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Rachel Ballard-Barbash

Rachel Ballard-Barbash, MD, MPH, serves as the Associate Director of the Applied Research Program within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. The program's mission is to understand how and why cancer care and control activities in the United States influence patterns of care and trends in cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality, and survival through evaluation of patterns and trends in cancer-associated health behaviors and risk factors, health care services, economics, and outcomes, including patient-reported outcomes. Her own research focuses on examining the association of diet, weight, and physical activity with cancer risk and prognosis in order to identify targets for prevention and control of primary and recurrent disease; improving systems for evaluating cancer control in national and local populations; and examining health care utilization and quality of cancer care.

Dr. Ballard-Barbash received her MD from the University of Michigan in 1981, and her MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1985. She has published widely with 130 peer-reviewed publications, and five book chapters. Dr. Ballard-Barbash was the NCI program director for the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium from 1995 to 2005, and has served as the NCI director of the International Cancer Screening Network since 1995. She directs the Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) study of Breast Cancer Prognosis. She leads a NCI effort to advance research on the role of energy balance on cancer and serves as the NCI representative on the NIH Obesity Research Task Force. She is an NIH representative to the DHHS Interagency Working Group on Obesity Research and to the Obesity Prevention and Control section of the Guide to Community Preventive Services.

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29 Jan 2008
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