Biography of reviewers

Biography of reviewers

Alfred I. Neugut, MD, PhD

Alfred I. Neugut, MD, PhD, is Myron M. Studner Professor of Cancer Research and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University, and Associate Director for Population Sciences for the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia.

Dr. Neugut is a medical oncologist with a particular interest in gastrointestinal tract cancers. He received his MD and a Ph.D. in Pathobiology in 1977. He trained in Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and fellowship in Medical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He returned to Columbia  for an M.P.H. in Epidemiology in 1983, then joined the faculty at Columbia with appointments in Medicine and Epidemiology. Dr. Neugut’s research has centered on cancer epidemiology and prevention. He initiated a series of important studies focused on risk factors for the occurrence and recurrence of colorectal adenomatous polyps (adenomas). These studies extended into the use and yield of colonoscopy and fecal occult blood testing for routine screening and diagnosis. An editorial by Dr. Neugut in 1988 was the first to suggest the use of colonoscopy for routine screening of asymptomatic adults, a common practice now. Dr. Neugut’s second major research focus was the occurrence of second malignancies, especially the impact of radiation therapy. At the present time, a significant amount of Dr. Neugut’s research is centered on studying quality of care in the use of chemotherapy and radiotherapy for cancer in the elderly and others.

Curtis Ellison, MD, MSc

Curtis Ellison, MD, MSc (Epidemiology), is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine; he holds degrees from Davidson College, the Medical University of South Carolina, and Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Ellison serves as a senior investigator in The Framingham Heart Study, and has been the principal investigator of a number of research studies related to hypertension, heart disease, dementia, and other diseases of ageing. His recent research has focused especially on the relation of moderate wine and alcohol intake to health and disease.

Dr. Ellison is best known to the lay public for his research on what is known as the “French Paradox.” Dr. Ellison and Dr. Serge Renaud of Lyon, France, were the key scientists who were a part of the program on the French Paradox that appeared on the American television program, 60 Minutes, in November, 1991 and again in 1995. In addition, since the early 1990’s, Dr. Ellison has worked with the Oldways Foundation in the development of the “Mediterranean Diet Pyramid,” a set of dietary guidelines for Americans.

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