Grace Lu-Yao

United States (US)
Committee Member

Biographical Info
Dr. Grace Lu-Yao is a tenured Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University. She also serves as the Associate Director of Population Science at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC), an NCI-designated cancer center at Thomas Jefferson University. Her research interests include cancer epidemiology, translational outcomes research, and geriatric oncology. Dr. Lu-Yao majored in biochemistry in undergraduate, earned her Ph.D. in epidemiology and Master of Public Health degrees from Yale University. She worked with the world-renowned outcome research pioneer, Dr. John E. Wennberg, at the Dartmouth Medical School in her early career and was elected to be a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology in 2006. Dr. Lu-Yao, the PI of several NIH funded projects, is passionate about bringing tailored whole-person care to patients with cancer. Many of her research findings on cancer surveillance, screening, and treatment for prostate cancer have provided benchmark references and published in high-impact medical journals such as JAMA, Lancet, British Medical Journal, and European Urology. Many physicians have used her research findings to counselling patients. Dr. Lu-Yao has substantial experience in leading transdisciplinary teams and in integrating population science with basic and clinical science. In 2018, Dr. Lu-Yao received the NAH Investigator's Award from the International Society of Geriatric Oncology.