Addressing Breast Cancer Disparities in St Louis: From Population to Bench Science
Graham Colditz, M.D., Dr.P.H., is the Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He is also Chief of the Division of Public Health Sciences, Associate Director of Prevention and Control at Siteman Cancer Center and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University. He is an internationally recognized implementation researcher and epidemiologist, particularly in the area of cancer prevention research. His body of research focuses on conducting large-scale longitudinal studies examining lifestyle, biomarkers, and health, developing interactive risk assessment tools to provide tailored messages on the prevention of chronic diseases, and research synthesis & meta-analysis. His commitment to providing mentorship to junior scientists is demonstrated through the supervision of over 41 post-doctoral trainees throughout his career. He led the Cancer Epidemiology Training Grant at the Harvard School of Public Health from 2000 to 2006. Currently, he leads a T32 for oncologic surgical trainees at WUSM and a T32 postdoctoral training program in cancer prevention and control that focuses on training in cancer disparities.
Dr. Colditz also leads the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities which is funded by Siteman Cancer Center and NCI to address cancer disparities and achieve cancer health equity in their catchment population. This includes studies of biologic, social, and behavioral determinants of disparities, and access to health services. He also leads the Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control at Siteman (an NCI P50 award) that focuses on underserved populations to reduce disparities in urban and rural settings. He recently received Moonshot funding to lead a PE-CGS center at Siteman / Wash U. Earlier this year, Dr. Colditz received the AACR Distinguished Lectureship on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities award for his impactful work in cancer health disparities.
Dr. Colditz is a member of The National Academy of Medicine, is a fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and he serves on the NIH Council of Councils among other professional affiliations.