As the medical director for the Native American Programs in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Judith S. Kaur, M.D., is involved in national research and outreach programs to American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Dr. Kaur's research includes a special interest in women's cancers — particularly breast and cervical cancers. She was the principal investigator for a molecular markers study in breast cancer in American Indian and Alaska Native women and also a mammographic and clinical risk factor-analysis study.
Dr. Kaur works collaboratively with many cancer organizations, including the National Cancer Institute, Indian Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and American Cancer Society. She is also funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to mentor minority scholars.
- Native CIRCLE. This program provides and develops culturally appropriate cancer education materials for lay people, allied health and clinicians working in Native communities.
- Spirit of Eagles. This National Cancer Institute-funded Community Networks Program empowers intervention studies in Native populations, provides scholarship support for students in medicine or biological sciences training, and advocates for improved cancer prevention and control in American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Significance to patient care
Dr. Kaur's research aims to improve cancer screening and access to care — including access to clinical trials — and efforts to increase survival rates in Native populations.