Sanford M. Dawsey, M.D.

Senior Investigator

Metabolic Epidemiology Branch


9609 Medical Center Drive
Room SG/6E302
Rockville, MD 20850


Research Topics

Dr. Sanford Dawsey focuses his research on esophageal and gastric cancers—prevention and control, etiologic studies, especially in high-risk populations, and development of clinically useful techniques for early detection and treatment.


Dr. Dawsey received his M.D. degree from Stanford Medical School in 1976, completed his residency in pathology at the University of Colorado in 1981, and completed a fellowship in cytology at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1987. He served as a staff pathologist at the McCormick Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand from 1982 to 1984 and at Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver, Colorado from 1984 to 1986. Dr. Dawsey joined NCI in 1987 and received tenure in 1995. He joined DCEG in 2005, and serves as a senior investigator in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch. In 2011, Dr. Dawsey received the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Mentoring Award for "exemplary performance while demonstrating significant leadership, skill, and ability in serving as a mentor." He received the 2018 DCEG Exemplary Service Award in honor of his outstanding research on esophageal and gastric cancer. 

Selected Publications

  1. Koshiol J, Wei WQ, Kreimer AR, Chen W, Gravitt P, Ren JS, Abnet CC, Wang JB, Kamangar F, Lin DM, von Knebel-Doeberitz M, Zhang Y, Viscidi R, Wang GQ, Gillison ML, Roth MJ, Dong ZW, Kim E, Taylor PR, Qiao YL, Dawsey SM. No role for human papillomavirus in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma in China. Int J Cancer. 2010;127(1):93-100.

  2. Taylor PR, Abnet CC, Dawsey SM. Squamous dysplasia--the precursor lesion for esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013;22(4):540-52.

  3. Golozar A, Fagundes RB, Etemadi A, Schantz MM, Kamangar F, Abnet CC, Dawsey SM. Significant variation in the concentration of carcinogenic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in yerba maté samples by brand, batch, and processing method. Environ Sci Technol. 2012;46(24):13488-93.

  4. Parker RK, Dawsey SM, Abnet CC, White RE. Frequent occurrence of esophageal cancer in young people in western Kenya. Dis Esophagus. 2010;23(2):128-35.

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