Executive Leadership & Expert Bios
Areas of Expertise
- Colorectal Cancer Control
- Breast and Cervical Cancer Detection
- Cancer Registry
Marcus Plescia, MD
Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, NCCDPHP, ONDIEH
Marcus Plescia, MD, MPH is the Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 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.
Before coming to CDC in 2009, Dr. Plescia served for six years as Chronic Disease Director at the North Carolina Division of Public Health. He directed the program policy, planning, and evaluation efforts for 12 public health programs and the State Center for Health Statistics. Under his leadership, the North Carolina cancer screening programs were expanded to reach more underserved adults. Public-health focused legislation on tobacco, cancer, and obesity was passed, including a state law banning smoking in all restaurants and bars.
Dr. Plescia’s research interests have focused on community health and health disparities. His publications focus on the application or evaluation of public health programs with an emphasis on primary prevention and policy. During his 9 year tenure on the family medicine faculty at Carolinas Healthcare System, he received an eight-year, $7 million grant from CDC to implement a community-oriented primary care project that addressed racial and ethnic disparities.
Dr. Plescia received his medical degree, Master of Public Health, and Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He trained in family medicine at the Montefiore Residency Program in Social Medicine in the Bronx, New York and started practice in a federally qualified health center there, where he also lead a team providing care to the homeless. Dr. Plescia continues to practice family medicine through the Indian Health Service and holds an academic appointment as associate professor in the UNC Department of Family Medicine.
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