Breast cancer and ovarian cancer specialist, Victoria L. Seewaldt, MD, has joined City of Hope as the Ruth Ziegler Chair in Population Sciences. Dr. Seewaldt, who is a specialist in developing risk models for aggressive cancers, will also serve as the Associate Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center in Duarte, California. She assumed these roles on October 1.
Dr. Seewaldt will also lead the Breast Cancer Early Detection and Health Disparities Program at City of Hope, operating a clinic for women at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers and working to better understand which cancers can be predicted and thus prevented. She will also work with City of Hope’s community sites to gather information on the areas’ diverse population in order to gain a more thorough understanding of risk and disease progression.
Prior to joining City of Hope, Dr. Seewaldt was Professor of Medicine and Leader of the Comprehensive Cancer Breast and Ovarian Cancer Program at Duke University. She also founded the institution’s community outreach program for underserved women.
Dr. Seewaldt earned her medical degree from the University of California, Davis, completed her residency and clinical fellowship in medical oncology under the ABIM Clinical Investigator Pathway at the University of Washington, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. ■