Chyke A Doubeni, MD, FRCS, MPH
Presidential Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
"My clinical work and research are inextricably interconnected. My clinical experiences inform my research, which in turn informs my clinical and teaching activities," comments Dr. Doubeni. He is board certified both as a family physician and in general preventive medicine. As a clinical epidemiologist/health services researcher, he seeks to provide exceptional care irrespective of a patient's background. He is particularly interested in preventing disease by identifying and mitigating individual risk of chronic illnesses, including cancer. Dr. Doubeni received a 2010 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) for his work on cancer screening comparative effectiveness research, mentoring and community service.
Dr. Doubeni's research on colorectal cancer focuses on racial and socioeconomic disparities in mortality and on the effectiveness of screening. He leads NIH-funded multisite studies of comparative effectiveness colorectal cancer screening and is a co-principal investigator of one of three colorectal cancer research centers of the PROSPR (Population-Based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens) network. The PROSPR center, based in Kaiser Permanente in Northern and Southern California, examines critical factors that limit the performance or effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening (with colonoscopy or fecal immunochemical test); its goal is to remediate avoidable failures in the screening process.
Dr. Doubeni chairs the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Perelman School of Medicine and serves as its diversity search advisor. He has also served as interim associate vice provost for diversity for the UMass Medical School.