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 and immediate past Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and also the Associate Director of Population Sciences for the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. I have a demonstrated record in cancer epidemiology, especially focused on breast cancer, health inequities, environmental health research, global health science, implementation science and in leading successful and productive large-scale, multi-component research projects. As reflected in my publication record, I am strongly interested in the conduct of and training in transdisciplinary, team and translational science and was responsible for developing the PhD program in Epidemiology and Translational Science at UCSF. 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 (SEER). I am a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Society of Preventive Oncology. Between 2003 and 2016 I led the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program and its Coordinating Center in San Francisco and served on the National Academy's Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology from 2012-2018. Currently at UCSF I am the Principal Investigator of the National Precision Medicine Initiative, All of Us, and I direct the San Francisco Cancer Initiative (SF CAN) on which the current proposal and partnership, BAY CAN, is based.


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

  • 1967-1968
    Victor Vaughn Medical Historical Society, University of Michigan Medical School
  • 1968
    Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Children’s Bureau Fellowship, Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • 1991
    American Epidemiological Society
  • 1998-1999
    President, American College of Epidemiology
  • 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
  • 2003-2004
    President, American Society of Preventive Oncology
  • 2010
    National Cancer Institute, Visiting Scholar, Epidemiology & Genetics Program
  • 2018
    Influential Alumni Award, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health

Selected Publications

  1. Mmbaga EJ, Mushi BP, Deardorff K, Mgisha W, Akoko LO, Paciorek A, Hiatt RA, Buckle GC, Mwaiselage J, Zhang L, Van Loon K. A Case-Control Study to Evaluate Environmental and Lifestyle Risk Factors for Esophageal Cancer in Tanzania. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 Nov 03.
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  2. Hiatt RA, Beyeler N. Cancer and climate change. Lancet Oncol. 2020 Nov; 21(11):e519-e527.
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  3. Bleil ME, Spieker SJ, Gregorich SE, Thomas AS, Hiatt RA, Appelhans BM, Roisman GI, Booth-LaForce C. Early Life Adversity and Pubertal Timing: Implications for Cardiometabolic Health. J Pediatr Psychol. 2020 Oct 29.
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  4. Santiago-Rodríguez EJ, Rivadeneira NA, Torres JM, Sarkar U, Hiatt RA. Socioeconomic status and colorectal cancer screening behaviors in a vulnerable multiethnic population. Ethn Health. 2020 Oct 29; 1-17.
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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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 03 01; 126(5):1077-1089.
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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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