Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD

Dr. Anne McTiernan MD, PhD
faculty member

Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD

Professor, Epidemiology
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Fax: 206.667.4787
Mail Stop: M4-B874

Dr. Anne McTiernan is an internist and epidemiologist who studies ways to prevent new or recurrent cancer through lifestyle factors such as weight control and physical activity. She also studies chemoprevention — the use of medications, vitamins or supplements — to reduce obesity, inflammation and other markers of cancer risk. In addition, she studies ways to improve prognosis in cancer patients through lifestyle changes. Dr. McTiernan has led several National Cancer Institute-funded studies that have found weight loss and exercise reduce biomarkers of breast and colorectal cancer risk. As a co-investigator in the Women’s Health Initiative, she led an analysis of physical activity and breast cancer incidence in a study involving more than 90,000 women, and she led an analysis of diet effects on osteoporotic fractures. Dr. McTiernan has served on many national and international health advisory boards and working groups, including the Physical Activity Guidelines and Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. This group provided recommendations regarding the amount and types of physical activity Americans need to reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases.

For more information about TREC, the NEW Study, APPEAL, the Yoga Study, Physical Activity for Total Health, HEAL, Immune Exercise Study, ViDA and EXCEL Projects, contact:
Jennifer Connor

For the ACE Study, contact:
Jude Warner

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Full Professor (Research), Epidemiology and Geriatrics
University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine


Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Washington, 1992-1995

MD, New York Medical College, 1989

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1982

"Focusing only on treatment is like fighting the front edge of a forest fire…while someone continues to light matches on the back end. Cancer prevention needs to become mainstream..."

 — Dr. Anne McTiernan

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