Crosby, TX

Registered Clinical Nurse, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Representing: Patients, Caregivers, and Patient Advocates
Term ends August 2022

Ana Lopez, BSN, RN, is a caregiver, previvor and patient advocate. She lost her mom to breast cancer at age 17 and, at 25, her twin sister was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Shortly after genetic testing revealed she and her sister carried the BRCA1 mutation, Lopez underwent a prophylactic mastectomy in 2016. Since then, she has been active in the hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC) community, advocating for families with a genetic predisposition to cancer. She is a peer navigator and research advocate with FORCE, a nonprofit that supports the HBOC community. She is also a peer navigator with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s myCancerConnection program. She previously worked as a research assistant at MD Anderson where she was involved in tobacco research.

Lopez graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Nursing and has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Houston. She is currently an oncology nurse at the MD Anderson. These experiences have led to her passion for cancer prevention, patient education, research, and advocacy for the HBOC community. She is passionate about empowering others to take control of their health journey. She is grateful to work with PCORI to continue to improve patient outcomes and provide patients with tools to make better healthcare decisions.

Conflicts of Interest

As of March 27, 2019

  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Employer
  • Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered (FORCE), Employer
  • Young Survival Coalition, Volunteer


Person Type
Panel / Committee