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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Karla Kerlikowske, MD

Staff Physician, Medical Service, SFVAHCS
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF


Screening Mammography and Breast Cancer

Dr. Kerlikowske has expertise in prevention of breast, ovarian, endometrial, and cervical cancer.  She has established guidelines for the evaluation of an abnormal mammography result and evaluation of a breast lump. Dr. Kerlikowske's research program focuses on the epidemiology of invasive breast cancer and ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS); patient and physician factors that influence the accuracy of screening mammography; improving breast cancer risk assessment and breast cancer detection in high risk women; epidemiologic, biologic and genetic studies of breast density; and predictors of breast cancer recurrence. She has published extensively on the accuracy, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of mammography by patient and physician characteristics, epidemiology of DCIS, and epidemiology of breast density. She Directs the SFVAMC Women's Health Research Fellowship and mentors Women's Health, General Internal Medicine fellows and Prime residents at the SFVAMC on research projects related to breast cancer and women's health.

To see Dr. Kerlikowske on Pub Med, click here.