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Kala Visvanathan, M.B.B.S., M.H.S.
Associate Professor of Oncology and Epidemiology
Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Director of the Clinical Cancer Genetics and Prevention Service
Trained as a medical oncologist and cancer epidemiologist, Dr. Visvanathan’s primary research interest is in the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer. In particular, her focus is on the evaluation of novel genetic, molecular, and dietary pathways of breast and ovarian cancer risk, with an aim to modify these factors with targeted chemoprevention strategies. She recently co-chaired the American Society of Clinical Oncology National Guidelines on Breast Cancer Risk Reduction.
A member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Association for Cancer Research, her research interests include:
1) the evaluation of biomarkers/exposures (i.e. hormones, obesity, inflammation, methylation) to identify women at risk for developing breast and ovarian cancer
2) the identification of biomarkers/exposures associated with early precursor lesions of breast and ovarian cancer
3) the evaluation of chemopreventive agents for primary and secondary breast and ovarian cancer risk reduction including repurposing of drugs being used for other purposes
4) the conduct of early detection trials in breast and ovarian cancer.
Dr. Visvanathan received her medical degree from the University of Sydney in Australia in 1989. She subsequently went on to complete her training in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology including a period as Chief Resident at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Sydney in Australia. She received her Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology in 1996. Since then she has obtained a Masters in Clinical/Cancer epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and done further clinical training in Oncology at Johns Hopkins in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr Visvanathan joined the faculty in Cancer Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the faculty in Medical Oncology, at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins, in 2003. She current directs the Clinical Cancer Genetic and Prevention Service at Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center.