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Susan G. Fisher, MS, PhD

Director and Professor, Center for Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Associate Director for Cancer Health Disparities and Community Engagement, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Associate Director, Population Research, Cancer Center Support Grant, Fox Chase Cancer Center
Professor, Biomedical Education and Data Science
Professor, Cancer and Cellular Biology

Susan Fisher
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About Me

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Public Health
  • Clinical trials design
  • Epidemiologic studies
  • Lymphoma epidemiology


Dr. Fisher has extensive experience in the design, conduct, and analysis of national, multi-center clinical trials and large observational studies. Her independent, federally-funded research has been in the field of oncology with a particular interest in virally-induced malignancies; she has over 240 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fisher collaborates on several multidisciplinary investigations related to health promotion, disease prevention and treatment; she has experience in the measurement of health outcomes including development and evaluation of composite assessment measures and in the management and analysis of large datasets. She has served as a mentor to numerous graduate students, post-doctoral trainees and junior faculty K-awardees, providing academic, research and professional advice through all phases of educational and career development. As the Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences at Lewis Katz School of Medicine, she directs biostatistics, bioinformatics, epidemiology and health disparities research. She also serves as the Associate Director for Cancer Health Disparities and Community Engagement at Fox Chase Cancer Center. Over the past five years, Dr. Fisher has established a sustainable, multigenerational cohort of Philadelphia families who are philosophically engaged in individual and community health improvement across the life cycle through health research.  This community partnership, known as Temple Health: Block-by-Block, currently has over 1900 enrolled subjects. Data examining the nexus of biologic, social and environmental factors linked to risk of cancer and chronic disease are collected twice a year through in-home visits with community residents. This study also provides an infrastructure for community-based research collaborations with other investigators.

Education, Training & Credentials

Educational Background

  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Illinois-Chicago, 1991
  • MS, Biostatistics, Georgetown University, 1981
  • Undergraduate degree, Johns Hopkins University, 1979


  • American Public Health Association
  • Society for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research