Newswise — LOS ANGELES (Jan. 15, 2013) – Marc Troup Goodman, PhD, MPH, a nationally recognized expert on the links between diet, metabolism, genetics and cancer, has joined Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute to advance the study of how environment and biology affect disease, and to lead an academic program in cancer prevention and genetics.
At Cedars-Sinai, Goodman will continue his studies to understand how a person’s genetic pathways and lifestyle intersect to affect their cancer risk.
“Dr. Goodman brings to our faculty an expertise in distilling the newest findings based on extensive epidemiological study,” said Steven Piantadosi, MD, director of the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and Phase One Foundation Chair. “When patients know that various lifestyle choices, such as what they choose to eat, can make a difference in their ability to fight cancer, medicine takes a big step forward.”
Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Goodman was a professor at the University of Hawaii’s Cancer Center, where he led research projects with a special focus on the racially diverse population in Hawaii. He has studied genetic pathways for ovarian and uterine cancers; the association of human papillomavirus with cervical, anal and oral cancers; and the link between diet and breast cancer.
A dynamic speaker, Dr. Goodman has lectured at dozens of national and international conferences. He has written extensively on cancer, including the relationship of genetics and environment to cancer and has published almost 200 articles in peer- reviewed journals.
“I am excited to join Cedars-Sinai because it represents the best in patient care and research,” Goodman said. “Cancer research has made some huge steps forward in the past few years. For example, cervical cancer is a major killer in many countries and now, the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine is helping to eradicate that disease. I hope to contribute to many more such medical triumphs.”
Dr. Goodman earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Columbia College in New York, then received his master’s of public health in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles. He was awarded his doctorate in epidemiology by Yale University in New Haven, Conn.
The largest academic medical center on the West Coast, Cedars-Sinai is a world-renowned nonprofit institution known for the highest quality patient care and a focus on translational research. In its 896-bed hospital, its research laboratories and its outpatient facilities, Cedars-Sinai’s faculty of physicians and scientists, along with its medical staff, employees and volunteers, bring together compassionate patient care with innovative medical research.
Cedars-Sinai’s Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute is known for combining the highest quality patient care and the latest advances in cancer research. Its outpatient cancer center treats more than 9,000 patients each year, making it one of the busiest treatment facilities in California. The institute’s cancer program was deemed one of the best in in U.S. News & World Report’s 2011-12 “Best Hospitals” issue.