Cancer Prevention and Control Program

Program Leaders

Christopher Loffredo, PhD
Marc Schwartz, PhD

Program Overview

The Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) Program is the primary nexus for population science-focused research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its mission is to conduct population sciences research across the translational spectrum from discovery to interventions to policy. Members carry out research in epidemiology, biomarker development, genetics, behavioral science and health services.

The program has 22 full members and 12 associate members who address the cancer control needs of our catchment area through a strong research program focused on lifestyle, cancer-related behaviors, and health system factors. Research in the catchment area is facilitated through two community-based research sites: the Capital Breast Care Center and a community-based center for disparities research and outreach located in Southeast DC.

Cancer Prevention and Control Program members focus on four thematic research areas:

Theme 1: Investigations of environmental, genetic and basic behavioral risks and biomarkers associated with liver and bladder cancer occurrence and early detection;

Theme 2: Investigations of cancer genetic/genomic risk testing to inform prevention, improve patient outcomes and develop interventions to enhance clinical and policy translation;

Theme 3: Research on the use and outcomes of cancer treatment and survivorship and interventions to improve these outcomes;

Theme 4: Research on population risk prediction and impact of cancer control interventions to inform clinical practice and policy debates about the most effective and cost-effective care.

In addition to these themes, another cross-cutting theme is cancer disparities that is integrated within each of the four distinct programmatic foci.


David Abrams, PhD
Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD
Waddah B. Al-Refaie, MD
Jan Blancato, PhD
Nathan Cobb, MD
Matthew Freedman, MD
Alex Z. Fu, PhD
Radoslav Goldman, PhD
Amanda L. Graham, PhD
Kristi Graves, PhD
Kenneth J. Kellar, PhD
David Levy, PhD
Christopher Loffredo, PhD (Program Leader)
Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH
Darren Mays, PhD
Raymond Niaura, PhD
Arnold Potosky, MHS, PhD
Habtom Ressom, PhD
Marc Schwartz, PhD (Program Leader)
Cassandra Stanton, PhD
Kathryn Taylor, PhD
Kenneth Tercyak, PhD
Huei-Ting Tsai, PhD
Sherrie Wallington, PhD
Judy Wang, PhD
Yun-Ling Zheng, PhD, MPH