Robin Yabroff, PhD

Senior Scientific Director, Health Services Research

Robin Yabroff, PhD, is an epidemiologist and Senior Scientific Director, Health Services Research, where she leads a team of six scientists.  She conducts research on financial hardship and economic burden of cancer; patterns of cancer care, including high cost prescription drugs; health insurance benefit design; and patient, provider, and health system factors associated with quality and value of cancer care.

Dr. Yabroff has more than 20 years of health services research experience.  Prior to joining the Surveillance and Health Services Research Program at the American Cancer Society she held positions within the Office of Health Policy, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Services and Economics Branch of the National Cancer Institute, and the faculty of the Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University.  She currently serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, the Johns Hopkins University and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. 

Dr. Yabroff has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles and has also co-authored invited editorials, commentaries, and book chapters.  She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Cancer Survivorship, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Oncology Practice.  She served as a guest editor for the Medical Care journal supplement, Health Care Costing: Data, Methods, Future Directions, and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute journal supplement, Comparing Cancer Care and Economic Outcomes Across Health Systems: Challenges and Opportunities.  Dr. Yabroff received multiple National Institutes of Health Merit Awards for her research leadership and mentorship most recently led a multi-institutional collaborative effort to improve publicly available data for estimating the burden of cancer in the US, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS): Experiences with Cancer Survivorship Supplement.   She is a frequent speaker at national and international research meetings and as a panelist and think tank participant on topics related to economic burden of cancer, financial hardship, and the role of health insurance in access to high quality cancer care.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 2001
  • MBA, Finance, University of Rochester, 1991

See Robin Yabroff's complete list of publications on PubMed