Speaker Profile

M.D., Scientific Director, Personalized Medicine Program at the Swedish; Director of Molecular Diagnostics, CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories Institute

Dr. Anna Berry is the Scientific Director of the Personalized Medicine Program at the Swedish Cancer Institute and the Director of Molecular Diagnostics at CellNetix Pathology and Laboratories. She is a graduate of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and completed her post-graduate training at SUNY Upstate Medical University, the Medical College of Virginia, and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Berry is Board Certified in Molecular Genetic Pathology, Cytopathology, Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology, and served previously as the Director of Molecular Pathology and the Director of the Molecular Genetic Pathology fellowship training program at UCSF. Her clinical focus is making genomic technologies accessible to patients, and integrating genomic data into patient care. She serves on several national committees, including the Personalized Healthcare Committee of the College of American Pathologists, participates in several national genomics task forces. Dr. Berry has given invited lectures and has taught CME courses at many locations across the country, as well as on-line.

Session Abstract

Session Synopsis: Adoption of genomic testing in oncology has been slow. Even when molecular testing is done, information from tests are not always used in treatment decisions, and outcomes of targeted therapy are frequently not tracked. The molecular pathologist can help to shift this paradigm by providing useful information to the oncologist at the point of care: on-label and off-label therapeutics, access to research protocols and trials, and data to support clinical decision-making. Pathologist involvement is also critical for appropriate outcomes analysis.