Paulo Pinheiro

Research Assoc. Professor

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Field of Interest: Population-Based Cancer Epidemiology

Paulo S. Pinheiro is a Research Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, with over 15 years of experience in population-based cancer epidemiology. He trained as a resident physician in Portugal where he specialized in Public Health, then completed his MS and Ph.D. in Epidemiology in the Netherlands and Miami, FL, respectively, and completed two fellowships at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in France. His research interests primarily focus on cancer outcomes in Hispanic/Latino populations, and more recently, on Black/African-descent populations with an emphasis on revealing disparities in incidence, survival, and mortality masked by aggregating racial/ethnic groups. In 2009, he pioneered the monitoring of cancer incidence in Hispanic subgroups (Mexicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans) in the U.S. based on individual-level data from Florida. Subsequently, he has studied cancer in large and diverse Hispanic populations in Mexico, Colombia, California, New York, and Texas. Additionally, he has worked to improve cancer surveillance methodology and strives to achieve the most accurate characterization of cancer patterns in Latinos, thereby presenting a far more complex picture of the so-called “Hispanic Paradox”. Dr. Pinheiro has over 50 peer-reviewed publications, 15 of them as the first author, with more than 2000 citations to date. He has presented over 20 presentations in conferences on four different continents. Lastly, he has participated in NIH grant review panels for the Cancer Section and contributed to national reports and monograph initiatives from the National Cancer Institute, the American Cancer Society, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.