Dr. Mel on a morning beach stroll in Costa Rica
With multidisciplinary training and experience in medical oncology, epidemiology, and clinical cancer genetics, Dr. Palomares, affectionately known as “Dr. Mel”, practices preventive oncology. Dr. Mel coined this term to describe the care of healthy patients who are either at increased risk for cancer or are cancer survivors at risk for second cancers. Her research focus has been in cancer prevention, early detection, and risk assessment. She has particular expertise in breast cancer clinical trials, including trials using natural products.Dr. Mel earned her bachelor degree in mathematics at Boston University, masters in epidemiology at University of Washington, and doctorate in medicine at Emory University. She completed an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, followed by fellowships in Hematology at Harbor-UCLA, and Medical Oncology and Clinical Cancer Genetics at University of Washington.

After nearly 20 years in academic medicine, first at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, WA, and then at the City of Hope Cancer Center in the Los Angeles metro area, she founded Cancer Prevention Movement, which aims to combine technology with public health to service more people.

But what is much more inspiring than her credentials, is her personal story of how cancer has affected her family and herself.