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Katherine L. Nathanson, MD

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Professor of Medicine
Member, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
University Associate/Attending Physician, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Member, Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Leader, Cancer Control Program, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Genetics, Basser Research Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Chief Oncogenomics Physician, Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Associate Director for Population Sciences, Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
351 BRB II/III
421 Curie Blvd
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-4740
Education:
B.A. (Biology)
Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 1987.
M.D.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1993.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Medicine , Beth Israel Hospital, Boston MA, 1993-1994.
Resident in Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston MA, 1994-1996.
Chief Resident in Medicine, West Roxbury VA Hospital, Boston, MA, 1996-1996.
Fellow in Genetics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1996-2000.
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Barbara Weber, MD, Cancer Genetics), 1997-2001.
Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996.
American Board of Medical Genetics, Clinical Genetics, Recertification 2009 , 1999.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Nathanson’s research focuses on the genetics of human cancer, both germline changes which confer susceptibility to cancer and somatic genetic changes associated with outcome.

Her research projects fall into several areas:

1) Identification and characterization of germline genetic changes associated with breast cancer susceptibility. These projects utilize two sample sets, a large clinical database of high risk breast cancer patients and a case-control study of white and black patients with breast cancer. Currently the projects in the laboratory focus on resequencing of BRCA1-associated genes as candidate breast cancer susceptibility genes in patients with high risk breast cancer and studying copy number variation as associated with potential susceptibility to high risk breast cancer in families with multiple cases of breast cancer.

2) Identification of genetic changes associated with testicular cancer susceptibility in case-control sample set. Dr. Nathanson recently completed a successful genome wide association study in testicular cancer, and is in the process of designing and doing a number of follow-up studies.

3) Identification of somatic genetic markers in melanoma as determinants of response to therapy. The projects in the laboratory focus on several aspects of melanoma genetics including genotyping patients to determine targeted therapy selection, using genetics and genomics to sub-set melanomas, as well as understand response to therapy, and identify novel genes important in melanoma progression.

Selected Publications

Amaravadi RK, Hamilton KE, Ma X, Piao S, Del Portillo A, Nathanson KL, Carlino MS, Long GV, Puzanov I, Xu X, Morrissette JD, Tsai KY, Flaherty KT, Sosman J, Goodman GR, McArthur GA, Rustgi AK, Metz DC, Schuchter LM, Chapman PB, Seuplveda AR: Multiple gastrointestinal polyps in patients treated with BRAF inhibitors. Clin Cancer Res Jul 2015 Notes: [Epub ahead of print]

Eccles DM, Mitchell G, Monteiro AN, Schmutzler R, Couch FJ, Spurdle AB, Gómez-García EB; ENIGMA Clinical Working Group: BRCA1 and BRCA2 genetic testing-pitfalls and recommendations for managing variants of uncertain clinical significance. Ann Oncol Jul 2015 Notes: [Epub ahead of print]

Easton DF, Pharoah PD, Antoniou AC, Tischkowitz M, Tavtigian SV, Nathanson KL, Devilee P, Meindl A, Couch FJ, Southey M, Goldgar DE, Evans DG, Chenevix-Trench G, Rahman N, Robson M, Domchek SM, Foulkes WD.: Gene-panel sequencing and the prediction of breast-cancer risk. N Engl J Med 372(23): 2243-245, Jun 2015.

Bradbury AR, Patrick-Miller L, Long J, Powers J, Stopfer J, Forman A, Rybak C, Mattie K, Brandt A, Chambers R, Chung WK, Churpek J, Daly MB, Digiovanni L, Farengo-Clark D, Fetzer D, Ganschow P, Grana G, Gulden C, Hall M, Kohler L, Maxwell K, Merrill S, Montgomery S, Mueller R, Nielsen S, Olopade O, Rainey K, Seelaus C, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM.: Development of a tiered and binned genetic counseling model for informed consent in the era of multiplex testing for cancer susceptibility. Genet Med 17(6): 485-492, Jun 2015.

