Quality Assurance Task Group – Robert A. Smith, PhD

Robert A. Smith, PhD

American Cancer Society

Dr. Robert A. Smith is a cancer epidemiologist and Director of Cancer Screening at the National Office of the American Cancer Society in Atlanta, Georgia. He also is Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor of Hematology/Oncology at the Winship Cancer Center, Emory University School of Medicine.

His primary research interests are cancer epidemiology, evaluation of cancer prevention and early detection programs, multi-chronic disease models of preventive care, and quality assurance in the delivery of health services. He received his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1983.

Prior to joining the staff at the ACS, he held positions with the Boston University School of Public Health, and the United States Centers for Disease Control. He is the author of over 250 peer-reviewed scientific articles, reports, and book chapters, and a frequent lecturer on issues related to cancer prevention and early detection. He serves on many international and national government and professional advisory committees and working groups, including the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, for which he is the Co-Chair. He also was among the founding members of Cervical Cancer Action, an international community of organizations and individuals dedicated to working collaboratively to eliminate cervical cancer deaths worldwide.

Among his awards and honors, Dr. Smith is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Breast Imaging, and in 2004 he was recognized by the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Board of Sponsors for Outstanding Advances in Breast Cancer. That year he also received the Cancer Prevention Laurel for Outstanding National Leadership from the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation.

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