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Katherine L. Nathanson, MD

Katherine L. Nathanson, MD Physician

Professor of Medicine Professor of Genetics

Languages spoken:

  • French

Dr. Nathanson is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Katherine L. Nathanson

Recognized by America's Top Doctors 2015 – 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's May 2018 Top Docs issue

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Medical Genetics

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Medical Genetics, 1999

Clinical Expertise:

  • Acoustic Neuroma (Vestibular Schwannoma)
  • Birt-Hogg-Dubé Syndrome
  • Cancer Genetic Testing
  • Genetic and Rare Diseases Treatments and Procedures
  • Genetic Counseling
  • Genetic Skin Disorders
  • Genetic Testing
  • Hereditary Cancer Syndrome
  • Hereditary Papillary Renal Cancer
  • Klinefelter Syndrome (XXY Syndrome)
  • Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS)
  • Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1)
  • Paraganglioma
  • Pheocromocytoma
  • Schwannomatosis
  • Tuberous Sclerosis
  • Von Hippel Lindau Syndrome (VHL)

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Memberships

American Association for Cancer Research, National American College of Medical Genetics, National American College of Physicians, National American Society for Clinical Investigation, National American Society for Human Genetics, National Breast Cancer Information Core Steering Committee, National Melanoma Research Breakthrough Consortium, National Movember GAP5 Translational Research Steering Committee (Testicular Cancer), International National Institutes of Health, Cancer Genetics Study Section, National National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute Loan Repayment Program Study Section, National National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Special Emphasis Panel, Feasibility and Planning Studies for SPOREs to Investigate Cancer Health Disparities (P20), National National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Special Emphasis Panel, RFA-CA-17-035-Pre-Cancer Atlas Research Centers, National Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Nathanson is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Nathanson’s research focuses on the genetics of human cancer, both germline changes which confer susceptibility to cancer and somatic genetic changes associated with outcome.

Her research projects fall into several areas:

1) Identification and characterization of germline genetic changes associated with breast cancer susceptibility. These projects utilize two sample sets, a large clinical database of high risk breast cancer patients and a case-control study of white and black patients with breast cancer. Currently the projects in the laboratory focus on resequencing of BRCA1-associated genes as candidate breast cancer susceptibility genes in patients with high risk breast cancer and studying copy number variation as associated with potential susceptibility to high risk breast cancer in families with multiple cases of breast cancer.

2) Identification of genetic changes associated with testicular cancer susceptibility in case-control sample set. Dr. Nathanson recently completed a successful genome wide association study in testicular cancer, and is in the process of designing and doing a number of follow-up studies.

3) Identification of somatic genetic markers in melanoma as determinants of response to therapy. The projects in the laboratory focus on several aspects of melanoma genetics including genotyping patients to determine targeted therapy selection, using genetics and genomics to sub-set melanomas, as well as understand response to therapy, and identify novel genes important in melanoma progression.

Selected Publications:

Qian F, Wang S, Mitchell J, McGuffog L, Barrowdale D, Leslie G, Oosterwijk JC, Chung WK, Evans DG, Engel C, Kast K, Aalfs CM, Adank MA, Adlard J, Agnarsson BA, Aittomäki K, Alducci E, Andrulis IL, Arun BK, Ausems MGEM, Azzollini J, Barouk-Simonet E, Barwell J, Belotti M, Benitez J, Berger A, Borg A, Bradbury AR, Brunet J, Buys SS, Caldes T, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Caputo SM, Chiquette J, Claes KBM, Margriet Collée J, Couch FJ, Coupier I, Daly MB, Davidson R, Diez O, Domchek SM, Donaldson A, Dorfling CM: Height and Body Mass Index as Modifiers of Breast Cancer Risk in BRCA1/2 Mutation Carriers: A Mendelian Randomization Study J Natl Cancer Inst. : 2018.

Stewart DR, Korf BR, Nathanson KL, Stevenson DA, Yohay K.: Response to Hannah-Shmouni and Stratakis Genet Med. : 2018.

MacFarland SP, Zelley K, Long JM, McKenna D, Mamula P, Domchek SM, Nathanson KL, Brodeur GM, Rustgi AK, Katona BW, Maxwell KN.: Earlier colorectal cancer screening may be necessary in patients with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome Gastroenterology : 2018.

