Bettina Drake

Bettina F. Drake is a professor of surgery, at Washington University School of Medicine and Siteman Cancer Center. As an epidemiologist, her research has focused on identifying preventive strategies to reduce health disparities in cancer and other chronic disease outcomes. In addition, she co-leads the Prostate Cancer Community Partnership, a community partnership of PECaD, which seeks to reduce prostate cancer disparities in the region. She is most interested in how her community-based work informs and strengthens her epidemiology findings. Information gained from community-based studies informs both study design and recruitment strategies. In turn, the results of the cancer prevention work can be disseminated in collaboration with community partners. Dr. Drake also teaches Intermediate Clinical Epidemiology in the Master of Population Health Sciences program.

Dr. Drake earned her PhD in epidemiology at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health and completed postdoctoral studies at the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health.