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AHMEDIN JEMAL, D.V.M., Ph.D


Ahmedin Jemal, D.V.M., Ph.D. is vice president of the Surveillance and Health Services Research Program at the American Cancer Society. His research focuses on cancer disparities, with particular emphasis on the burden of cancer and other diseases that continue to be higher in blacks and in persons of lower socioeconomic positions.

Dr. Jemal researches the various factors contributing to disparities in cancer mortality, including socioeconomic factors, social barriers, access to high quality cancer prevention, early detection and treatment services and the impact of racial and ethnic discrimination on all of these dynamics.

Dr. Jemal received a D.V.M. in 1986 from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, and a Ph.D. in Epidemiology in 1997 from Louisiana State University. He obtained post-doctoral training in descriptive epidemiology at the National Cancer Institute before he joined the Epidemiology and Surveillance Research Department of the American Cancer Society in 2001 as Strategic Director, Cancer Occurrence.

He currently holds an appointment as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, serves as associate editor of BMC Cancer, as a reviewer for several epidemiological and medical journals and as a member of several committees related to cancer surveillance.

MEDIA COVERAGE
• Millions of Healthy Years of Life Lost to Cancer Worldwide (HealthDay, October, 2012)
• Study: Women's lung cancer deaths up in parts of U.S. (Reuters, June 2012)
• Special Interview with Ahmedin Jemal (European Urology, May 2012)
• Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop (ABC News, January 2012)
• Colon Cancer Death Rates Falling Faster in Northeast than in South (Health.com, July 2011)
• Nearly 900,000 Fewer Cancer Deaths Since 1990: Report (HealthDay, June 2011)
• Lung Cancer Deaths in Women Decline (ABC News, June 2011)
• Report sees 7.6 million global cancer deaths this year (National Post, April 2011)
• U.S. cancer death rate continues to drop (USA Today, July 2010)
• Racial Gap Closing for Cancer Mortality, but Disparities Still Exist (MedPage Today, February 2009)
• New Cancer Cases Fall in U.S. Following Trend of Disease Deaths (Bloomberg, November 2008)
• Cancer fight reaches a key turning point (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, January 2007)

RESEARCH
• Global burden of cancer: opportunities for prevention (Lancet, October 2012) 
• Increasing lung cancer death rates among young women in Southern and Midwestern states (Journal of Clinical Oncology, June 2012)
• International variation in prostate cancer incidence and mortality rates (European Urology, June 2012)
• Contribution of Screening and Survival Differences to Racial Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Rates (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, May 2012)
• Selected cancers with increasing mortality rates by educational attainment in 26 U.S. states, 1993-2007 (Cancer Causes Control, May 2012)
• Racial disparities in stage-specific colorectal cancer mortality rates, 1985-2008 (Journal of Clinical Oncology, December 2011)
• Cancer Deaths Drop For Second Consecutive Year (CA, January 2007)

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