Sponsored Researchers


Jane Churpek, MDJane E. Churpek, MD, assistant professor of medicine, is researching the inherited genetic factors that make individuals at risk for developing blood cancers (hematologic malignancies) and bone marrow disorders, and is working to develop ways to detect these diseases early, and ultimately, prevent them.

She also helps individuals and their families understand their risk of developing cancer and ways they can reduce these risks. Dr. Churpek serves as the primary investigator on multiple studies designed to investigate the genes that may increase an individual’s risk of developing cancer.


Nita LeeNita Karnik Lee, MD, PhD, assistant professor of obstetrics/gynecology, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of women with gynecologic malignancies.

Her research interests include cancer survivorship, cancer disparities, and clinical trials focusing on new therapies for ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers. She is an active member of the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a cooperative research group supported by the National Cancer Institute.




Russell Szmulewitz, MD, is an expert in the treatment and management of prostate, bladder, kidney, and testicular cancers. His clinical focus is on the treatment of patients with advanced prostate cancer, with particular expertise in the use of leading-edge hormonal, targeted, and immunotherapies. Dr. Szmulewitz works in close collaboration with urologists, radiation oncologists, and geriatricians who also specialize in the care of prostate cancer patients.