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  • The Komen Scholars

    Meet the men and women who are dedicated to Komen and to advancing its mission.

    The Komen Scholars are an advisory group of 60 distinguished scholars and leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy. Each has made significant contributions to advancing the field or demonstrated significant promise of doing so in the future and all are committed to furthering Komen's mission.

    Led by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) which serves as the executive committee, the Komen Scholars are an international group with a wide range of expertise, including clinical research, laboratory research, pathology, prevention, radiation oncology, surgery, and other research disciplines and specialties, allowing them to advise Komen in a variety of capacities. While their primary responsibility is to lead and participe as reviewers in Komen's scientific peer review process, the Komen Scholars also serve as ambassadors and experts in our communities and across the Affiliate Network.

    In addition, several of the Scholars are Advocates in Science who ensure that the unique perspectives of those affected by breast cancer are fully integrated into decisions at every step of Komen's mission.


    Benjamin Anderson, M.D

    Benjamin Anderson, M.D.
    University of Washington School of Medicine
    Seattle, WA


    Alan Ashworth Ph.D., F.R.S.

    Alan Ashworth Ph.D., F.R.S.
    UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
    San Francisco, CA


    Sunil Badve, M.D., F.R.C.Path.

    Sunil Badve, M.D., F.R.C.Path.
    Indiana University Cancer Center
    Indianapolis, IN


    Kimberly Blackwell, M.D.

    Kimberly Blackwell, M.D.
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Durham, NC


    Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.

    Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Houston, TX


    Abenaa Brewster, M.D., M.H.S.

    Abenaa Brewster, M.D., M.H.S.
    The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX


    Joan Brugge, Ph.D.

    Joan Brugge, Ph.D.
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA


    Lisa Carey, M.D.

    Lisa Carey, M.D.
    UNC Lineberger Cancer Center
    Chapel Hill, NC


    Jason Carroll, Ph.D.

    Jason Carroll, Ph.D.
    Cancer Research U.K. Cambridge Research Institute
    Cambridge, U.K.


    Nora Disis, M.D.

    Nora Disis, M.D.
    The University of Washington Medical School
    Seattle, WA


    Susan Domchek, M.D.

    Susan Domchek, M.D.
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA


    Karen Durham

    Karen Durham
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Lindale, TX


    Matthew Ellis, M.B., B.Chir, Ph.D.

    Matthew Ellis, M.B., B.Chir, Ph.D.
    Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine
    Houston, TX


    Sandra Finestone, Psy.D.

    Sandra Finestone, PsyD.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Costa Mesa, CA


    William Foulkes, M.B.BS., Ph.D.

    William Foulkes, M.B.BS., Ph.D.
    McGill University
    Montreal, Canada


    Patricia Ganz, M.D.

    Patricia Ganz, M.D.
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA


    Judy Garber, M.D., M.P.H.

    Judy Garber, M.D., M.P.H.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA


    Sharon Giordano

    Sharon Giordano, M.D., M.P.H.
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX


    Julie Gralow, M.D.

    Julie Gralow, M.D.
    University of Washington School of Medicine
    Seattle, WA


    Joe Gray, Ph.D.

    Joe Gray, Ph.D.
    Oregon Health and Science University
    Portland, Oregon


    Daniel Hayes, M.D.

    Daniel Hayes, M.D.
    The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Ann Arbor, MI


    Dawn Hershman, M.D., M.S.

    Dawn Hershman, M.D., M.S.
    Columbia University Medical Center
    New York, NY


    Judy Johnson, M.B.A.

    Judy Johnson
    Komen Advocate in Science
    St. Louis, MO


    Peggy Johnson

    Peggy Johnson
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Wichita, KS


    Yibin Kang, Ph.D.

    Yibin Kang, Ph.D.
    Princeton University
    Princeton, NJ


    Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.

    Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA


    Tari King, M.D.

    Tari King, M.D.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA


    Keith Knutson, Ph.D.

    Keith Knutson, Ph.D.
    Mayo Clinic
    Jacksonville, FL


    Ian Krop, M.D., Ph.D.

    Ian Krop, M.D., Ph.D.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA


    Adrian Lee, Ph.D.

