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Cedars-Sinai's Beth Karlan, MD, Named Editor-In-Chief Of Society Of Gynecologic Oncologists Medical Journal

Los Angeles - Sept. 21, 2007 - Beth Y. Karlan, M.D, director of the Cedars-Sinai Women's Cancer Research Institute at the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and a renowned expert in the field of gynecologic oncology, has been named the new Editor-in-Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, the medical journal of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO).

Karlan, who begins her editorship on January 1, 2008, succeeds David M. Gershenson, M.D., who led the journal for the past 17 years.

Karlan specializes in ovarian cancer surgery and has spearheaded research efforts that have contributed to several innovative treatment strategies for ovarian cancer used worldwide. She is also a national advocate for early detection for women's gynecologic cancers and has testified before Congress to increase funding for women's cancer research. A past-president of the SGO, Karlan previously was Associate Editor on Gynecologic Oncology. She has also held editorial board positions with Obstetrics and Gynecology, Nature Clinical Practice Oncology, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She has authored hundreds of articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

"I'm very pleased to have this opportunity and hope that during my tenure as editor, I can contribute to improving the care of women with cancer by encouraging research and disseminating new knowledge that may lead to better treatments and earlier detection for gynecologic malignancies," said Karlan.

At Cedars-Sinai, Karlan is also director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and director of the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Detection Program. Karlan is also professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard- Massachusetts Institute of Technology Program in Health Sciences and Technology. She lives in Beverly Hills.