Dr. Jennifer Zikria is an oncologist at Memorial Cancer Institute, where she cares for patients with gastrointestinal malignancies including gastroesophageal, pancreatic and colorectal cancers. She is also an assistant professor at Florida International University, where she helps train the next generation of oncologists.
Working with patients battling cancer is more than a job to Dr. Zikria – it is a calling. She understands that cancer forever touches the lives of her patients and does all she can to help them on their journey. She encourages them to be positive and never lose hope because new discoveries and treatments are developed every day.
As a physician, Dr. Zikria believes one of her most critical roles is to build partnerships – not only with her patients but also with doctors from other specialties and researchers. These partnerships help her stay abreast of the latest medical breakthroughs and provide the most comprehensive and effective care.
Dr. Zikria is also involved in cancer research and is the principal investigator on a number of pharmaceutical and cooperative group studies.
Dr. Zikria is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology. She graduated from the State University of New York in 2005, completed training in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, and Medical Hematology and Oncology training at Columbia University Medical Center New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
State University Of New York Downstate Medical Ctr, 2005
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, 2006, Pediatrics
Lenox Hill Hospital, 2009, Internal Medicine
Columbia University, 2012, Oncology and Hematology
Awards, Achievements, and More
- 7/2011 – 6/2012 : Research Fellow, Azra Raza, MD – Columbia University Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY
- Studied the epidemiology, natural history, and patterns of care of myelodysplastic syndrome in the national Veteran Affairs registry.
- 6/2002 – 8/2002 : Researcher, Allen Norin, PhD – State University of New York, Brooklyn, NY
- Maintained and transported kidneys in a pulsatile perfusion unit for kidney transplantation to local hospitals in the greater New York area. Awarded an Alumni Grant to work in a Transplant Immunology and Immunogenetics Laboratory.
- 9/2000 – 8/2001: Laboratory Technician, Robert Winchester, MD – Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
- Investigated genetic variations in various autoimmune diseases, such as Psoriatic Arthritis and Lupus.
- 5/1999 – 8/2000: Research Assistant, Mehmet Oz, MD – Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
- Studied the effectiveness of antioxidants to prevent atherosclerosis in an animal model.
- 9/1998 – 5/1999: Teaching Assistant – Boston College Psychology Department, Chestnut Hill, MA
- Taught undergraduate classes and assisted professors in Introductory Psychology courses.
- 7/1997 – 8/1998: Research Assistant, Daniel Singer, MD – Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Coordinated a clinical study investigating nutritional and drug factors affecting Coumadin levels.
- American Society of Clinical Oncology
- American Society of Hematology
- American College of Physicians
- #1 Most Read and clinically relevant Hematology-Oncology journal abstract of 2010 as featured on Medscape as rated by the McMaster Online Rating of Evidence for “When Bad Publicity Trumps Science: the Relationship between Cranberry Juice and Warfarin”
- State University of New York Transplant Immunology and Immunogenetics Laboratory Alumni Research Grant, 2002
- Summa Cum Laude, Boston College, 1997
- Scholar of the College and distinction received for Senior Thesis, 1997
- Psi Chi National Psychology Honor Society, 1997
- Golden Key National Honor Society, 1997