Farhad Islami Gomeshtapeh, MD, PhD

Scientific Director, Cancer Disparity Research

Farhad Islami, MD, PhD, is a cancer epidemiologist and Scientific Director of Surveillance Research at the American Cancer Society. His work is mainly on monitoring and describing trends in cancer incidence, mortality, and survival rates in the United States and worldwide by sociodemographic factors to measure progress against cancer and to formulate etiologic hypotheses. His other major focus is on estimating the burden of cancer attributable to potentially preventable risk factors, which would be useful for priority setting in cancer prevention and control. He also conducts and collaborates on research focused on cancer disparities and cancer risk factors.

Dr. Islami was a member of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) secretariat in multiple IARC Monographs and Handbooks and an IARC Monograph Working Group Member for Monograph volume 116, Carcinogenicity of Drinking Coffee, Mate, and Very Hot Beverages. He is the author or coauthor of more than 160 articles published in peer reviewed journals, several book chapters, and the Tobacco Atlas, 5th and 6th Editions. He is an editorial board member of Translational Lung Cancer Research, associate editor of Frontiers in Oncology, and ad hoc manuscript reviewer for more than 60 peer-reviewed international journals.

Dr. Islami started his cancer research activities at the Digestive Diseases Research Center of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, where he was the executive officer of a specialized center for research on esophageal and gastric cancers in Golestan Province, an area with a high incidence of esophageal cancer in northeast Iran, and actively involved in the design and conduct of several epidemiological studies, notably the Golestan Cohort Study (with 50,000 participants). He continued his research and academic activities at IARC and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, before joining the American Cancer Society in 2014.


  • Research and Postdoctoral Fellowship, International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France, 2006-2011
  • PhD, Epidemiology, King’s College London, United Kingdom, 2010
  • MD, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran, 1994

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