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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 52 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 participate 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., FACS.
    University of Washington School of Medicine
    Seattle, WA


    Regina Barzilay

    Regina Barzilay, Ph.D.
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Cambridge, MA


    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


    Nora Disis, M.D.

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


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


    Wayne Dornan, Ph.D.

    Wayne Dornan, Ph.D.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Smyrna, TN


    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


    Sharon Giordano, M.D., M.P.H.

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


    Joe Gray

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


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

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


    Reshma Jagsi M.D., D. Phil.

    Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil.
    University of Michigan
    Ann Arbor, MI


    Cheryl Jernigan, C.P.A.

    Cheryl Jernigan, C.P.A.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Kansas City, MO


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    Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Durham, NC


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


    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


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


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

    Mia Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
    Rush University Medical Center
    Chicago, IL


    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


    DMankoff

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


    IMayer

    Ingrid Mayer, M.D., M.Sci.
    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
    Nashville, TN


    DonnelM

    Donald McDonnell, Ph.D.
    Duke Univeristy
    Durham, NC


    Anne Meyn

    Anne Meyn, M. Ed.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Houston, TX


    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.
    Oregon Health and Science University
    Portland, OR


    KS Mittendorf

    Elizabeth Mittendorf, M.D., Ph.D.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA


    KS Morris1

    Elizabeth Morris, M.D., FACR
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, NY


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

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


    Steffi Oesterreich, Ph.D.

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


    KS Olopade1

    Olufunmilayo Olopade, M.B.B.S., FACP
    University of Chicago
    Chicago, IL


    JPalmer

    Julie Palmer, Sc.D.,M.P.H.
    Boston University
    Boston, MA


    KS Park1

    Ben Ho Park, M.D., Ph.D.
    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
    Nashville, TN


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

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


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    Edith Perez, M.D.
    Mayo Clinic
    Jacksonville, FL


    Charles Perou, Ph.D.

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


    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


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    Amelie Ramirez, Dr.P.H., M.P.H.
    UT Health San Antonio
    San Antonio, TX


    KS Rosen2

    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


    Rebecca Seago-Coyle

    Rebecca Seago-Coyle, M.A.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Bend, OR


    KS Vazquez1

    Barbara Segarra-Vazquez, M.T., DHSc
    Advocate in Science
    San Juan, Puerto Rico


    SohrabS

    Sohrab Shah, Ph.D.
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    New York, NY


    Sandy Spivey

    Sandra Spivey, M.B.A.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Laguna Niguel, CA


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    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


    Meryl Weinreb

    Meryl Weinreb
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Landenberg, PA


    Alana Welm, Ph.D.

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


    Julia White, M.D.

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


    Antonio Wolff, M.D.

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



    Komen Scholars 2017

    Komen's Scientific Advisors at the 2017 Komen Scholars Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX

    Komen Scholars Alumni

    Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

    Carlos Arteaga, M.D.
    UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center
    Dallas, TX
    Komen Scholar 2010-2012 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

    Alan Ashworth, Ph.D., F.R.S.
    UCSF Helen Diller Family
    Comprehensive Cancer Center
    San Francisco, CA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2019 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

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

    Sunil Badve, M.D., F.R.C.Path.
    Indiana University Cancer Center
    Indianapolis, IN
    Komen Scholar 2010-2018

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

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

    Kimberly Blackwell, M.D.

    Kimberly Blackwell, M.D.
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Durham, NC
    Komen Scholar 2010-2018

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

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

    Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.

    Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Houston, TX
    Scientific Advisory Board 2007-2010
    Komen Scholar 2010-2017

    Angela Brodie, Ph.D.

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

    Lisa Carey, M.D.

    Lisa Carey, M.D.
    UNC Lineberger Cancer Center
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Komen Scholar 2010-2018 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

    Jason Carroll, Ph.D.

    Jason Carroll, Ph.D.
    Cancer Research U.K. Cambridge
    Research Institute
    Cambridge, U.K.
    Komen Scholar 2016-2019

    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

    Karen Durham

    Karen Durham
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Lindale, TX
    Komen Scholar 2013-2018

    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

    Sandra Finestone, Psy.D.

    Sandra Finestone, PsyD.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Costa Mesa, CA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2018 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

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

    William Foulkes, M.B.BS., Ph.D.
    McGill University
    Montreal, Canada
    Komen Scholar 2010-2018

    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

    Patricia Ganz, M.D.

    Patricia Ganz, M.D.
    University of California, Los Angeles
    Los Angeles, CA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2019

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

    Judy Garber, M.D., M.P.H.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2017

    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
    Scientific Advisory Board 2012-2018

    Aron Goldhirsch, M.D.

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

    Julie Gralow, M.D.

    Julie Gralow, M.D.
    University of Washington School of Medicine
    Seattle, WA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2017

    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

    Daniel Hayes, M.D.

    Daniel Hayes, M.D.
    The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Komen Scholar 2010-2019

    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

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    Judy Johnson, M.B.A.
    Komen Advocate in Science
    St. Louis, MO
    Komen Scholar 2013-2017

    Peggy Johnson

    Peggy Johnson
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Wichita, KS
    Komen Scholar 2012-2019

    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

    Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.

    Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.
    University of Washington
    Seattle, WA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2019

    Tari King, M.D.

    Tari King, M.D.
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    Boston, MA
    Komen Scholar 2016-2019

    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

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

    Anna Napoles, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    Komen Scholar 2016-2017

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

    Lisa Newman, M.D., M.P.H. FACS, FASCO
    Weill Cornell Medicine-New York Presbyterian Hospital Network
    New York, NY
    Komen Scholar 2016-2017 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

    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

    Rena Pasick, Dr. P.H.

    Rena Pasick, Dr. P.H.
    University of California, San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    Komen Scholar 2010-2017

    Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

    Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.
    Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
    Nashville, TN
    Komen Scholar 2010-2017 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

    Lori Pierce, M.D.

    Lori Pierce, M.D., FASTRO
    University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Komen Scholar 2010-2018

    Deborah Rhodes, M.D.

    Deborah Rhodes, M.D.
    Mayo Clinic
    Rochester, MN
    Komen Scholar 2016-2019

    Andrew Siedman, M.D.

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

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

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

    Patricia Spears

    Patricia Spears
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Raleigh, NC
    Komen Scholar 2010-2019

    Neil Spector, M.D.

    Neil Spector, M.D.
    Duke University School of Medicine
    Durham, NC
    Komen Scholar 2010-2017

    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, M.D.
    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

    Danny Welch, Ph.D.

    Danny Welch, Ph.D.
    University of Kansas Cancer Center
    Kansas City, KS
    Komen Scholar 2010-2019

    Kimberly Wright

    Kimberly Wright
    Komen Advocate in Science
    Reisterstown, MD
    Komen Scholar 2012-2019

    Douglas Yee, M.D.

    Douglas Yee, M.D.
    Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN
    Komen Scholar 2010-2018

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