Elizabeth Ward, PhD

National Vice President for Intramural Research, American Cancer Society

Elizabeth Ward received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Ward worked at National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) for 21 years, during which time she conducted studies on occupational cancer.  In 1995, she was appointed Chief of the Industrywide Studies Branch, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies.  Dr. Ward retired from NIOSH and the Public Health Service in 2002, and was awarded the US Public Health Service Meritorious Service Medal “in recognition of a notable career.” Dr. Ward came to the American Cancer Society’s Department of Epidemiology and Surveillance Research in 2002 to direct the Surveillance Research group and in 2010 was named National Vice President for Intramural Research, where she now leads the group of 70 scientists and staff who produce all of the Society’s research in the areas of Epidemiology, Surveillance, Behavioral, Health Sciences, International Tobacco Control, and Statistics & Evaluation.

Her research interests and expertise include cancer disparities, cancer treatment and outcomes, cancer surveillance, and occupational and environmental cancer.

She served as the sponsoring member organization representative to the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (2006-2008), has chaired the Cancer Research Surveillance Committee since 2005 and co-chaired the National Coordinating Council for Cancer Surveillance since 2004.  She regularly reviews articles for occupational and environmental and cancer journals and has participated in expert committees for the International Agency for Research on Cancer Monograph program, the WHO International Program on Chemical Safety, and the National Toxicology Program. In addition, Dr. Ward has also participated in advisory committees for the Sisiets Study (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) and the Shanghai Women’s Study (National Cancer Institutes).