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Kristen D. Whitaker, MD, MS

Dr. Whitaker

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

About

Assistant Professor

Specialties

Treatment Focus

Hereditary breast cancer
Breast and Ovary Cancer Risk Assessment

Treatment Philosophy

When caring for patients, I get to know them as individuals first. I spend time learning about their beliefs, fears, and support systems before working together as a team to create a treatment plan that provides high quality care that also aligns with their individual desires for their treatment.  I ensure all patients are fully educated on their disease and disease management  so that they are empowered to work together with me to make the best treatment decisions.

I strive to develop a physician-patient relationship centered on compassion, honesty, trust, and mutual respect.  I aim for all my patients to leave their clinic visits knowing that they have been an active participant in their treatment decisions and that they have received the state of the art breast cancer treatments or  the most-up-to-date cancer risk counseling. 

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Masters of Science in Public Health Sciences for Clinical Professionals, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2016-2019
  • Fellow, Section of Hematology/Oncology, University of Chicago Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2015-2018
  • Resident, Internal Medicine, George Washington University Hospital, Washington, DC, 2012-2015
  • Cancer Clinical Research Assistant, Holy Cross Hospital, Washington, DC, 2006-2007
  • Medical Doctorate, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2012
  • College of Medicine Post-Baccalaureate Program, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, 2008
  • BA, Biological Basis of Behavior, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2006

Certifications

  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
  • Board Certified in Medical Oncology

Memberships

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2015-Present
  • American College of Physicians, 2008-Present
  • American Society of Hematology, 2015-Present 
  • National Medical Association, 2013-Present

Honors & Awards

  • Recipient, Best Research Abstract, Clinical Research, Department of Medicine Janet D. Rowley Research Day, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2017
Research Profile

Research Interests

Genetic Predisposition to breast and ovarian cancer
Breast Cancer Screening for High Risk Women
Epigenetics of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer health disparities

 

Publications

Selected Publications

Patel, Nihar, Finianos, Antoine, Whitaker, Kristen, Aragon-Ching, Jeanny. "Advanced Prostate Cancer---patient survival and potential impact of enzalutamide and other emerging therapies." Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management. August 2014 Volume 2014:10(651-664)

Whitaker K, Olopade 01. "Breast Cancer Screening in High Risk Patients."

Abstracts

Whitaker, Kristen, Guindalini, Rodrigo, et al. "Breast cancer surveillance in high­ risk women with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging evety 6 months: Results from a single institution study, Poster session, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX, 20I?(pending)

Whitaker, Kristen, Guindalini, Rodrigo, ct al. "Recall rates during breast cancer surveillance in high-risk women with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging every 6 months: Results from a single institution study, Poster Session, San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX, 2017(pending)

Whitaker, Kristen, Guindalini, Rodrigo, et al. "Breast cancer surveillance in high­ risk women with magnetic resonance imaging evety 6 months", Oral Presentation and Poster Session, Department of Medicine Janet D. Rowley Research Day, Chicago, IL 2017

Ratings

36 PATIENT SATISFACTION REVIEWS

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OVERALL RATING

5.0 / 5.0

RATINGS BREAKDOWN

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4 PATIENT COMMENTS

  • 5.0
    August 01, 2019
    Both [...] (my counselor) & Dr. Whitaker were professional & compassionate.
  • 5.0
    July 17, 2019
    Dr. Whitaker is an amazing doctor. She REALLY listens and gave me great advice, information and referrals for lymphedema therapy and risk assessment.
  • 5.0
    May 07, 2019
    Dr. Whitaker is the most helpful & courtesy MD I ever met.
  • 5.0
    February 21, 2019
    Very satisfied - consult for BRCA 2 gene and breast cancer necrotic tissue.
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