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William F. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H.

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APC Cohort Modeling

Read about Dr. Anderson's collaboration in innovative age-period-cohort modeling.

William F. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H.

William F. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H.

Organization:National Cancer Institute
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, Biostatistics Branch


Dr. Anderson received his medical, clinical, and epidemiological training at Tulane University in New Orleans Louisiana.  He is board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology. After nearly 20 years as a community-based hematologist/medical oncologist in northeast Louisiana, he joined the NCI to develop a research program in cancer surveillance research with a special interest in breast cancer. Dr. Anderson supplemented standard descriptive epidemiology with biostatistical methods including age-period-cohort models, spline-based survival models, and incidence-based mortality. Using these combined techniques, he assessed cancer trends, heterogeneity, racial and geographic disparities in population-based cancer registries. Dr. Anderson retired from government service in 2017.