Four physician-scientists lead the Population Sciences Program:
James R. Cerhan, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Cerhan is an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a professor of epidemiology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Dr. Cerhan also is the Ralph S. and Beverley E. Caulkins Professor of Cancer Research. As a leader of the Population Sciences Program, he provides integration across all of the program's research aims and Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center and with entities outside the Cancer Center, including the Center for Individualized Medicine, the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCaTS) and the Center for Health Equity and Community Engagement Research.
Kathryn J. Ruddy, M.D.
Dr. Ruddy is an oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a professor of oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Dr. Ruddy leads the program's research on treatment impact and survivorship and provides leadership in Rochester.
Mark E. Sherman, M.D.
Dr. Sherman is an interdisciplinary cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, and a professor of epidemiology, laboratory medicine and pathology, and cancer biology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Dr. Sherman leads the program's research on primary and secondary cancer prevention and provides leadership in Florida.
Ping Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Yang is an epidemiologist at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, and a professor of epidemiology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science. Dr. Yang leads the program's research on cancer risk factors and biomarkers and provides leadership in Arizona.
Leadership and direction
Our four program leaders work together to provide overall scientific leadership, strategic planning, communication, facilitation of connections with external institutions engaged in population sciences research, leadership of meetings and retreats, recruitment of new members and advancing current faculty members, mentorship, support for pilot projects, and advocacy for shared resources that are critical to population sciences research. The four leaders also work with their community's local advisory boards and extramural partners interested in improving cancer population health in the catchment area.