Josephine A Taverna
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Taverna, MD

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About Me

Dr. Josephine Taverna is a faculty member in the division of hematology and oncology. She graduated from Yale in 1999 with a major in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and received her medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2004. Dr. Taverna completed her Hematology-Oncology & Cancer Prevention fellowships at the University of Arizona in 2015. In 2017, she graduated from the Advanced Drug Development fellowship at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. She completed a NIH/Lilly externship in February 2018 where she collaborated with the Pharmacometrics team at Lilly and helped to develop a quantitative systems pharmacology mathematical model to aid in therapeutic discovery. Dr. Taverna is a physician-scientist and serves as co-leader for the Phase I Thoracic Oncology program. During her protected research time, she works under the mentorship of Dr. Tim Huang, a prominent researcher who has pioneered next-generation sequencing for integrative analysis of cancer genomes. One of her long-term research goals is to study the effects of the targeted therapy on epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition to prevent metastatic tumor spread in lung cancer patients. Dr. Taverna is deeply committed to her research in early drug discovery.

Taverna JA, Yun S, Jonnadula J, Saleh A, Riaz IB, Abraham I, Yeager AM,Persky DO, McBride A, Haldar S, Anwer F. Role of Maintenance Therapy afterHigh-Dose Chemotherapy and Autologous Hematopoietic Cell TransplantationinAggressive Lymphomas: A Systematic Review. Blood and MarrowTransplantation. 2016; 22(7):1182-96.
LÛpez AM, Pruthi S, Boughey JC, Perloff M, Hsu CH, Lang JE, Ley M, Frank D,Taverna JA, Chow HH. Double-blind, Randomized Trial of Different LetrozoleRegimens in Postmenopausal Women with Increased Breast Cancer Risk Effectson Estrogen Suppression and Associated Side Effects. Cancer Prev Res. Dec 142015.
Meyers JA, Taverna JA, Chaves J, Makkinje A, Lerner A. Phosphodiestease 4Inhibitors Augment Levels of Glucocorticoid Receptor in B CellChronicLymphocytic Leukemia but Not in Normal Circulating Hematopoietic Cells.ClinCancer Res. 2007;13:4920-4927.
Taverna JA, Lerner A, Goldberg L, Demierre MF. Infliximab as aTreatmentfor Idiopathic Hypereosinophilic Syndrome. Arch Dermatol2007;143(9):1110-1112.




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Medical School:
ICAHN School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

University of Vermont College of Medicine

Boston University Medical Center


Board Certification:
American Board of Internal Medicine/Medical Oncology
American Board of Internal Medicine/Hematology