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4th Annual Lecture Speaker: Dr. Graham Colditz


The Reid R. Sacco Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Program is thrilled to announce our 4th Annual Lecture Speaker will be Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH, FAFPHM, a public health expert and epidemiologist.

He will present at Grand Rounds on Friday, November 3 (Cancer Center: 8:00 am – 9:00 am & Medical: Noon – 1:00 pm) in Wolff Auditorium at Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington St., Boston, MA.  

Dr. Colditz has dedicated his 35+ year career to the causes and prevention of chronic diseases and cancer, with a focus on women. He has evaluated the use of tobacco and obesity in relation to cancer, developed statistical models to more accurately classify levels of risk for several cancers, and has studied benign breast disease and other markers for risk of breast cancer.

He is currently Chief, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery; Program Director of the Master of Population Health Sciences; Associate Director of Prevention and Control, Siteman Cancer Center; Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Health; Principal Investigator and Director of the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities; and Niess-Gain Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine.

During his 23-year tenure at Harvard University, Dr. Colditz was the lead investigator on two large cohort studies, the longitudinal Nurses’ Health Study investigating risk factors for major chronic disease in women, and the Growing Up Today Study relating diet and lifestyle of adolescents at entry to their growth and health outcomes. He has contributed to reports of the Surgeon General on Tobacco and Health as well as over 800 peer-review publications, edited numerous books on cancer prevention including the “Encyclopedia of Cancer in Society,” served on several committees for the National Academies of Science and the National Cancer Institute, developed an award-winning Your Disease Risk website, which provides prevention messages to the public and leads the Cancer News in Context writing team. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine, has been awarded the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor, and received both the ASCO-ACS Award and Lecture and the American Association for Cancer Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Prevention Research in 2014.

We look forward to learning the latest prevention strategies Dr. Colditz is exploring.