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Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D.

Senior Investigator and Advisor to NCI

Information for Journalists

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Phone: 301-496-6641

Insights and Views on Cancer Epidemiology by Dr. Fraumeni

Read: A conversation with Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr. - interviewed by Robert N. Hoover
From the VOICES project of Epidemiology, November 2013

Watch: Cancer Epidemiology over the Last Half-Century and Thoughts on the Future
A Panel Discussion with Dr. David Schottenfeld

View: Genes and the Environment in Cancer Causation
3rd Annual Alan S. Rabson Award Lecture for Intramural Research

Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D.

Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D.

Organization:National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Office of the Director
Address:NCI Shady Grove
Room 7E586


Dr. Fraumeni received an A.B. degree from Harvard College, an M.D. from Duke University, and an M.Sc. in epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. After completing a medical residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he joined the Epidemiology Branch of the National Cancer Institute as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service in 1962.  He became head of the Ecology Studies Section in 1966, Chief of the Environmental Epidemiology Branch in 1975, Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program in 1979, and founding Director of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics in 1995. In recognition of his research accomplishments in unraveling the environmental and genetic determinants of cancer, Dr. Fraumeni has received numerous honors, including the Abraham Lilienfeld Award from the American College of Epidemiology, John Snow Award from the American Public Health Association, James D. Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians, Nathan Davis Award from the American Medical Association, Charles S. Mott Prize from the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation, Medal of Honor from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the American Cancer Society, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Association for Cancer Research. Dr. Fraumeni is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the Association of American Physicians, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.