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Robert Greenberg, MD

Emeritus Professor of Community and Family Medicine

Community and Family Medicine

Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, M.D. 1969
Oxford University, Milbank Epidemiology Fellow

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Contact Information

Office of Public Health Sc iences M3-C102
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairvirew Ave., NW; PO Box 19024
Seattle WA 98109

Office: See above

Professional Interests

Dr. Greenberg's research has dealt primarily with the cause and prevention of cancer. He has led two multi-center, randomized, controlled trials of cancer prevention employing nutritional supplements. He is now working to establish a large clinical trial in several clinical sites in Latin America that will test whether eradication of Helicobacter pylori will reduce the occurrence of gastric cancer. He has also participated in studies of cancer etiology involving both case-control and cohort designs. In conjunction with these latter studies he has analyzed and reported data on the treatment and referral patterns of cancer patients, and the consequences of these patterns on cancer prognosis.

Selected Publications


  • Greenberg ER, Barnes AB, Resseguie L, Barrett JA, Burnside MA, Lanza LL, Neff RK, Stevens M, Young RH, Colton T Breast cancer in mothers given diethylstilbestrol in pregnancy. New Engl J Med 311:1393-1398, 1984.

  • Greenberg ER, Vessey MP, McPherson K, Doll R, Yeates D. Body size and survival in premenopausal breast cancer. Brit J Cancer 51:691-697, 1985

  • Greenberg ER, Baron JA, Karagas, MR, Stukel TA, Nierenberg DW, Stevens MM, Mandel JS, Haile RW. Mortality associated with low plasma concentration of beta carotene and the effect of oral supplementation. JAMA 275:699-703, 1996.

  • Greenberg ER. Vitamin E supplements: good in theory but is the theory good? Ann Intern Med. 142:75-6, 2005.

  • Celaya MO, Rees JR, Gibson JJ, Riddle BL, Greenberg ER. Travel distance and season of diagnosis affect treatment choices for women with early-stage breast cancer in a predominantly rural population (United States). Cancer Causes Control. 17:851-6, 2006.