Vicki Benard, PhD

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Vicki Benard, PhD, is an epidemiologist with more than 20 years’ experience working in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. In her current position as Chief of the Cancer Surveillance Branch, she leads the National Program of Cancer Registries, capturing cancer incidence data from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and 3 territories. Her focus has been on innovative approaches to cancer data collection and dissemination.

Dr. Benard earned her doctorate in biometry and epidemiology from the Medical University of South Carolina. She first joined DCPC in 1998 as a contractor working with the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (NBCCEDP) to conduct a needs assessment of epidemiologic capacity in cancer control. Two years later, she became a staff epidemiologist in the Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch, and in 2008 became the lead of the Epi Team overseeing the work of programs and partners to address national priorities in cancer prevention and control. Much of her research has examined cervical cancer control and screening practices within the NBCCEDP, and she is well published on these issues. She recently led a study with cancer registries to collect data on cervical cancer survivors to understand why women continue to develop this largely preventable disease.

Dr. Benard shares her perspective in the blog post, “Cancer Registry Data: In the Clouds.”

Selected articles Dr. Benard has authored include—