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. Clark CR, Chandler PD, Zhou G, Noel N, Achilike C, Mendez L, O'Connor GT, Smoller JW, Weiss ST, Murphy SN, Ommerborn MJ, Karnes JH, Klimentidis YC, Jordan CD, Hiatt RA, Ramirez AH, Loperena R, Mayo K, Cohn E, Ohno-Machado L, Boerwinkle E, Cicek M, Schully SD, Mockrin S, Gebo KA, Karlson EW. Geographic Variation in Obesity at the State Level in the All of Us Research Program. Prev Chronic Dis. 2021 Dec 23; 18:E104.  View on PubMed
  2. Roach M, Hiatt RA, Black S. COMMENTARY: Quality of Health Care in Nursing Homes. J Infect Dis. 2021 Oct 07.  View on PubMed
  3. Esserman L, Eklund M, Veer LV, Shieh Y, Tice J, Ziv E, Blanco A, Kaplan C, Hiatt R, Fiscalini AS, Yau C, Scheuner M, Naeim A, Wenger N, Lee V, Heditsian D, Brain S, Parker BA, LaCroix AZ, Madlensky L, Hogarth M, Borowsky A, Anton-Culver H, Kaster A, Olopade OI, Sheth D, Garcia A, Lancaster R, Plaza M. The WISDOM study: a new approach to screening can and should be tested. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Oct; 189(3):593-598.  View on PubMed
  4. Chu JN, Sarkar U, Rivadeneira NA, Hiatt RA, Khoong EC. Impact of language preference and health literacy on health information-seeking experiences among a low-income, multilingual cohort. Patient Educ Couns. 2021 Aug 26.  View on PubMed
  5. Huilgol YS, Keane H, Shieh Y, Hiatt RA, Tice JA, Madlensky L, Sabacan L, Fiscalini AS, Ziv E, Acerbi I, Che M, Anton-Culver H, Borowsky AD, Hunt S, Naeim A, Parker BA, van 't Veer LJ, Athena Breast Health Network Investigators and Advocate Partners, Esserman LJ. Elevated risk thresholds predict endocrine risk-reducing medication use in the Athena screening registry. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Aug 03; 7(1):102.  View on PubMed
  6. Hiatt RA, Stewart SL, Deardorff J, Danial E, Abdiwahab E, Pinney SM, Teitelbaum SL, Windham GC, Wolff MS, Kushi LH, Biro FM. Childhood Socioeconomic Status and Menarche: A Prospective Study. J Adolesc Health. 2021 07; 69(1):33-40.  View on PubMed
  7. 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. J Adolesc Health. 2021 06; 68(6):1197-1203.  View on PubMed
  8. Hiatt RA, Beyeler N. Cancer and climate change: the environmental impact of cancer care - Authors' reply. Lancet Oncol. 2021 02; 22(2):e39.  View on PubMed
  9. 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. 2021 01 20; 46(1):36-48.  View on PubMed
  10. 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. 2021 02; 30(2):305-316.  View on PubMed
  11. Hiatt RA, Beyeler N. Cancer and climate change. Lancet Oncol. 2020 11; 21(11):e519-e527.  View on PubMed
  12. 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.  View on PubMed
  13. Hiatt RA, Engmann NJ, Balke K, Rehkopf DH, Paradigm II Multidisciplinary Panel. A Complex Systems Model of Breast Cancer Etiology: The Paradigm II Conceptual Model. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 09; 29(9):1720-1730.  View on PubMed
  14. 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.  View on PubMed
  15. 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.  View on PubMed
  16. 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.  View on PubMed
  17. 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.  View on PubMed
  18. 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).  View on PubMed
  19. 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.  View on PubMed
  20. Guan A, Lichtensztajn D, Oh D, Jain J, Tao L, Hiatt RA, Gomez SL, Fejerman L, San Francisco Cancer Initiative Breast Cancer Task Force. Breast Cancer in San Francisco: Disentangling Disparities at the Neighborhood Level. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 12; 28(12):1968-1976.  View on PubMed

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