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Cancer Screening:
The Clash of Medical Science and Intuition

Barnett S. Kramer, M.D., MPH
Associate Director for
Disease Prevention
Office of Medical Applications of Research
Office of Disease Prevention
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health

Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Dr. Kramer

Dr. Kramer is the Associate Director for Disease Prevention and Director of the Office of Medical Applications of Research in the Office of Disease Prevention, Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. He is the Chairperson of the NIH Continuing Medical Education Committee and is a member of a number of scientific committees. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. He serves as Chairman of the Physician Data Query (PDQ) Editorial Board on Screening and Prevention and is a member of the PDQ Treatment Editorial Board. Dr. Kramer has served on the Cancer Prevention Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and served as the committee chairperson from 2006 to 2007. He currently serves on the ASCO Health Services Committee.

Dr. Kramer received his medical degree from the University of Maryland Medical School in 1973, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri in 1975. He completed a medical oncology fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (U.S.) in 1978. He is board-certified in internal medicine and medical oncology, and has received a master’s degree in public health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 1991.

Dr. Kramer has extensive experience in cancer treatment studies, primary prevention studies, as well as clinical screening trials of lung, ovarian, breast and prostate cancers. He is medical officer for two large cancer screening trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute: the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, Ovarian (PLCO) Trial; and the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST). He has a strong interest in weighing and reporting the strength of medical evidence and sponsors an annual Medicine in the Media Workshop to help working journalists develop methods of reporting medical evidence.

Dr. Kramer has published widely and written numerous reviews and book chapters. He is the co-author of the book “Cancer Screening: Theory and Practice.”

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