Dr. Jacqueline Jeruss is a talented researcher and practitioner and the first Lynn Sage Scholar. She serves at Northwestern in two capacities: as breast surgeon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center and as a basic science researcher at the Robert Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Hardly a newcomer to Northwestern, Dr. Jeruss comments, "When I had completed three years of residency, I began my Ph.D. studies at the Northwestern Evanston campus. There I began to examine the effects of soy proteins on breast cancer cells, and to also investigate the role of specific growth factors in the progression of breast cancer."
During her training at Northwestern, Dr. Jeruss earned the award of "Intern of the Year" and another for "compassionate care of patients".
Due to the support of the Lynn Sage Foundation, Jacqueline Jeruss, MD, PhD, as the Lynn Sage Scholar, has made huge progress in her research, education and patient care activities. Specifically, her work centers on evaluating breast cancer in order to bring crucial refinement to disease prognosis and treatment.
In her role as a researcher, Dr. Jeruss now has a technician, research assistant, MD candidate researcher, and a graduate student working with her in her laboratory. She has written over 20 grant applications and, because of her research as a Lynn Sage Scholar, has received a two-year grant from the OncoFertility Consortium and funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Dr. Jeruss also has had two abstracts accepted for presentation at upcoming national conferences; the Association for Academic Surgery, 3rd Annual Academic Surgical Congress and the Society of Surgical Oncology, 61st Annual Cancer Symposium. Additionally, Dr. Jeruss' journal article "Use of Clinical and Pathologic Staging Variables to Define Outcomes for Breast Cancer Patients Treated With Neoadjuvant Therapy" is being published in an upcoming Journal of Clinical Oncology.
In her role as educator and clinician, Dr. Jeruss mentors her research colleagues in the laboratory and in the summer of 2007, had six MD students working with her in the lab. She won a Teaching Award within the Department of Surgery for her efforts, and clinically, continues to expand her patient base as a member for the Division of Surgical Oncology.