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Daniel Wiese, PhD

Principal Scientist
Cancer Disparity Research

Places Shape Our Identity and Health

I am proud to be a health geographer at the American Cancer Society, where I can apply my knowledge about the role of geography in cancer research to reduce socioeconomic, racial/ethnic, and environmental disparities in cancer outcomes in our communities.”

At ACS since 2021

Daniel Wiese, PhD, is a principal scientist in the Cancer Disparities Research program under Surveillance & Health Equity Science (SHES) at the American Cancer Society (ACS). His research includes the application of geospatial analysis techniques in cancer disparities research, including incidence, survival, and mortality. 

Research focus and accomplishments

Wiese’s specialization is geographic health disparities research. He is interested in integrating remote sensing- and GIS-derived products into cancer disparities research.

For his dissertation, Wiese used residential histories of all colon cancer patients from New Jersey to evaluate the effects of social and spatial mobility on their survival.

Additionally, Wiese’s research is focused on measuring a neighborhood’s social environment (such as socioeconomic status and residential segregation) and aesthetics (such as landscape characteristics) in order to understand the role living conditions have on people with cancer.


For a full list of Dr. Wiese's publications, visit his Google Scholar page.  



Work Before ACS 

  • Temple University, Philadelphia, Class Instructor and Research Assistant
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, Research Assistant


  • PhD:  Geography and Urban Studies, (focus on health and medical geography), Temple University, 2016-2021         
  • Professional Science Master’s in Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Temple University, 2015-2016
  • BS: Geography, (focus on GIS and remote sensing; minor in public law), University of Hamburg, Germany,  2011-2014

Personal life 

Daniel’s hometowns are Hamburg, Germany and Philadelphia, but he is passionate about exploring other places with his wife and feels at home everywhere.