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Mitchell H. Gail, M.D. Ph.D

Senior Investigator

Mitchell H. Gail, M.D. Ph.D

Mitchell H. Gail, M.D. Ph.D

Organization:National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Biostatistics Branch
Address:NCI Shady Grove
Room 7E138


Dr. Gail received an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968 and a Ph.D. in statistics from George Washington University in 1977. He joined NCI in 1969, and served as chief of the Biostatistics Branch from 1994 to 2008. Dr. Gail is a Fellow and former President of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He has received the Spiegelman Gold Medal for Health Statistics, the Snedecor Award for applied statistical research, the Howard Temin Award for AIDS Research, the NIH Director's Award, the PHS Distinguished Service Medal, and the Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award. Recently, he was elected as the Chair-Elect of the Section on Statistics at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Research Interests

  • Developing statistical methods for epidemiologic studies, including intervention trials and genetic epidemiologic studies
  • Modeling absolute risk of disease, including breast cancer risk projection
  • Gastric cancer etiology, including an intervention trial to reduce the prevalence of advanced precancerous gastric lesions in Shandong Province, China


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Gail Presents Gordon Lecture

Watch Dr. Gail deliver the prestigious 2013 Robert S. Gordon Lecture in Epidemiology.

Video: Using risk models for breast cancer prevention