Rehm HL, Berg JS, Brooks LD, Bustamante CD, Evans JP, Landrum MJ, Ledbetter DH, Maglott DR, Martin CL, Nussbaum RL, Plon SE, Ramos EM, Sherry ST, Watson MS; ClinGen.: ClinGen--the Clinical Genome Resource. N Engl J Med 372(23): 2235-2242, Jun 2015.

Riff BP, Katona BW, Wilkerson M, Nathanson KL, Metz DC : HNPCC-Associated Pheochromocytoma: Expanding the Tumor Spectrum. Pancreas 44(4): 676-678, May 2015.

Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium, Breast Cancer Association Consortium, and Consortium of Modifiers of BRCA1 and BRCA2, Hollestelle A, van der Baan FH, Berchuck A, Johnatty SE, Aben KK, Agnarsson BA, Aittomäki K, Alducci E, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Antoniou AC, Apicella C, Arndt V, Arnold N, Arun BK, Arver B, Ashworth A; Australian Ovarian Cancer Study Group, Baglietto L, Balleine R, Bandera EV, Barrowdale D, Bean YT, Beckmann L, Beckmann MW, Benitez J, Berger A, Berger R, Beuselinck B, Bisogna M, Bjorge L, Blomqvist C, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen A, Bojesen SE, Bolla MK, Bonanni B, Brand JS, Brauch H; Breast Cancer Family Register, Brenner H, Brinton L, Brooks-Wilson A, Bruinsma F, Brunet J, Brüning T, Budzilowska A, Bunker CH, Burwinkel B, Butzow R, Buys SS, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Carter J, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Claes KB, Collée JM, Cook LS, Couch FJ, Cox A, Cramer D, Cross SS, Cunningham JM, Cybulski C, Czene K, Damiola F, Dansonka-Mieszkowska A, Darabi H, de la Hoya M, deFazio A, Dennis J, Devilee P, Dicks EM, Diez O, Doherty JA, Domchek SM, Dorfling CM, Dörk T, Silva ID, du Bois A, Dumont M, Dunning AM, Duran M, Easton DF, Eccles D, Edwards RP, Ehrencrona H, Ejlertsen B, Ekici AB, Ellis SD; EMBRACE, Engel C, Eriksson M, Fasching PA, Feliubadalo L, Figueroa J, Flesch-Janys D, Fletcher O, Fontaine A, Fortuzzi S, Fostira F, Fridley BL, Friebel T, Friedman E, Friel G, Frost D, Garber J, García-Closas M, Gayther SA; GEMO Study Collaborators; GENICA Network, Gentry-Maharaj A, Gerdes AM, Giles GG, Glasspool R, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Goodman MT, Gore M, Greene MH, Grip M, Gronwald J, Gschwantler Kaulich D, Guénel P, Guzman SR, Haeberle L, Haiman CA, Hall P, Halverson SL, Hamann U, Hansen TV, Harter P, Hartikainen JM, Healey S; HEBON, Hein A, Heitz F, Henderson BE, Herzog J, T Hildebrandt MA, Høgdall CK, Høgdall E, Hogervorst FB, Hopper JL, Humphreys K, Huzarski T, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Jakubowska A, Janavicius R, Jaworska K, Jensen A, Jensen UB, Johnson N, Jukkola-Vuorinen A, Kabisch M, Karlan