor’s of science degree in biochemistry from Brunel University in England, followed by a doctorate in molecular biology and biochemistry, also from Brunel. He attended the University of California, San Francisco, for postdoctoral fellowships and managed UCSF’s Genome Analysis Core Facility.

Most recently, Dr. Godfrey was a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. Prior to this he was an Associate Professor of Pathology at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY.

Dr. Godfrey’s research is focused on cancer genetics and molecular pathology. Research projects use state-of-the-art genetic and genomic approaches to address clinical needs in the areas of cancer diagnosis, prognosis and therapy. Currently the major focus of Dr. Godfrey’s research is on Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma; a tumor with rapidly increasing incidence in the United States and other western countries. The Godfrey lab works closely with translational research teams comprised of surgeons, pathologists and oncologists in order to develop new molecular approaches to cancer detection, staging and treatment.

Virginia R. Litle, MD
Division of Thoracic Surgery
Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine

Virginia Litle, MD, Associate Professor of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine, is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT and received her medical degree from the Brown-Dartmouth Program in Medicine in Providence, RI. Dr. Litle completed her residency in general surgery at the University of California in San Francisco, CA and completed fellowships in both Surgical Oncology and Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Most recently, Dr. Litle was an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester, NY. At BMC/BUSM, Dr. Litle will be Director of the Barrett’s Esophagus Program and Director of Thoracic Clinical Research.

Dr. Litle’s clinical interests include management of benign and malignant esophageal diseases including Barrett’s esophagus, achalasia and esophageal cancer, minimally invasive esophageal surgery and endoscopic procedures including minimally invasive esophagectomy, endoscopic resection and Barrx ablation of Barrett’s esophagus. Dr. Litle also offers VATS lobectomy for lung cancer, airway and esophageal stenting and laser treatment for palliation of lung and esophagus cancer.