University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD

Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF; Associate Director of Population Sciences, and Co-Leader, Cancer Control Program, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and also the Associate Director of Population Sciences for the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. I was the first deputy director of the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (1998-2003), where, among other things, I oversaw the extramural cancer epidemiology, health services research, and surveillance programs. I have been the Director of Population Sciences at the HDFCCC since 2003 and served as Chair of Epidemiology & Biostatistics from 2006-2017. I am a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Society of Preventive Oncology. I have a demonstrated record in breast cancer, health disparities, environmental health research, global health science, and in leading successful and productive large-scale, multi-component research projects. This includes the Bay Area Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Center, and now the BCERP Coordination Center for the last 12 years. I am strongly interested in the conduct of and training in transdisciplinary, team, and translational science.

Education

Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.A., 1964, Zoology
Univ. of Michigan Med School, Ann Arbor, MI, M.D., 1968, Medicine
San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, CA, Internship, 1969
U.S. Public Health Service Hospital, San Francisco, CA, Residency, 1971
Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA, MPH, PhD, 1972, 1980, Epidemiology

Honors & Awards

  • 1967-68
    Victor Vaughn Medical Historical Society, University of Michigan Medical School
  • 1968
    Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Children's Bureau Fellowship, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 2001
    National Institutes of Health Merit Award, Quality of Cancer Care Committee
  • 2002
    National Institutes of Health Merit Award, Cancer Progress Report
  • 2002
    National Institutes of Health Director's Award, Cancer Progress Report
  • Memberships: American Public Health Association, Society for Epidemiologic Research, American Society of Preventive Oncology (President 2003-05), American Epidemiological Society, American College of Epidemiology (President 1998-99), American College of Preventive Medicine, American Association of Cancer Research, Extramural Research Council, American Cancer Society

