Cancer Disparities Researcher to Join College for Public Health and Social Justice - Beyond Vital Signs
Cancer Disparities Researcher to Join College for Public Health and Social Justice
Mario Schootman, Ph.D., a world renowned epidemiologist who studies cancer disparities, joined the faculty of Saint Louis University's College for Public Health and Social Justice this fall and was invested as holder of the James R. Kimmey Chair in Public Health.
Schootman, who was professor of epidemiology and medicine and chief of the division of health behavior research at Washington University in St. Louis, pioneered the development of risk assessments at the neighborhood level for disability and disease. He combines a geographic information system (GIS) and advanced statistical and epidemiologic tools to examine how the characteristics of communities and neighborhoods influence health outcomes.
"This is an exciting time for public health in general and at SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice as well. There is a lot of growth, new direction and great opportunity to conduct important public health research. I look forward to helping the college with this next phase," Schootman said.
"Working with students, both graduate and undergraduate, will be exciting in terms of training the next generation of public health professionals and researchers in epidemiology. I am especially honored to hold the endowed chair named after Dr. James Kimmey, a very distinguished public health advocate."
Schootman has special expertise in cancer epidemiology and prevention. He studies the impact of geographic disparities on breast and colorectal cancer, looking at the continuum of cancer care — from prevention and screening to treatment and quality of life. He also examines how neighborhoods affect the development of disability in African-Americans. His research is funded by the National Institutes of Health.
He is the author or co-author of more than 150 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and serves on numerous editorial boards and lectures nationally and internationally.
Before entering academia, Schootman worked for the Iowa Department of Public Health as a chronic disease and injury epidemiologist.
He received his master's degree in health science from the Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Human Movement Sciences, in The Netherlands and his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Iowa.
Schootman is among the more than 30 new faculty recruited during the past three years to the units within SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice.