Karmanos Cancer Institute

Karmanos Cancer Institute

Associate Center Director of Translational Sciences

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Elisabeth I. Heath, M.D., F.A.C.P., serves as the Associate Center Director of Translational Sciences and leads the Genitourinary Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. She is the medical director of the Infusion Center and is director of prostate cancer research. She is an active clinical and scientific member of Karmanos and is professor of Oncology at Wayne State University School of Medicine.  Dr. Heath has a distinguished career as a prostate cancer researcher, serving as the Patricia C. and E. Jan Hartmann Endowed Chair for Prostate Cancer Research. Her focus is in conducting clinical and translational research trials in genitourinary oncology with critical attention to the area of health disparity, particularly with regard to the poor accrual of minority

patients to prostate cancer clinical trials. She is the principal investigator of the Michigan Prostate SPORE as well as for a Department of Defense grant in the nationally-recognized Prostate Clinical Trials Cancer Consortium.

Dr. Heath is a member of the Prostate Cancer Foundation Research Awards Review Committees and Department of Defense prostate and kidney cancer study section. She has served as president for the KCI Medical Executive Committee, has served as member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate at Wayne State University School of Medicine, and is currently on the board of directors of the state-sponsored Michigan Cancer Consortium.

Dr. Heath was honored with the inaugural Michigan Cancer Consortium Champion Award for 2016. In addition, Dr. Heath was also the recipient of the National Cancer Institute Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award in 2010. She has also been awarded the Wayne State University School of Medicine College Teaching Award in 2007, 2011, 2015 and holds the Top Doc designation in Hour Magazine from 2010-2021. Dr. Heath served for 10 years as the Faculty Advisor for the Gold Humanism Honor Society and has been the recipient of the Leonard Tow 2009 Humanism in Medicine Award. She was the recipient of the Wayne State University School of Medicine Physician’s Golden Heart Award in 2011. Dr. Heath is a dedicated clinician-scientist, researcher, and teacher at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

She earned her medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA, completed her internal medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, DC, and completed her medical oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD.