Basmah Rahman, MPH

Evidence Synthesis Manager, Early Cancer Detection Science


“Throughout my journey as a healthcare researcher, I have had the opportunity to work within diverse settings and groups of people from varying backgrounds, experiences, exposures, and stories. Cancer is a scary prospect regardless of where you come from, what you know, or whether you can afford to get the right kind of treatment. I’m continuously driven by the knowledge that that the work we do makes dealing with cancer just a little less terrifying for a patient and improves the education of providers with accurate, reliable, and timely evidence-based information.”

At ACS since 2022

As Evidence Synthesis Manager, Basmah Rahman, MPH, collaborates with the senior principal scientist of evidence synthesis and the senior information scientist and senior director of guideline development within Early Cancer Detection Science at the American Cancer Society (ACS). She helps conduct guideline evidence reviews, including the development and dissemination of ACS products such as systematic reviews, living reviews, and rapid reviews.

Research focus and accomplishments

Rahman’s primary interests lie in work surrounding the reduction of health disparities in racial and ethnic minority populations, cultural competency, and community engagement. Her background and work experience focused largely on community outreach, qualitative research methods, organizational development, systematic review, and health policy across a number of research areas ranging from access to care to preventive health practices and cancer research.


For a full list of Rahman’s publications, visit her Google Scholar page.



Work before ACS

  • US Department of Veteran Affairs Evidence Synthesis Program (HSR&D), Health Science Specialist
  • Center for Evidence-based Policy (OHSU), Research Associate
  • Pacific NW Evidence-based Practice Center (AHRQ/USPSTF), Senior Research Assistant

Professional organizations

  • American Association for Public Health Opinion Research (AAPOR)
  • American Psychology Association (APA)
  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • American Telemedicine Association (ATA)
  • Society for Research on Nicotine & Tobacco (SRNT)


  • MPH: International Health, Boston University, 2007
  • Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology, Tufts University 2005
  • Graduate Summer Session in Environmental Health, Portland State University, 2004
  • BA: Psychology, Pacific University, 2001