Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Faculty Profile

Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD


Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director of Population Sciences and Associate Director, UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center

UCSF Box 0560
185 Berry Street, Lobby 5, Suite 5700
San Francisco, CA 94107-1762

415 / 514-8000
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Dr. Robert A. Hiatt is the Director of Population Sciences and Associate Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is a Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and also a Senior Scientist for the National Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland. Dr. Hiatt holds adjunct appointments as Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of California Berkeley School of Public Health and the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland.

From 1998 to early 2003 he was the Deputy Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he oversaw cancer research in epidemiology and genetics, surveillance, and health services research. Before that he was the Director of Prevention Sciences at the Northern California Cancer Center and also Assistant Director for Epidemiology at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Northern California.

He was trained in medicine at the University of Michigan and in epidemiology at the University of California Berkeley. He is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine and, until taking his NCI position, practiced general internal medicine. He is a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Society for Preventive Oncology.

Principal Research Interests

After an early career in international health, in which he was interested in the impact of parasitic diseases on community health, he was primarily focused on cancer epidemiology, studies of cancer screening both in terms of efficacy and effectiveness in diverse community settings. In his position he took a broad national perspective on the agenda for cancer prevention and control research and initiated programs in large-scale studies of gene-environment interactions in epidemiology, centers for the study of population health and health disparities, and studies of the quality of cancer care. Now his research interests include cancer epidemiology especially breast cancer, cancer prevention and screening, and the social determinants of canter. His central focus at UCSF is building a strong, interdisplinary program in epidemiology and cancer population sciences that include genetics, behavior and health services research, surveilance, and survivorship research. He is PI of the Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center that is studying the influence of environmental factors on pubertal maturation as a window to understanding the causes of breast cancer.

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