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Paula D. Ryan, M.D., Ph.D.

Paula D. Ryan, M.D., Ph.D. Photo

Provider Type: Physician

  • Breast Medical Oncology
Board Certifications:
  • Medical Oncology


General Summary

For the last 20 years, Dr. Ryan has committed her career to compassionate and comprehensive care of patients with breast cancer or individuals with an increased risk for breast cancer due to their family history. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that includes surgeons, radiation oncologists, reconstructive surgeons, and researchers that deliver leading-edge, well-coordinated, and supportive care to patients with breast cancer and their families.


Dr. Ryan completed both a medical doctorate and Ph.D. at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY, in 1994 with her Ph.D. in breast cancer biology. Dr. Ryan completed her internal medicine residency and medical oncology fellowship in 2000 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. She subsequently was on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, and Fox Chase Cancer Center, where she was a member of the breast oncology care teams. At Fox Chase Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, she co-led the multi-disciplinary breast cancer program. Dr. Ryan also has extensive experience in the evaluation and treatment of women with elevated risk of breast cancer and led the Breast/Ovary Cancer Risk Evaluation Centers at both Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Accolades & Memberships

Dr. Ryan has conducted several clinical trials evaluating novel treatments for breast cancer and has authored numerous manuscripts on various topics in breast cancer and cancer genetics. She is also a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Research Interest

Dr. Ryan has a specific interest in the care of patients with breast cancer. She also manages the care of women who, due to family or medical history, are at increased risk for the development of breast cancer. Her focus is delivering compassionate care using both approved and, when appropriate, new therapies to improve the lives of patients with breast cancer.