    Adrian Lee, Ph.D.
    University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
    Pittsburgh, PA


    Mia Levy, M.D., Ph.D.

    Mia Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
    Nashville, TN


    Jennifer Ligibel, M.D.

    Jennifer Ligibel, M.D.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA


    David Livingston, M.D.

    David Livingston, M.D.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA


    David Mankoff, M.D., Ph.D.

    David Mankoff, M.D., Ph.D.
    The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA


    Kathy Miller, M.D.

    Kathy Miller, M.D.
    Indiana University Cancer Center
    Indianapolis, IN


    Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D.

    Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D.
    The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX


    Harikrishna Nakshatri, B.V.Sc., Ph.D.

    Harikrishna Nakshatri, B.V.Sc., Ph.D.
    Indiana University Simon Cancer Center
    Indianapolis, IN


    Anna Napoles, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Anna Napoles, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA


    Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H.

    Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H.
    Henry Ford Health System
    Detroit, MI


    Steffi Oesterreich, Ph.D.

    Steffi Oesterreich, Ph.D.
    University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA


    Ann Partridge, M.D., M.P.H

    Ann Partridge, M.D., M.P.H.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA


    Rena Pasick, Dr. P.H.

    Rena Pasick, Dr. P.H.
    University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA


    Charles Perou, Ph.D.

    Charles Perou, Ph.D.
    University of North Carolina
    Chapel Hill, NC


    Lori Pierce, M.D.

    Lori Pierce, M.D., FASTRO
    University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Ann Arbor, MI


    Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

    Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.
    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
    Nashville, TN


    Kornelia Polyak, M.D., Ph.D.

    Kornelia Polyak, M.D., Ph.D.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA


    Lajos Pusztai, M.D., D.Phil.

    Lajos Pusztai, M.D., D.Phil.
    Yale University
    New Haven, CT


    Deborah Rhodes, M.D.

    Deborah Rhodes, M.D.
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN


    Jeffrey Rosen, Ph.D.

    Jeffrey Rosen, Ph.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Houston, TX


    Bryan Schneider, M.D.

    Bryan Schneider, M.D.
    Indiana University Simon Cancer Center
    Indianapolis, IN


    Patricia Spears

    Patricia Spears
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Raleigh, NC


    Neil Spector, M.D.

    Neil Spector, M.D.
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Durham, NC


    Melinda Telli

    Melinda Telli, M.D.
    Stanford University School of Medicine
    Stanford, CA


    Geoffrey Wahl, Ph.D.

    Geoffrey Wahl, Ph.D.
    The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
    La Jolla, CA


    Danny Welch, Ph.D.

    Danny Welch, Ph.D.
    University of Kansas Cancer Center
    Kansas City, KS


    Alana Welm, Ph.D.

    Alana Welm, Ph.D.
    Huntsman Cancer Institute
    Salt Lake City, UT


    Julia White, M.D.

    Julia White, M.D., FACR
    The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Columbus, OH


    Antonio Wolff, M.D.

    Antonio Wolff, M.D.
    Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Baltimore, MD


    Kimberly Wright

    Kimberly Wright
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Reisterstown, MD


    Douglas Yee, M.D.

    Douglas Yee, M.D.
    Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN



    2015 Komen Scholars

    Komen's Mission Advisors at the 2015 Komen Leadership Conference in Fort Worth, TX

    Komen Scholars Alumni

    Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

    Carlos Arteaga, M.D.
    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
    Nashville, TN
    Komen Scholar 2010-2012 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

    Jose Baselga, M.D., Ph.D.

    Jose Baselga, M.D., Ph.D.
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, NY
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    Angela Brodie, Ph.D.

    Angela Brodie, Ph.D.
    University of Maryland at School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD
    Komen Scholar 2010-2012

    Gerard Blobe, M.D., Ph.D.

    Gerard Blobe, M.D., Ph.D.
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Durham, NC
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Giuseppe Curigliano, M.D., Ph.D.

    Giuseppe Curigliano, M.D., Ph.D.
    Istituto Europeo di Oncologia
    Milan, Italia
    Komen Scholar 2011-2012

    E. Claire Dees, M.D., Sc.M.

    E. Claire Dees, M.D., Sc.M.
    UNC Lineberger Cancer Center
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Angelo Di Leo, M.D., Ph.D.

