William Carpenter

Dr. Carpenter a leader in cancer research.

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Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management


Dr. Carpenter is a leader in cancer research focusing on health disparities, cancer care quality, cancer treatment outcomes, drivers of clinical trial program success, and population-based research data systems. Read More

He is the faculty director of a far-reaching initiative that aims to data that has already been collected from multiple sources such as cancer registries, health insurance companies, and other administrative sources to understand risk factors for cancer, how to prevent and treat cancer, how to disseminate and implement proven interventions associated with prevention, early detection, and treatment – including to historically underserved racial and ethnic minorities, and how to improve life after a cancer diagnosis. This research database, the Integrated Cancer Information and Surveillance System (ICISS), is housed at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. It covers 80% of the people with cancer in North Carolina and 55% of the cancer-free population.

A unique and evolving research resource, the Registry includes clinical, health care, economic, social, behavioral and environmental data at the level of individuals and society.  Dr. Carpenter’s research uses this database to conduct studies of racial disparities in patterns of cancer care and health outcomes.  He is using the database to identify individual and organizational characteristics associated with cancer burden, quality of care, treatment selection and outcomes, and clinical trial enrollment. He also aims to identify interventions to reduce suffering and death due to cancer.  He mentors doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from multiple disciplines in cancer-focused research, and teaches courses on quality of care.  He is also Principal Investigator of the Cancer DEcIDE Comparative Effectiveness Consortium site at UNC, where he leads the examination of data collection methods and data policies in order to improve the reliability and effectiveness of research on cancer outcomes.  He is a lead investigator in the Carolina Community Network, a regional cancer network aimed at reducing prostate, breast and colorectal cancer disparities among adult African Americans in North Carolina. He has collaborated on several studies that engage North Carolina communities as active participants in cancer research. He is the UNC liaison to the Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium.

Active Projects

  • North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS)
  • Access to Medicaid Services among Released State Prisoners
  • Exploring new methods and measures to assess the impact of the economic recession on public health outcomes


  • Ireland
  • Northern Ireland
  • United States (North Carolina)



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Campus Box 7411
Chapel Hill, N.C., 27599