Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD

Scientific Vice President, Surveillance and Health Services Research

Ahmedin Jemal, DVM, PhD, is a cancer epidemiologist and heads the Surveillance & Health Services Research Program at American Cancer Society. He holds Adjunct Professorship appointment in the Department of Epidemiology, Emory University.

Dr. Jemal has broad areas of research interest- including cancer disparities, national and international patterns of cancer, and the effects of public health policies and programs on access to care and utilization and outcomes- with a goal of accelerating the application of known interventions broadly and equitably.

For nearly 20 years, Dr. Jemal has been a regular contributor to two widely cited annual publications in the cancer literature–The Annual Report to the Nation and the Cancer Statistics– that provide updates to the research and public health communities about progress against cancer. 

Dr. Jemal’s work has informed public health policies and served as a catalyst for etiologic research. For example, his findings on the positive effects of the Affordable Care Act have been used to defend the law, while his findings on emerging cancer trends in young adults have informed the establishment of etiologic research.

Dr. Jemal is the lead author of the 2nd edition of The Cancer Atlas, which has been translated into nine non-English languages. He is also the lead author of the chapters on international patterns of cancer in the 4th edition of Schottenfeld & Fraumeni’s book, Cancer Epidemiology Prevention, and on global cancer incidence and mortality in the 11th edition of Devita et al’s book, Cancer Principles and Practice of Oncology, the primary references for cancer epidemiologists and oncologists, respectively.

Dr. Jemal serves as Senior Editor of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention and as a committee member in several professional organizations including the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries.

In addition to many book chapters and editorials, Dr. Jemal has published over 330 scientific articles with an H index of 111.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Epidemiology, National Cancer Institute, 1998-2001
  • PhD, Veterinary Medical Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, Louisiana State University, 1997
  • MS, Veterinary Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health, Louisiana State University, 1993
  • DVM, School of Veterinary Medicine, Addis Ababa University, 1986

See Ahmedin Jemal’s complete list of publications on PubMed