University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
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

Cancer Center Program Memberships

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.

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


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. 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 Apr; 62(4):496-503.
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  2. Hiatt RA, Brody JG. Environmental Determinants of Breast Cancer. Annu Rev Public Health. 2018 Apr 01; 39:113-133.
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  3. Huchko MJ, Ibrahim S, Blat C, Cohen CR, Smith JS, Hiatt RA, Bukusi E. Cervical cancer screening through human papillomavirus testing in community health campaigns versus health facilities in rural western Kenya. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2018 Apr; 141(1):63-69.
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  4. Hiatt RA, Sibley A, Fejerman L, Glantz S, Nguyen T, Pasick R, Palmer N, Perkins A, Potter MB, Somsouk M, Vargas RA, van 't Veer LJ, Ashworth A. The San Francisco Cancer Initiative: A Community Effort To Reduce The Population Burden Of Cancer. Health Aff (Millwood). 2018 Jan; 37(1):54-61.
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  5. Wei XX, Perry J, Chang E, Zhang L, Hiatt RA, Ryan CJ, Small EJ, Fong L. Clinical Variables Associated With Overall Survival in Metastatic Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer Patients Treated With Sipuleucel-T Immunotherapy. Clin Genitourin Cancer. 2017 Dec 27.
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  6. Moseson H, Gerdts C, Dehlendorf C, Hiatt RA, Vittinghoff E. Multivariable regression analysis of list experiment data on abortion: results from a large, randomly-selected population based study in Liberia. Popul Health Metr. 2017 12 21; 15(1):40.
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  7. Huchko MJ, Kahn JG, Smith JS, Hiatt RA, Cohen CR, Bukusi E. Study protocol for a cluster-randomized trial to compare human papillomavirus based cervical cancer screening in community-health campaigns versus health facilities in western Kenya. BMC Cancer. 2017 Dec 06; 17(1):826.
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  8. Akinyemiju TF, Demb J, Izano MA, Rehkopf DH, Fang ML, Hiatt RA, Braithwaite D. The association of early life socioeconomic position on breast cancer incidence and mortality: a systematic review. Int J Public Health. 2017 Dec 02.
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  9. Hiatt RA, Stewart SL, Hoeft KS, Kushi LH, Windham GC, Biro FM, Pinney SM, Wolff MS, Teitelbaum SL, Braithwaite D. Childhood Socioeconomic Position and Pubertal Onset in a Cohort of Multiethnic Girls: Implications for Breast Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Dec; 26(12):1714-1721.
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  10. Hiatt RA, Handley MA, Ling PM, Burchard E, Thakur N, Bibbins-Domingo K. Origins of Cancer Disparities in Young Adults: Logic Models to Guide Research. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Sep; 53(3S1):S95-S102.
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  11. Windham GC, Lum R, Voss R, Wolff M, Pinney SM, Teteilbaum SL, Sosnoff CS, Dobraca D, Biro F, Hiatt RA, Greenspan LC, Galvez M, Kushi LH. Age at Pubertal Onset in Girls and Tobacco Smoke Exposure During Pre- and Postnatal Susceptibility Windows. Epidemiology. 2017 Sep; 28(5):719-727.
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  12. Hiatt RA. New Directions in Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Aug; 26(8):1165-1169.
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  13. Hiatt RA, Engmann NJ, Ahmed M, Amarsi Y, Macharia WM, Macfarlane SB, Ngugi AK, Rabbani F, Walraven G, Armstrong RW. Population Health Science: A Core Element of Health Science Education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Acad Med. 2017 Apr; 92(4):462-467.
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  14. Tai CG, Hiatt RA. The Population Burden of Cancer: Research Driven by the Catchment Area of a Cancer Center. Epidemiol Rev. 2017 01 01; 39(1):108-122.
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  15. Ciesielski TH, Aldrich MC, Marsit CJ, Hiatt RA, Williams SM. Transdisciplinary approaches enhance the production of translational knowledge. Transl Res. 2017 04; 182:123-134.
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  16. Kelly Y, Zilanawala A, Sacker A, Hiatt R, Viner R. Early puberty in 11-year-old girls: Millennium Cohort Study findings. Arch Dis Child. 2017 Mar; 102(3):232-237.
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  17. Hoeft KS, Barker JC, Shiboski S, Pantoja-Guzman E, Hiatt RA. Effectiveness evaluation of Contra Caries Oral Health Education Program for improving Spanish-speaking parents' preventive oral health knowledge and behaviors for their young children. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2016 Dec; 44(6):564-576.
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  18. Kubo A, Ferrara A, Laurent CA, Windham GC, Greenspan LC, Deardorff J, Hiatt RA, Quesenberry CP, Kushi LH. Associations Between Maternal Pregravid Obesity and Gestational Diabetes and the Timing of Pubarche in Daughters. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Jul 01; 184(1):7-14.
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  19. Ganz PA, Hahn EE, Petersen L, Melisko ME, Pierce JP, Von Friederichs-Fitzwater M, Lane KT, Hiatt RA. Quality of Posttreatment Care Among Breast Cancer Survivors in the University of California Athena Breast Health Network (Athena). Clin Breast Cancer. 2016 Oct; 16(5):356-363.
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  20. Gonzales FA, Jones RR, Deardorff J, Windham GC, Hiatt RA, Kushi LH. Neighborhood deprivation, race/ethnicity, and urinary metal concentrations among young girls in California. Environ Int. 2016 May; 91:29-39.
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