2013 – 2015 Clinical Investigator Award Recipients

swati_kulkarni_111x167Swati Kulkarni, MD
University of Chicago Medicine & Biologic Sciences
Bariatric surgery alters estradiol availability and estrogen receptor alpha activity in postmenopausal women
Supported by an educational grant from Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Dr. Kulkarni is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Her clinical practice is focused in breast cancer. Dr. Kulkarni received her MD degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania. She completed her general surgery residency at The New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and a breast fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. After completing her training, Dr. Kulkarni joined the faculty at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in 2004 where she received funding from the NCI for her research and was the director of the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment and Prevention Program. She moved to the University of Chicago in 2011 where she continues to be an active clinical and translational researcher with a primary interest in breast cancer prevention.

Jonathan Wright, MD  
Assistant Professor
University of Washington Department of Urology, School of Medicine
Research:  “A Phase 1-2 Study of Rapamycin and Cisplatin/Gemcitabine for Treatment of Patients with Bladder Cancer”  
Supported by an educational grant from Amgen

Dr. Wright is a board certified urologist at the University of Washington and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. After finishing his Urology Residency at the University of Washington, he completed a two-year Society of Urologic Oncology Accredited Fellowship in Urologic Oncology at the University of Washington. He performs both open and robotic surgery for the management of urologic malignancies. Dr. Wright is also an Affiliate Investigator at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and has a Masters Degree in Epidemiology. His research interests include biomarkers in bladder cancer and improving outcomes for patients with bladder cancer. In addition to the Society of Surgical Oncology, Dr. Wright is also a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the Society of Urologic Oncology and the American Urological Society.

Tina Yen, MD
Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology
The Medical College of Wisconsin  
Research:  “A population-based study of sentinel lymph mode biopsy adoption among breast cancer patients: Does efficacy translate to effectiveness?”
Supported by an educational grant from Genentech

Dr. Yen is an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) with a clinical practice focused in breast cancer and endocrine surgery. She has a primary affiliation with MCW’s Center for Patient Care and Outcomes Research and is the Director of MCW’s Cancer Center’s Observational Methods Shared Resource. Dr. Yen received her MD degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her general surgery residency at the University of Washington and surgical oncology fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She joined MCW in 2004 and received a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology in 2006. Dr. Yen recently completed a 5-year NCI K07 career development award and competitive ARRA administrative supplement on lymphedema after breast cancer treatment, utilizing survey data, SEER and Medicare claims. Her health services research interests focus on studying breast cancer quality of care, patterns of care, and the relationship of these patterns of care to outcomes of breast cancer survivors in the United States.