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Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH

Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH, the Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery and professor of medicine, is recognized for his distinguished contributions to cancer epidemiology and prevention — particularly his work to advance the popular understanding of strategies to reduce cancer risk.

As an epidemiologist and public health expert, Colditz has a longstanding interest in the preventable causes of cancer and other chronic diseases, particularly among women, and translating that research into guidelines and policies to promote health. He has focused on how lifestyle factors such as smoking and diet affect the risk of cancer and other diseases.

Colditz also is chief of the Department of Surgery’s Division of Public Health Sciences, deputy director of Washington University’s Institute for Public Health, and associate director of prevention and control at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine.

His past honors include the American Association for Cancer Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Prevention Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology-American Cancer Society Award and Lecture, and the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor.

Colditz earned his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 1979 and completed his internship and residency at Royal Brisbane Hospital before pursuing his master’s degree in public health in 1982 and doctoral degree in 1986, both from Harvard University. Colditz joined the Washington University faculty in 2006.

Published: 08/16/2018