Katherine Van Loon

Katherine Van Loon, MD, MPH
Director, Global Cancer Program

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology









Dr. Van Loon is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UCSF with clinical expertise in the management of gastrointestinal malignancies. Her research is focused on understanding the high incidence of esophageal cancer in East Africa. Currently she is leading studies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in effort to identify environmental exposures and genetic and molecular determinants of esophageal cancer. She is a member of the African Esophageal Cancer Consortium. Dr. Van Loon serves on the ASCO Global Oncology Summit Task Force and and the Conquer Cancer Foundation Global Oncology Grants Task Force. She has served as a Reviewer for the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicine. In 2016, she served as Co-Chair for the 4th Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research hosted by the National Cancer Institute, UCSF, Stanford, and Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH).



 Michelle Hermiston, MD, PhD
 Associate Director, Global Cancer Program 
 Associate Professor, UCSF Department of Pediatrics






Dr. Hermiston is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and has served as the Vietnam Site Director for the Global Cancer Program. Over many years, Dr. Hermiston has spearheaded partnerships with the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Ho Chi Minh City and all the hospitals in Vietnam providing pediatric cancer care. As the former Director of the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program at UCSF, Dr. Hermiston has applied this expertise to develop the first National Fellowship Program in Pediatric Oncology in Vietnam, in partnership with the Vietnamese Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in Vietnam. The Fellowship Program was launched in November 2019, and the first cohort of Fellows will serve as future instructors and leaders of the program in the coming years.


  Lindsay Breithaupt, MPH
  Associate Director of Operations, Global Cancer Program
  Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center 







Lindsay Breithaupt is the Associate Director of Operations for the Global Cancer Program. Her expertise is in international public health program management for implementation  science research and capacity building programs. Lindsay has supported programs in over 15 countries in the fields of family planning and reproductive health, cervical cancer, maternal health, and immunization. Lindsay holds an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina. 


S. BialousStella Bialous, RN, DrPH
Associate Professor, School of Nursing






Dr. Bialous is an Associate Professor in the UCSF School of Nursing and President of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care. Her work focuses on the implementation of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In particular, she works to protect health policies from tobacco industry interference. Recognizing the roles health care workers can play in tobacco control, Dr. Bialous conducts research in building nurse capacity to implement tobacco control methods. She executes her research in five countries in Eastern Europe. Moreover, in Brazil, she researches the impact of tobacco images on TV and social media.


R.HiattRobert A. Hiatt, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Associate Director of Population Sciences, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center



Dr. Hiatt is Professor and Immediate Past Chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF and the Associate Director for Population Science of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. His research interests include cancer epidemiology, especially breast cancer, cancer prevention and screening, health services and outcomes research, the social determinants of cancer, and environmental exposures in early development related to cancer. He was the first Deputy Director of the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute and a past president of the American College of Epidemiology and the American Society for Preventive Oncology. Dr. Hiatt was responsible for the development of the UCSF doctoral program in Epidemiology & Translational Science. He has previously lived and worked in Ethiopia and Puerto Rico in field epidemiologic projects on parasitic diseases and has collaborated on cancer research projects in Tanzania. He serves as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.


P.VolberdingPaul Volberding, MD
Professor, UCSF School of Medicine
Co-Director and Principal Investigator, UCSF-Gladstone CFAR
Professor, UCSF Department of Medicine
Director, UCSF AIDS Research Institute
Director of Research, UCSF Global Health Sciences





Dr. Volberding is a Professor of Medicine at UCSF. He is Co-Director of the UCSF-Gladstone Center for AIDS Research, an NIH-funded program that supports a large variety of HIV related research across the entire University. As an oncologist, Dr. Volberding has a career-long interest in HIV-associated cancers including those common in resource limited settings. CFAR provides scientific core, mentoring and pilot research grants and work in international sites, especially in East Africa is central to the CFAR mission. Dr. Volberding is also an active supporter of the Infectious Diseases Institute in Kampala, Uganda which is a large and growing part of Makerere University. The IDI provides research training to promising young Ugandan scientists including those engaged in cancer-related research.