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Allison W. Kurian, M.D., M.Sc.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and of Health Research and Policy at the Stanford University Medical Center

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Stanford Womens Cancer Center 900 Blake Wilbur Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 498-6004 Fax (650) 498-7237
  • Academic Offices
    Alternate Contact
    Women's Cancer Center Tel Work 650-498-6004
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview


Allison W. Kurian, M.D., M.Sc. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and of Health Research and Policy at Stanford University School of Medicine. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School, trained as a resident in Internal Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed her fellowship training in Medical Oncology along with a master’s degree in Epidemiology at Stanford University. As Associate Director of the Stanford Program in Clinical Cancer Genetics, and physician leader of the Stanford Women’s Cancer Genetics Clinic, her clinical practice centers on women at high risk for developing breast and gynecologic cancers. Dr. Kurian’s research focuses on the identification of women with elevated breast and gynecologic cancer risk, and on the development and evaluation of novel techniques for early cancer detection and risk reduction. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the Komen Foundation, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the California Breast Cancer Research Program, the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Clinical Focus

  • Cancer> Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Medical Oncology
  • Breast Cancer Risk

Administrative Appointments

  • Primary Medical Oncology Investigator, Cancer Surveillance and Outcomes Research Team (CanSORT), University of Michigan School of Medicine (2014 - present)
  • Co-Investigator, Prospective Registry of MultiPlex Testing (PROMPT) Study (2014 - present)
  • Oncology Consultant, Breast Cancer Working Group, Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET), National Cancer Institute (2014 - present)
  • Associate Member, Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection (2014 - present)
  • Track Leader, Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology, Scientific Program Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology (2013 - 2014)
  • Director, Cancer Education Seminar, Stanford Division of Oncology (2013 - present)
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Honors and Awards

  • Oncology Division Teaching Award, Stanford University School of Medicine (2014)
  • Suzanne Pride Bryan Award for Breast Cancer Research, Stanford University Cancer Institute (2013)
  • Top 12 publications funded by the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program, National Cancer Institute (2011)
  • New Clinical Investigator Award, Stanford University Cancer Institute (2011)
  • Translational Research Award, California Breast Cancer Research Program (2010)
  • Jan Weimer Faculty Chair for Breast Oncology, Stanford University Cancer Institute (2008)
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Professional Education

M.Sc.: Stanford University, Epidemiology (2006)
Board Certification: Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2005)
Fellowship: Stanford University School of Medicine CA (2005)
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital MA (2002)
Internship: Massachusetts General Hospital MA (2000)
Medical Education: Harvard Medical School MA (1999)
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Current Research and Scholarly Interests

I aim to improve the outcomes of women's cancers through clinically-oriented research on genetic risk assessment, risk-adapted screening and prevention. My research employs methods from the population sciences, in close collaboration with the Stanford Division of Epidemiology, Department of Radiology and Center for Biomedical Informatics Research; the Cancer Prevention Institute of California; the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute; and the University of Michigan. I have led epidemiologic studies of risk factors for breast and gynecologic cancers, clinical trials of novel approaches to the prevention of breast cancer, and decision analyses of strategies to optimize breast and gynecologic cancer outcomes.

I currently lead the Oncoshare project at Stanford, a breast cancer outcomes research initiative using integrated data from electronic medical records and the population-based Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Registry. Other recent work includes the development of a decision support tool to help women with BRCA1/2 mutations manage their cancer risks (, and research on the clinical impact of next-generation sequencing panels for hereditary cancer risk assessment.


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