Clinical geneticist Tuya Pal, MD, has joined Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) as associate director of Cancer Health Disparities. Pal also has been named an associate professor of Medicine in the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) School of Medicine and Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research. As one of the faculty in the Vanderbilt Hereditary Cancer Clinic, Pal will focus on clinical and research efforts to ensure that all patients have access to the latest tests and treatments for cancer and genetic tests for cancer risk.
Previously, she was an associate member at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa, Fla., and associate professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida. She received a National Institutes of Health Merit Award in 2010 for service on the National Cancer Institute PDQ Cancer Genetics Board, is widely published, and has received multiple research grants from the National Cancer Institute and private foundations.
Born and raised in Canada, Pal received her medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, completed a residency in pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis and a fellowship in clinical genetics at the Hospital for Sick Children at the University of Toronto.