Founded at the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
Katharine Nathanson

Katharine Nathanson, MD

Deputy Director, Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine

Pearl Basser Professor for BRCA-Related Research, Abramson Cancer Center Director of Genetics, Basser Center Professor of Medicine, Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics, Department of Medicine and Department of Genetics, Perelman School of Medicine

Katherine (Kate) L. Nathanson, MD is a Professor of Medicine, in the Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics, and Genetics, at the Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She is Deputy Director of the Abramson Cancer Center, and Director of Genetics for the Basser Center for BRCA. Dr. Nathanson received her BA from Haverford College and MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed residencies in both Internal Medicine and Clinical Genetics along with a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer genetics. She is internationally recognized for both her clinical and research expertise in cancer genetics/genomics. Her research focuses on both inherited susceptibility to cancer and somatic genetic characterization of tumors, with interests across multiple tumor types, including testicular germ cell tumors, hereditary breast and ovarian cancers, melanoma and neuroendocrine tumors.


Dr. Nathanson has published over 270 peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Nature, JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine and Cancer Cell. Dr. Nathanson has an extensive record of national service, serving on committees for multiple organizations, such as ACMG and AACR, several editorial boards, and scientific review committees including as Chair of the Cancer Genetics study section for the National Institutes of Health. She has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the American Association of Physicians, and recently received the Osler Award for Patient Oriented Research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

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