Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH
Dr. Marcus Plescia joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention July 2009 as Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. In this position, he leads a national program of state cancer coalitions, cancer screening services, and state cancer registries. Dr. Plescia received his medical degree, Master of Public Health, and Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also trained in family medicine at the Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine in the Bronx, New York.
Before taking a senior leadership position at CDC, Dr. Plescia served for six years on the executive management team of the North Carolina Division of Public Health. As Chief of Chronic Disease and Injury, he directed the program policy, planning, and evaluation efforts for 12 state and federally funded public health programs and the State Center for Health Statistics. During this time, he helped expand the state's cancer screening programs and enact tobacco, cancer, and obesity-related legislation, including a strong state law banning smoking in restaurants and bars. Dr. Plescia also has an extensive clinical background in family medicine and, from 1995 to 2003, he held an academic appointment at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine as faculty in the Family Medicine Residency Program at Carolinas Healthcare System.
Some of the selected articles Dr. Plescia has authored include—
- 2013 The National Prevention Strategy and breast cancer screening: scientific evidence for public health action.
- 2012 New roles for public health in cancer screening.
- 2011 State-specific trends in lung cancer incidence and smoking—United States, 1999–2008.
- 2011 Vital Signs: Colorectal cancer screening, incidence, and mortality—United States, 2002–2010.
- 2011 Medical costs of secondhand smoke exposure in North Carolina.
- 2011 Racial disparities in blood pressure control and treatment differences in a Medicaid population, North Carolina, 2005–2006.
- 2010 Surveillance of screening-detected cancers (colon and rectum, breast, and cervix)—United States, 2004–2006.
- 2010 Clinical inquiry: Do standing orders improve outcomes for chronic disease control in ambulatory practice?
- 2008 A lay health advisor program to promote community capacity and change.
- 2008 Improving health behaviors in an African-American community: the Charlotte Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health project.
- 2008 Relationship between body mass index and medical care expenditures for North Carolina adolescents enrolled in Medicaid in 2004.
- 2004 A community-oriented primary care demonstration project: refining interventions for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
- 2001 Community assessment in a vertically-integrated health care system.
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