Elizabeth McDonald

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Assistant Professor of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Director, Breast Imaging Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Radiology

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Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 1 Silverstein
BA (Biochemistry (magna cum laude))
Harvard University, 1995.
PhD (Molecular Neuroscience)
Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, 2003.
Mayo Medical School, 2003.
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Description of Itmat Expertise

My interests involve translational research with the aim of early detection of breast cancer and individualized treatment targeting tumor specific gene expression while minimizing whole body toxicity.

Selected Publications

McDonald ES, Mankoff DA, Mach RH: New treatments and alternative imaging strategies for breast cancer Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2016 Notes: In press.

McDonald ES, McCarthy AM, Akhtar A, Synnestvedt A, Schnall M, Conant EF: Baseline screening mammography: Performance of full field digital vs. digital breast tomosynthesis. AJR 205(5): 1143-8, Nov 2015.

McDonald ES, Oustimov A, Weinstein SP, Synnestvedt M, Schnall MD, Conant EF: Effectiveness of Tomosynthesis in combination with digital mammography: Outcomes analysis from three years of breast cancer screening. JAMA Onclology 2015 Notes: In Press.

McDonald ES, Clark A, Tchou J, Zhang, P, Freedman, G.: Clinical diagnosis and management of breast cancer. Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2016 Notes: In press and featured on the cover.

Pertuz S, McDonald ES, Weinstein SP, Conant EC, Kontos D: Fully-automated quantitative estimation of volumetric breast density from digital breast tomosynthesis images: Preliminary results and comparison with digital mammography and magnetic resonance imaging. Radiology Page: 150277, Oct 2015 Notes: epub ahead of print.

Chen L, Ray S, Keller BM, Pertuz S, McDonald ES, Conant EF, Kontos D: The Impact of acquisition dose on quantitative breast density estimation with digital mammography: Results from ACRIN PA 4006. Radiology Feb 2016 Notes: In Press.

Mahrooghy M, Ashraf A, Days D, Mcdonald ES, Rosen M, Mies C, Feldman M, Kontos D. : Pharmacokinetic Tumor Heterogeneity as a Prognostic Biomarker for Classifying Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 62(6): 1585-94, Jun 2015 Notes: Featured on Cover.

Makvandi M, Tilahun ED, Lieberman BP, Anderson RC, Zeng C, Xu K, Hou C, McDonald ES, Pryma DA,Mach RH: The sigma-2 receptor as a therapeutic target for drug delivery in triple negative breast cancer. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communication (BBRC) 467(4): 1070-1075. Nov 2015.

Mitsumori LM, McDonald ES, Wilson GJ, Neligan PC, Minoshima S, Maki JH: MR Lymphangiography: How I do it. J Magn Reson Imaging Apr 2015 Notes: epub ahead of print.

McDonald ES, Schopp J, Peacock S, DeMartini W, Rahbar H, Lehman CD, Partridge SC: Diffusion-weighted MRI: association between patient characteristics and apparent diffusion coefficient values of normal breast parenchyma at 3 tesla. Am J Roentg 202(5): W496-502, May 2014.

Clark AS, McDonald ES, Lynch MC, Mankoff D: Using nuclear medicine imaging in clinical practice: update on PET to guide treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer. Oncology 28(5): 424-30, May 2014.

Doot RK, McDonald ES, Mankoff DA: Role of PET quantitation in the monitoring of cancer response to treatment: Review of approaches and human clinical trials. Clin Trans Imaging 2(4): 295-303, Aug 2014.

Patridge SC, McDonald ES: Diffusion weighted imaging of the breast: protocol optimization, interpretation, and clinical applications. Magn Reson Imaging Clin N Am 21(3): 601-624, Aug 2013.

Lowenfeld, L, Zaheer, S., Fracol, M., Datta, J, Xu, S., Fitzpatrick, E. DeMichele, A, Zhang, P, McDonald, ES, Czerniecki, B. : Combination anti-Estrogen therapy and anti-HER2 peptide-pulsed DC vaccination improves pathologic complete response in ER+/HER2+ breast cancer patients. Society of Surgical Oncology March 2016 Notes: Abstract accepted to a plenary session for the Society of Surgical Oncology, March 4th, 2016.

Mirzabeigi MN, McDonald ES, Chu MW, Fischer JP, Basta M, Kovach S, Wu LC, Serletti J, Kanchwala S: Operative management of locoregional cancer recurrence following post-mastectomy breast reconstruction-indications and outcomes. American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery 2016.

Derakhshan JJ, McDonald ES, Siegelman ES, Schnall MD, Wehrli FW: Chemical shift artifact of the third kind: Implications for gradient-echo based contrast enhanced imaging. Accepted for ISMRM 2016.

Cruz, L, McDonald, ES, Mick, R, Czerneicki, B. : Anti-HER2 Th1 Response is Superior to Breast MRI in Response to Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients with HER2 Positive Breast Cancer. Society of Surgical Oncology 2015 Notes: Abstract accepted to a plenary session for the Society of Surgical Oncology, March 4th, 2016.

McDonald, ES, Assistant Editor (Radiology), Editor in chief, Litin, S. Mayo Clinic.: Mayo Clinic Family Health Book 4th Edition. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 4th Edition, 2009.

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