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Cancer Prevention and Control

doctors at benchResearchers in the Cancer Prevention and Control program conduct population-based, transdisciplinary, practice-changing studies across the cancer control continuum from primary prevention through survivorship. Cross-cutting themes include behavior change; aging; diversity, health equity and inclusion; and guideline and policy development.

The program focuses on catchment area needs to improve:

  • Disproportionately high incidence and mortality rates for specific cancers (e.g., tobacco-related, hematologic, pancreatic/hepatobiliary);
  • Low screening rates, high smoking rates, low physical activity rates, and high obesity rates;
  • The burden of cancer treatment-related toxicity and side effects;
  • Cancer supportive care delivery;
  • Inequity and exclusion among individuals who are older, rural residents, who are Black, Latino, Deaf, or identify as a sexual/gender minority.

The specific aims of the CPC program are:

  • To identify novel, effective interventions to reduce cancer risk in individuals with high probability for a cancer diagnosis.
  • To develop innovative, effective supportive care therapies for patients, survivors, and caregivers to mitigate the toxicities and side effects caused by cancer and its treatments.
  • To develop cutting-edge, effective system-level supportive care interventions for oncology practices and health care systems to improve outcomes for patients.

With a highly collaborative membership, the CPC also has strong expertise in clinical trial design and execution — and facilitates clinical research as a National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) base, one of only two such research bases at an academic medical center in the U.S.


Program Leaders

Cancer Control

Supriya Mohile, M.D., M.S.
Philip and Marilyn Wehrheim Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Mohile conducts research focused on improving cancer care delivery for older adults.

Karen Mustian, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dean’s Professor of Surgery, Cancer Control

Dr. Mustian focuses on the role of physical activity and exercise on cancer- and treatment-related side effects.


David Adler, M.D., M.P.H
Professor, Emergency Medicine

Steven Barnett, M.D.
Professor, Family Medicine

Francisco Cartujano Barrera, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Public Health Services

Calvin Cole, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control

Stephen Cook, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Ana-Paula Cupertino, Ph.D.
Professor, Surgery

Richard Dunne, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor, Medicine/Hematology Oncology

Ronald Epstein, M.D.
Professor, Family Medicine

Jennifer Gewandter, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine

Lauren Ghazal
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Nikesha Gilmore, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control

Sara Hardy, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology

Elaine Hill, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Public Health Services

Michelle Janelsins, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control

Charles Kamen, Ph.D, M.P.H.
Associate Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control

Benzi Kluger, M.D., M.S.
Professor, Neurology

Dongmei Li, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Clinical and Translation Research

Po-Ju Lin, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control

Melissa (Kah Poh) Loh, B.Med.Sci., M.B.B.Ch., B.A.O., M.S.
Assistant Professor, Medicine/Hematology Oncology

Allison Magnuson, D.O.
Associate Professor, Medicine/Hematology Oncology

Scott McIntosh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Public Health Services

Gary Morrow, Ph.D., M.S.
Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control

Deborah Ossip, Ph.D.
Professor, Public Health Services

Luke Peppone, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control

Erika Ramsdale, M.D.
Associate Professor, Medicine/Hematology

Cynthia Rand, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Pediatrics

Patricia Rivera, M.D.
Professor, Medicine/Pulmonary

Olle Jane Sahler, M.D.
Professor, Pediatrics/Hematology Oncology

Meghan Underhill-Blazey
Assistant Professor, Nursing

MaryAnn Wilbur, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S.
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

AnnaLynn Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control

Karen Wilson, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor, Pediatric

Peter Wyman, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychiatry

Sule Yilmaz, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Surgery/Cancer Control