University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Karla Kerlikowske, MD

Karla Kerlikowske, MD

Professor, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology/Biostatistics, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Breast Oncology

Research Summary

I have published widely on breast imaging and the epidemiology of invasive breast cancer, DCIS and breast density, and risk prediction models for invasive breast cancer. I have extensive experience, expertise, and leadership in large-scale multi-disciplinary NIH-funded efforts of breast cancer screening, risk factors, and risk, including the U01 San Francisco Mammography Registry (SFMR), P50 UCSF Breast Cancer SPORE, P01 Breast Density Program Project, and the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) P01 Risk-based Breast Cancer Screening Program Project. As PI or co-PI on several these grants, I have developed cohorts of women at risk for invasive breast cancer and DCIS and developed comprehensive databases that include breast imaging, pathologic, clinical, biomarker, and risk factor data, as well as follow-up for subsequent disease and death. In addition, I have successfully administered projects (e.g., staffing, research protections, budget), collaborated with other researchers, and produced many peer-reviewed publications from each project. I have a demonstrated record of successful and productive research projects in areas of high relevance for breast cancer screening, breast density, DCIS, and risk prediction.

Education

Michigan State University, East Lansing, BS, 1978, Medical Technology
University of California, Berkeley, MS, 1984, Nutrition
University of California San Francisco, MD, 1988, Medicine
University of California San Francisco, 1988-1989, Medicine Internship
University of California San Francisco, 1989-1991, Primary Care Medicine Residency 
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, San Francisco, 1991-1993, Fellow in General Internal Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 1975
    Tower Guard Award for Scholastic Achievement
  • 1975-77
    Honors College, Michigan State University
  • 1978
    Magna cum laude, Michigan State University
  • 1986
    Student Summer Research Fellowship, UCSF
  • 1987
    Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 1994-96
    American Cancer Society Award for Primary Care Physicians
  • 2009
    American Cancer Society Research Scholar
  • 2014
    SGIM Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research
  • 2016
    Journal of Women's Health Award for Outstanding Achievement in Women’s Health Research

