Anthony S. Robbins, MD, PhD
Director, Health Services Research
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.
He joined the 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.
1. Robbins AS. Race and colorectal cancer survival. Colorectal Cancer. 2012;1:103-106.
2. Robbins AS, Siegel RL, Jemal A. Racial disparities in stage-specific colorectal cancer mortality rates from 1985 to 2008. J Clin Oncol 2012;30:401-405.
3. Robbins AS, Cox DD, Johnson LB, Ward EM. Persistent disparities in liver transplantation for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States, 1998 through 2007. Cancer 2011;117:4531-4539.
4. Robbins AS, Chen AY, Stewart AK, Staley CA, Virgo KS, Ward EM. Insurance status and survival disparities among non-elderly rectal cancer patients in the National Cancer Data Base. Cancer 2010;116:4178-4186.
5. Canter RJ, Beal S, Borys D, Martinez SR, Bold RJ, Robbins AS. Interaction of histologic subtype and histologic grade in predicting survival for soft-tissue sarcomas. J Am Coll Surg 2010;210:191-198.e2.
6. Robbins AS, Pavluck AL, Fedewa SA, Chen AY, Ward EM. Insurance status, comorbidity level, and survival among colorectal cancer patients age 18 to 64 years in the National Cancer Data Base from 2003 to 2005. J Clin Oncol 2009;27:3627−3633.
7. Robbins AS, Daly MF, Aoki CA, Chen MS Jr, Troppmann C, Perez RV. Decreasing disparity in liver transplantation among white and Asian patients with hepatocellular carcinoma: California, 1998−2005. Cancer 2008;113:2173−2179.