Dennis Deapen, DrPH is Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. He has been Director of the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP), the population-based cancer registry for Los Angeles County since 1988. The CSP functions in the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and is also a member of the California Cancer Registry and the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program. He is also Associate Director of Cancer Prevention and Control for the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves on the Steering Committee of the adolescent and young adult cancer program AYA@USC.
Dr. Deapen received a Master of Public Health (epidemiology) degree from Loma Linda University and Doctor of Public Health (epidemiology) degree from the University of California Los Angeles. He has been an epidemiologist since 1977 conducting research in etiology, prevention and survivorship of cancer. He has created or led large, long-term cohort studies of cancer risk including the first and longest (34 year) study of women undergoing augmentation mammoplasty.
He is a founding investigator of the 133,000 member California Teachers Study, the 17,000 twin pair International Twin Study and Director of the Childhood Oncology Group’s national Long-term Follow-up Center. He has been author or co-author of over 160 peer-reviewed publications, reviews, editorials and book chapters. He served as President of North American Association of Central Cancer Registries as well as many years on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Cancer Registries of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). He has developed and introduced methodologic advances for population-based cancer surveillance systems and registry-based research.
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