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Peter Shields, M.D. Peter Shields, M.D.

Georgetown University
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Department of Oncology,
3970 Reservoir Road, NW, Box 571469,
Washington, DC 20057-1469
phone: (202) 687-0003
fax: (202) 687-0004

Dr. Peter G. Shields is a tenured professor in the Departments of Oncology and Medicine, Interim-Chair of the Department of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, all at the Georgetown University. He was the Associate Director for Cancer Control and Population Sciences and Program Leader for Cancer Genetics and Epidemiology in the Cancer Center, until 2007. He has a long history of working in the DC community; serving as the past President of the Board of Directors for a free medical clinic in D.C. (La Clinica del Pueblo). A member of the D.C. Board of Medicine, Dr. Shields is active in tobacco control and other legislative efforts, such as working to pass smoke-free legislation and serving as an expert witness in litigation against tobacco companies. Dr. Shields also directs Lombardiís Capital Breast Care Center, which is a breast cancer screening clinic for underserved women. Dr. Shields has over 140 peer-reviewed publications, including in high profile journals. He serves, or has served, on editorial boards of major journals such as Carcinogenesis, Molecular Carcinogenesis and Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention. He was the first elected chair to lead the 420 member Molecular Epidemiology Group of the American Association of Cancer Research, and has been the Program Chair or member of numerous program committees. Dr. Shields has served on a number of NIH study sections, as well as the NCI Tobacco Research Implementation Group, NCI Lung Cancer Progress Review Group, and the Institute of Medicine Committee on Tobacco Harm Reduction.

Dr. Shields' focus of research is on gene-environment interactions for cancer risk. The laboratory component of his research develops new biomarkers of cancer risk related to diet and lifestyle, while his epidemiological component accrues special populations. A significant component of his research focuses on the genetics of tobacco carcinogenesis, harm and addiction, which is funded by a multi-institution contract from the National Cancer Institute (Shields: PI). Dr. Shields also leads the Breast Cancer Center of Excellence funded by the Department of Defense. This program is a multi-investigator and multidisciplinary approach to understand why alcohol drinking causes breast cancer. In addition, he directs is a NCI-funded joint partnership for cancer prevention and control for health disparities with the University of District of Columbia. This Partnership has led to the establishment of a joint research program and a degree granting Masters Program in Cancer Biology, Prevention and Control.

Dr. Peter G. Shields received his BA in Biochemistry and American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to receive his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC.

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Updated: 04/30/12