Sarah DeFeo, Director of Scientific Affairs

Sarah DeFeo joined OCRF in November 2008 and oversees OCRF’s scientific grantmaking, programmatic, and educational initiatives. Working closely with the Scientific Advisory Committee, Sarah manages OCRF’s annual grant solicitation and review process, and under her direction applications to OCRF’s three research grant programs have quadrupled.  She also directs OCRF’s rapidly expanding patient support program, Woman to Woman, as well as all live and web-based patient education initiatives.  Sarah also supports the development and communications teams, providing content and ensuring the visibility of OCRF’s research activities across all media platforms.

Before joining OCRF, Sarah was the Director of the Physician Advocacy Fellowship at Columbia University, which trained doctors in social justice and health policy work. She also served as the Project Officer at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Center to Advance Palliative Care, and in various positions at the Social Science Research Council, where she coordinated a fellowship program for graduate students studying in the developing world.

Sarah graduated with honors from Vassar College with a degree in American History and earned her Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughters.