Susan Gross Fisher, M.S., Ph.D.

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Susan Gross Fisher has extensive experience in the fields of cancer epidemiology and biostatistics. Her research focuses on the investigation of strategies to improve the primary prevention and early detection of cancer. The questions she poses are precisely those that millions of people are asking about cancer: Who should be screened when, and how often, for cancer? How often should women be screened for breast cancer, for example, or what is the best age range for men to be tested for prostate cancer? Like most men and women, Fisher asks these questions as well – but she is equipped to evaluate the topics with an expertise in cancer epidemiology that is nearly unrivaled nationally.

Fisher is also an expert on cancers with viral roots, including cervical, stomach, lung, and blood cancers. She has created or developed large studies looking at minority women at high risk of hereditary breast cancer, the role of sunlight and viruses in skin cancer, and the role of obesity in chronic inflammation and digestive cancers, such as the stomach and colon. She is also an expert on the epidemiology of lymphoma and the pathogens that contribute to its development.

Fisher has participated in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women, which prepares the country's most promising women in science and medicine for leadership roles. She served on a special panel for the Institute of Medicine immunization committee, which investigated vaccine safety.



  • Cancer screening
  • Cancer epidemiology

Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences

University of Rochester Medical Center

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