Dr. Rulla Tamimi Named Chief of New Division of Epidemiology

Dr. Tamimi Also Named Associate Director of Population Science for the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center

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Dr. Rulla Tamimi, esteemed cancer epidemiologist, has been named the inaugural chief of the newly established Division of Epidemiology in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Tamimi will also serve as the associate director of population science at the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center.

The Division of Epidemiology will lead the exploration of genetic, molecular, and lifestyle predictors of health outcomes and disease. Through the use of advanced epidemiological methodology and applications, the division will further enhance clinical research at Weill Cornell Medicine and improve population health. As division chief, Dr. Tamimi plans on recruiting a team of epidemiologists specializing in a wide range of disease, with a particular focus on cancer. 

“I am thrilled to join the Weill Cornell Medicine and Meyer Cancer Center team,” said Dr. Tamimi. This is a wonderful opportunity to build a new division within the Department of Population Health Sciences. The Meyer Cancer Center serves a diverse patient population and I am excited by the prospect to expand population science research and to drive cancer prevention and control in our catchment area.

In her role as associate director of population science, Dr. Tamimi will collaborate with interdisciplinary researchers to study cancer risk and survival. Working in a large catchment area that includes Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, she will identify risk factors for cancer, understand cancer disparities and needs of our community with the goal of intercepting cancer early and reducing morbidity and mortality from the disease.

About Dr. Rulla Tamimi

Dr. Tamimi’s research focuses on breast cancer risk and prognosis. As a principal investigator on numerous NIH-funded grants and author of over 200 peer-reviewed publications, she has identified a number of genetic, molecular and lifestyle predictors of breast cancer risk. Her foundational work includes studies on early life and environmental exposures’ link to breast disease, molecular characterization of breast tumors, and mammographic density as a predictor of breast cancer. 

Dr. Tamimi received her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and her master’s degree and doctorate in epidemiology from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Previously, she was an associate professor in epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the co-lead of the Breast Cancer Program at the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center.

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