The Lancet Commission on Women & Cancer


Dr Ophira Ginsburg



Dr. Ginsburg is a medical oncologist and global women’s health researcher with nearly 20 years of experience in cancer prevention and control.  Formerly based at the University of Toronto, Canada, she was a Medical Officer at the World Health Organization Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (2015-2016) and continues to serve as an ad hoc consultant to several UN agencies. Since 2017 she has been the Director of the High-Risk Cancer Genetics Program at the Perlmutter Cancer Center, NYU Langone Health, and Associate Professor in the Section for Global Health, Department of Population Health at New York University Grossman School of Medicine. In June 2021 she was appointed as a Senior Visiting Scientist at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the WHO’s specialized cancer agency in Lyon, France. 

Her research is focused on cancer health disparities and improving equitable access to breast and cervical cancer control, for which she has received funding from Grand Challenges Canada, Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, and the U.S. National Institutes of Health. She has authored >100 publications including in high impact journals such as The Lancet, The Lancet Global Health, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Nature Cancer, and Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology. She led a 3-part Series: “Health, equity, and women’s cancers”, published in The Lancet in 2016, and co-chairs the Lancet Commission on women and cancer.