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Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPH

Scientific Director
Health Services Research

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At ACS since 2017

Leticia Nogueira, PhD, MPH, is the scientific director of health services research in the Surveillance & Health Equity Science department at the American Cancer Society (ACS). Her research focuses on determinants of health disparities in the cancer care continuum that can be addressed by policy changes.

Research focus and accomplishments

Nogueira’s work has contributed to the understanding of how the Affordable Care Act impacts access to cancer care and how climate change and extreme weather events cancer impact cancer patients’ access to treatment and survival.

She’s received various awards, including the:

  • Woman in Cancer Research and Minority Scholar in Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research
  • Fellows Award for Research Excellence from the National Institutes of Health
  • Induction into the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences’ Hall of Honors in 2018

To learn more about Nogueira's work, listen to this podcast: Climate Change and Cancer 


For a full list of Dr. Nogueira’s publications, see her Google Scholar page. 



Work before ACS

  • Texas Department of State Health Services
    • Director of the Environmental and Injury Epidemiology and Toxicology Unit
    • Epidemiology Manager at the Texas Cancer Registry
  • National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Cancer Prevention Postdoctoral Fellow

Professional organizations

  • Society of Behavioral Medicine; Climate Change, Behavior, and Health Committee; Presidential Working Group Co-chair
  • College of Natural Sciences, University of Texas at Austin, Deans Advisory Committee, Member
  • American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer, Quality Integration Committee, Member


  • MPH: Quantitative Methods, Harvard School of Public Health
  • PhD: Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Texas at Austin