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Stephanie M. Downs-Canner

Stephanie Downs-Canner, MD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and surgical oncologist specializing in the treatment of patients with breast cancer. She also conducts research with a focus on understanding the immune cell component of the tumor microenvironment in breast cancer.

MD
Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology
UNC-Chapel Hill
Breast Cancer, Immunology

Meet Stephanie Downs-Canner

Area of Interest

I am both a surgical oncologist specializing in the treatment of patients with breast cancer at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as an investigator in the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center with a focus on understanding the immune cell component of the tumor microenvironment in breast cancer. Breast cancer remains a leading cause of cancer related death in the United States. Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) disproportionately affects African-American women and has a poorer prognosis than other molecular subtypes. My laboratory based research is focused on understanding the immune microenvironment in TNBC, especially the function of subsets of T-regulatory cells with the ultimate goal of harnessing this information to improve response rates of immunotherapy in TNBC.

Awards and Honors

  • Rookie of the Year, chosen as best new faculty member by graduating chief residents in the department of surgery, 2019
  • Outstanding Medical Student Teaching by Faculty
  • NC Tracs Oncology K12 Training Grant
  • UNC Lineberger Developmental Grant
  • American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Fellowship Grant