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Medical Advisory Board

“In 2016, the LFSA redoubled efforts to extend our reach. To this end, we increased our support and funding of innovative research projects. Our successful 2016 conference fostered the expansion of our network of medical professionals, researchers and families world-wide. The newly created LFSA Medical Advisory Board will further expand our reach by increasing the collaboration between the LFSA and the LiFE Research Consortium, leading to unprecedented opportunities to improve the lives of those with LFS.”

– Robert Lufkin, D.O. Medical Oncologist,
LFS Association Scientific & Medical Advisor


LFSA Medical Advisory Board

  • Dr. Joseph Fraumeni

Dr. Joseph Fraumeni, Jr., along with Dr. Fred Li, first recognized the familial predisposition to certain cancers later referred to as Li-Fraumeni syndrome in the 1960s.

Born and raised in the Boston area, Dr. Fraumeni graduated from Harvard College with an A.B., Duke University with an M.D., and Harvard School of Public Health with an M.Sc. in epidemiology.   He then completed his medical residency at both Johns Hopkins Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.   In 1962, he joined the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service where he founded the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG).

After serving a remarkable 50 years at NCI, Dr. Fraumeni stepped down as the director of DCEG, but he continues to contribute as a senior investigator and special advisor at the National Institutes of Health.

National Cancer Institute’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics’ Linkage Newsletter:  A 50-years Legacy of Cancer Research

A Special Issue Linkage Newsletter Honoring Joseph Fraumeni (December 2012)

American Association of Cancer Research Fellows Biography of Dr. Fraumeni


  • Dr. Judy Garber, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Director, Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dr. Garber is the Director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She conducts research in clinical cancer genetics, with a special focus in the genetics of breast cancer.  She has played a major role in the development of national guidelines in cancer genetics. Dr. Garber is also a leader in research into the characteristics and treatment of triple negative or basal-like breast cancer, the most common form in women with BRCA1 mutations. Her translational research focuses on the evaluation of novel agents targeting DNA repair defects in breast cancer, including PARP inhibitors for treatment and prevention of breast cancer and other BRCA-associated cancers.

Dr. Garber is a past president and current member of the Board of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the largest organization of cancer researchers in the world. She serves on the National Cancer Advisory Board of the National Cancer Institute and was elected into the National Academy of Medicine in 2013. Dr. Garber also serves as the Chair of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) Scientific Advisory Board.

American Association of Cancer Research Fellows Biography of Dr. Garber


  • Dr. Robert Lufkin, DO

LFS Association Co-Founder / Medical & Scientific Advisor

Dr. Robert Lufkin received is Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the University of New England College Of Osteopathic Medicine.  He completed his residency at the Providence Portland Medical Center and his fellowship at the Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine.  Dr. Lufkin works in medical oncology and hematology, specializing in melanoma, brain tumors, and lymphoma.  He currently practices at Compass Oncology in Portland, Oregon.




  • Dr. Phuong Mai

Dr. Mai graduated from the University Houston in 1993, and received her M.D. degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1997.  She then completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Tulane University Medical Center and her medical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. During the fellowship, she simultaneously earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical Investigation.  After fellowship, Dr. Mai completed a post-doctoral training program in Clinical Cancer Genetics at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, CA.  She then joined the Clinical Genetics Branch of the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics in 2006 where she was involved in a number of epidemiologic and clinical research studies aimed at better understanding familial cancer syndromes, particularly cancer risks and early detection and intervention in Hereditary Breast Ovarian Cancer Syndrome and Li-Fraumeni Syndrome.  Dr. Mai has recently joined the staff at Magee-Womens Hospital, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, as the Medical Director of the Cancer Genetics Program.


  • Dr. David Malkin, Toronto Hospital for Sick Kids
  • Dr. Sharon Savage, National Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Joshua Schiffman, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Louise Strong, MD Anderson



LFS Association

We are families, like you who have been devastated by the effects of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, a hereditary cancer predisposition syndrome. Our hopes are to educate, raise awareness and find better screening programs and treatments for LFS.


Medical Resources

We've compiled a list of doctors available to
answer your questions, LFS support and
treatment. They specialize in many different
areas, which have been listed with their


LFS News

Personal Appeal for Notes of Appreciation for LFS Founding Fathers.

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Community Events

Team Faces of LFS Color Run
Join or support Team Faces of LFS in The Color Run™ on June 11th, 2017!


LFS Webinars

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webinars, and to find out about
upcoming webinars!

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LFS Awareness Brochure

Myriad Genetics is proud to partner with LFSA to launch the global LFS Education and Awareness Campaign!