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David Espey, MD

David Espey, MD

David Espey, MD, is the Acting Director of CDC's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. He is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all scientific, policy, and programmatic issues related to four national programs: the Colorectal Cancer Control Program, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program, and the National Program of Cancer Registries. He oversees a well-developed research agenda that includes the national Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network.

Dr. Espey graduated from medical school at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1986 and completed training in internal medicine at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center in 1989. He worked with Doctors without Borders in West Africa and with the Indian Health Service in Gallup, New Mexico before joining the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1993 as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer.

From 1995–2000, Dr. Espey was assigned to the New Mexico Department of Health to support chronic disease prevention and control programs. He was active in cancer, tobacco, and diabetes control programs and in developing a statewide clinical prevention initiative. In July 2000, he was assigned to Albuquerque, New Mexico to collaborate with the Indian Health Service and American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal health programs to improve the quality of cancer surveillance data in support of cancer control programs in AI/AN communities. More recently, Dr. Espey worked to improve mortality data for AI/AN.

On February 2, 2014, Dr. Espey began a six-month detail as acting director for CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

The most recent articles Dr. Espey has first-authored include—

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