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Project Investigator Biography

Cathy D. Meade, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. Edward E. Partridge, M.D.

National President, American Cancer Society

Director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
Wallace Tumor Institute, 263
1824 6th Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-3300
phone: (205) 934-4986
fax: (205) 975-6174
email: pakers@uabmc.edu

Edward Partridge, M.D. currently serves as Director of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, former Director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology and holds the Evalina B. Spencer Endowed Chair in Oncology. His clinical interests are cancer control and prevention; cervical cancer; community based research; gynecologic oncology; minority health disparities; and ovarian cancer.

Dr. Partridge has been or is PI or Co-PI on multiple NCI-funded grants and contracts, including the ALTS trial (NCI) investigating the most effective clinical approach to the care of women with Pap smears showing low-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions or atypical squamous cells of undetermined significance; the WISH study (NCI) evaluating the impact of smoking cessation on the regression/progression of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia and HPV status; the PLCO trial (NCI) investigating screening methodologies for multiple cancers with special emphasis on minority populations; the CRIS study (NCI) investigating the impact of lay health advisors on retention of minority women in clinical trials and was PI of the UAB SPORE in Ovarian Cancer.

Dr. Partridge's efforts helped gain Alabama participation in the Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program, which allows women diagnosed with an abnormal mammogram to receive treatment regardless of financial means. He has led the Alabama Black Belt Cancer Linkage Initiative, which assures that men and women diagnosed with cancer in the Black Belt area would get state-of-the-art care, and he is a co-founder of the Alabama Partnership for Cancer Control in the Underserved.

In addition, he is PI of the Community Network Program (CNP) Center for the Deep South Network for Cancer control (NCI) which utilizes volunteer Community Health Advisors to improve cancer health disparities of African-American population in the rural South. Since 2000, he has led three, 5-year NCI funded Deep South Network initiatives that focus on improving cancer awareness, screening and behavioral modification for cancer prevention and control. Lastly, Dr. Partridge has served as PI for the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/UAB Cancer Center Partnerships to enhance the research of the minority-serving institutions which was initially funded in 2001.

Dr. Partridge was Chairman of the Commission on Cancer for the American College of Surgeons and currently serves as Chairman of the Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines Committee of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. He is on the Board of Directors of the Mid-South Division of the American Cancer Society having served as Chairman of that board. He has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society for the past twenty years. In November 2010, Dr. Partridge became the National President of American Cancer Society.

Updated: 05/22/13