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Mitchell Gail Receives the Karl Peace Award from ASA

Posted on August 11, 2017

Dr. Gail is a biostatistician in DCEG

Mitchell Gail

Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch, received the 2017 Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society from the American Statistical Association at the recent Joint Statistical Meetings in Baltimore, Maryland.

The award recognizes Dr. Gail’s seminal contributions to the development of statistical methodology and their application to epidemiology and clinical medicine, particularly risk prediction, HIV incidence estimation, genetic epidemiology, and the design, execution, and analysis of cancer treatment and prevention trials. Notable is his work to develop the landmark Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, also known as the Gail Model, which is widely used in counseling women on their risk of breast cancer.

In addition, Dr. Gail’s contributions have been recognized with his election to the National Academy of Medicine and the Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science. He is also a fellow of the American Statistical Association.

Established in 2012, this award is given yearly to a statistical scientist whose professional contributions have made seminal contributions with important societal impact. It is one of the most prestigious awards given by the American Statistical Association.