BY, Kataja V, Kauff N; KConFab Investigators, Kelemen LE, Kerin MJ, Kiemeney LA, Kjaer SK, Knight JA, Knol-Bout JP, Konstantopoulou I, Kosma VM, Krakstad C, Kristensen V, Kuchenbaecker KB, Kupryjanczyk J, Laitman Y, Lambrechts D, Lambrechts S, Larson MC, Lasa A, Laurent-Puig P, Lazaro C, Le ND, Le Marchand L, Leminen A, Lester J, Levine DA, Li J, Liang D, Lindblom A, Lindor N, Lissowska J, Long J, Lu KH, Lubinski J, Lundvall L, Lurie G, Mai PL, Mannermaa A, Margolin S, Mariette F, Marme F, Martens JW, Massuger LF, Maugard C, Mazoyer S, McGuffog L, McGuire V, McLean C, McNeish I, Meindl A, Menegaux F, Menéndez P, Menkiszak J, Menon U, Mensenkamp AR, Miller N, Milne RL, Modugno F, Montagna M, Moysich KB, Müller H, Mulligan AM, Muranen TA, Narod SA, Nathanson KL, Ness RB, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Neven P, Nielsen FC, Nielsen SF, Nordestgaard BG, Nussbaum RL, Odunsi K, Offit K, Olah E, Olopade OI, Olson JE, Olson SH, Oosterwijk JC, Orlow I, Orr N, Orsulic S, Osorio A, Ottini L, Paul J, Pearce CL, Pedersen IS, Peissel B, Pejovic T, Pelttari LM, Perkins J, Permuth-Wey J, Peterlongo P, Peto J, Phelan CM, Phillips KA, Piedmonte M, Pike MC, Platte R, Plisiecka-Halasa J, Poole EM, Poppe B, Pylkäs K, Radice P, Ramus SJ, Rebbeck TR, Reed MW, Rennert G, Risch HA, Robson M, Rodriguez GC, Romero A, Rossing MA, Rothstein JH, Rudolph A, Runnebaum I, Salani R, Salvesen HB, Sawyer EJ, Schildkraut JM, Schmidt MK, Schmutzler RK, Schneeweiss A, Schoemaker MJ, Schrauder MG, Schumacher F, Schwaab I, Scuvera G, Sellers TA, Severi G, Seynaeve CM, Shah M, Shrubsole M, Siddiqui N, Sieh W, Simard J, Singer CF, Sinilnikova OM, Smeets D, Sohn C, Soller M, Song H, Soucy P, Southey MC, Stegmaier C, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sucheston L; SWE-BRCA, Swerdlow A, Tangen IL, Tea MK, Teixeira MR, Terry KL, Terry MB, Thomassen M, Thompson PJ, Tihomirova L, Tischkowitz M, Toland AE, Tollenaar RA, Tomlinson I, Torres D, Truong T, Tsimiklis H, Tung N, Tworoger SS, Tyrer JP, Vachon CM, Van 't Veer LJ, van Altena AM, Van Asperen CJ, van den Berg D, van den Ouweland AM, van Doorn HC, Van Nieuwenhuysen E, van Rensburg EJ, Vergote I, Verhoef S, Vierkant RA, Vijai J, Vitonis AF, von Wachenfeldt A, Walsh C, Wang Q, Wang-Gohrke S, Wappenschmidt B, Weischer M, Weitzel JN, Weltens C, Wentzensen N, Whittemore AS, Wilkens LR, Winqvist R, Wu AH, Wu X, Yang HP, Zaffaroni D, Pilar Zamora M, Zheng W, Ziogas A, Chenevix-Trench G, Pharoah PD, Rookus MA, Hooning MJ, Goode EL: No clinical utility of KRAS variant rs61764370 for ovarian or breast cancer. Gynecol Oncol May 2015 Notes: [Epub ahead of print]

