About Us

Who We Are

Hughes Lab at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Bayes Mendel Lab at DFCI have collaborated to provide this informative and useful website.

Senior Leadership

Kevin S. Hughes, M.D.
Kevin S. Hughes, M.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Co-Director, Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center; Medical Director, Bermuda Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Clinic

Senior Leadership

Dr. Hughes is a member of the Department of Surgical Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital where he is the Surgical Director of the Breast Screening Program, Surgical Director of the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Genetics and Risk Assessment Program, and Co-Director of the Avon Comprehensive Breast Evaluation Center.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Medical School and trained at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh in general surgery. He did a fellowship in surgical oncology at the National Cancer Institute. Dr. Hughes is an Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and was formerly on the faculty of Tufts University, the University of California, and Davis and Brown University. Dr. Hughes has served on numerous national and regional committees and is actively involved in research regarding the genetics, screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

He is the author of numerous papers and book chapters on the subjects of breast cancer, screening, diagnosis and treatment, and risk assessment.

 

Giovanni Parmigiani, Ph.D.
Giovanni Parmigiani, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Senior Leadership

Giovanni Parmigiani’s research interests include:

  • Models and software for predicting who is at risk of carrying genetic variants that confer susceptibility to cancer. Application to breast, ovarian, colorectal, pancreatic and skin cancer.
  • Statistical methods for the analysis of high throughput genomic data: analysis of cancer genome sequencing projects; integration of genomic information across technologies; cross-study validation of genomics results.
  • Statistical methods for complex medical decisions: comprehensive models for lifetime history of chronic disease outcomes; decision trees and dynamic programming.
  • Bayesian modeling and computation: multilevel models; decision theoretic approaches to inference; sequential experimental design, Markov chain Monte Carlo methods.

 

Danielle Braun, Ph.D.
Danielle Braun, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Senior Leadership
Statistical Expert

Danielle Braun is a Research Scientist in the Biostatistics Department at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and at the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Her areas of research include risk prediction, genetic epidemiology, measurement error, survival analysis, frailty models, causal inference, and comparative effectiveness research. As a research scientist Danielle works with Dr. Parmigiani in the BayesMendel lab and Dr. Dominici.

Management Guidelines Editor

Francisco Acevedo, M.D.
Francisco Acevedo, M.D.

Management Guidelines Editor
Spanish Editor

Dr. Francisco Acevedo is a visiting research fellow in the Surgical Oncology Department at MGH. He graduated from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Medicine in 2007. He completed his internal medicine and medical oncology residency in the same institution. He is an attending Medical Oncologist and Academic at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Medicine.

Kinyas Kartal, M.D.
Kinyas Kartal, M.D.

Management Guidelines Editor
Turkish Editor

Dr. Kinyas Kartal is a general surgeon at Sisli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital. He graduated from Baskent University school of medicine at 2006. He completed his surgical residency program at Hacettepe University School of Medicine, department of general surgery. He was a visiting research fellow in the Surgical Oncology Department at MGH.

Content Editor

Zhengyi Deng, M.S.
Zhengyi Deng, M.S.

Content Editor
Chinese Editor

Zhengyi Deng is a database coordinator in the Surgical Oncology Department at MGH. He graduated from Shandong University with a Bachelor of Medicine degree. He received his master degree in environmental epidemiology from Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health.



Victor Diego Armengol, A.B.
Victor Diego Armengol, A.B.

Content Editor
Spanish Editor

Victor Diego Armengol is a research assistant in the Surgical Oncology Department at MGH. He graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with an A.B. in Chemistry.



Jaihwan Kim, M.D.
Jaihwan Kim, M.D.

Content Editor

Dr. Jaihwan Kim is a visiting scholar in the BayesMendel lab in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is an associate professor at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital. He graduated from Seoul National University College of Medicine in 2002. He completed his training in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in the same institution.



Yan Wang, M.D.
Yan Wang, M.D.

Content Editor
Chinese Editor

Dr. Yan Wang is an attending surgeon and associate chief physician in the breast surgery department of Shanghai Cancer Hospital. She graduated from Shanghai Medical School of Fudan University in 2008. She completed her surgical residency training at Shanghai Zhongshan Hospital and Shanghai Cancer Hospital. She was a visiting research fellow in the Surgical Oncology Department at MGH.



Molly Griffin spent her research year studying Hereditary cancer susceptibility genes (Hereditary cancer panel testing) and helped develop the original ask2me.
Molly Griffin, B.A.

Content Editor

Molly Griffin is a medical student at University of Massachusetts Medical School. She graduated from Harvard College in 2012 with a BA in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. She was a research assistant in the Surgical Oncology Department at MGH.

Rong Tang, M.D.
Rong Tang, M.D.

Chinese Editor

Dr. Rong Tang is a research fellow and a clinical fellow in breast surgery at MGH. She graduated from Medical School of the University of South China, and she completed her surgical resident training at Plastic Surgery Hospital of Peking Union Medical School and Hunan Cancer Hospital of Xiangya Medical School.

Ahmet Acar, M.D.
Ahmet Acar, M.D.

Content Editor

Dr. Ahmet Acar is a resident in the Public Health Department at Istanbul Medical Faculty, Istanbul University. He graduated from Kocaeli University Medical Faculty in 2013. He was a visiting fellow in the Surgical Oncology Department at MGH.

Grace Sollender, A.B.
Grace Sollender, A.B.

Content Editor

Grace Sollender is a medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She graduated from Dartmouth College in 2015 with an AB in Biology and Spanish. She was conducting clinical research in Surgical Oncology at MGH.

Statistical Expert

Cathy Wang
Cathy Wang

Statistical Expert

Cathy is a second year master student at Harvard T.H.Chan School of Public Health. Her research interests include penetrance estimation and meta-analysis.

Jiabei Yang, M.S.
Jiabei Yang, M.S.

Statistical Expert
Chinese Editor

Jiabei Yang is a PhD student in the Department of Biostatistics at Brown University. She received her masters degree from the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in 2017. Her research interests include risk estimation for mutation carriers and developing risk prediction models for the Chinese population.

Website

Sherwood S. Hughes
Sherwood S. Hughes

Webmaster

Sherwood is the Director of Communications Technology at the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization and a Co-Director of eCare Communications at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He co-developed the first version of Hughes Risk Apps and the Hughes Risk Web service. Sherwood holds a degree from Harvard University.

Lauren Rusnak, Ph.D.
Lauren Rusnak, Ph.D.

Graphics Editor

Dr. Rusnak works as a freelance medical writer in Atlanta, Georgia. She completed her Ph.D. in cancer biology at Emory University and previously studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William & Mary.