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Anthony Robbins, MD, PhD

Director, Health Services Research

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Anthony Robbins, MD, PhD, joined the Intramural Research Department at the American Cancer Society in 2008 as Director of Health Services Research. Dr. Robbins’ research in the areas of cancer epidemiology and health services research has focused on cancer health disparities; specifically, geographic and racial/ethnic differences in cancer incidence and mortality, and racial/ethnic differences in cancer survival and cancer treatment. The goal of his research is to move from why cancer health disparities occur to how they can be prevented. Dr. Robbins also serves on a number of committees and workgroups of the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.

Dr. Robbins received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of California, an MD from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, an MPH in Epidemiology from Loma Linda University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from Stanford University. He served 13 years as a medical officer in the US Air Force, spending much of that time directing and conducting both observational and interventional epidemiologic research studies. In 2005, Dr. Robbins separated from active military service and joined the California Cancer Registry (CCR), where he spent two years as a regional cancer epidemiologist responsible for cancer surveillance and cluster investigation for a 16-county region covering much of Northern California. During this time Dr. Robbins also used statewide CCR data to conduct numerous epidemiologic studies examining racial/ethnic differences in cancer treatment and survival, as well as the relationship between county-level changes in breast cancer incidence and use of hormone therapy in California.