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Allison W. Kurian, M.D., M.Sc.
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and of Health Research and Policy
Director, Women’s Cancer Genetics Clinic
Stanford University

Dr. Kurian’s research focuses on the identification of women with elevated breast and gynecologic cancer risk, and on the development and evaluation of novel techniques for early cancer detection and risk reduction.  She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, trained as a resident in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed her fellowship training in Medical Oncology along with a master’s degree in Epidemiology at Stanford University.  As Director of the Stanford Women’s Cancer Genetics Clinic, her practice centers on women at high risk of developing breast and gynecologic cancers.

Dr. Kurian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, including several in high-impact journals such as JAMA, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Dr. Kurian serves on several national committees that advance the clinical and research mission of women’s cancer genetics: she develops evidence-based practice guidelines as a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and she recently led the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Scientific Program Committee for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention.

Dr. Kurian has had the privilege of working closely with FORCE for many years, as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and a frequent speaker at their annual conference: Joining Forces Against Hereditary Cancer®.  Dr. Kurian is passionate about improving the health of people with hereditary cancer predisposition through education, outreach and support, and she is honored to serve FORCE as a member of the Board of Directors.