Consortium Scientists

Andrew Olshan

Andrew F. Olshan, PhD

Associate Director of Population Sciences at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center


Dr. Olshan chairs the Department of Epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health (SPH) where he is a professor of epidemiology.  He holds a joint appointment in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the UNC School of Medicine. 

Dr. Olshan earned his PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Washington and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical genetics at the University of British Columbia.  He serves on the Editorial boards of the journals Cancer Medicine and Cancer Causes and Control and is an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology, Cancer Research, and the International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics.  He has served on NCI's Board of Scientific Counselors, NCI site visit teams, the NCI primary epidemiology study section, and on the external advisory boards of several comprehensive cancer centers.  He has also served on Institute of Medicine and National Research Council expert committees. 

His major research interests include the environmental and genetic epidemiology of cancer and reproductive, perinatal and pediatric outcomes.  He has directed two North Carolina studies of head and neck cancer and three national studies of the etiology of childhood cancer.  He currently leads a national genetic epidemiology study of neuroblastoma and the North Carolina Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention.  In addition to his Cancer Center membership, he is a fellow of the Carolina Population Center and a member of the UNC Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility.  He joined the UNC faculty in 1991 from the University of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Dr. Olshan has edited two books and over 190 peer-reviewed publications.