Keith Dookeran, MD, PhD
PhD, Public Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, IL.
MBA, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL.
MD, University of Leicester, Leicester, England, UK.
MBBS, University of the West Indies Medical School, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica, WI.
Dr. Dookeran has had a long-standing interest in, and commitment to, cancer health disparities research. Dr. Dookeran has published on racial and ethnic disparities in use of mastectomy for treatment of breast cancer in the Midwest, and showed that non-Hispanic black and Hispanic women were significantly more likely to receive a mastectomy, compared to non-Hispanic white women. Part of Dr. Dookeran’s current research interest centers around using molecular and genetic epidemiology to gain a deeper understanding of specific molecular cancer disparities that impact breast cancer prognosis and outcomes. In particular, Dr. Dookeran’s research focuses on understanding the underpinnings of biologically aggressive breast cancer tumor types that are more commonly seen in non-Hispanic black women with breast cancer. In this area of research Dr. Dookeran has published on the role of the TP53 gene as a marker of poor prognosis in low socioeconomic status non-Hispanic black women newly diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. His current research further develops this theme and involves examination of the influence of novel ion channel genes on biologically aggressive breast tumor types in The Cancer Genome Atlas dataset. Dr. Dookeran recently published results of this research (available via open access at UWM Digital Commons: Associations of two‑pore domain potassium channels and triple negative breast cancer subtype in The Cancer Genome Atlas: systematic evaluation of gene expression and methylation). Dr. Dookeran also does research concerning the challenge of translating new, genetic-based technologies into the standard of care for all population groups, particularly where there are unequal burdens of disease that disproportionately affect vulnerable minority-underserved groups. In addition, Dr. Dookeran is involved a research collaboration that examines strategies to reduce utilization of low-value medical services and decrease waste in clinical medicine. Dr. Dookeran currently teaches several courses at Zilber School including: PH101 - Introduction to Public Health; PH804 - Advanced Epidemiology Methods; and PH904 - Survey of Analytic Methods for Epidemiology.