Selected Publications

  1. Hiatt RA, Engmann NJ, Balke K, Rehkopf DH. A Complex Systems Model of Breast Cancer Etiology: The Paradigm II Conceptual Model. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Sep; 29(9):1720-1730.
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  2. Dobraca D, Laurent CA, Greenspan LC, Hiatt RA, Sjödin A, Kushi LH, Windham GC. Urinary polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in relation to anthropometric measures and pubertal development in a cohort of Northern California girls. Environ Epidemiol. 2020 Aug; 4(4):e0102.
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  3. Khoong EC, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Sarkar U. The Use of Technology for Communicating With Clinicians or Seeking Health Information in a Multilingual Urban Cohort: Cross-Sectional Survey. J Med Internet Res. 2020 04 06; 22(4):e16951.
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  4. Barrett NJ, Rodriguez EM, Iachan R, Hyslop T, Ingraham KL, Le GM, Martin K, Haring RC, Rivadeneira NA, Erwin DO, Fish LJ, Middleton D, Hiatt RA, Patierno SR, Sarkar U, Gage-Bouchard EA. Factors associated with biomedical research participation within community-based samples across 3 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers. Cancer. 2020 Mar 01; 126(5):1077-1089.
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  5. Rivadeneira NA, Hoskote M, Le GM, Nguyen TT, Nápoles AM, Pasick RJ, Sarkar U, Hiatt RA. Advancing Cancer Control in San Francisco: Cancer Screening in Under-Represented Populations. Am J Prev Med. 2020 01; 58(1):e1-e9.
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  6. Windham GC, Soriano JW, Dobraca D, Sosnoff CS, Hiatt RA, Kushi LH. Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure in Relation to Family Characteristics, Stressors and Chemical Co-Exposures in California Girls. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 10 30; 16(21).
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  7. Borno HT, Small EJ, Zhang L, DeRouen MC, Griffin A, McGuire J, Ryan CJ, Hiatt RA, Kaplan CP. How current reporting practices may mask differences: A call for examining cancer-specific demographic enrollment patterns in cancer treatment clinical trials. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2019 Dec; 16:100476.
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  8. Guan A, Lichtensztajn D, Oh D, Jain J, Tao L, Hiatt RA, Gomez SL, Fejerman L. Breast Cancer in San Francisco: Disentangling Disparities at the Neighborhood Level. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 12; 28(12):1968-1976.
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  9. Pinney SM, Windham GC, Xie C, Herrick RL, Calafat AM, McWhorter K, Fassler CS, Hiatt RA, Kushi LH, Biro FM. Perfluorooctanoate and changes in anthropometric parameters with age in young girls in the Greater Cincinnati and San Francisco Bay Area. Int J Hyg Environ Health. 2019 08; 222(7):1038-1046.
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  10. Attfield KR, Pinney SM, Sjödin A, Voss RW, Greenspan LC, Biro FM, Hiatt RA, Kushi LH, Windham GC. Longitudinal study of age of menarche in association with childhood concentrations of persistent organic pollutants. Environ Res. 2019 09; 176:108551.
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  11. Engmann NJ, Scott C, Jensen MR, Winham SJ, Ma L, Brandt KR, Mahmoudzadeh A, Whaley DH, Hruska CB, Wu FF, Norman AD, Hiatt RA, Heine J, Shepherd J, Pankratz VS, Miglioretti DL, Kerlikowske K, Vachon CM. Longitudinal Changes in Volumetric Breast Density in Healthy Women across the Menopausal Transition. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 08; 28(8):1324-1330.
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  12. Khoong EC, Le GM, Hoskote M, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Sarkar U. Health Information-seeking Behaviors and Preferences of a Diverse, Multilingual Urban Cohort. Med Care. 2019 06; 57 Suppl 6 Suppl 2:S176-S183.
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  13. Engmann NJ, Scott CG, Jensen MR, Winham S, Miglioretti DL, Ma L, Brandt K, Mahmoudzadeh A, Whaley DH, Hruska C, Wu F, Norman AD, Hiatt RA, Heine J, Shepherd J, Pankratz VS, Vachon CM, Kerlikowske K. Combined effect of volumetric breast density and body mass index on breast cancer risk. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2019 Aug; 177(1):165-173.
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  14. Rehkopf DH, Rodriguez D, Cress R, Braithwaite D, Oakley-Girvan I, West D, Hiatt RA. Socioeconomic gradients in cancer incidence by race and ethnicity in California, 2008-2012: the influence of tobacco use or screening detectable cancers. Cancer Causes Control. 2019 Jul; 30(7):697-706.
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  15. Bhatta DN, Hiatt RA, Van Loon K, Glantz SA. Exposure to household tobacco smoke and risk of cancer morbidity and mortality: Analysis of data from the Afghanistan Demographic and Health Survey 2015. Prev Med. 2019 06; 123:217-224.
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  16. Demb J, Akinyemiju T, Allen I, Onega T, Hiatt RA, Braithwaite D. Screening mammography use in older women according to health status: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Clin Interv Aging. 2018; 13:1987-1997.
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  17. Wong ML, Shi Y, Fung KZ, Ngo S, Elicker BM, Brown JK, Hiatt RA, Tang VL, Walter LC. Age, comorbidity, life expectancy, and pulmonary nodule follow-up in older veterans. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0200496.
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  18. Moseson H, Dehlendorf C, Gerdts C, Vittinghoff E, Hiatt RA, Barber J. No one to turn to: low social support and the incidence of undesired pregnancy in the United States. Contraception. 2018 10; 98(4):275-280.
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  19. Paskett ED, Hiatt RA. Catchment Areas and Community Outreach and Engagement: The New Mandate for NCI-Designated Cancer Centers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 05; 27(5):517-519.
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  20. Hoyt LT, Deardorff J, Marceau K, Laurent CA, Windham GC, Greenspan LC, Pinney SM, Teitelbaum S, Grimm KJ, Hagan MJ, Biro FM, Wolff MS, Kushi LH, Hiatt RA. Girls' Sleep Trajectories Across the Pubertal Transition: Emerging Racial/Ethnic Differences. J Adolesc Health. 2018 04; 62(4):496-503.
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