Priti Bandi, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist, Cancer Risk Factors & Screening Surveillance Research


“Despite decades of declining tobacco use in our country, I’m sometimes frustrated that the progress has been far from equitable. For example, tobacco use remains high among socially disadvantaged groups, including people of color, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender, and those with a lower socioeconomic status or mental illness. That’s why ACS’s commitment to health equity in tobacco and related cancer outcomes inspires me to give my best as a tobacco control researcher.”

At ACS since 2019

As Senior Principal Scientist, Priti Bandi, PhD, leads cancer risk factors surveillance activities in the Surveillance & Health Equity Science department at the American Cancer Society (ACS). She focuses on patterns of domestic and global tobacco use and smoking cessation. Bandi is an internal expert on other cancer risk factors, including healthy eating and active living, alcohol use, and exposure to ultraviolet radiation.

Research focus and accomplishments

Bandi studies how national and global patterns of tobacco and nicotine use relate to evolving patterns of cancer incidence and mortality. She especially looks at social disparities in both tobacco use and cancer outcomes. 

She also studies factors that contribute to these disparities and is especially interested in the role of societal and health policy factors.  

The ultimate goal of her research is to inform health policies and programs that will help reduce social disparities in cancer risk factors and outcomes.


Bandi is part of the team that updates and publishes the Cancer Prevention & Early Detection (CPED) Facts & Figures bi-annually and is a contributing author to other ACS surveillance publications.

She’s authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and 3 book chapters. For a full list of Dr. Bandi’s publications, visit her Google Scholar page.





Work before ACS

  • New York University, Adjunct Instructor, Graduate Research Assistant
  • American Cancer Society, Epidemiologist
  • Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, Graduate Research Assistant

Professional organizations

  • Society for Nicotine & Tobacco Research, Health Disparities Network, Operations Coordinator


  • PhD: Public Health, College of Global Public Health, New York University, 2019
  • MS: Population Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • BE: Biomedical Engineering, Osmania University, Hyderabad, India, 2002