Lynne Penberthy

Areas of Expertise:

  • Medical informatics
  • Clinical trials and informatics
  • Cancer surveillance automation
  • Secondary data (claims, electronic medical records)

Dr. Lynne Penberthy is the Associate Director for the Surveillance Research Program (SRP), which is within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Dr. Penberthy obtained her MD from the University of Michigan and her MPH in epidemiology at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Penberthy’s career includes a surgical internship in Baltimore, Maryland, at the Sinai Hospital and a preventive medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University. After her residency, she completed her post-doctoral training in epidemiology with the CDC as an epidemic intelligence service (EIS) officer with the Commonwealth of Virginia. She is licensed to practice medicine in the state of Maryland.

Prior to her NCI appointment, Dr. Penberthy was the Director of Cancer Research Informatics and Services and Associate Professor of General Internal Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center. She directed a team in the development of innovative software with the objectives of using existing data for clinical trials eligibility screening, automated capture of treatment data from oncology practice claims, and the extraction of clinical characteristics from various electronic medical records (EMR) components. Dr. Penberthy was also involved in biobanking and annotation of specimens using clinical data. She has 20 years of experience in cancer surveillance and automation using secondary data. Dr. Penberthy has worked on more than 20 grants and contracts as well as 31 publications related to using secondary data and/or informatics tools for cancer surveillance and clinical trials assessment.

Last Updated: 30 Apr, 2021