Kathleen Ann Cooney
Kathleen Ann Cooney

Kathleen Cooney

George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Medicine

Overview

Dr. Cooney is Chair of the Duke Department of Medicine. 

She is a medical oncologist focused in caring for men with prostate cancer, and is internationally known for her investigations focused on the genetic epidemiology of prostate cancer.

Her research led to the important discovery of a recurrent mutation in the HOXB13 gene that increases the chances of being diagnosed with prostate cancer and is estimated to account for 5 percent of hereditary prostate cancer cases worldwide. Since men with HOXB13 mutations are at an increased risk of prostate cancer, they may benefit from participation in screening and potentially prevention protocols in the future.

Dr. Cooney’s research continues with a focus on identifying germline mutations associated with lethal and aggressive prostate cancer as well as prostate cancer in African American men.

Positions

George Barth Geller Distinguished Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine

2020 School of Medicine

Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine

2018 School of Medicine

Chair, Department of Medicine in the School of Medicine

2018 School of Medicine

Member of Duke Molecular Physiology Institute in the School of Medicine

2022 School of Medicine

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute in the School of Medicine

2018 School of Medicine

Education

M.D. 1984

1984 University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine

Intern/Resident, INTERNAL MEDICINE

1987 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Chief Medical Resident, INTERNAL MEDICINE

1988 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Fellow, HEMATOLOGY / ONCOLOGY

1991 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Publications, Grants & Awards

Offices & Contact

40 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC
27710
DUMC 3703
Durham, NC
27710