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Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD, PhD, specializes in the treatment of breast diseases.  
Elizabeth Shaughnessy, MD, PhD
Specialty: Surgery
Sub-Specialty: Surgical Oncology and Breast Cancer
Department: Surgery
Title: Associate Professor of Surgery
Phone: (513) 584-8900
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BS: University of Illinois
MD: University of Illinois
PhD (Anatomy and cell biology): University of Illinois
Residency: University of Illinois
Fellowship (Surgical Oncology): University of Illinois
Fellowship (Surgical Oncology): City of Hope National Medical Center
Board Certification: American Board of Surgery, Society of Surgical Oncology


breast cancer prevention, breast surgery, breast diseases

Current Research:

Dr. Shaughnessy's current research focuses on the potential role of E6 activating protein (E6AP), a nuclear receptor coactivator, in the progression of breast ductal epithelium toward the malignant phenotype.

She is also involved in breast cancer prevention trials for women at high-risk for developing the disease.

Professional Affiliation:

American Association for Cancer Research
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association of University Women
American College of Surgeons - Associate Fellow
American Medical Women's Association
American Society for Clinical Oncology
Cincinnati Surgical Society
City of Hope Surgical Alumni Society
Mont Reid Society-University of Cincinnati Dept. Surgery Alumni
Society for Surgical Oncology
Warren H. Cole Society--University of Illinois Dept. Surgery Alumni

Recent Awards/Honors:

Ray and Joan Kroc Academic Scholar Award, University of Illinois, 1990
Charles A. Schiff Award for Patient Care, University of Illinois Dept. of Surgery, 1993
Young Investigator Award, The American Society of Clinical Oncology, 1995
"Alumni Make a Difference" Award, Illinois High School, 1998
Distinguished Alumna Award, Rolling Meadows High School, 1999.
University Hospital "Hospital Hero" award, 1999

Selected Publications:

Some of Dr. Shaughnessy's recent publications include:

Pandalai S, Mahoney M, Hasselgren P-O, Shaughnessy E: Sentinel lymph node identification: histologic considerations. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, in preparation, 2002.

Cavagnol R, Mahoney M, Shaughnessy E: Ease of breast cancer resectibility following stereotactic biopsy for diagnosis. Annals of Surgical Oncology, in preparation , 2002.

Gao X, Shaughnessy E, Nawaz Z: Over-expression of the nuclear receptor coactivator E6AP in human breast cancers. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, in preparation, 2002.

Safa M, Lower EE, Hasselgren PO, Hungness ES, Gazder P, Aron B, Shaughnessy EA, Yassin R: Bilateral synchronous breast cancer and HER-2/neu overexpression. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment, submitted, 2002.

Barrett WL, Aron BS, Biddinger P, Bracken B, Breneman J, Brophy P, Delaat C, Gleich L, Kalinyak K, Leder W, Leming P, Lowy A, Mannion B, Marayana A, Noffsinger A, Popp M, Redmond K, Shaughnessy E, Sorger J, Sussman J, Wells R, Wilson K, Wocher L: Clinical oncology clerkship for third year medical students. Journal of Cancer Education, submitted, 2001.

Grannis, FW, Jr., and Shaughnessy E: Surgery-first treatment of non-small cell lung cancer with metastasis to mediastinal lymph nodes (N2 Stage IIIA): A literature review and position statement. Clin. Lung Cancer, submitted, 2001.

Hungness ES, Safa M, Shaughnessy EA, Aron B, Gazder PS, Hawkins HH, Lower EE, Seeskin C, Yassin RS, Hasselgren PO: Bilateral synchronous breast cancer: Mode of detection and comparison of histology between the two breasts. Surgery, 128 (4): 702-7, 2000.


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