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The Center for Cancer Policy and Program Evaluation (CarPE) within the Department of Population Medicine serves as a catalyst for rigorous and impactful policy research across the cancer care spectrum by faculty in the DPM and our external collaborators. Our mission is to generate sound evidence to inform policies and programs along the cancer care continuum for use by domestic and international stakeholders, by leveraging the diverse research expertise in the DPM, effectively using and expanding our large existing data resources, and actively collaborating with partners of the DPM.
Dr. Suzanne Fletcher is an internist and clinical epidemiologist. She has been a leader in breast cancer screening and prevention research for over three decades. She has served as a member of the Canadian Task Force on the Periodic Health Examination, and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and as Chair of the NCI International Workshop on Breast Cancer Screening. Dr. Fletcher also served on the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Advisors (1996-2002). She has published over 100 papers and has written numerous chapters in the area of breast cancer screening and prevention.
Dr. Robert Fletcher is an internist and epidemiologist. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 1962 and Harvard Medical School in 1966 and completed residency training in internal medicine at Stanford Medical Center and Johns Hopkins, where he also earned a Master’s degree in Public Health while a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Dr.
Natasha Stout, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in Population Medicine at the Harvard Medical School. She is a member of the Center for Health Decision Science at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her research agenda focuses on the use of decision-analytic modeling methods combined with analysis of real-world electronic health data to better understand how existing and emerging medical technologies are implemented and used to their fullest capacity to improve population health. She has particular expertise in screen policy.
Dr. Nekhlyudov is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as a Medical Director and practicing internist at the Brigham & Women's Hospital Primary Care Associates, Longwood. Prior to moving to the Brigham & Women's Hospital in 2015, she spent over 15 years as a primary care physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates. Dr. Nekhlyudov's research spans across the spectrum of breast cancer and aims to improve women's decision making and quality of life.
Cancer research at DPM spans five departmental themes, including: patient centered outcomes/comparative effectiveness (Drs. Nekhlyudov, Stout, Toh, Lu, Wharam, and Ross-Degnan), delivery science (Drs. Nekhlyudov, Stout, Lu, Wharam, and Gillick), prevention (Drs. Stout, Wharam and Gilkey), health care systems and policy (Drs. Ross-Degnan and Wharam), and surveillance and public health (Dr. Martin Kulldorff).