Alpa V. Patel, PhD

Senior Vice President, Population Science


Alpa V. Patel serves as the principal investigator of the Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) and provides strategic oversight for the study and biospecimen management team and all study operations. As an expert in physical activity epidemiology, she oversees the assessment and analysis of physical activity data in the Cancer Prevention Studies (CPS).   


Patel’s research focuses on physical activity, sedentary behavior, and obesity in relation to cancer risk and prevention. Her research has contributed significantly to the scientific evidence on the role of these factors in cancer etiology as well as overall disease prevention. Recently, her work on the mortality benefits of walking was highlighted as the 2018 Paper of the Year in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  

As an American College of Sports Medicine Fellow and expert in the field of physical activity and cancer epidemiology, Patel has contributed to the International Multidisciplinary Roundtable on Exercise and Cancer; her research and expertise have also contributed significantly to the ACS Nutrition and Physical Activity Guidelines


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, American Cancer Society, 2002-2004
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Southern California, 2002
  • MPH, Epidemiology, Emory University, 1997 


For a full list of Patel's publications, visit her Google Scholar page.