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Tara Sanft, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Chief, Patient Experience Officer; Medical Director, Survivorship Clinic

Research Summary

I am director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Yale Cancer Center and an associate professor in medicine. I treat women diagnosed with breast cancer and I oversee a weekly survivorship clinic that provides comprehensive consultations to adult cancer survivors regarding medical care, coping, and lifestyle recommendations. In addition, I conduct a long-term breast cancer survivor clinic where I see women who are > 5 years from diagnosis and no longer on active treatment. I conduct research with Dr. Melinda Irwin, and have completed several lifestyle intervention trials. I am now the Principal Investigator for an R01-funded study in which I am overseeing recruitment from our oncology clinics and working with the research team to conduct the intervention. Additionally, I am the site Principal Investigator of a study looking a resilience trajectories in patients diagnosed with breast, colon and prostate cancer, so that we may better learn who needs our help the most in order to thrive after cancer. I have growing interest in the field of communication in healthcare and intend to study the impact communication skills training has on providers and patients.

Extensive Research Description

I am director of the Adult Survivorship Program at Yale Cancer Center and an associate professor in medicine. I treat women diagnosed with breast cancer and I oversee a weekly survivorship clinic that provides comprehensive consultations to adult cancer survivors regarding medical care and lifestyle recommendations. In addition, I conduct a long-term breast cancer survivor clinic where I see women who are > 5 years from diagnosis and no longer on active treatment. I conduct research with Dr. Melinda Irwin, and have completed several lifestyle intervention trials. I am now the Principal Investigator for an R01-funded study in which I am overseeing recruitment from our oncology clinics and working with the research team to conduct the intervention. Additionally, I am the site Principal Investigator of a study looking a resilience trajectories in patients diagnosed with breast, colon and prostate cancer, so that we may better learn who needs our help the most in order to thrive after cancer.

Research Interests

Breast Diseases