Stephen Taplin, MD, MPH, is a Senior Scientist in the Office of the Associate
Director of the Applied Research Program. He is an internationally recognized expert in
the field of cancer screening. He completed his Family Medicine Residency in Rochester,
New York, in 1983, and his Robert Wood Johnson Fellowship in Seattle in 1985.
Dr. Taplin built his research career around the problems that arose from his day-to-day
practice as a primary care physician and the leader of breast cancer screening program
that served 100,000 women in an integrated health plan. He has been conducting research
funded by the National Cancer Institute for most of his career, and he has more than 100
publications in peer-reviewed journals, including work on determinants of mammography use,
factors affecting mammography interpretation, costs of cancer care, and the evaluation of
Dr. Taplin is currently working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration's Bureau of Primary Health Care,
and the Institute for Health Care Improvement to implement a planned approach to cancer
screening in BPHC clinics. He moved to the NCI in September 2003 after becoming a Senior
Investigator at the Center for Health Studies and Professor in the Department of Family
Medicine at the University of Washington.