Lois M. Ramondetta, M.D.
HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot
About Dr. Ramondetta
Lois Ramondetta, M.D., has over 20 years of experience caring for women with gynecologic cancers and extensive experience caring for women with advanced and recurrent cervix cancer. Driven by her desire to eliminate this preventable disease, she has worked tirelessly to educate the public and medical community about screening and HPV vaccination safety, efficacy and durability. She has led MD Anderson education and prevention efforts by partnering with the American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control, Texas Medical Association, Texas Pediatric Society and Immunization Partnership, as well as other professional and community groups.
Fighting Cancer: It's Personal
What makes the Moon Shots Program stand out?
The HPV-Related Cancers Moon Shot™ joins together multiple
specialists in order to eliminate HPV-related cancers through
vaccination, screening innovations and novel treatment approaches. The
team we've built with basic scientists, oncology and radiation
specialists, and prevention/public health specialists is like no
What makes your fight against cancer personal?
Caring for women during the difficult treatments that often limit
their fertility, quality of life, intimacy with their partners and
ability to live their life to fullest is my motivation to raise
awareness about this vaccine.
What's your Moon Shot focus?
My focus is to raise knowledge and confidence in the HPV vaccine
among providers and parents in order to work towards the elimination
of all HPV-related disease.
What motivates and excites you?
Every time I see a patient with cervical, vulvar or vaginal cancer,
I'm reminded that we can eliminate HPV-related cancers with increased
vaccination and proper screening. Being diagnosed with cancer is hard.
Being diagnosed with a cancer that could have been prevented is
tragic. Eliminating suffering from these cancers is what motivates
What do you hope to accomplish?
We're striving to achieve an 80% vaccination rate for all boys and
girls (by age 13) by 2026, which is 20 years after the first HPV
vaccine was FDA-approved.
What else do you want people to know about you and your work?
I'm a strong patient advocate. In addition to working on
prevention, I also work to incorporates stress reduction/wellness
techniques into cancer care. I have initiated clinical trials
targeting the adrenergic pathway and stress responses in gynecologic
cancer patients. In 2017, I became a certified yoga teacher and
continue to explore new methods to enhance her patient-centered