Clinician-Scientist Takes on Cancer

Clinician-Scientist Takes on Cancer

From her days as a collegiate soccer player through her advanced medical training, Karen McLean, M.D., Ph.D., right, has embodied the passion for leadership we celebrate. Spending 20 years preparing to become a clinician-scientist, she completed a bachelor’s degree, a medical degree, a Ph.D. in cancer genetics, a residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and a fellowship in gynecologic oncology — all at the University of Michigan. Conducting basic ovarian cancer research as well as caring for women fighting this deadly disease, Dr. McLean has the rare perspective of the entire spectrum from laboratory bench to bedside. With this foundation in place, the possibilities are endless as she seeks to take ovarian cancer research in bold new directions — with patients like Kelley Benson, left, in mind every step of the way.