Forty for 40: Naomi Jay, PhD, MS-Nursing ’89, RN, WHNP
Anal cancer rates among people living with HIV have been rising in recent years. Naomi Jay is working to reverse that trend.
Dr. Jay is a nurse practitioner who works in the Anal Neoplasia Clinic Research and Education Center at the University of California San Francisco, from where she earned her doctorate. She is part of a team conducting the eight-year ANCHOR study, funded by the NIH, to determine if anal cancer among HIV positive men and women can be prevented, and convince medical professionals and insurers that patients considered at risk for anal cancer deserve the same screening and treatment options shown to prevent cervical cancer.
She helped pioneer the use of the colposcope for anal human papillomavirus (HPV)-related diseases in the anal canal, adapting gynecologic procedures to create a procedure now known as high-resolution anoscopy (HRA).
Jay is president of the International Anal Neoplasia Society, and serves on the board of the American Society for Cervical Colposcopy and Pathology.