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:

  • 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
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:

  • Anna Arutyunova, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Jamie Brower, Research Project Manager
  • Samm Deighan, Social Media Coordinator
  • Rhonda Kitlas Gillette, Research Project Manager
  • Patricia Lafferty, Program Coordinator
  • Mary Hurley, Genetic Counseling Assistant
  • Courtney Newsome, Outreach Coordinator
  • Stacy Pundock, Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Nichole Rossillio, Patient Services Coordinator
  • Pauleen Sanchez, Clinical Research Assistant
  • Heather Symecko, Associate Director of Clinical Research