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 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 served as Chair of Epidemiology & Biostatistics from 2006-2017. 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
  • 2010-2017
    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. 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 Oct 30; 16(21).
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  2. Guan A, Lichtensztajn DY, 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 Sep 23.
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  3. 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 Aug; 222(7):1038-1046.
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  4. 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 Sep; 176:108551.
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  5. 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 Aug; 28(8):1324-1330.
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  6. 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 Jun; 57 Suppl 6 Suppl 2:S176-S183.
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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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 Jun; 123:217-224.
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  10. 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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  11. Wong ML, Shi Y, Fung KZ, Ngo S, Elicker BM, Brown JK, Hiatt RA, Tang VL, Walter LC. Age, comorbidity, life expectancy, and pulmonary nodule follow-up in older veterans. PLoS One. 2018; 13(7):e0200496.
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  12. Moseson H, Dehlendorf C, Gerdts C, Vittinghoff E, Hiatt RA, Barber J. No one to turn to: low social support and the incidence of undesired pregnancy in the United States. Contraception. 2018 10; 98(4):275-280.
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  13. Paskett ED, Hiatt RA. Catchment Areas and Community Outreach and Engagement: The New Mandate for NCI-Designated Cancer Centers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 05; 27(5):517-519.
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  14. 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 04; 62(4):496-503.
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  15. Hiatt RA, Brody JG. Environmental Determinants of Breast Cancer. Annu Rev Public Health. 2018 04 01; 39:113-133.
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  16. 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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  17. 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 01; 37(1):54-61.
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  18. 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. 2018 06; 16(3):184-190.e2.
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  19. 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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  20. 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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