Robert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD, is Professor and Chair of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and the Director of Population Science and Deputy Director of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also an Adjunct Investigator at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Oakland and an Advisor to the national program of the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan. From 1998 to early 2003 he was the Deputy Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), where he oversaw cancer research in epidemiology and genetics, surveillance, and health services research. Before that he was Assistant Director for Epidemiology at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Medical Care Program in Northern California and the Director of Prevention Sciences at the Northern California Cancer Center.
He was trained in medicine at the University of Michigan and in epidemiology at the University of California at Berkeley. He is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine. After an early career in international health and tropical medicine, his research interests shifted into chronic diseases and now include cancer epidemiology, especially breast cancer, cancer prevention and screening, early life development and cancer, health services and outcomes research, and the social determinants of cancer. He is a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Society for Preventive Oncology. His central focus at UCSF is building a graduate program in epidemiology and strong transdisciplinary program in cancer population sciences that includes epidemiology and genetics, social and behavioral, health services research, surveillance, and survivorship research.