Selected Publications

  1. Kleinstern G, Scott CG, Tamimi RM, Jensen MR, Pankratz VS, Bertrand KA, Norman AD, Visscher DW, Couch FJ, Brandt K, Shepherd J, Wu FF, Chen YY, Cummings SR, Winham S, Kerlikowske K, Vachon CM. Association of mammographic density measures and breast cancer "intrinsic" molecular subtypes. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Jan 04.
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  2. Kerlikowske K, Bissell MCS, Sprague BL, Buist DSM, Henderson LM, Lee JM, Miglioretti DL. Advanced Breast Cancer Definitions by Staging System Examined in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 Nov 10.
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  3. Durham DD, Roberts MC, Khan CP, Abraham LA, Smith RA, Kerlikowske K, Miglioretti DL. Age at initiation of screening mammography by family history of breast cancer in the breast cancer surveillance consortium. Cancer Causes Control. 2021 Jan; 32(1):103-107.
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  4. Wernli KJ, Callaway KA, Henderson LM, Kerlikowske K, Lee JM, Ross-Degnan D, Wallace JK, Wharam JF, Zhang F, Stout NK. Trends in screening breast magnetic resonance imaging use among US women, 2006 to 2016. Cancer. 2020 Dec 15; 126(24):5293-5302.
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  5. Bissell MCS, Kerlikowske K, Sprague BL, Tice JA, Gard CC, Tossas KY, Rauscher GH, Trentham-Dietz A, Henderson LM, Onega T, Keegan THM, Miglioretti DL. Breast Cancer Population Attributable Risk Proportions Associated with Body Mass Index and Breast Density by Race/Ethnicity and Menopausal Status. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Oct; 29(10):2048-2056.
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  6. Lowry KP, Coley RY, Miglioretti DL, Kerlikowske K, Henderson LM, Onega T, Sprague BL, Lee JM, Herschorn S, Tosteson ANA, Rauscher G, Lee CI. Screening Performance of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis vs Digital Mammography in Community Practice by Patient Age, Screening Round, and Breast Density. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 07 01; 3(7):e2011792.
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  7. Kenny JD, Karliner LS, Kerlikowske K, Kaplan CP, Fernandez-Lamothe A, Burke NJ. Organization Communication Factors and Abnormal Mammogram Follow-up: a Qualitative Study Among Ethnically Diverse Women Across Three Healthcare Systems. J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Oct; 35(10):3000-3006.
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  8. Lowry KP, Trentham-Dietz A, Schechter CB, Alagoz O, Barlow WE, Burnside ES, Conant EF, Hampton JM, Huang H, Kerlikowske K, Lee SJ, Miglioretti DL, Sprague BL, Tosteson ANA, Yaffe MJ, Stout NK. Long-Term Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness of Breast Cancer Screening With Digital Breast Tomosynthesis in the United States. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 06 01; 112(6):582-589.
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  9. Demb J, Abraham L, Miglioretti DL, Sprague BL, O'Meara ES, Advani S, Henderson LM, Onega T, Buist DSM, Schousboe JT, Walter LC, Kerlikowske K, Braithwaite D. Screening Mammography Outcomes: Risk of Breast Cancer and Mortality by Comorbidity Score and Age. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2020 06 01; 112(6):599-606.
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  10. Gastounioti A, Kasi CD, Scott CG, Brandt KR, Jensen MR, Hruska CB, Wu FF, Norman AD, Conant EF, Winham SJ, Kerlikowske K, Kontos D, Vachon CM. Evaluation of LIBRA Software for Fully Automated Mammographic Density Assessment in Breast Cancer Risk Prediction. Radiology. 2020 Jul; 296(1):24-31.
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  11. Sprague BL, Miglioretti DL, Lee CI, Perry H, Tosteson AAN, Kerlikowske K. New mammography screening performance metrics based on the entire screening episode. Cancer. 2020 Jul 15; 126(14):3289-3296.
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  12. Henderson LM, O'Meara ES, Haas JS, Lee CI, Kerlikowske K, Sprague BL, Alford-Teaster J, Onega T. The Role of Social Determinants of Health in Self-Reported Access to Health Care Among Women Undergoing Screening Mammography. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2020 Nov; 29(11):1437-1446.
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  13. Sprague BL, Coley RY, Kerlikowske K, Rauscher GH, Henderson LM, Onega T, Lee CI, Herschorn SD, Tosteson ANA, Miglioretti DL. Assessment of Radiologist Performance in Breast Cancer Screening Using Digital Breast Tomosynthesis vs Digital Mammography. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 03 02; 3(3):e201759.
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  14. Shieh Y, Ziv E, Kerlikowske K. Interval breast cancers - insights into a complex phenotype. Nat Rev Clin Oncol. 2020 03; 17(3):138-139.
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  15. Buist DSM, Ichikawa L, Wernli KJ, Lee CI, Henderson LM, Kerlikowske K, Bowles EJA, Miglioretti DL, Specht J, Rauscher GH, Sprague BL, Onega T, Lee JM. Facility Variability in Examination Indication Among Women With Prior Breast Cancer: Implications and the Need for Standardization. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Jun; 17(6):755-764.
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  16. Schifferdecker KE, Tosteson ANA, Kaplan C, Kerlikowske K, Buist DSM, Henderson LM, Johnson D, Jaworski J, Jackson-Nefertiti G, Ehrlich K, Marsh MW, Vu L, Onega T, Wernli KJ. Knowledge and Perception of Breast Density, Screening Mammography, and Supplemental Screening: in Search of "Informed". J Gen Intern Med. 2020 Jun; 35(6):1654-1660.
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  17. Brandt KR, Scott CG, Miglioretti DL, Jensen MR, Mahmoudzadeh AP, Hruska C, Ma L, Wu FF, Cummings SR, Norman AD, Engmann NJ, Shepherd JA, Winham SJ, Kerlikowske K, Vachon CM. Automated volumetric breast density measures: differential change between breasts in women with and without breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res. 2019 10 28; 21(1):118.
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  18. Henderson LM, Ichikawa L, Buist DSM, Lee JM, Bush M, Johnson D, Onega T, Nekhlyudov L, Kerlikowske K, Miglioretti DL, Sprague BL, Wernli KJ. Patterns of Breast Imaging Use Among Women with a Personal History of Breast Cancer. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 10; 34(10):2098-2106.
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  19. Lee JM, Smith R, Kerlikowske K. Benefits of Supplemental Ultrasonography With Mammography-Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 08 01; 179(8):1150-1151.
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  20. Kerlikowske K, Miglioretti DL, Vachon CM. Discussions of Dense Breasts, Breast Cancer Risk, and Screening Choices in 2019. JAMA. 2019 Jul 02; 322(1):69-70.
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