Kenneth Offit, MD -- Chief, Clinical Genetics Service

Kenneth Offit, MD

Medical Oncologist

Titles

Chief, Clinical Genetics Service; Robert and Kate Niehaus Chair in Inherited Cancer Genomics; Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Medicine

Clinical Expertise

Genetic Predisposition to Cancer; Lymphomas and Hodgkin's Disease; Cancer Risk Counseling

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About Me

Education

MD, Harvard Medical School

Residencies

Internal Medicine - Lenox Hill Hospital

Fellowships

Hematology/Oncology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology

I am a medical oncologist with clinical and laboratory experience in cancer genetics. My research focuses on defining genetic factors that cause an increased susceptibility to cancer. My research team identified the most common mutation associated with an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer among individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. My MSKCC colleagues and I also published the first prospective series describing the outcome of preventive ovarian surgery and screening in women at hereditary risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Ongoing research is aimed at defining new genetic risk factors and tailored interventions for families at hereditary risk for cancers of the breast, ovary, colon, prostate, and lymphoid organs.

I have served as a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Genetics Working Group, chaired the subcommittee on cancer genetics of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and serve on a number of local and federal advisory committees dealing with cancer genetic testing and genomic risk profiling.

Awards and Honors

  • Castle Connolly: New York Magazine Top Doctors (2002-2008
  • 2014-2018)

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