Dr. Paul Pinsky is the 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.