Dr. Beth Y. Karlan

Dr. Beth Y. Karlan is the Director of the Women's Cancer Research Institute, the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Detection Program and the holder of the Board of Governors' Endowed Chair in Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Karlan also is Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  Board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and in gynecologic oncology, Dr. Karlan has been awarded research grants from such groups as the Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society. Her research interests include the genetic definition and phenotypic determinants of human ovarian carcinomas, molecular biomarker discovery and inherited cancer susceptibility.

Dr. Karlan has written over 100 articles, many published in peer-reviewed publications. She also serves as an Editorial Board Member for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Gynecologic Oncology. Dr. Karlan's national leadership is exemplified by her positions as President of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (2005-2006), a member of the Gynecologic Oncology Division of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and service on the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons. In 2006, Dr. Karlan was awarded the American Cancer Society, California Division, Early Detection Professorship. After a nationwide search, Dr. Karlan was appointed Editor-in-Chief for the Gynecologic Oncology Journal, effective January 2008.