Massimo Cristofanilli, MD
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Most Recent Peer-reviewed Publications
- Emergence of constitutively active estrogen receptor-α mutations in pretreated advanced estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer
- Gene expression profiles of inflammatory breast cancer: Correlation with response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and metastasis-free survival
- Circulating tumour cells: Telling the truth about metastasis
- Antitumor response of an ERBB2 amplified inflammatory breast carcinoma with EGFR mutation to the EGFR-TKI erlotinib
- A comparison of epidemiology, biology, and prognosis of inflammatory breast cancer in Japanese and US populations
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.