Vice President, Epidemiology Research Program, American Cancer Society
As vice president of epidemiology, Dr. Gapstur oversees the Epidemiology Research Program which focuses on identifying the causes of cancer and ways to prevent it. She is the principal investigator of the Cancer Prevention Study II, one of the largest prospective cohort studies in the world. Her research focuses on the role of lifestyle and hormonal factors in relation to cancer risk, with primary areas of interest in the study of alcohol, sex hormones, and sleep in relation to cancer incidence and premature mortality, particularly that of breast and prostate cancers.
She earned her B.S. in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse, and her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the American Cancer Society in 2009, she was professor of preventive medicine and associate director of cancer prevention and control at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.
Gapstur is Adjunct Professor in the department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.