Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
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.
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Full Professor (Research), Epidemiology and Geriatrics
University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Washington, 1992-1995
M.D., New York Medical College, 1989
Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Washington, 1982
—Dr. Anne McTiernan
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