Konstantinos Leventakos, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Consultant, Department of Medical Oncology
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine and Oncology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science

What moment or experience in your life influenced your decision to be a clinician?

I am the fourth generation of physicians in my family. From an early age, I saw my father's commitment to his practice and service to his patients. His dedication inspired my love of medicine and influenced my career choice.

Additionally, the experiences of loved ones affected with cancer illustrated for me how science and compassion together can have a tremendous impact on the lives of patients and families, a balance I strive to incorporate in my daily practice.

What motivated you to become a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar?

My clinical practice is a daily opportunity to serve my patients and their families. As a Kern Health Care Delivery Scholar, I have the opportunity to advance science through research. Ultimately, this will improve care of patients and will promote well-being of health care teams by implementing changes that will improve the efficiency of clinical practice.

What is your focus as a scholar within the Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery?

My focus is optimization of cancer clinical trial enrollment through use of artificial intelligence, research nurse coordinators and patient engagement tools. I am working to identify best implementation methods to affect practice change. Ultimately, the goal is to offer the benefits of clinical trial participation to more patients.

Tell us about your mentoring team.

My mentors include:

They are a group of clinicians and researchers with expertise in medical oncology, clinical trials, artificial intelligence, implementation science and health sciences research. I will also be working closely with both the medical oncology practice and research leadership to implement this project.

How will your research improve patient care or impact public health?

My research will identify barriers to recruiting patients to clinical trials and will look into a multifaceted approach to address these barriers. Additionally, my research will optimize artificial intelligence and will leverage the care team workflow to increase patient participation in clinical trials. I will evaluate how increasing patient awareness will impact clinical trial accrual. Finally, this research will identify the best way to systematically implement new technologies to benefit both patients and the medical team.

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic to pursue your career?

Mayo Clinic is the best place to provide exceptional patient-centered care as a clinician. Mayo Clinic also gives me the opportunity to pursue academic goals and grow professionally while surrounded by world experts working in multidisciplinary teams to advance patient care, improve patient outcomes and direct the future of medicine.