Carol DeSantis, MPH

Principal Scientist, Surveillance Research

Carol DeSantis, MPH, is a cancer epidemiologist and Principal Scientist in the Surveillance and Health Services Research Program at the American Cancer Society. Ms. DeSantis' main research focus is examining trends in breast cancer occurrence, with an emphasis on monitoring progress in reducing racial and ethnic disparities. She is the lead author of the Breast Cancer Facts & Figures and Cancer Facts & Figures for African Americans publications and their accompanying Statistics articles published every 2-3 years in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. In 2015, Ms. DeSantis and colleagues were the first to document converging breast cancer incidence rates between Black and white women in the United States.

Ms. DeSantis began her career at ACS as an intern in the Behavioral Research Center while working towards her MPH at Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. Upon completion of her degree, she joined the Surveillance Program in 2004. 

Ms. DeSantis has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and several book chapters.


  • MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2004
  • American Cancer Society Intern, Behavioral Research Program, 2003-2004

See Carol DeSantis' complete list of publications on PubMed