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Associate Director, Translational Research - Massimo Cristofanilli, MD

The Associate Director for Translational Research is appointed by and reports to the Director of the Lurie Cancer Center. The position is responsible for the development and coordination of Lurie Cancer Center OncoSET (Sequence, Evaluate, Treat) research program. 

The Associate Director for Translational Research also oversees  translational research efforts in the Lurie Cancer Center. The OncoSET program personalizes cancer care for patients by sequencing the individual genetic profile of their tumors and evaluating the results to provide the treatments or clinical trials that will offer the greatest benefit.

An expert in the translational research and treatment of patients with inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), Massimo Cristofanilli, MD, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of Lurie Cancer Center OncoSET.

Dr. Cristofanilli has led the development of novel diagnostic and prognostic markers in primary and metastatic breast cancer (MBC). His research is focused on advancing a patient-centered, biology driven model of cancer care; combining sophisticated tissue and blood-based molecular diagnostic technologies and innovative treatments.

Prior to joining the Lurie Cancer Center, Dr. Cristofanilli was Director of the Breast Care Center and Deputy Director for Translational Research at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Medical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, and Executive Director of the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program and Clinic at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.