Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH

Co-Principal Investigator & Co-Center Director


Dr. Colditz is the Niess-Gain Professor and Chief of the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine. He is Associate
Director for Prevention and Control at the Siteman Cancer Center and has led the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (first as UO1 then as U54) since 2006. Dr. Colditz has addressed biologic, social, and behavioral determinants of cancer disparities, and developed interventions to reduce disparities among African Americans. He served as PI of the Nurses’ Health Study as an R01, and then as a Program Project. He led the U54 transdisciplinary TREC center addressing obesity and cancer. Dr. Colditz developed Your Disease Risk, a scientifically validated online health risk assessment tool that has strong discriminatory accuracy. Use of a version of the tool focused on colon cancer early detection was linked to improved rates of patient requests for screening.70 He is a leader in the field of cancer prevention and control research with over 1,000 peer-reviewed papers and continuous NCI funding since his first R01 in 1987. Dr. Colditz serves on the NCI Board of Scientific Advisors and has numerous awards for his research in cancer epidemiology and prevention, including the ACS Medal of Honor (2011) and the AACR Award and Lecture for cancer prevention research (2014). Dr. Colditz is a dedicated mentor and educator, leading a master of science program in population health at Washington University School of Medicine and a T32 postdoctoral training program.