Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD

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

Cancer Center Program Membership

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.

Research Funding

  • May 1, 2016 - April 30, 2021 - Translational Epidemiology - Training for Research on Aging and Chronic disease, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIA, Sponsor Award ID: T32AG049663
  • August 27, 2012 - February 28, 2017 - Addressing disparities in chronic disease with a teen and young adult focus, Co-Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NIMHD, Sponsor Award ID: P60MD006902
  • September 1, 2010 - April 30, 2015 - Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program Coordinating Center, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: U01ES019457
  • September 29, 2003 - July 31, 2012 - Bay Area Breast Cancer &the Environment Research Center, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: U01ES012801


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. Deardorff J, Marceau K, Johnson M, Reeves JW, Biro FM, Kubo A, Greenspan LC, Laurent CA, Windham GC, Pinney SM, Kushi LH, Hiatt RA Girls' Pubertal Timing and Tempo and Mental Health: A Longitudinal Examination in an Ethnically Diverse Sample.  View on PubMed
  2. Hiatt RA, Beyeler N Cancer and climate change: the environmental impact of cancer care - Authors' reply.  View on PubMed
  3. 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.  View on PubMed
  4. Hiatt RA, Beyeler N Cancer and climate change.  View on PubMed
  5. 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.  View on PubMed
  6. Santiago-Rodríguez EJ, Rivadeneira NA, Torres JM, Sarkar U, Hiatt RA Socioeconomic status and colorectal cancer screening behaviors in a vulnerable multiethnic population.  View on PubMed
  7. Hiatt RA, Engmann NJ, Balke K, Rehkopf DH A Complex Systems Model of Breast Cancer Etiology: The Paradigm II Conceptual Model.  View on PubMed
  8. 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.  View on PubMed
  9. 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.  View on PubMed
  10. 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.  View on PubMed
  11. 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.  View on PubMed
  12. 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.  View on PubMed
  13. 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.  View on PubMed
  14. 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.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. 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.  View on PubMed
  17. 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.  View on PubMed
  18. Khoong EC, Le GM, Hoskote M, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Sarkar U Health Information-seeking Behaviors and Preferences of a Diverse, Multilingual Urban Cohort.  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. 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.  View on PubMed

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