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Paul Pinsky, PhD, MPH

Acting Chief
Early Detection Research Group
Division of Cancer Prevention
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 5E444
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone (240) 276-7014
Fax (240) 276-7848
  • Dr. Paul Pinsky is acting chief of the Early Detection Research Branch. He has a background in statistics, epidemiology and mathematical modeling. He has worked extensively with data from the Branch's two large screening trials, the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial and the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). His research pertaining to the trials has dealt with evaluating the direct and indirect effects of screening, examining factors that affect screening efficacy, and evaluating the burdens of screening.

    Dr. Pinsky has also worked in the fields of mathematical modeling, especially of the natural history of cancer, epidemiology and statistical methods. He has a PhD in applied mathematics and an MPH in epidemiology.

  • Screening-detected cancers that are so indolent that they have little or no lethal potential for the person in whom they are detected, also known as cancer overdiagnosis

  • Weighing and reporting the strength of medical evidence

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