Timothy L. Lash, DSc, MPH


Titles and Roles

Rollins Professor and Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
Associate Director of Population Sciences
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Timothy L. Lash, DSc, MPH, is Rollins Professor and Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Lash serves as Associate Director of Population Sciences at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. In this role, he directs the integration and strategic growth of population science-based research throughout Winship and its research programs.

Dr. Lash is a member of Winship's Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program. He serves as chairperson of the Cancer, Heart and Sleep Epidemiology B Study Section, Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also holds memberships with the American Association of Cancer Research and the Society for Epidemiologic Research.

Dr. Lash is Honorary Professor of Cancer Epidemiology in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology at Aarhus University in Aarhus, Denmark. He was also President of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) for the 2014-2015 term.


Dr. Lash received his DSc in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health and his MPH with concentrations in Epidemiology and Environmental Health from Boston University School of Medicine, both in Boston, Massachusetts.


Dr. Lash's research focuses on molecular biomarkers that predict cancer recurrence. He and his colleagues have developed large biobanks of tumor tissues from cancer patients, and connected these to clinical outcomes including cancer recurrence.

He also has an interest in disparities in the quality of cancer care, especially age-related disparities in the quality of care. Older cancer patients who receive less than guideline care sometimes die of cancer that could have been successfully treated, which his research over the last decade has documented.


Dr. Lash has published over 300 peer-reviewed research papers and is editor-in-chief of the journal Epidemiology. He is also on the editorial boards of Epidemiologic Methods and Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations. He has been published in a number of notable journals including The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Epidemiology and International Journal of Epidemiology. He has coauthored two textbooks on epidemiologic methods.

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In 2015, Dr. Lash received The Emory 1% Award which recognizes Emory faculty whose competitive research grant application is ranked at the first percentile. He has also been a recipient of the Alfred S. Evans Awards for teaching and mentorship, Congress of the Americas, and a mentorship of women and underrepresented minorities award from Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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