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Dr. Lipson is a clinical faculty member in the Stanford University School of Medicine Department of Radiology, Breast Imaging Division. A graduate of Harvard College in 1995, she received her MD degree from UCSF School of Medicine, prior to completing a preliminary medicine internship year at St. Mary's Medical Center in San Francisco. She went on to complete a diagnostic radiology residency program at UCSF and was ABR board-certified in June 2009. She came to Stanford for a 1 year fellowship program in Breast Imaging in July 2009 before joining the faculty in August 2010. Her clinical work includes screening and diagnostic mammography, diagnostic breast ultrasound, screening and diagnostic breast MRI, and minimally-invasive breast biopsy and wire localization guided by x-ray, ultrasound, and MRI. Prior research activities focused on mammographic density and breast cancer risk assessment; early breast cancer detection and extent of disease evaluation using contrast enhanced mammography and MRI; novel blood and imaging biomarkers of breast cancer burden and neoadjuvant treatment response; and image-guided wireless localization techniques for breast surgery.
Radiologist, referring physician, and patient education on breast density and breast cancer risk
Stanford, UCSF, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCSD, CPMC, Alta Bates-Summit
Dr. Lipson's prior research activities focused on radiation dose with CT and the associated risk of cancer. As an NIH-funded T32 Research Fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman, Dr. Lipson conducted a study of four Bay Area hospitals in which she reviewed 1,200 CT examinations and CT radiation dose reports; estimated the effective dose from each examination; and calculated the associated risk of cancer attributable to that effective dose. Her study culminated in an article entitled "Radiation Dose Associated with Common Computed Tomography Examinations and the Associated Lifetime Attributable Risk of Cancer" (Arch Intern Med. 2009 Dec 14;169(22):2078-86), which is one of the early articles that raised national attention regarding the issue of medical radiation and the need for clinical practice guidelines to track and reduce dose.Dr. Lipson's current research interests include breast density and breast cancer risk assessment; informatics applications in breast imaging; early breast cancer detection and extent of disease evaluation using contrast enhanced mammography, digital breast tomosynthesis, and high resolution breast MRI; novel blood and imaging biomarkers of breast cancer burden and neoadjuvant treatment response; and image-guided wireless localization techniques for breast surgery.
Genetic & Pathological Studies of BRCA1/BRCA2: Associated Tumors & Blood Samples
The purpose of this study is to try to understand the biology of development of breast,
ovarian, fallopian tube, peritoneal or endometrial cancer from persons at high genetic risk
for these diseases. The influence of environmental factors on cancer development in
individuals and families will be studied. The efficacy of treatments for these diseases will
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