Joann G. Elmore, MD, MPH
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Elected 2004
Joann G. Elmore, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology at the UW School of Public Health and Community Medicine, and Section Head of General Internal Medicine at Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Elmore received her medical degree from the Stanford School of Medicine and completed her residency training in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. She has advanced training in epidemiology from the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Elmore’s clinical and scientific interests are in breast cancer and diagnostic testing. She has co-authored a textbook on epidemiology, biostatistics and preventive medicine. Dr. Elmore is a leading expert on a variety of breast cancer related issues, including variability of mammographic readings among radiologists; the effect of radiologists’ experience on accuracy; impact of the clinical history on the interpretation of mammograms; racial differences in breast cancer screening and outcomes; and the cumulative false-positive rates of mammography and clinical breast examination. Her findings in this field are published in high impact journals like the New England Journal of Medicine and Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as in specialty cancer and radiology journals. Dr. Elmore’s data and conclusions are cited prominently in the National Cancer Institute expert panel reports. She has served on numerous national committees, including study sections for the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the American Cancer Society, and the Institute of Medicine National Advisory Panel on the safety of silicone breast implants. She is now a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. In addition, Dr. Elmore enjoys seeing patients as a primary care internist and teaching clinical medicine to students and residents.