July 6, 2016
Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and chair of the epidemiology department in the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been elected president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). SER is the oldest and largest general epidemiology society in North America.
The announcement was made at the 2016 Epidemiology Congress of the Americas, held June 21-24 in Miami.
Olshan, whose term as president-elect began July 1, is a world-renowned researcher whose work has included studies on cancer, reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology, with a focus on the etiology of head and neck cancer, breast cancer, childhood cancer and birth defects.
After earning a doctorate at the University of Washington in Seattle, Olshan joined the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh, where he served from 1989 to 1991. In 1991, he joined the UNC faculty, where he has served at the Gillings School, as a member and associate director for population sciences at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, as a fellow at the Carolina Population Center and as a member of the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility. Since 2001, he also has held an appointment in the UNC School of Medicine as a professor of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery.