Massimo Cristofanilli, MD
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Most Recent Peer-reviewed Publications
- Molecular characterization and targeted therapeutic approaches in breast cancer
- Circulating tumor cells in newly diagnosed inflammatory breast cancer
- Cytometric characterization of Circulating Tumor Cells Captured by microfiltration and their correlation to the cellsearch® CTC test
- Inflammatory breast cancer management in the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: The disease, recurrence pattern, and outcome
- Outcomes after multidisciplinary treatment of inflammatory breast cancer in the era of neoadjuvant HER2-directed therapy
University of La Sapienza, Rome, Italy - 1986
Cabrini Medical Center, New York
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
European Society for Medical Oncology
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Methodist Hospital Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Professor of Medical Oncology
Director, Jefferson Breast Care Center
Research & Clinical Interests
Massimo Cristofanilli, M.D., FACP, an internationally renowned breast cancer researcher and clinician, has been appointed Director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center at the Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) and Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals.
With more than 25 years of clinical, basic science and educational experience, Dr. Cristofanilli will also serve as Deputy Director of Translational Research at the KCC.
Dr. Cristofanilli is a widely-recognized leader in the translational research and treatment of inflammatory breast cancer (IBC), the rare and aggressive form of breast cancer in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. Moreover, he has recognized expertise in the development of novel diagnostic and prognostic markers in primary and metastatic breast cancer (MBC).
Dr. Cristofanilli’s research aims to improve personalized medicine for breast cancer patients, focusing on molecular targeted agents, biomarkers and gene therapies, and bridging the gap between the bench and bedside in a more practical and smarter way. A forte of Dr. Cristofanilli is his team-based and multidisciplinary approach to medicine.
His 2004 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine on circulating tumor cells (CTCs)—found to be a predictor of progression-free survival and overall survival in MBC patients—sparked a slew of subsequent preclinical and clinical investigations that continue to further our knowledge and molecular understanding of the metastatic process with the potential to impact the treatment and improve the prognosis of these patients affected by recurrent disease.
Recently, he presented a study at the 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium on commercially-available genomic tests and their ability to better classify tumor subtypes in breast cancer to help guide treatment plans.