Heather Spencer Feigelson, PhD, MPH

Senior Investigator

Heather Spencer FeigelsonHeather Spencer Feigelson, PhD, MPH, is a Senior Investigator and the Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Cancer and Genomics (C-Gen) at the Institute for Health Research. Her primary research focus is on genetic susceptibility to breast and prostate cancer, including genome-wide association. She is committed to understanding factors that improve treatment response and survival in those living with cancer.

Dr. Feigelson earned her Master of Public Health degree from the San Diego State University and completed her doctoral training in epidemiology at the University of California, Los Angeles. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Southern California. Dr. Feigelson has over 20 years' experience as a cancer epidemiologist and participated in one of the first genome wide association studies of breast cancer and is currently exploring the role of the gut microbiome in breast cancer risk.

Dr. Feigelson is an Adjunct Associate Professor at several schools including: the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the Colorado State University; the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Colorado School of Public Health; the Department of Epidemiology at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health; and the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.

She is a member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center, is an active investigator in the Cancer Research Network (CRN), and serves on the Editorial Board of the Breast Cancer Research journal.


Selected Research

  • Kaiser Permanente National Research Bank

    The KP National Research Bank is a collaboration across all Kaiser regions nationally funded by Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. The goal of the KP National Research Bank is to collect blood samples from 500,000 adult KP members and utilize them, combined with survey data and medical information to create a state of the art resource for genetic and health services research.
    Funder: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
    Study End Date: 12/31/2018

  • Impact of Bariatric Surgery on Cancer Incidence in Severely Obese Adults
    Funder: National Cancer Institute
    Study End Date: 2/28/2017

  • Using Medical Informatics to Follow-up a Colorectal Sessile Serrated Polyp Cohort
    Funder: National Cancer Institute
    Study End Date: 3/31/2017

  • STAR Center for Excellence in Cancer and Genomics (C-Gen)
    Funder: Kaiser Permanente Colorado
    Study End Date: 12/31/2017