Tanya Keenan, MD, MPH

Research Interests: Breast cancer disparities and end of life care.



Dr. Tanya Keenan grew up outside of Philadelphia and completed a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She then returned to Philadelphia to attend medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. Before graduating from medical school, Dr. Keenan also earned a Master’s of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She then moved to Boston for residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Keenan is currently applying for Hematology-Oncology fellowships and hopes to stay in Boston at the combined Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Massachusetts General Hospital program.

Tanya Keenan, MD, MPH at the 2014 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Research Interests

Dr. Keenan is passionate about investigating breast cancer disparities and end of life care in her future career as a breast oncologist. She looks forward to an academic career dedicated to catalyzing widespread progress in healthcare equity and end of life care for breast cancer patients. Her professional aspiration is to better identify minority patients with breast cancer, engage them in precision medicine and epigenetics research, and develop discovery and access pathways for novel therapeutics for types of breast cancer, such as triple negative breast tumors, that disproportionately affect minority patients. Dr. Keenan will also evaluate quality of care in breast cancer patients near the end of life and investigate interventions to help breast cancer patients better achieve their end of life goals.


Selected Publications

  • Keenan T, Moy B, Mroz EA, Ross K, Niemierko A, Rocco JW, Isakoff S, Ellisen LW, Bardia A. Comparison of genomic landscape between primary breast cancer in African American versus Caucasian women and the association of racial differences with tumor recurrence; J Clin Oncol 2015, 33(31):3621-7.
  • Keenan T, Rader DJ. Genetics of lipid traits and relationship to coronary artery disease. Current Cardiology Reports 2013; 15(9): 396-406.
  • Keenan T, Yu A, Cooper LA, Appel LJ, Guallar E, Gennusa JV, Dickerson FB, Crum RM, Anderson C, Campbell L, Young DR, Daumit GL. Racial patterns of cardiovascular disease risk factors in serious mental illness and the general population. Schizophrenia Research 2013; 150(1):211-6.
  • Keenan T, Blaha MJ, Nasir K, Silverman MG, Tota-Maharaj R, Carvalho JAM, Conceição RD, Blumenthal RS, Santos RD. Relation of uric acid to serum levels of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, triglycerides and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and to hepatic steatosis. Am J Cardiol 2012; 110(12):1787-92.


October 25, 2015 - WCVB 5 Boston

A new study at the Mass General Hospital Cancer Center has found a genomic difference between breast cancers of African American and white women. Tanya Keenan, MD, at MGH Cancer Center and lead author of the study joins us to discuss what this means for African American women and what they can do to take precautions. Watch the interview here.

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