Executive Leadership & Expert Bios
Areas of Expertise
- Blood disorders
- Cancer care
Lisa Richardson, MD, MPH
Director, Division of Blood Disorders, NCBDDD
Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, is the Director of the Division of Blood Disorders (DBD) in the CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities in Atlanta, Georgia. As director, Dr. Richardson leads a team of professionals who strive to promote health and improve quality of life for people at risk for or affected by non-malignant blood disorders, including bleeding and clotting disorders, and hemoglobinopathies.
Dr. Richardson most recently served as the Associate Director of Science in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control in the CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She oversaw the research and scientific content of the Division's programs and products including the only organized screening program for low-income uninsured women in the United States, the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP). The Division also administers the National Program of Cancer Registries, which, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results program, covers 100% of the U.S. population for cancer incidence. Her previous research has focused on access to cancer care, systems of care, health-related quality of life, health disparities and racial discrimination in cancer screening and treatment patterns of care.
From August 1998 to October 2000, Dr. Richardson served as a Medical Officer, in the Hematologic Diseases Branch in the National Center for Infectious Diseases. During this time, she worked on von Willebrand’s Disease in women and monitored blood safety in the Universal Data Collection System for the Hemophilia treatment centers.
Dr. Richardson received her medical degree and Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master in Public Health (epidemiology) from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency and hematology/medical oncology fellowship at the University of Florida, School of Medicine. She continues to provide clinical services to patients at the Atlanta Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Dr. Richardson is board certified in hematology/oncology, a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
Dr. Richardson’s education and medical training have shaped her research interests which range from caring for the individual to broader public health based system changes. She has authored more than 70 peer-reviewed journal articles on von Willebrand’s disease, hemophilia, cancer care as well as access to and systems of care, health disparities and racial discrimination.
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