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FORCE is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. We believe no one should have to face hereditary breast and ovarian cancer alone.

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Board of Directors & Advisory Board

Board of Directors

Members of FORCE’s board of directors have been personally affected by hereditary cancer or cancer risk, or have a strong interest in reaching out to others whose families have been devastated by this disease. Our board members are dedicated to helping the high-risk community deal with the issues which accompany this risk – cancer fears, medical issues, privacy issues, psychosocial issues, and family dynamics – by becoming involved in community forums; assisting with website design and content; preparing position statements, press releases, and fact sheets; attending conferences; and assisting in outreach, advocacy, support, and fundraising.

Board of Directors

Amy Boesky

William F. Burke, Jr.

Rebecca Carr

Carrie Catlin

Tara Freundlich

Sue Friedman




Judy Garber, MD

Cherine Janzen

Cathy Jolly

Barbara Pfeiffer

Rebecca Sutphen, MD

Advisory Board

Our advisory board is composed of health care experts who volunteer their time to assure the information we provide to our community is credible and up to date. Our advisory board members review the content available on our website, our publications, and in FORCE positions.

FORCE continues to add members to its health care advisory board.

Monica Alvarado, MS, CGC
Genetics Services Regional Administrator
Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles, CA
(Genetic Counseling)

Jeff Boyd, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA
(Cancer Research)

Robert Allen Burger, MD
Department of Surgical Oncology
Director, Women's Cancer Center
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA

James C. Coyne, PhD
Co-Director, Health Services and Behavioral Sciences Program
Abramson Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA
(Research Psychology)

Frank DellaCroce, MD
Co-Founder, Center for Restorative Breast Surgery
New Orleans, LA
(Breast Reconstruction)

Susan Domchek, MD
Executive Director, Basser Research Center for BRCA
Director, MacDonald Women's Cancer Risk Evaluation Center
Basser Professor in Oncology, University of Pennsylvania
(Medical Oncology)

Geoffrey Fenner, MD
Director, Fenner Plastic Surgery
Chicago, IL
(Breast Reconstruction)

James Ford, MD
Director, Stanford Clinical Cancer Genetics Program
Stanford Cancer Center
Palo Alto, CA
(Cancer Genetics)

Steven Frankel, MD
Cedars-Sinai Imaging Group
Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA
(Breast Imaging)

Jeffrey D. Friedman, MD
Plastic Surgeon
The Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX
(Breast Reconstruction)

Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH
Director, Cancer Risk and Prevention Program
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA
(Oncology and Clinical Genetics)

Heather Hampel, MS, CGC
Certified Genetic Counselor
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
Columbus, OH
(Genetic Counseling)

Karen Hurley, PhD
New York, NY
(Clinical Psychology)

Noah D. Kauff, MD
Director, Ovarian Cancer Screening and Prevention, Gynecology Service, Department of Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
(Clinical Genetics)

Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH
Risk Assessment Counselor and Program Manager of the Breast Cancer Survivorship Center
University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas
(Cancer Risk Assessment Counseling)

Allison W. Kurian, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy
Divisions of Oncology and Epidemiology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Stanford, CA
(Medical Oncology)

Updated 06/29/14

Christine Laronga, MD
Program Leader, Comprehensive Breast Program
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Tampa, FL
(Breast surgery)

Joshua Levine, MD
The Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction
New York, NY
(Breast Reconstruction)

Karen Lu, MD
Co-Director, Clinical Cancer Genetics Program
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX

Ellen Matloff, MS
Director of the Cancer Genetic Counseling Program
Yale Cancer Center
New Haven, CT
(Genetic Counseling)

Kenneth Offit, MD
Chief, Clinical Genetics Service
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
(Medical Oncology)

Andrea Pusic, FRCSC
Plastic Surgery
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
(Breast Reconstruction)

Timothy R. Rebbeck, PhD
Leader, Cancer Center Genetics, Epidemiology and Risk Reduction Program
Abramson Cancer Center
Philadelphia, PA
(Epidemiology )

Victoria Seewaldt, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Durham, NC
(Medical Oncology)

Scott Sullivan, MD
Co-Founder, Center for Restorative Breast Surgery
New Orleans, LA
(Breast Reconstruction)
(Plastic Surgery)

Rebecca Sutphen, MD
Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Oncologic Sciences
College of Medicine
University of South Florida
Tampa, Florida
(Clinical Genetics)

Elizabeth Swisher, MD
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Medical Director, Breast and Ovarian Cancer Prevention Program
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA

Melinda Telli, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
Division of Medical Oncology
Stanford, CA
(Medical Oncology)

Kenneth Tercyak, PhD
Associate Professor
Director of Behavioral Prevention Research
Georgetown University Medical Center
Lombardi Cancer Center
Washington, DC
(Research and Clinical Psychology)

Jeffrey Weitzel, MD
Chief, Clinical Cancer Genetics Program
City of Hope
Duarte, CA
(Oncology and Clinic Genetics)

FORCE makes a difference in the lives of families living with HBOC.

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FORCE advocates for families facing hereditary breast and ovarian cancer in areas such as access to care, research funding, insurance, and privacy.

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