by Jennifer Loukissas, M.P.P.
In February, Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., Deputy Director of DCEG’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, received the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Career Achievement Award at the 2011 HHS Honor Awards Ceremony. In bestowing this award, HHS commended Dr. Hartge for her exceptional leadership in the fields of molecular, genetic, and clinical epidemiology.
Over her decades of service to NCI, Dr. Hartge’s innovative approach to the solution of complex epidemiologic questions has revolutionized the study of cancer in human populations. For example, she introduced the use of SEER (Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results) registry data for rapid studies of cancer etiology; pioneered novel approaches for control selection; and instituted pooling protocols for large, multicenter studies of uncommon cancers. The studies that Dr. Hartge designed and conducted have made major contributions to our understanding of many malignancies, including cancers of the bladder, ovary, pancreas, and breast, as well as lymphoma.