Breast surgeon Tari King has been named to the newly endowed Jeanne A. Petrek Junior Faculty Chair. An expert in the surgical management of breast cancer, Dr. King, who has an active interest in translational research, is the principal investigator of the Breast Surgery Research Laboratory. A major focus of her research, for which she recently received an award from the Society of Surgical Oncologists, is elucidating the molecular genetics of the invasive breast cancer risk associated with lobular carcinoma in situ. She received her MD degree in 1996 from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and completed her surgical residency at Ochsner Clinic, in New Orleans. She came to Memorial Sloan Kettering as a breast surgery fellow in 2001 and joined the faculty in 2003.
The chair she holds is named in honor of Dr. Petrek, a highly regarded breast surgeon and clinical investigator whose career at Memorial Sloan Kettering spanned more than 20 years, from 1984 until her death in 2005. The chair was endowed with funds from more
than 500 donors, many of whom were Dr. Petrek’s patients.