Led by Executive Director Susan Domchek, MD, the Basser Center for BRCA at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center is home to researchers, physicians and genetic counselors who are leaders in the field of hereditary cancers. Dedicated to eradicating BRCA-related cancers, the Basser Center builds upon the strengths of the Abramson Cancer Center’s formidable cancer genetics, vaccine research, and oncology programs.

Basser Center Leadership
Basser's Leadership team: Susan Domchek, MD, Beth Stearman, MPH, Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD, Katherine L. Nathanson, MD, and Roger Greenberg, MD, PhD. 

Basser Center Leadership:

Internal Advisory Board:

External Advisory Board:

  • Alan Ashworth, PhD, Director of UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Bruce Chabner, MD, Director of Clinical Research at Harvard Medical School
  • Judy Garber, MD, MPH, Director of Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Andrew Godwin, PhD, Deputy Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center
  • Colleen McBride, PhD, Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
  • John Petrini, PhD, Chair of the Molecular Biology Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute
  • Victor Velculescu, MD, PhD, Director of Cancer Genetics and Co-Director of Cancer Biology at Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center
Basser Genetic Counselors
Basser Center genetic counselors: Jessica Long, MS, LCGC, Dana Clark, MS, LCGC, Jackie Powers, MS, LCGC, Jessica Ebrahimzadeh, MS, LCGC, and Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC; Kelsey Spielman, MS, LCGC, not pictured.

Clinical Staff:

Administrative Staff:

  • Melissa Batson, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Jamie Brower, Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Samm Deighan, Social Media Coordinator
  • Rhonda Kitlas Gillette, Research Project Manager
  • Patricia Lafferty, Program Coordinator
  • Heather Symecko, Associate Director of Clinical Research