Kathy J. Helzlsouer, M.D., M.H.S.

Associate Director
Office of the Associate Director
Acting Branch Chief
Environmental Epidemiology Branch
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program

Telephone: (240) 276-6336
Fax: (240) 276-7920
E-mail: helzlsouerkj@mail.nih.gov

  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • M.H.S. - Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins University


Dr. Helzlsouer serves as Associate Director of the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) and Chief Medical Officer for the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). She is also the Acting Chief of EGRP’s Environmental Epidemiology Branch (EEB). EGRP is the largest funder of cancer epidemiologic research worldwide; its focus is to develop the knowledge base of genetic and environmental determinants of cancer occurrence and outcomes in human populations.

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Dr. Helzlsouer speaks about her background in oncology and epidemiology, the people and experiences that drive her passion for cancer research, and her ideas about future directions for EGRP.

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Meet our Associate Director

Dr. Helzlsouer received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and obtained a Master of Health Science in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. She completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia and medical oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. She is internationally recognized for her expertise in cancer epidemiology, cancer genetic counseling, and clinical research.

Dr. Helzlsouer has published extensively in the fields of cancer epidemiology, cancer etiology and prevention, women's health, and clinical and translational research.

Prior to joining NCI, Dr. Helzlsouer was a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her clinical activities focused on cancer risk assessment and cancer survivorship.

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