Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center—Washington Township Welcomes Dr. Ana María López as Medical Oncology Lead
August 22, 2018
Dr. López will help expand Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center’s comprehensive cancer care in South Jersey
Philadelphia (August 22nd, 2018) — Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP, joins the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center—Jefferson Health (SKCC) as the Vice Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief of Cancer Services at Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center—Washington Township in New Jersey. She brings with her an expertise in breast and gynecological cancers, integrative medicine, telehealth and cancer health equity.
Currently, Dr. López is president of the Philadelphia-based American College of Physicians, which is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States. Additionally, her strong commitment to cancer disparities is reflected in her leadership of the American Society of Clinical Oncology committee on cancer disparities.
“Dr. López’s expertise in women’s cancers is part of our strong recruitment effort to bring nationally renowned physicians to our oncology program for the treatment of breast, ovarian and cervical cancers with leading-edge care,” said Karen Knudsen, PhD, Enterprise Director of the NCI-Designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.
Jefferson Health has grown over the last five years, expanding from three to fourteen hospitals since 2013, including expansion into New Jersey by merging with Kennedy Health System in September 2017. This growth has empowered Jefferson to add highly skilled, nationally renowned physicians like Dr. Lopez into suburban communities like Washington Township to fill previously unmet needs like ob-gyn oncology services.
“Being a part of an academic medical center includes a faculty appointment and other benefits that aren’t typically available at community-based health systems. Many esteemed physicians look for this opportunity when searching for their next hospital to call home, said Kate Kinslow, Chief Integration Officer at Jefferson Health. “The merger of Jefferson and Kennedy made it possible to recruit Dr. Lopez and is a great example of how Jefferson’s growth is quite literally changing the lives we serve.”
Dr. López joins Jefferson most recently from the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, where she was Director of Cancer Health Equality, in addition to Associate VP for Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Utah (UU) Health; Associate Director of Collaboration and Engagement Services at the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences; and Professor of Medicine at UU School of Medicine.
She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and received her medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson. During her time at University of Arizona, Tucson, she completed a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Hematology/Oncology and was Chief Medical Resident. Dr. López went on to complete a Postdoctoral NIH Research Fellowship in Cancer Prevention and Etiology in Arizona.