Director of Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Former Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Former Director of Gillette Center for Medical Gynecologic Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Former Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Birrer received his MD and PhD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1982. He completed residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Dr. Birrer then joined the faculty at the NCI in the Division of Cancer Treatment as an investigator in 1988. In 1991, Dr. Birrer was appointed as a senior investigator (with tenure) and established the molecular mechanism section in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Dr. Birrer joined MGH in 2008 and was Director of both the Gynecologic Oncology Research Program and the Gillette Center for Medical Gynecologic Oncology.
Over the years, Dr. Birrer has held a number of positions including the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, Gynecologic Oncology Tumor Board, Extramural IRB, Clinical Oncology Fellowship Section Committee, Chair of the Gynecologic Oncology Working Group in the Division of Clinical Sciences and Deputy Branch Chief of the Cell and Cancer Biology Branch.
Dr. Birrer is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in gynecologic oncology. He has published over 270 peer reviewed manuscripts and another 27 book chapters and review articles. He has served in leadership positions within the greater gynecologic oncology community. Currently, Dr. Birrer serves as the Director of Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.