    Angelo Di Leo, M.D., Ph.D.
    Hospital of Prato, Instituto Toscano Tumori
    Prato, Italy
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Mary Elliot

    Mary Elliot
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Bastrop, TX
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    Carol Fabian, M.D.

    Carol Fabian, M.D.
    University of Kansas Medical Center
    Westwood, KS
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Sylvia Formenti, M.D.

    Sylvia Formenti, M.D.
    New York University School of Medicine and Langone Medical Center
    New York, NY
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    Karen Gelmon, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.

    Karen Gelmon, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
    University of British Columbia
    Vancouver, Canada
    Komen Scholar 2010-2012 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

    Aron Goldhirsch, M.D.

    Aron Goldhirsch, M.D.
    International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG)
    Bern, Switzerland
    Komen Scholar 2010-2011

    Ana Gonzalez-Angulo, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.

    Ana Gonzalez-Angulo, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.
    The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    Theresa Guise, M.D.

    Theresa Guise, M.D.
    Indiana University School of Medicine
    Indianapolis, IN
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Susan Hankinson, R.N., M.P.H, Sc.D.

    Susan Hankinson, R.N., M.P.H, Sc.D.
    The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Amherst, MA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Mien-Chie Hung, Ph.D.

    Mien-Chie Hung, Ph.D.
    The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Nola Hylton, Ph.D.

    Nola Hylton, Ph.D.
    University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Nancy Hynes, Ph.D.

    Nancy Hynes, Ph.D.
    Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research
    Basel, Switzerland
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Cheryl Jernigan, C.P.A.

    Cheryl Jernigan, C.P.A.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Kansas City, MO
    Komen Scholar 2010-2012 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

    V. Craig Jordan, OBE, Ph.D., D.Sc., F.Med.Sci.

    V. Craig Jordan, OBE, Ph.D., D.Sc., F.Med.Sci.
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Bella Kaufman, M.D.

    Bella Kaufman, M.D.
    Chaim Sheba Medical Center
    Ramat Gan, Israel
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Beverly Laird

    Beverly Laird
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Birmingham, AL
    Komen Scholar 2012-2013

    H. Kim Lyerly, M.D.

    H. Kim Lyerly, M.D.
    Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Durham, NC
    Scientific Advisory Board 2007-2010
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    Eleftherios Mamounas, M.D., M.P.H.

    Eleftherios Mamounas, M.D., M.P.H.
    Aultman Cancer Center and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
    Canton, OH
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D.

    Anne McTiernan, M.D., Ph.D.
    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Seattle, WA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    Funda Meric-Bernstam, M.D.

    Funda Meric-Bernstam, M.D.
    The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Olufunmilayo Olopade, M.D.

    Olufunmilayo Olopade, M.D.
    University of Chicago Medical Center
    Chicago, IL
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Bert O’Malley, M.D.

    Bert O’Malley, M.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Houston, TX
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Ramon Parsons, M.D., Ph.D.

    Ramon Parsons, M.D., Ph.D.
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    New York, NY
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Andrew Siedman, M.D.

    Andrew Siedman, M.D.
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, NY
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    George Sledge, M.D.

    George Sledge, M.D.
    Indiana University School of Medicine
    Indianapolis, IN
    Komen Scholar 2007-2012 (now Chief Scientific Advisor)

    Christos Sotiriou, M.D., Ph.D.

    Christos Sotiriou, M.D., Ph.D.
    Jules Bordet Institute
    Brussels, Belgium
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Vered Stearns, M.D.

    Vered Stearns, M.D.
    Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Baltimore, MD
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Saraswati Sukumar, Ph.D.

    Saraswati Sukumar, Ph.D.
    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    Baltimore, MD
    Scientific Advisory Board 2007-2010
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013

    W. Fraser Symmans

    W. Fraser Symmans
    The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Houston, TX
    Komen Scholar 2010-2016

    Christina Tannous, Ph.D.

    Christina Tannous, Ph.D.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Fountain Valley, CA
    Scientific Advisory Board 2008-2012
    Komen Scholar 2012-2013

    Thea Tlsty, Ph.D.

    Thea Tlsty, Ph.D.
    University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2013