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Vilma Cokkinides, PhD, MSPH
Strategic Director, Risk Factors/Screening

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Dr. Cokkinides earned her B.S. in applied biology with honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, followed by a master's (1990) and doctoral (1997) degree in Epidemiology from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. While pursuing her Doctoral degree, Dr. Cokkinides worked at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and maintained for four-years a surveillance program funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1993-1997). Prior to joining the American Cancer Society she held an Epidemiologist Senior Research Fellow position with the Health Resources and Service Administration, Bureau of Primary Health Care (DHHS).

Since joining the ACS in 1999, Dr. Cokkinides has been developing research activities using public health surveillance databases to support the health related monitoring efforts of the Society's 2015 Goals related to cancer leading and modifiable risk factors - tobacco use, nutrition and physical activity, sun exposure— as well as population tracking of ACS recommended cancer screening utilization. Dr. Cokkinides and her staff provide scientific expertise on cancer risk factors to various Division units of the American Cancer Society, and the Cancer Control, Corporate and Media Communications, and National Government Relations Departments.

E-mail: vilma.cokkinides@cancer.org

Selected Publications:

1. Bandi P, Cokkinides V, Smith RA, Jemal A. Trends in colorectal cancer screening with home-based fecal occult blood tests in adults ages 50 to 64 years, 2000 to 2008. Cancer, 2012. [Epub]

2. Smith RA, Cokkinides V, Brawley OW. Cancer screening in the United States, 2012: A review of current American Cancer Society guidelines and current issues in cancer screening. CA Cancer J Clin. 2012. [Epub]

3. Cokkinides V, Geller AC, Jemal A. Trends in Melanoma mortality among non-Hispanic Whites by Educational attaintment, 1993-2007. Arch Dermatol 2012. [Epub]

4. Cokkinides V, Bandi P, McMahon C, Jemal A, Glynn T, Ward E. Tobacco Control in the United States- recent progress and opportunities. CA Cancer J Clin, 59(6): 352-65. 2009.

5. Cokkinides VE, Weinstock MA, Lazovich D, Ward E, Thun MJ. Indoor Tanning use among adolescent in the United States, 1998 to 2004. Cancer 115(1):190-8, 2009.

6. Cokkinides VE. Halpern MT. Barbeau EM. Ward E. Thun MJ. Racial and ethnic disparities in smoking-cessation interventions: analysis of the 2005 National Health Interview Survey. Am J Prev Med 2008; 34(5):404-12.

7. Howe HL, Wu X, Ries LA, Cokkinides V, Ahmed F, Jemal A, Miller B, Williams M, Ward E, Wingo PA, Ramirez A, Edwards BK. Annual report to the nation on the status of cancer, 1975-2003, featuring cancer among U.S. Hispanic/Latino populations. Cancer. 2006; 107(8):1711-42.

8. Cokkinides V., Weinstock, MA, Glanz, K., Albano, J., Ward, E., Thun, M. Trends in sunburns, sun protection practices, and attitudes toward sun exposure protection and tanning among US adolescents, 1998 to 2004. Pediatrics 2006;118(3):853-64.

9. Cokkinides V., Bandi, P., Ward, E., Jemal, A., Thun, M. Progress and Opportunities in Tobacco Control. CA Cancer J Clin 2006;56(3):135-42.