Blanco I, Kuchenbaecker K, Cuadras D, Wang X, Barrowdale D, de Garibay GR, Librado P, Sánchez-Gracia A, Rozas J, Bonifaci N, McGuffog L, Pankratz VS, Islam A, Mateo F, Berenguer A, Petit A, Català I, Brunet J, Feliubadaló L, Tornero E, Benítez J, Osorio A, Cajal TR, Nevanlinna H, Aittomäki K, Arun BK, Toland AE, Karlan BY, Walsh C, Lester J, Greene MH, Mai PL, Nussbaum RL, Andrulis IL, Domchek SM, Nathanson KL, Rebbeck TR, Barkardottir RB, Jakubowska A, Lubinski J, Durda K, Jaworska-Bieniek K, Claes K, Van Maerken T, Díez O, Hansen TV, Jønson L, Gerdes AM, Ejlertsen B, de la Hoya M, Caldés T, Dunning AM, Oliver C, Fineberg E, Cook M, Peock S, McCann E, Murray A, Jacobs C, Pichert G, Lalloo F, Chu C, Dorkins H, Paterson J, Ong KR, Teixeira MR; Teixeira, Hogervorst FB, van der Hout AH, Seynaeve C, van der Luijt RB, Ligtenberg MJ, Devilee P, Wijnen JT, Rookus MA, Meijers-Heijboer HE, Blok MJ, van den Ouweland AM, Aalfs CM, Rodriguez GC, Phillips KA, Piedmonte M, Nerenstone SR, Bae-Jump VL, O'Malley DM, Ratner ES, Schmutzler RK, Wappenschmidt B, Rhiem K, Engel C, Meindl A, Ditsch N, Arnold N, Plendl HJ, Niederacher D, Sutter C, Wang-Gohrke S, Steinemann D, Preisler-Adams S, Kast K, Varon-Mateeva R, Gehrig A, Bojesen A, Pedersen IS, Sunde L, Jensen UB, Thomassen M, Kruse TA, Foretova L, Peterlongo P, Bernard L, Peissel B, Scuvera G, Manoukian S, Radice P, Ottini L, Montagna M, Agata S, Maugard C, Simard J, Soucy P, Berger A, Fink-Retter A, Singer CF, Rappaport C, Geschwantler-Kaulich D, Tea MK, Pfeiler G; BCFR, John EM, Miron A, Neuhausen SL, Terry MB, Chung WK, Daly MB, Goldgar DE, Janavicius R, Dorfling CM, van Rensburg EJ, Fostira F, Konstantopoulou I, Garber J, Godwin AK, Olah E, Narod SA, Rennert G, Paluch SS, Laitman Y, Friedman E; SWE-BRCA, Liljegren A, Rantala J, Stenmark-Askmalm M, Loman N, Imyanitov EN, Hamann U; kConFab Investigators, Spurdle AB, Healey S, Weitzel JN, Herzog J, Margileth D, Gorrini C, Esteller M, Gómez A, Sayols S, Vidal E, Heyn H; GEMO, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Léoné M, Barjhoux L, Fassy-Colcombet M, de Pauw A, Lasset C, Ferrer SF, Castera L, Berthet P, Cornelis F, Bignon YJ, Damiola F, Mazoyer S, Sinilnikova OM, Maxwell CA, Vijai J, Robson M, Kauff N, Corines MJ, Villano D, Cunningham J, Lee A, Lindor N, Lázaro C, Easton DF, Offit K, Chenevix-Trench G, Couch FJ, Antoniou AC, Pujana MA.: Assessing Associations between the AURKA-HMMR-TPX2-TUBG1 Functional Module and Breast Cancer Risk in BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers. PloS One 10(4): e0120020, Apr 2015.

Bradbury AR, Patrick-Miller LJ, Egleston BL, DiGiovanni L, Brower J, Harris D, Stevens EM, Maxwell KN, Kulkarni A, Chavez T, Brandt A, Long JM, Powers J, Stopfer JE, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM: Patient feedback and early outcome data with a novel tiered-binned model for multiplex breast cancer susceptibility testing. Genet Med Apr 2015 Notes: [Epub ahead of print]

Rebbeck TR, Mitra N, Wan F, Sinilnikova O, Healey S, McGuffog L, Mazoyer S, Chenevix-Trench G, Easton DF, Antoniou AC, Nathanson KL, and the CIMBA Consortium: Association of Type and Location of BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutations with Risk of Breast and Ovarian Cancer. JAMA 313(13): 1347-1361, Apr 2015.

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