Edith A. Perez, MD
Deputy Director At Large, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
Serene M. and Frances C. Durling Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Group Vice Chair, Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
2013-2014 BCRF Project:
(The Play for P.I.N.K Award)
In 2013-2014, Dr. Perez's team will focus their efforts upon development of a novel analytical tool that enables them to identify patients who are unlikely to benefit from standard therapy that targets the HER2 protein. Identification of such patients has great clinical significance, since these individuals will require increased surveillance and additional therapies. Several new therapies are currently being tested in clinical trials, and Dr. Perez's long term goal is to develop assays that will predict which HER2 patients will require these more aggressive therapeutic approaches.
Dr. Edith A. Perez is the Deputy Director at Large for Mayo Clinic Cancer Center in Florida, Group Vice Chair of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, Director of the Breast Program, and the Serene M. and Frances C. Durling Professor of Medicine at Mayo Medical School. She is also Chair of the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program started in 2009 and Chair of the Breast Cancer Specialty Council formed in 2012. She is a cancer specialist and an internationally known translational researcher. Her roles extend nationally, including positions within Mayo Clinic, the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Perez has developed, and is involved in, a wide range of clinical trials exploring the use of new therapeutic agents for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. She also has developed studies to evaluate the role of genetic markers in the development and aggressiveness of breast cancer.
Dr. Perez has authored more than 650 research articles in journals, books, and abstracts. She receives invitations to lecture at national and international meetings frequently, and serves on the editorial boards of multiple academic journals.
Dr. Perez is a recipient of several honors including: the Horizon Achievement Award in Cancer Research (2002); the North Florida Hispanic of the Year Award (2003); the Mayo Clinic Outstanding Faculty Award (2002 & 2004); the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Educator Award (2003); the named Serene M. and Frances C. Durling Professorship of Medicine (2006); Honorary Doctorate of Letters, University of North Florida (2006); Mayo Clinic Distinguished Investigator (2007); the Florida State Biomedical Research Advisory Council [BRAC] (2009-2012); member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2009); Mayo Clinic Outstanding Course Director (2009); EVE Award for Lifetime Achievement (2011); NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award (2011); one of the 75 Most Influential People in Jacksonville Healthcare from Jacksonville Magazine’s 904 (2012); Jacksonville University Woman of the Year (2013); and The Girls Inc. Woman of Vision Award (2013). Also, in December 2013 at the world-renowned San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Dr. Perez will receive the Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Clinical Research for her impactful contributions to the field of breast cancer treatment, which have helped to shape the standard of care for breast cancer patients globally.