Komen Scholar: Sharon H. Giordano, M.D

Sharon H. Giordano, M.D., M.P.H., is Chair of the Department of Health Services Research and a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Breast Medical Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A health services researcher and clinician, Dr. Giordano’s research focuses on evaluating how a variety of factors (e.g., social, financial, personal behaviors) affect access to and quality of health care, and ultimately how this impacts health outcomes for cancer patients. Dr. Giordano has led several comparative effectiveness research studies in breast cancer patients, as well as research to assess the late effects of treatment. She has led a series of studies on male breast cancer, including a Komen-funded international clinical trial to better characterize the clinical features, biology, and outcomes for men diagnosed with breast cancer. Dr. Giordano’s Komen-funded research aims to understand the “real-world” toxicities (i.e., outside of the highly-selected patient populations enrolled in clinical trials), including medication-related toxicities and the financial toxicity, associated with systemic therapies for breast cancer.