Leaders

Vicki Benard, PhD
Vicki Benard, PhD
Chief, Cancer Surveillance Branch

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.

Djenaba A. Joseph, MD, MPH
Djenaba A. Joseph, MD, MPH
Chief, Program Services Branch

Djenaba A. Joseph, MD, MPH, is board certified in internal medicine and is a Commander in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. She is currently the Branch Chief of DCPC’s Program Services Branch.

Captain Jacqueline Miller, MD, FACS
Captain Jacqueline Miller, MD, FACS
Medical Director, National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program

Jacqueline Miller, MD, FACS, is a board-certified general surgeon and a Captain with the U.S. Public Health Service. She joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Adult and Community Health. Currently, she is the Medical Director for CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.

Mona Saraiya, MD, MPH
Mona Saraiya, MD, MPH
Medical Officer and Team Lead, Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch

Mona Saraiya, MD, MPH has worked on issues related to skin cancer epidemiology and cervical cancer prevention and control. Her cervical cancer and human papillomavirus (HPV) research portfolio includes an initiative to characterize the HPV-associated cancer burden in the United States, and adherence to cervical cancer screening guidelines.

Judith Lee Smith, PhD
Judith Lee Smith, PhD
Team Lead, Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch

Judith Lee Smith, PhD, is a co-creator of AMIGAS, a bilingual educational outreach intervention designed to help lay health educators increase cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women who have rarely or never been screened for cervical cancer. Her research interests include investigating the factors that impact cancer-related health disparities and cancer survivorship.

Felicia Tharpe, MPH
Felicia Tharpe, MPH
Lead Public Health Advisor, Program Services Branch

Felicia Tharpe, MPH has applied expertise in health education, program planning, training, and capacity building to support dissemination of evidence-based interventions. Ms. Tharpe serves on the management team in the Program Services Branch, where she contributes to strategic planning for division and branch priorities.

Mary C. White, ScD
Mary C. White, ScD
Chief, Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch

Mary C. White, ScD, has broad experience in the development, implementation, and translation of population-based health research. In her current position as Chief of the Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch, Dr. White directs a program of applied research and science dissemination to support CDC programs and address national priorities in cancer prevention and control.