Dr. Katherine Van Loon is a gastrointestinal cancer specialist, with a particular interest in colon cancer. Van Loon received a master's degree in public health (M.P.H.) from the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health before attending the Medical College of Georgia. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School. She came to UCSF for her fellowship in oncology in 2009.
With her background in public health, Van Loon's research is focused on epidemiology and outcomes research in gastrointestinal malignancies. She has a longstanding interest in global health, and her research has also focused on the epidemiology of gastrointestinal cancers in the developing world.
Van Loon is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She received a Young Investigator Award from the ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation in 2012.