Courtney Preusse


  • Research Administrator for the Pathology Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Liaison between scientists and cancer communities
  • Stakeholder reviewer for the US Department of Defense and the New York Academy of Medicine
  • 8-year breast cancer survivor


Courtney is a former writer for Verywell Health covering breast cancer. Behind the page, Courtney works with clinicians and researchers at one of the leading cancer centers in the United States to advance new breast cancer initiatives, pilot projects, and translational research in development. As a patient advocate, she serves on leadership boards, advisory panels, and peer review panels. She participated in the Scientist-Survivor Program at the American Association for Cancer Research Conference and has presented posters at other national conferences.

Her involvement has led to an increased awareness around the many ways in which a survivors’ participation in research can support, influence and strengthen cancer research. Courtney is an active member of the West Coast Affiliate of the Young Survival Coalition (YSC) and and served as a Committee Chair for the YSC’s Research Think Tank: Driving the Agenda on Breast Cancer in Young Women.

Diagnosed at age 31 with an aggressive form of Invasive Ductal Carcinoma (IDC; stage IIB, grade 3), Courtney shares a passion and drive with thousands of other scientists, patient advocates, and volunteers to conduct groundbreaking research.


Courtney holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Spanish and a Master of Arts in Public Policy from George Mason University. She is a graduate of the National Breast Cancer Coalition’s Project LEAD training program and AACR’s Scientist-Survivor Program.

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