NIH: Office of Disease Prevention

Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture in Epidemiology

The Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture was established in 1995 in tribute to Dr. Gordon for his outstanding contributions to the field of epidemiology and for his distinguished service to the National Institutes of Health. The award is made annually to a scientist who has contributed significantly to the field of epidemiology or clinical trials research. The Lectureship is awarded by the NIH on the recommendation of the NIH Epidemiology and Clinical Trials Interest Group and is organized by the ODP.

The Gordon Lecture is part of NIH's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series (WALS), which was organized in 1994 by the Office of Intramural Research to invite distinguished scientists to present topics of broad scientific interest to a cross-section of NIH researchers.

2018 Award Winner

Ana V. Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. External Website Policy Ana V. Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University

May 23, 2018
3:00–4:00 p.m. ET
NIH Campus
Masur Auditorium (Building 10)
Bethesda, Maryland

About Dr. Diez Roux

Ana V. Diez Roux, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., is Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology in the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Originally trained as a pediatrician in her native Buenos Aires, she completed public health training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Before joining Drexel University, she served on the faculties of Columbia University and the University of Michigan, where she was Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Director of the Center for Social Epidemiology and Population Health at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Dr. Diez Roux has served on numerous editorial boards, review panels, and advisory committees, including most recently the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Board of Scientific Counselors (BSC) of the National Center for Health Statistics, the Committee on Health and Wellbeing in the Changing Urban Environment of the International Council for Science (ISCUS), and the Editorial Board of the Annual Review of Public Health.

Brief Research Description

Dr. Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and the study of how neighborhoods affect health. Her work on neighborhood health effects has been highly influential in the policy debate on population health and its determinants. Her research areas include social determinants and health disparities, environmental health, urban health, psychosocial factors in health, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and the use of multilevel methods. Recent areas of work include social environment-gene interactions and the use of complex systems approaches in population health. She has led large NIH- and foundation-funded research and training programs in the United States and in collaboration with various institutions in Latin America, and has been Principal Investigator of grants totaling over 30 million U.S. dollars. She currently serves as Principal Investigator of the SALURBAL (Urban Health in Latin America) project, an international research network on urbanization and health funded by the Wellcome Trust. She has been a member of the MacArthur Network on Socioeconomic Factors and Health and was Co-Director of the Network on Inequality, Complexity, and Health. Dr. Diez Roux received the Wade Hampton Frost Award for her contributions to public health by the American Public Health Association and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. She has been an active mentor of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty.

Previous Lectures:


Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Investigator, Clinical Genetics Branch, National Cancer Institute (NCI), Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics (DCEG)
The Changing Epidemiology of HPV and Cervical Cancer: From Etiology, to Validation of Prevention Methods, to Dissemination


Michael Bracken, Ph.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.E. External Website Policy
Susan Dwight Bliss Professor of Epidemiology (Chronic Diseases) and Professor of Neurology and of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
Co-Director, Center for Perinatal, Pediatric and Environmental Epidemiology
Yale School of Public Health
Inefficiency and Waste in Biomedical Research: How Prevalent Is It, What Are Its Causes, and How Is It Prevented?


Shiriki K. Kumanyika, Ph.D., M.P.H. External Website Policy
Professor Emerita of Epidemiology in the Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Research Directions for Solving the Obesity Epidemic in High-Risk Populations


Moyses Szklo, M.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H. External Website Policy
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
Epidemiology: Back to Translation (PDF - 370 KB)


Mitchell Gail, M.D., Ph.D.
Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, National Cancer Institute
Using Risk Models for Breast Cancer Prevention (PDF - 476KB)


Lewis H. Kuller, M.D., Dr.P.H.
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
The Obesity Epidemic: Why Have We Failed? (PDF - 234KB)


Jonathan Samet, M.D.
Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore
Big Epidemiology for Big Problems


Julie E. Buring, Sc.D.
Harvard Medical School, Boston
What Do We Do When Studies Disagree?

Previous Lectures