We Take Cancer Personally

Our mission is to see a world free of the devastating effects of BRCA-related cancers.

Innovative Research

By advancing genetics research, carriers of BRCA mutations can live longer, healthier lives. The Basser Center continues to establish a far-reaching network of scientists, geneticists, and physicians dedicated to successfully treating BRCA-related cancers, and preventing them altogether.

Education and Genetic Counseling

The Basser Center is a place where families can turn for education and genetic counseling. We are a leader in raising awareness, which is currently the most effective way to save lives and provide options to those affected by a BRCA mutation.

Generous Support

The Basser Center for BRCA was established at Penn Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center in 2012 by Penn alumni Mindy and Jon Gray, whose total giving to the center is $110 million. Their visionary gift grows stronger every day through the commitment of our generous donors and philanthropic partners.

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Our Team

Basser Center Leadership

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

Internal Advisory Board

External Advisory Board

  • Chair
  • John Petrini, PhD
    Chair of the Molecular Biology Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute
  • Alan Ashworth, PhD
    Director of UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Olivera J. Finn, PhD
    Distinguished Professor at University of Pittsburgh, Departments of Immunology and Surgery
  • 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
  • Allison Kurian, MD, MSc
    Professor of Medicine and of Epidemiology and Population Health at Stanford University

Clinical Staff

  • Angela Bradbury, MD
    Medical Oncologist
  • Kara Maxwell, MD, PhD
    Medical Oncologist
  • Vivek Narayan, MD, MS
    Medical Oncologist
  • Kim Reiss-Binder, MD
    Medical Oncologist
  • Payal Shah, MD
    Medical Oncologist
  • Avi Anantharajah, MS, LCGC
    Genetic Counselor
  • Jackie Cappadocia, MS, LCGC
    Genetic Counselor
  • Dana Clark, MS, LCGC
    Senior Genetic Counselor
  • Jessica Ebrahimzadeh, MS, LCGC
    Genetic Counselor
  • Mosetta Harris, MSN, CRNP
    Oncology Nurse Practitioner
  • Jessica Long, MS, LCGC
    Genetic Counselor
  • Derek Mann, MS, LCGC
    Genetic Counselor
  • Danielle McKenna, MS, LCGC
    Genetic Counselor
  • Kimberly Molinari, CRNP, MSN
    Oncology Nurse Practitioner
  • Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC
    Associate Director of Genetic Counseling
  • Kelsey Spielman, MS, LCGC
    Genetic Counselor

Administrative Staff

  • Jamie Brower
    Research Project Manager
  • Rhonda Kitlas Gillette
    Research Project Manager
  • Patricia Lafferty
    Program Coordinator
  • Mary Hurley
    Genetic Counseling Assistant
  • Veronica Rodriguez
    Outreach Coordinator
  • Nichole Rossillio
    Patient Services Coordinator
  • Heather Symecko
    Associate Director of Clinical Research
  • Catherine Wolfe
    Clinical Research Coordinator

Development Staff

  • Carolyn Brown
    Sr. Associate Director of Development & Community Engagement
  • Laura Rostock Ferraiolo
    Senior Director of Development
  • Dorothy Mejia-Smith
    Sr. Associate Director of Development & Communications
  • Karleigh Rose Pettit
    Acting Director of Development
  • Brian Schwabenland
    Development Program Specialist

Our Unwavering Mission

Even with the considerable and heartbreaking hurdles of the global pandemic, Basser persisted and propelled scientific discovery, BRCA awareness and access to genetic counseling and testing. Our 2020 progress report highlights the research, statistics and stories that guide us in our mission.

Read the Progress Report