Stewart DR, Korf BR, Nathanson KL, Stevenson DA, Yohay K.: Care of adults with neurofibromatosis type 1: a clinical practice resource of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) Genet Med. 20 (7): 671-682,2018.

Shen H, Shih J, Hollern DP, Wang L, Bowlby R, Tickoo SK, Thorsson V, Mungall AJ, Newton Y, Hegde AM, Armenia J, Sánchez-Vega F, Pluta J, Pyle LC, Mehra R, Reuter VE, Godoy G, Jones J, Shelley CS, Feldman DR, Vidal DO, Lessel D, Kulis T, Cárcano FM, Leraas KM, Lichtenberg TM, Brooks D, Cherniack AD, Cho J, Heiman DI, Kasaian K, Liu M, Noble MS, Xi L, Zhang H, Zhou W, ZenKlusen JC, Hutter CM, Felau I, Zhang J, Schultz N, Getz G, Meyerson M, Stuart JM; Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, Akbani R, Laird PW: Integrated Molecular Characterization of Testicular Germ Cell Tumors Cell Rep. 23 (11): 3392-3406,2018.

Zhang G, Wu LW, Mender I, Barzily-Rokni M, Hammond MR, Ope O, Cheng C, Randell S, Sadek N, Beroard A, Xiao M, Tian T, Tan J, Saeed U, Sugarman E, Krepler C, Brafford PA, Sproesser K, Murugan S, Somasundaram R, Garman B, Wubbenhorst B, Woo J, Yin X, Liu Q, Frederick DT, Miao B, Xu W, Karakousis GC, Xu X, Schuchter LM, Mitchell TC, Kwong LN, Amaravadi RK, Lu Y, Boland G, Wei Z, Nathanson KL, Mills GB, Flaherty KT, Shay JW, Herlyn M, Vasilopoulos T, Herbig U: Induction of Telomere Dysfunction Prolongs Disease Control of Therapy-Resistant Melanoma Clin Cancer Res. : 2018.

Margolis DJ, Mitra N, Gochnauer H, Wubbenhorst B, D'Andrea K, Kraya A, Hoffstad O, Gupta J, Kim B, Yan A, Chiesa Fuxench Z, Nathanson KL: Uncommon filaggrin variants are associated with persistent atopic dermatitis in African Americans J Invest Dermatol. : 2018.

Shaffer SM, Dunagin MC, Torborg SR, Torre EA, Emert B, Krepler C, Beqiri M, Sproesser K, Brafford PA, Xiao M, Eggan E, Anastopoulos IN, Vargas-Garcia CA, Singh A, Nathanson KL, Herlyn M, Raj A: Corrigendum: Rare cell variability and drug-induced reprogramming as a mode of cancer drug resistance Nature : 2018.

Rebbeck TR, Friebel TM, Friedman E, Hamann U, Huo D, Kwong A, Olah E, Olopade OI, Solano AR, Teo SH, Thomassen M, Weitzel JN, Chan TL, Couch FJ, Goldgar DE, Kruse TA, Palmero EI, Park SK, Torres D, van Rensburg EJ, McGuffog L, Parsons MT, Leslie G, Aalfs CM, Abugattas J, Adlard J, Agata S, Aittomäki K, Andrews L, Andrulis IL, Arason A, Arnold N, Arun BK, Asseryanis E, Auerbach L, Azzollini J, Balmaña J, Barile M, Barkardottir RB, Barrowdale D, Benitez J, Berger A, Berger R, Blanco AM, Blazer KR, Blok MJ: Mutational Spectrum in a Worldwide Study of 29,700 Families with BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutations Hum Mutat. : 2018.

Wang S, Huo D, Kupfer S, Alleyne D, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Zheng W, Nathanson KL, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Olopade OI, Zheng Y: Genetic variation in the vitamin D related pathway and breast cancer risk in women of African ancestry in the root consortium Int J Cancer 142 (1): 36-43,2018.

Academic Contact Info

356 BRB II/III
421 Curie Blvd
University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-4740
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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