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The Complex Environmental Determinants of Breast Cancer Etiology
May 16 at 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD
Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Director of Population Sciences
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of California San Francisco
Dr. Robert Hiatt is Professor and immediate past Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF, co-leader of the Cancer Control Program and Associate Director for Population Sciences at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the Director of the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN).
Dr. Hiatt has primarily focused on cancer epidemiology and studies of cancer etiology, early development, the environment and social determinants. Dr. Hiatt is interested in understanding the fundamental causes of health disparities and seeking a basis for interventions to modulate their adverse effects on disadvantaged populations. He takes a transdisciplinary approach to research across many areas of expertise from genetics to the built environment. He has been committed to the study of population health and disparities using transdisciplinary science since his time at the National Cancer Institute when he was the first deputy director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. His disciplinary background in medicine and epidemiology has been expanded over the years by additional experience in cancer research in areas as diverse as genetic epidemiology, behavioral science, health services and outcomes research and cancer surveillance. He is past president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology and the American College of Epidemiology and is currently a member of the Board of Environmental Sciences and Toxicology at the National Academy of Science.