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Sanford M. Dawsey, M.D.

Special Volunteer

NCI Shady Grove


Dr. Dawsey received his M.D. degree from Stanford Medical School in 1976, completed his residency in pathology at the University of Colorado in 1981, and completed a fellowship in cytology at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1987. He served as a staff pathologist at the McCormick Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 1982 to 1984 and at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado from 1984 to 1986. Dr. Dawsey joined NCI in 1987 and received tenure in 1995. He joined DCEG in 2005, and serves as a senior investigator in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch. In 2011, Dr. Dawsey received the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award for "exemplary performance while demonstrating significant leadership, skill, and ability in serving as a mentor." In 2018, he received the 2018 DCEG Exemplary Service Award in honor of his outstanding research on esophageal and gastric cancer. Dr. Dawsey retired in August 2023, and will continue to serve the Division as a special volunteer. 

Research Interests

  • Prevention and control of esophageal and gastric cancers
  • Etiologic studies of esophageal and gastric cancers, especially in high-risk populations
  • Developing clinically useful techniques for the early detection and treatment of esophageal and gastric cancers
  • Member of the African Esophageal Cancer Consortium (AfrECC)

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