Gary L. Ellison, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Program Director, Modifiable Risk Factors Branch

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Contact Information

Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Blvd., Rm. 5108, MSC 7395
Bethesda, MD 20892-7395
(For express delivery, use Rockville, MD 20852)

telephone: (301) 402-1853
fax: (301) 402-4279

Interest Areas

Elucidating the role of lifestyle and environmental factors in cancer incidence and progression, psychosocial factors and cancer incidence and progression, cancer disparities, early environmental exposures, and breast cancer.


Ph.D. - Epidemiology
University of South Carolina

M.P.H. – Biostatistics
Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University


Dr. Ellison is an Epidemiologist and Program Director in the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program's (EGRP) Modifiable Risk Factors Branch (MRFB). His responsibilities include developing and managing a research portfolio of grants that focuses on environmental factors, including physical and chemical agents, which may be modifiable.

He is the NCI Program Director for the transdisciplinary Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP) and has programmatic stewardship and oversight of the project. BCERP is funded through cooperative agreements with NCI and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Before joining EGRP in 2008, Dr. Ellison was on the faculty of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and Research Coordinator for the Computer-Assisted Telephone Interviewing Research Laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He conducted research in cancer disparities, was a member of the Cancer Research Core for the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)-funded Project Export, and was Principal Investigator for a population-based pilot study of area-level social and economic composition and modifiable cancer risk factors.

He also formerly was with the Genetic Epidemiology Unit, National Human Genome Center, Howard University. In 2002, he completed postdoctoral training as a Cancer Prevention Fellow at NCI, where he worked with Applied Research Program in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). Under contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), he managed the National Program of Cancer Registries-Cancer Surveillance System, which aggregated cancer incidence data and reported annually on the quality, timeliness, and completeness of state registry data.

Dr. Ellison was an NCI Predoctoral Fellow at the University of South Carolina and Outstanding Epidemiology graduate.

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2012

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