I have dedicated my clinical and academic nursing career to caring for individuals across the spectrum of healthcare, always focused on promoting optimal health and well-being. For the past 8 years I have committed this practice to oncology patient care research, specifically improving the science of understanding the person-centered experiences of those living with hereditary cancer risk and making health related decisions. The formative qualitative research that I have completed with women at high risk for hereditary breast cancer and those with familial pancreatic cancer risk has provided rich, descriptive data that is grounded in the voice and experience of the patient. This work highlights the need for improved access and information surrounding cancer genetics, early cancer detection and prevention. Through my post-doctoral research training in cancer and health disparities I have gained experiential and didactic expertise in research design, implementation, methods and cancer genetics. I have been promoted to Instructor of Medicine within the Phyllis F. Cantor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and have been awarded a KL2 training grant through Harvard Catalyst to continue to develop my research. I am now well poised to apply my expertise to better understand and improve health disparities surrounding patient centered care and cancer genetics. I am committed to improving health outcomes in individuals living with high risk for cancer.