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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 45 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

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.

Sunil Badve, M.D., FRCPath
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Regina Barzilay

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

Tracy Battaglia, M.D., M.P.H.
Boston University
Boston, 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

Thelma Brown
Komen Advocates in Science
Birmingham, AL

Tomika Bryant
Komen Advocates in Science
King of Prussia, PA

Mariana Chavez MacGregor, M.D., M.Sc., FASCO
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.
Oregon Health Science University
Portland, OR

Christina Curtis, Ph.D., M.S.
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Angela DeMichele, M.D., M.S.C.E.
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

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

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., F.A.C.H.E.
Komen Advocates in Science
Kansas City, MO

Sheila Johnson
Komen Advocates in Science
Swansea, IL

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

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

Allison Kurian, M.D., M.Sc.
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Jennifer Ligibel, M.D.

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

Nancy Lin, M.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Cynthia Ma, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University in St. Louis, MO
St. Louis, MO

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

Michelle McGree
Komen Advocates in Science
Helena, MT

Anne Meyn

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

KS Mittendorf

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

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Elizabeth Morris, M.D., FACR
University of California Davis
Sacramento, CA

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

Olufunmilayo Olopade, M.D., FACP
University of Chicago
Chicago, IL

Tuya Pal, M.D.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

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

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

Leigh Pate
Komen Advocates in Science
Seattle, WA

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

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

Jorge S. Reis-Filho, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPath,
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY

Barbara Segarra-Vazquez, DHSc
Komen Advocates in Science
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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

Rulla Tamini, Sc.D.
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY

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

Sara Tolaney, M.D., M.P.H.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

Melissa Troester, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

Nikhil Wagle, M.D.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute; Broad Institute
Boston, MA

Meryl Weinreb M.A
Komen Advocates in Science
Landenberg, PA

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

Komen Scholars 2017

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

Komen Scholars Alumni

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Benjamin Anderson, M.D., FACS.
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA
Komen Scholar 2010-2020

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.
UT Southwestern Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center
Dallas, TX
Komen Scholar 2010-2012

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.
Stanford Cancer Institute
Stanford, CA
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

Joan Brugge, Ph.D.

Joan Brugge, Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
Komen Scholar 2012-2021

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

Nora Disis, M.D.

Nora Disis, M.D.
The University of Washington Medical School
Seattle, WA
Komen Scholar 2012-2021

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Susan Domchek, M.D.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Komen Scholar 2010-2020

Wayne Dornan, Ph.D.

Wayne Dornan, Ph.D.
Komen Advocates in Science
Smyrna, TN
Komen Scholar 2018-2019

Karen Durham

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

Mary Elliot

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

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

Matthew Ellis, M.B., B.Chir, Ph.D, FRCP.
Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
Komen Scholar 2012-2021

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 Advocates in Science
Irvine, CA
Komen Scholar 2010-2018 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

Sylvia Formenti, M.D.

Sylvia Formenti, M.D.
Weill Cornell Medicine-New York Presbyterian Hospital Network
New York, NY
Komen Scholar 2010-2013

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

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

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

Joe Gray

Joe Gray, Ph.D., Emeritus.
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR
Komen Scholar 2010-2021

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.
China Medical University of Taiwan
Taichung, Taiwan
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 Advocates in Science
St. Louis, MO
Komen Scholar 2013-2017

Peggy Johnson

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

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Marian Johnson-Thompson, Ph.D.
Komen Advocates in Science
Durham, NC
Komen Scholar 2018-2021

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

Mary-Claire King, Ph.D.

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

Tari King, M.D.

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

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

Ian Krop, M.D., Ph.D.
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Komen Scholar 2010-2021

Beverly Laird

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

Adrian Lee, Ph.D.
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Pittsburgh, PA
Komen Scholar 2010-2021(now on Scientific Advisory Board)

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

Mia Levy, M.D., Ph.D.
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, IL
Komen Scholar 2016-2022

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

David Livingston, M.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
Komen Scholar 2010-2020

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.
UF Health Cancer Center at Orlando Health
Orlando, FL
Komen Scholar 2010-2013

DMankoff

David Mankoff, M.D., Ph.D.
The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Philadelphia, PA
Komen Scholar 2012-2021

IMayer

Ingrid Mayer, M.D., M.Sci.
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Nashville, TN
Komen Scholar 2018-2022

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

Kathy Miller, M.D.

Kathy Miller, M.D.
Indiana University Cancer Center
Indianapolis, IN
Komen Scholar 2010-2021

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

Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D.
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR
Komen Scholar 2010-2021

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Harikrishna Nakshatri, B.V.Sc., Ph.D.
Indiana University Simon Cancer Center
Indianapolis, IN
Komen Scholar 2010-2020

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

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

Ann Partridge, M.D., M.P.H.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
Komen Scholar 2010-2022

Rena Pasick, Dr. P.H.

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

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Edith Perez, M.D.
Mayo Clinic
Jacksonville, FL
Komen Scholar 2019-2022

Lori Pierce, M.D.

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

Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.

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

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Kornelia Polyak, M.D., Ph.D.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
Komen Scholar 2010-2012; 2016-2020 (now on Scientific Advisory Board)

Deborah Rhodes, M.D.

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

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Jeffrey Rosen, Ph.D.
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
Komen Scholar 2010-2020

Bryan Schneider, M.D.
Indiana University Simon Cancer Center
Indianapolis, IN
Komen Scholar 2010-2021

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Rebecca Seago-Coyle, M.A.
Komen Advocates in Science
Bend, OR
Komen Scholar 2018-2020

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 Advocates 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

Sandy Spivey

Sandra Spivey, M.B.A.
Komen Advocates in Science
Laguna Niguel, CA
Komen Scholar 2019-2021

Vered Stearns, M.D.

Vered Stearns, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
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 Advocates 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

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Geoffrey Wahl, Ph.D.
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
La Jolla, CA
Komen Scholar 2010-2020

Danny Welch, Ph.D.

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

Carlos Arteaga, M.D.

Julia White, M.D., FACR, FASTRO
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Columbus, OH
Komen Scholar 2010-2020

Antonio Wolff, M.D.

Antonio Wolff, M.D.
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baltimore, MD
Komen Scholar 2010-2021

Kimberly Wright

Kimberly Wright
Komen Advocates 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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