Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD

Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD

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

Phone: (415) 514-8113 (voice)
Box 0560, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0560

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Breast Oncology» Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am Professor and Chair 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 Chair of Epidemiology & Biostatistics since 2006. 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.


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

Professional Experience

  • 1972-1973
    Research Associate, Institute of Pathobiology, Haile Sellassie I. University Addis Ababa, Ethiopia George Williams Hooper Foundation, University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • 1974
    Clinical Instructor in Medicine & Director, Employee Health Service, San Francisco General Hospital and University of California Medical School, San Francisco CA
  • 1974, 1976-81
    Physician, Berkeley and Hayward Industrial Medical Groups, Berkeley and Hayward, CA
  • 1974-1976
    Chief, Parasitology Section, San Juan Laboratories, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Center for Disease Control, US Public Health Service
  • 1977-1998
    Epidemiologist, Medical Methods Research (77-84), Senior Epidemiologist (85-90), Assistant Director (91-98), Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program, Oakland, CA
  • 1980-1987
    Lecturer, Department of Epidemiology and International Health, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA
  • 1981-1997
    Lecturer, Department of Biomedical and Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, CA
  • 1981-1986
    Physician, Internal Medicine, Berkeley Family Practice Medical Group, Berkeley, CA
  • 1988-1998
    Associate Director for Detection, Prevention & Education (88-92), Director of Prevention Sciences (93-98), Northern California Cancer Center, CA
  • 1998-2003
    Deputy Director, Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, MD
  • 2003-present
    Associate Director of Population Sciences, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF School of Medicine
  • 2006-2010
    Co-Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF School of Medicine
  • 2010-present
    Chair, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF School of Medicine

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, Tai CG, Blayney DW, Deapen D, Hogarth M, Kizer KW, Lipscomb J, Malin J, Phillips SK, Santa J, Schrag D. Leveraging state cancer registries to measure and improve the quality of cancer care: a potential strategy for california and beyond. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015; 107(5).
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