Newswise — TAMPA, Fla. Moffitt Cancer Center has named Susan Thomas Vadaparampil, Ph.D., M.P.H, its first Associate Center Director of Community Outreach & Engagement. The newly created leadership role is of great importance to the cancer center, as it focuses on the impact Moffitt is making to understand and address the cancer burden in our community and beyond.  

“Moffitt’s mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. We do this through our groundbreaking research and ability to offer the latest therapies and prevention methods to our patients,” said Moffitt Center Director Thomas Sellers, Ph.D., M.P.H. “Our new Associate Center Director has been tasked with strengthening partnerships between Moffitt and our community to ensure the research, education and outreach programs we offer reach the people we serve. Dr. Vadaparampil is perfectly suited for this position. Her health disparities research and community projects give her a solid foundation to launch this new leadership role.”

Vadaparampil joined Moffitt 15 years ago. During that time, she has risen through the ranks from associate member to senior member and on to vice chair of the Health Outcomes & Behavior Department. Her research focuses on accelerating the adoption of advances in cancer prevention and treatment into the clinic and community. She applies behavioral science, epidemiology, health services, and clinical perspectives to improve uptake and dissemination of genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, and reproductive health. Community collaboration and an emphasis on health equity are foundational to her research, education, and outreach efforts.  

Vadaparampil’s academic training includes a Bachelor of Health Science Education from the University of Florida (UF), a Master in Health Science Education with a concentration in Community Health from UF, a doctorate in Health Behavior from Indiana University and a Master of Public Health with concentration in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. She was recruited to Moffitt following postdoctoral training at the National Cancer Institute.

About Moffitt Cancer Center Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 49 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s scientific excellence, multidisciplinary research, and robust training and education. Moffitt is a Top 10 cancer hospital and has been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 6,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit, and follow the momentum on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.