Xuesong Han, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist, Health Services Research


I never lose sight of the fact that most people are affected by cancer in some way—personally, as a caregiver to a family member or friend, or from losing someone they love. As a scientist, I am dedicated to helping them by designing and conducting research that can be used to support health policies that can improve cancer survival and better ensure that patients and their families can maximize quality of life.” 

At ACS since 2012

Xuesong Han, PhD, is an epidemiologist and health services researcher in the Surveillance & Health Equity Science department of the American Cancer Society (ACS). She leads cancer disparities research related to health insurance coverage and aspects of the Affordable Care Act.

Research focus and accomplishments

Han’s research examines disparities in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survival associated with health insurance and socioeconomic status, and she studies the changes that can result from implementing new healthcare policies.

She also collaborates on cancer survivorship research studies, addressing economic burden, financial hardship, employment changes, psychosocial distress, and health-related quality of life.

Han currently holds adjunct faculty appointments at the Rollins School of Public Health and the Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University.


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




Work before ACS

  • Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Research Assistant Professor and Marilyn Gentry Fellow

Professional organizations

  • AcademyHealth, Member
  • American Association for Cancer Research, Member
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology, Member
  • China Health Policy and Management Society, Founding member


  • PhD: Epidemiology & Public Health, Yale University, 2010
  • MEng: Biochemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2004
  • BEng: Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, 2001