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Dennis Deapen is Professor of Preventive Medicine at the USC School of Medicine. He has been Director of the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP) since 1988. The CSP functions in the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and is also a member of the California Cancer Registry and the SEER Program.
He received a MPH from Loma Linda University and Doctor of Public Health from UCLA. He has been an epidemiologist since 1977 conducting research in etiology, prevention and survivorship of cancer. He has created or led large, long-term cohort studies of cancer risk. Primary interests include cancer among immigrants and pediatric and young adult cancer. Most recently he initiated the Virtual Pooled Registry which creates the capacity for linking cancer epidemiology cohort studies with all US cancer registries simultaneously.
He has been author or co-author of over 180 peer-reviewed publications. He served as President of NAACCR and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Cancer Registries.