Muin J. Khoury, M.D., Ph.D.
Acting Associate Director, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Rm. 4E302, MSC 9763
Bethesda, MD 20892
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Interest Areas

  • Epidemiologic methods in research, policy, and practice
  • Human genome epidemiology
  • Public health genomics
  • Multidisciplinary translation research
  • Cancer Epidemiology and Genomics


Dr. Khoury is the founding Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Office of Public Health Genomics. The Office was formed in 1997 to assess the impact of advances in human genetics and the Human Genome Project on public health and disease prevention. CDC's Office of Public Health Genomics serves as the national focus for integrating genomics into public health research and programs for disease prevention and health promotion. Dr. Khoury has developed a number of successful ongoing national and international initiatives to translate advances in genomics and related technologies to recommendations and actions that improve health and prevent disease throughout the life stages. Examples of collaborative initiatives that Dr. Khoury started are the Human Genome Epidemiology Network (HuGENet™External Web Site Policy), the Evaluation of Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention (EGAPP™External Web Site Policy), and the Genomic Applications in Practice and Prevention Network (GAPPNet™External Web Site Policy).

Dr. Khoury also serves as Acting Associate Director, Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), in the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). EGRP is the largest funder of cancer epidemiologic research worldwide. EGRP’s focus is to develop the knowledge base of genetic and environmental determinants of cancer occurrence and outcomes in human populations. Since 2007, Dr. Khoury has served NCI as a Senior Consultant in Public Health Genomics. He has helped integrate public health genomics research into the Division's research portfolio, such as comparative effectiveness research in genomics and personalized medicine.

Dr. Khoury received his B.S. degree in Biology/Chemistry from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and his medical degree and pediatrics training from the same institution. He received a Ph.D. in Human Genetics/Genetic Epidemiology and training in medical genetic from The Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Khoury is board certified in medical genetics.

He is internationally recognized for his expertise in genetic epidemiology and public health genomics. Dr. Khoury received the Public Health Service Special Recognition Award in 1990 for his outstanding contribution to the scientific literature in the areas of birth defects and genetic epidemiology. In 1994, he received the Arthur Fleming Award for outstanding government service. In 1998, Dr. Khoury was credentialed for the Senior Biomedical Research Service for outstanding contributions to public health. In 2000, he received the CDC Research Honor Award for outstanding national leadership in genetics and public health. In 2005, he received the NC Visiting Scholar Award for leadership and vision in genetic epidemiology and public health.

Dr. Khoury has published extensively in the fields of genetic epidemiology and public health genomics. He has over 450 scientific publications including articles, books, and book chapters. In 1993, he published a textbook titled Fundamentals of Genetic Epidemiology. In 2000, he was the lead editor for the book titled Genetics and Public Health in the 21st Century: Using Genetic Information to Improve Health and Prevent Disease. His 2004 book titled Human Genome Epidemiology illustrates the applications of epidemiologic methods and approaches to the continuum of genomic information from research to practice. In 2010, he published a completely updated second edition of Human Genome Epidemiology.

Dr. Khoury is a member of many professional societies and serves on the editorial boards of several journals. He is a frequent keynote speaker at many academic institutions, professional organization meetings, as well as state, regional, national and international conferences. He also serves on several scientific, public health, and health policy national and international committees. Dr. Khoury is an adjunct professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health and an associate in the Department of Epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

See listings of articles and other publications authored by Dr. Khoury in PubMedExternal Web Site Policy.

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