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Hereditary Prostate Cancer

Kathleen A. Cooney, M.D.

Frances and Victor Ginsberg Professor of Hematology/Oncology
Professor of Internal Medicine and Urology
Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Associate Director for Faculty Affairs, UMCCC


Dr. Kathleen Cooney is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Urology at the University of Michigan Medical School.  In January 2009, she was appointed Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and Associate Director for Faculty Affairs for the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC).  Since April 2007, Dr. Cooney has served as the Interim Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology.  In this role she was instrumental in the development of a junior faculty mentoring program, the continued recruitment of key physician scientist and clinician scholar faculty, and the enhancement of clinical operations.

Dr. Cooney is a highly respected physician scientist who, in addition to establishing an international reputation in the field of prostate cancer research, has contributed extensively to the clinical, teaching and service missions of the University of Michigan.  Her work on the identification and characterization of genetic factors which cause or influence the development of prostate cancer has resulted in numerous significant contributions to the field.  Dr. Cooney’s scientific productivity is reflected in her bibliography which includes 87 peer-reviewed articles, 50 of which have been published in the past 5 years.  She has a large portfolio of intra and extramural grants – she serves as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous NIH awards, including serving as Co-Director of the NCI SPORE in prostate cancer grant.  Dr. Cooney’s international stature is also evidenced in her service on major editorial boards (including Clinical Cancer Research) and NIH advisory panels, extensive extramural invited presentations, and service on national and international professional and scientific committees, including the Steering Committee of the International Consortium for Prostate Cancer Genetics (ICPCG).

In addition to her scholarly efforts, Dr. Cooney is also a committed teacher and mentor.  She is involved in the training of students at all levels, both in the laboratory and the clinic, and through numerous didactic presentations.  Dr. Cooney also remains a dedicated clinician, serving as a staff physician at the Ann Arbor Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and the UMCCC, and as Service Chief for the Division of Hematology/Oncology.  Her clinical practice is focused on caring for patients with bladder and/or prostate cancer as part of the Multidisciplinary Urologic Oncology Clinic at the UMCCC.


Urologic Oncology Research Initiative