Patricia K. Donahoe is Director of Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories and Chief Emerita of Pediatric Surgical Services at Massachusetts General Hospital where she has worked virtually her entire career, and the Marshall K. Bartlett Professor of Surgery (Tenured) at Harvard Medical School. She received her MD from Columbia University in New York City, New York, and BS from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts where she currently serves on the Board of Trustees. She is a member and past Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board at St. Judes Medical Center and has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and of the NICHD National Advisory Council.
She has published over 230 peer-reviewed publications in developmental biology concentrating on Mullerian Inhibiting Substance as a potential anticancer agent against human ovarian carcinomas, as well as the genetics of sex differentiation and a number of other congenital anomalies for which she has been steadily funded by the NIH. Dr. Donahoe and her colleagues, particularly David MacLaughlin, hold a number of patents on MIS. They purified the human MIS, cloned the MIS gene and that of its receptors, studied their regulation and their roles in the growth, diagnosis, and treatment of ovarian and other reproductive tumors, and used MIS as a marker in the diagnosis of human tumors in human intersex disorders. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Donahoe served as President of the Boston Surgical Society and is President-elect of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. She has received many research prizes and honorary degrees for her work on MIS, but her fondest dream is to see it developed as a therapeutic for ovarian and other reproductive cancers.