Beth Y. Karlan, MD

Beth Karlan, MD

Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vice Chair, Women's Health Research
Director, Cancer Population Genetics




Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology

Institutional Affiliation

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica



Gynecologic Oncology, UCLA School of Medicine, 1987 - 1989
Molecular Biology, Yale University, 1986 - 1987


MD, Harvard Medical School, 1982


Obstetrics and Gynecology, Yale-New Haven Hospital, 1982 - 1986

Board Certifications

Obstetrics and Gynecology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1990, 1998, 2010
Gynecologic Oncology, American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1991, 1998, 2010

Contact Information

Clinical Interests

Comprehensive Treatment For Female Reproductive Cancers, Ovarian Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Cervical Cancer, Vulvar Cancer, Vaginal Cancer, Inherited Cancer Susceptibility, Cancers Due to BRCA1 BRCA2 Gene Mutations

Scientific Interests

Dr. Beth Karlan is a gynecologic oncologist and clinician-scientist with long-standing interests in hereditary cancers and molecular drivers of ovarian cancer. Recognizing the heterogeneity of ovarian cancer, she seeks to identify subtyped-specific biomarkers for early detection, prognostication and personalized therapies. She is also active in studying inherited cancer risks due to genes like BRCA to better understand ovarian cancer etiology, improve prevention strategies and identify novel targets for prevention and treatment.

Highlighted Publications

Karlan BY, Thorpe J, Watabayashi K, Drescher CW, Palomares M, Daly MB, Paley P, Hillard P, Andersen MR, Anderson G, Drapkin R, Urban N. Use of CA125 and HE4 serum markers to predict ovarian cancer in elevated-risk women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Jul;23(7):1383-93. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-13-1361. Epub 2014 May 1.

Cheon DJ, Tong Y, Sim MS, Dering J, Berel D, Cui X, Lester J, Beach JA, Tighiouart M, Walts AE, Karlan BY, Orsulic S. A collagen-remodeling gene signature regulated by TGF-Beta signaling is associated with metastasis and poor survival in serous ovarian cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2014 Feb 1;20(3):711-23. doi: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-13-1256. Epub 2013 Nov 11.

Karlan BY, Dering J, Walsh C, Orsulic S, Lester J, Anderson LA, Ginther CL, Fejzo M, Slamon D. POSTN/TGFBI-associated stromal signature predicts poor prognosis in serous epithelial ovarian cancer. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Feb;132(2):334-42. doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2013.12.021. Epub 2013 Dec 22.

Norquist B, Wurz KA, Pennil CC, Garcia R, Gross J, Sakai W, Karlan BY, Taniguchi T, Swisher EM. Secondary somatic mutations restoring BRCA1/2 predict chemotherapy resistance in hereditary ovarian carcinomas. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Aug 1;29(22):3008-15. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2010.34.2980. Epub 2011 Jun 27.

Karlan BY, Oza AM, Richardson GE, Provencher DM, Hansen VL, Buck M, Chambers SK, Ghatage P, Pippitt CH Jr, Brown JV 3rd, Covens A, Nagarkar RV, Davy M, Leath CA 3rd, Nguyen H, Stepan DE, Weinreich DM, Tassoudji M, Sun YN, Vergote IB. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase II study of AMG 386 combined with weekly paclitaxel in patients with recurrent ovarian cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Feb 1;30(4):362-71. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2010.34.3178. Epub 2011 Dec 19.