Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH

Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH

Lisa C. Richardson, MD, MPH, is the Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control (DCPC). She 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. She oversees a well-developed research agenda that includes the national Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network.

Dr. Richardson’s previous experience has well-positioned her to lead DCPC. From 1997 to 1998, she served as the medical director for the National Breast and Cervical Cancer and Early Detection Program, which is the largest organized screening program for low-income uninsured women in the United States. From 1998 to 2000, she was a medical officer in CDC’s Division of Blood Disorders, where her main responsibility was to monitor new HIV and hepatitis B and C infections among persons with hemophilia. From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Richardson was a faculty member at the University of Florida in Medical Oncology and collaborated extensively with the Florida Cancer Data System, one of the 48 programs funded by CDC’s National Program of Cancer Registries.

Preventing Cervical Cancer in the 21st Century

In this session of Public Health Grand Rounds, Dr. Richardson explains the role of health care providers in cervical cancer prevention, now and in the future.

She returned to CDC in 2004 as a medical officer in the Division’s Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch. From 2006 to 2009, Dr. Richardson served as the team lead for Scientific Support and Clinical Translation Team, which supports the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program. From 2010 to 2013, she served as DCPC’s Chief Science Officer, where her primary responsibilities included collaborating with DCPC’s director in setting scientific priorities and working with Division staff to maintain scientific integrity in division activities. Prior to becoming DCPC’s director, Dr. Richardson was the Director of CDC’s Division of Blood Disorders.

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 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 cancer patients at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center. Dr. Richardson was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Michigan. She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society while at the University of North Carolina.

Dr. Richardson’s education and medical training have shaped her research interests, which range from the caring for the individual to broader public health based system changes. She has authored and coauthored more than 150 peer-reviewed journal articles on breast cancer treatment patterns of care, skin cancer, health policy, access to cancer care, systems of care, health disparities, and racial discrimination. For a list of publications, see the Citation Search tool.


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