John Baron

John Baron, MD, MS, MSc, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Professor in the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Epidemiology

Area of interest

An internist and clinical epidemiologist, over the past 25 years I have had leading roles in the conceptualization, conduct, and interpretation of numerous clinical trials and epidemiological studies. Many of these have addressed issues in the epidemiology and prevention of cancer. As a member of the Steering Committee of the Colon Cancer Family Registry, I have helped develop one of the largest cohorts of colorectal cancer cases in the world. I have also been active in the Early Detection Research Network, where I serve as the clinical epidemiologist for a validation center investigating gastrointestinal early detection markers. I lead the Polyp Prevention Study Group, which has conducted several important adenoma prevention clinical trials that have been instrumental in clarifying the effects of antioxidants, calcium, aspirin, and folic acid on these common neoplasms. I have has also served on the Safety and Data Monitoring Boards of several prominent trials, including SELECT and the recent DFMO/sulindac trial recently reported by Meyskens et al.

Awards and Honors

2008 Royal Melbourne Hospital Overseas Visitor
2008 Cannon lecturer
Society for Gastrointestinal Radiology
2007 Miller lecturer
Section of Gastroenterology, University of Iowa
2004 Katherine Swan Ginsburg Memorial lecturer
Division of Rheumatology, Brigham & Womens Hospital
1993 American Epidemological Society
1992 American Cancer Society Scholar Award
1980-85 Milbank Scholar Award (Epidemiology)
1967-69 National Science Foundation Competitive Fellowship
1967 Girshick Prize in Statistics, Stanford University
1967 B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Yale University
1967 deForest Prize in mathematics, Yale University
1966 Anthony Stanley Award (mathematics), Yale University
1966 Election to Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University
1963 Yale National Scholarship, Yale University

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