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Graham A. Colditz, MD, DrPH

Niess-Gain Professor in the School of Medicine

Chief, Division of Public Health Sciences

Associate Director of Prevention and Control, Siteman Cancer Center

Deputy Director, Institute for Public Health

Learn more about Dr. Colditz's research

Medical School

M.P.H., DrPH: Harvard School of Public Health

M.D.: University of Queensland

FAFPHM: Fellow of the Australian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, The Royal Australian College of Physicians

Teaching Appointments

Program Director, Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS)

Honors and Awards

2014 American Association for Cancer Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Prevention Research
2014 American Society of Clinical Oncology-American Cancer Society Award and Lecture for Contributions to Cancer Prevention and Management
2012 National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors
2012 American Association for Cancer Research-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
2011 American Cancer Society Medal of Honor
2009 Alumni Award of Merit, Harvard School of Public Health
2007 Academy of Science St. Louis, Fellow
2006 Institute of Medicine, Member
2005 Cassel Distinguished Lecturer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
2004 ASPO Distinguished Achievement Award
2003 AACR-DeWitt S. Goodman Memorial Lectureship
2002 Rotan Lecture, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Research Interests

With a longstanding interest in the causes and prevention of chronic disease, particularly among women, Graham Colditz, chief of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), has evaluated numerous lifestyle factors including exogenous hormones and breast cancer risk and the development of statistical models to predict cancer risk for individuals. Other areas of his expertise include tobacco and obesity in relation to cancer and other chronic diseases.


Read Dr. Colditz's biography here.

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Avenue
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-7940

Selected Publications

Colditz GA, Weilbaecher KN, & Dart H. (2015). Together: Every woman's guide to preventing breast cancer. St. Louis: Washington University School of Medicine Ebook. 

Yang L & Colditz GA. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States. JAMA Internal Medicine. 2015 Aug 1;175(8):1412-3. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.2405.

Colditz GA, Bohlke K. Priorities for the primary prevention of breast cancer. CA Cancer J Clin. 2014 May;64(3):186-94. doi: 10.3322/caac.21225. 

Sutcliffe S, Colditz GA. Prostate cancer: Is it time to expand the research focus to early-life exposures? Nat Rev Cancer. 2013 Mar;13(3):208-518. doi: 10.1038/nrc3434. 

Carson KR, Bartlett NL, Macdonald JR, Luo S, Zeringue A, Liu J, Fu Q, Chang HS, Colditz GA. Increased body mass index is associated with improved survival in United States veterans with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Sep 10;30(26):3217-22. 

Colditz GA, Wolin KY, Gehlert S. Applying what we know to accelerate cancer prevention. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Mar 28;4(127):127rv4.

Jungheim ES, Colditz GA. Short-term use of unopposed estrogen: a balance of inferred risks and benefits. JAMA. 2011 Apr 6;305(13):1354-5.

Kenfield SA, Stampfer MJ, Rosner BA, Colditz GA. Smoking and smoking cessation in relation to mortality in women. JAMA. 2008 May 7;299(17):2037-47.

Colditz GA, Sellers TA, Trapido E. Epidemiology – identifying the causes and preventability of cancer? Nat Rev Cancer. 2006;6(1):75-83.

Holmes MD, Chen WY, Feskanich D, Kroenke CH, Colditz GA. Physical activity and survival after breast cancer diagnosis. JAMA. 2005 May 25;293(20):2479-86.

Frazier AL, Colditz GA, Fuchs CS, Kuntz KM. Cost-effectiveness of screening for colorectal cancer in the general population. JAMA. 2000 Oct 18;284(15):1954-61.

Jacobs TW, Bryne C, Colditz GA, Connolly JL, Schnitt SJ. Radial scars in benign breast-biopsy specimens and the risk of breast cancer. N Eng J Med. 1999 Feb 11;340(6):430-6. 

Willett WC, Dietz WH, Colditz GA. Guidelines for healthy weight. N Eng J Med. 1999 Aug 5;341(6):427-34.

Colditz GA, Hankinson SE, Hunter DJ, Willett WC, Manson JE, Stampfer MJ, Hennekens C, Rosner B, Speizer FE. The use of estrogens and progestins and the risk of breast cancer in the postmenopausal women. N Eng J Med. 1995 Jun 15;332(24):1589-93.

Colditz GA, Brewer TF, Berkey CS, Wilson ME, Burdick E, Fineberg HV, Mosteller F. Efficacy of BCG vaccine in the prevention of tuberculosis. Meta-analysis of the published literature. JAMA. 1994 Mar 2;271(9):698-702.

Giovannucci E, Tosteson TD, Speizer FE, Vessey MP, Colditz GA. A long-term study of mortality in men who have undergone vasectomy. N Eng J Med. 1992 May 21;326(21):1392-8. 

Colditz GA, Bonita R, Stampfer MJ, Willett WC, Rosner B, Speizer FE, Hennekens CH. Cigarette smoking and risk of stroke in middle-aged women. N Eng J Med. 1988 Apr 14;318(15):937-41.

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