Elizabeth Ward, PhD

National Vice President, Intramural Research

Elizabeth Ward, Ph.D., National Vice President of Intramural Research for the American Cancer Society, received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Ward worked at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for 21 years, during which time she conducted studies on occupational cancer. In 1995, she was appointed Chief of the Industry wide Studies Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies. Ward retired from NIOSH and the Public Health Service in 2002, and was awarded the US Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal "in recognition of a notable career."

Dr. Ward came to the American Cancer Society's Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research in 2002 to direct the Surveillance Research group, and in 2010 was named National Vice President for Intramural Research, where she now leads the group of 85 scientists and staff who produce all of the Society's research in the areas of Epidemiology, Surveillance & Health Services, Behavioral, Economic & Health Policy, and Statistics & Evaluation. Her research interests and expertise, evident in over 150 peer-reviewed publications, include cancer disparities, cancer treatment and outcomes, cancer surveillance, and occupational and environmental cancer.

Dr. Ward received the 2012 Calum S. Muir Memorial Award from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries for her “enduring dedication to excellence in cancer surveillance, research, and cancer registration and generous contributions of service and leadership to the community.” She also serves as Chair of the World Trade Center Health Program Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology.