Lucile Adams-Campbell, PhD


Dr. Adams-Campbell joined Georgetown University, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2008 as Professor of Oncology and Associate Director for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research. Her position, newly created by Lombardi director Louis M. Weiner, MD, focuses primarily on community outreach and community-based participatory research in Washington, DC. Dr. Adams-Campbell, former director of the Howard University Cancer Center, is an internationally recognized expert on health disparities. In 2008, she was elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine. 

Dr. Adams-Campbell is an epidemiologist who specializes in community health research, interventions, and outreach. With a focus on prevention, she studies issues that affect populations at the greatest risk for developing cancer. She has participated and led several large cohort studies of African-American women and played a leading role in bringing the Boston University Black Women’s Health Study – the largest study of African-American women – to the District. Lombardi will soon join the 12-year national study under her leadership. 

Much of Dr. Adams-Campbell’s research focuses on energy balance – diet and exercise. The District has high rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, cancer death, and heart disease, all of which may be affected by diet and exercise, she says. Through community-based interventions, she hopes to decrease obesity and mortality from these related diseases. 

As director of the Howard University Cancer Center for the past 13 years, Dr. Adams-Campbell has played a leading role in the DC cancer and public health community, was born in the District, and has lived here for most of her life.

Dr. Adams-Campbell’s community outreach office and staff is located in southeast DC, and one of the office’s primary goals will be to export prevention-based clinical trials from the laboratory setting into the community. According to her, these clinical trials, in many cases, can exclude patients with a history of diabetes, stroke, or smoking, which leaves many minorities out and, as a result, fails to reflect disease as it occurs in the population. 

Dr. Adams-Campbell received her undergraduate and master’s degree from Drexel University, and her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a National Institutes of Health-funded post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the faculty there in the Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Adams-Campbell currently serves as a reviewer or on the editorial board for eight journals and has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers.