Ana María López, MD, MPH, joins the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health (SKCC) as the Vice Chair of Medical Oncology and Chief of Cancer Services at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Washington Township.
Dr. López comes from the Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City, where she was Director of Cancer Health Equality, in addition to Associate VP for Health Equity and Inclusion at the University of Utah (UU) Health; Associate Director of Collaboration and Engagement Services at the Utah Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences; and Professor of Medicine at UU School of Medicine.
“The opportunity to work together to develop the oncology service line at Jefferson Health – New Jersey is a great one,” Dr. López said. “I look forward to working with the Center City team, to co-developing the clinical team at Jefferson Health – New Jersey, and to synchronize both to deliver quality care for our patients. Together, we can create a clinical service where patients receive state of the art care delivered with warmth, respect and compassion, and health professionals thrive.”
She brings with her an expertise in breast and gynecological cancers, integrative medicine, telehealth and cancer disparities. Currently she is president of the Philadelphia-based American College of Physicians, which is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States. Additionally, her strong commitment to cancer disparities is reflected in her leadership of the American Society of Clinical Oncology committee on cancer disparities.
“Hiring Dr. López to lead medical oncology and cancer services at Jefferson Health – New Jersey reflects the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center vision to provide patients throughout South Jersey with comprehensive cancer care and access to leading edge therapies,” said SKCC Enterprise Director Karen E. Knudsen, PhD. “Additionally, her expertise in women’s cancers is part of our strong recruitment effort to bring nationally renowned physicians to our oncology program for the treatment of breast, ovarian and cervical cancers.”
Dr. López will be based out of SKCC in Center City until the New Jersey site is remodeled. Once she moves into the new site, she will continue to collaborate with research and physician teams throughout the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Network and will still spend some days in Center City.
Dr. López graduated from Bryn Mawr College and received her medical degree from the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson–what was then known as the Jefferson Medical College–and has family in the area, so she is excited to be coming back to the Philadelphia region.
“I spent some wonderful formative years in this part of the world,” she said. “Now, with my adult children here, I feel very at home. I look forward to walking, enjoying the change of seasons, and engaging the community in the ebb and flow of life.”