Program Directors and Mentors


The OPTICS Training Program is led by four senior career-stage directors in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics with long track records of impactful research, mentorship, and successful knowledge translation.

Jonine Bernstein
Jonine Lisa Bernstein

Attending Epidemiologist; Co-Leader, Population Sciences Research Program

Jun J. Mao, MD, MSCE
Jun J. Mao

Chief, Integrative Medicine Service; Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine

Katherine Panageas, DrPH
Katherine Panageas

Attending Biostatistician; Director, Research Support

Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Oncologist Deb Schrag
Deb Schrag

Chair, Department of Medicine, George J. Bosl Chair at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


In addition to its program directors, OPTICS unites faculty members from several departments and divisions across MSK, all of whom have exceptional track records in mentoring.

Colin Begg
Colin Begg

Chairman, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Victoria S. Blinder, MD
Victoria S. Blinder

Associate Attending Physician

Matthew F. Buas
Matthew F. Buas

Associate Attending Epidemiologist

Memorial Sloan Kettering neurologist & neuro-oncologist Eli Diamond
Eli L. Diamond

Associate Attending Physician

Mengmeng (Margaret) Du, Assistant Attending Epidemiologist
Mengmeng (Margaret) Du

Associate Attending Epidemiologist

James Flory, MD
James Flory

Associate Attending Physician

Helena Furberg, Associate Attending Epidemiologist
Helena Furberg

Associate Attending Epidemiologist

Francesa M. Gany
Francesca M. Gany

Chief, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service; Nicholls-Biondi Chair for Community Health Equity

Mithat Gönen
Mithat Gönen

Chief, Biostatistics Service

Corita R. Grudzen, Memorial Sloan Kettering Emergency Medicine Physician
Corita R. Grudzen

Head, Division of Supportive and Acute Care Services, Department of Medicine; Fern Grayer Chair in Oncology Care and Patient Experience

Neil M. Iyengar, MD
Neil M. Iyengar

Associate Attending Physician

The Lee Jones Lab
Lee Jones
Elizabeth Kantor
Elizabeth Kantor

Associate Attending Epidemiologist, Geoffrey Beene Junior Faculty Chair

Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon T. Peter Kingham
T. Peter Kingham

Director, Global Cancer Disparities Initiatives

Jennifer C. Leng
Yuelin Li, Associate Attending Behavioral Scientist
Yuelin Li

Associate Attending Behavioral Scientist

Aaron Mitchell, MD, MPH
Aaron Mitchell

Assistant Attending

Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Oncologist Michael Morris
Michael J. Morris

Prostate Cancer Section Head, Genitourinary Oncology; Steven A. Greenberg Chair in Prostate Cancer Research

Chaya Moskowitz, Attending  Biostatistician
Chaya Moskowitz

Attending Biostatistician

Kenneth Offit, MD -- Chief, Clinical Genetics Service
Kenneth Offit

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

Lawrence H. Schwartz
Lawrence H. Schwartz

Chair, Department of Radiology; Hedvig Hricak Chair in Radiology

Jessica Scott
Jessica Scott

Principal Investigator

Venkatraman Seshan, PhD
Venkatraman Seshan

Director of Biostatistics Computer-Intensive Support Services

Ronglai Shen
Ronglai Shen

Attending Biostatistician

Dr. Andrew Vickers
Andrew Vickers

Attending Research Methodologist

Memorial Sloan Kettering surgeon Alice Wei
Alice Wei

Co-Director, Surgical Initiatives, David M. Rubenstein Center for Pancreatic Cancer Research; Associate Professor of Sugery, Weill-Cornell School of Medicine

Anthony Yu, MD
Anthony Yu

Principal Investigator

Pictured: Ann Zauber
Ann Zauber

Attending Biostatistician

Emerging Mentors

Yuan Chen
Yuan Chen

Assistant Attending Biostatistician

Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Robert Daly
Robert Daly

Assistant Attending Physician

Memorial Sloan Kettering hospitalist Lisa Diamond
Lisa Diamond
Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Angela Green
Angela Green

Assistant Attending Physician

Memorial Sloan Kettering integrative medicine specialist Kevin Liou
Kevin Liou

Director, Integrative Medicine Fellowship Program

Allison Lipitz-Snyderman
Allison Lipitz-Snyderman

Associate Member

Memorial Sloan Kettering Neurosurgeon William Christopher Newman
William Christopher Newman

Assistant Attending Neurosurgeon

Talya Salz, Associate Attending Outcomes Research Scientist
Talya Salz

Associate Attending Outcomes Research Scientist

Xiang Shu
Xiang Shu

Assistant Attending

Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Zsofia Stadler
Zsofia K. Stadler

Clinical Director, Clinical Genetics Service

Research Supporters

Thomas Atkinson
Thomas Atkinson

Assistant Attending Behavioral Scientist

Barbara C. Egan, MD -- Assistant Chair for Inpatient Affairs, Department of Medicine
Barbara C. Egan

Chief, Hospital Medicine Service, Department of Medicine

David G. Pfister, MD
David G. Pfister

Chief, Head and Neck Oncology Service; Associate Deputy Physician-in-Chief, Strategic Partnerships

John Philip

Senior Application Analyst

Memorial Sloan Kettering internist & Chief Health Informatics Officer Peter Stetson
Peter D. Stetson

Chief Health Informatics Officer