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Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr.

Born 1933

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American physician, Born 1933, Massachusetts.

Biography of Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr.

This biographical information is taken from the internet sites of the National Cancer Institute.

Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr. is Director, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland.

He received a B.A. from Harvard College, an M.D. from Duke University, and an M.Sc. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed a medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and is board-certified in internal medicine. He then joined the National Cancer Institute as a post-doctoral fellow, becoming founding Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Branch in 1975, Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program in 1979, and Director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics in 1995.

Dr. Fraumeni’s major field of interest is cancer epidemiology and etiology, including interdisciplinary approaches (e.g., molecular epidemiology), studies of demographic and geographic patterns (e.g., cancer mapping at county level), occupational and environmental exposures (e.g., arsenical lung cancer), radiation and drug effects, genetic and familial susceptibility (e.g., Li-Fraumeni syndrome), nutritional and lifestyle factors (e.g., smokeless tobacco and oral cancer), childhood cancer (e.g., aniridia-Wilms’ tumor syndrome), and cancer prevention strategies.

Dr. Fraumeni has over 750 research publications, including the following books: Persons at High Risk of Cancer, Atlas of Cancer Mortality in U.S. Counties (several editions), Genetics of Human Cancer, Radiation Carcinogenesis, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (1st and 2nd editions), Multiple Primary Cancers, Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer, Unusual Occurrences as Clues to Cancer Etiology, and ends in Cancer Incidence and Mortality

In recognition of his research into the environmental and genetic determinants of cancer, Dr. Fraumeni has received several honors, including the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the American College of Epidemiology, the John Snow Award from the American Public Health Association, the James D. Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians, the Dr. Nathan Davis Award from the American Medical Association, and the Charles S. Mott Prize from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation. Dr. Fraumeni is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the Association of American Physicians. He serves as an Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.

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