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Alexandra E. Shields, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Associate Professor, Medicine (Institute for Health Policy), Massachusetts General Hospital

Contact Info

Alexandra Shields
Massachusetts General Hospital
50 Staniford St.
Boston, MA, 02114
Mailstop: Suite 901
Phone not available.


Bobak Seddighzadeh
Senior Research Assitant
Massachusetts General Hospital
50 Staniford Street
Boston, MA, 02114
Mailstop: Suite 901
Phone: 617-726-0296
Anna Schachter, MPH
Program Manager
Massachusetts General Hospital
50 Staniford St.
Boston, MA, 02114
Phone: 617-724-9915
Fax: 617-726-4120

DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Cancer Genetics
Cancer Risk and Disparities

Research Abstract

Dr. Shields' principal research interests include issues related to the quality of care provided to underserved populations, health disparities, and challenges associated with clinical integration of new genetic technologies. Dr. Shields is the Director of the Harvard/MGH Center on Genomics, Vulnerable Populations, and Health Disparities, which examines the complex intersection of emerging genetic research and the persistent problem of health disparities. This initiative includes analyses of current issues of pharmacogenetic treatment for cancer and developing the capacity to monitor the equitable diffusion of emergent genetic-based treatments across racial/ethnic subpopulations and by insurance status in the U.S.


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