Dr. Deborah (Debbie) Winn is the Acting Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) at the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Winn has held leadership positions at NCI including Deputy Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences and Acting Associate Director of the extramural Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program. Prior to that she was the Deputy Director of the Division of Health Interview Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Winn has served on a variety of NCI, NIH, and international committees and working groups important to cancer research such as the NCI Cohort Consortium, comprising 58 epidemiology cohorts across the world; the NIH All of Us Research Program; and an NCI Implementation Team to address one of the Cancer Moonshot℠ recommendations for accelerating cancer research.
She is internationally recognized for her epidemiologic research on tobacco and head and neck cancer. Her other research interests include environmental risk factors for breast cancer, evaluating the impact of epidemiologic findings on clinical practice and public health, and development of resources, infrastructures and policies to facilitate cancer research.
Dr. Winn earned her PhD in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her bachelor’s degree is from Radcliffe College.
Dr. Winn is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. She is the recipient of numerous awards in recognition of her research and professional service including the NCI Director’s Champion Career/Lifetime Achievement Award for exceptional leadership and service to the National Cancer Institute in the area of cancer control and population; two U.S. Public Health Service Awards; and numerous NIH Merit Awards.