Lawrence Kushi

Lawrence H. Kushi, Sc.D., is the Associate Director for Etiology and Prevention Research, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente.  His research interests have focused on the role of food and nutrition in the development and prevention of coronary artery disease and breast and other cancers, and he is currently the Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded prospective cohort studies.  One study is examining the role of genetic and environmental factors in the development of early puberty.  The other is examining lifestyle and genetic factors in breast cancer prognosis, and is enrolling and following the experience of women with breast cancer.

Dr. Kushi has served on various research review committees for organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Breast Cancer Research Program of the US Department of Defense, the American Cancer Society, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.  He has served on ACS committees to develop guidelines for the dietary prevention and management of cancer, and was chair of the 2006 committees that published their most recent statements on these topics.  He was Chair of the Food and Nutrition Section of the American Public Health Association, and an Executive Committee Member and Chair of the Diet Study Group of the American Society of Preventive Oncology.  He also serves on the external advisory committees of a number of prospective studies of diet and cancer.

Dr. Kushi is a graduate of Amherst College and the Harvard School of Public Health, and has held research and faculty positions at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington, the University of Minnesota, and Teachers College of Columbia University, where he was the Ella McCollum Vahlteich Professor of Human Nutrition and is currently an Adjunct Professor.