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Dr. Anees Chagpar


A member of the New England Division Board of Directors for the American Cancer Society, Dr. Anees Chagpar is a Professor in the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine, and the Program Director of the Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at Yale University. Born and raised in Canada, she completed her BSc in Honors Biochemistry and MD with Honors in Research at the University of Alberta, and her general surgery residency training and MSc at the University of Saskatchewan. She went on to complete the Susan G. Komen Interdisciplinary Breast Fellowship at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, an MPH at Harvard School of Public Health and an MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities at the University of Louisville.

After fellowship, she joined the University of Louisville as an Assistant Professor of Surgery, rising rapidly through the ranks to become an Associate Professor with tenure, and also served as an Academic Advisory Dean. She built the first nationally accredited Breast Center in the state of Kentucky at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center prior to being recruited to Yale in September 2010 where she led the effort for Yale to become the first NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the Northeast to have a nationally accredited breast center. She has taken on leadership positions in a myriad of professional organizations, and her clinical practice and research interests are dedicated solely to breast cancer. She is a busy breast surgical oncologist who participates in investigator-initiated and cooperative group clinical trials, as well as translational and clinical research. She has NIH funding to evaluate markers of non-sentinel node metastases, and is the principal investigator on the SHAVE trial to evaluate optimal surgical management of breast cancer patients undergoing partial mastectomy.

She enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students, residents, fellows and junior faculty, and is the Director of the Surgical Oncology Clerkship at Yale. In her spare time, Anees enjoys reading, traveling and being physically active.