MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

Anthony J. Alberg, PhD, MPH

albergE-mail: alberg@musc.edu
Phone: 843-876-2439
Location: Bioengineering Building 103

Dr. Alberg joined Hollings Cancer Center as Associate Director for Population Sciences in 2006 and currently serves as the Interim Director for the Center.  He is a Professor of Public Health Sciences and holds the Blatt Ness Distinguished Endowed Chair in Oncology. In his role as Associate Director, he has acted to forge links between the Hollings Cancer Center and the leadership of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control to foster joint cancer-focused initiatives, including development and evaluation of the State Cancer Plan. Working collaboratively with other Cancer Control scientific leaders, Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert and Dr. Marvella E. Ford, Dr. Alberg is also developing initiatives that will integrate cancer population science into other Hollings Cancer Center research programs, an essential element in working toward this Center's eligibility to become a comprehensive cancer center.

Dr. Alberg has a longstanding research interest in cigarette smoking, including the health effects of secondhand smoke, the etiology of tobacco-associated malignancies, and tobacco prevention and control. He was a contributing author to the 2004 and 2014 Surgeon General’s Reports on the health consequences of cigarette smoking.  Another primary research interest is skin cancer, as he and his colleagues have helped to characterize non-melanoma skin cancer as a marker of increased risk of subsequent non-cutaneous malignancies and are investigating potential mechanisms for this association. Dr. Alberg has authored or co-authored more than 130 peer-reviewed publications related to these and other topics in cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention.   

Dr. Alberg currently serves on the Cancer Screening and Prevention Editorial Board of the National Cancer Institute’s Physician’s Data Query (PDQ), editorial boards of the American Journal of Epidemiology and Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, and on the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the Health Implications of Raising the Minimum Age for Purchasing Tobacco Products.   He has served as a peer-reviewer for more than 85 journals and on numerous grant review panels both nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining Hollings Cancer Center and MUSC, Dr. Alberg served on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. He earned a BS in Zoology from the University of California, Davis, MPH in Health Services Administration from Yale University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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