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Jean G. Ford, MD

  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

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MD, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons


Dr. Ford applies epidemiologic methods in the context of multidisciplinary research, to understand environmental (social, physical) and biological determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in cancer incidence, detection and survival. In partnership with community-based organizations and residents within diverse neighborhoods in Baltimore City and Prince George's County, he uses the approach of community-based participatory research (CBPR) to develop a program of hypothesis-driven research targeted to the socioeconomically disadvantaged minority-majority populations of these two geographic areas. He has received funding from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Cancer Institute to evaluate behavioral intervention strategies to promote adherence to cancer screening and treatment among individuals from minority and underserved groups. He led a systematic review on barriers and promoters of participation of underrepresented populations in cancer-related trials.

In addition, Dr. Ford is an active pulmonary physician who maintains a longstanding interest in understanding determinants of disparities in respiratory diseases, particularly asthma and lung cancer.

Honors and Awards

NCI KO8-Clinical Investigator Award for Special Populations (1991-1996)

Principal Investigator, New York Center, NHLBI Asthma Clinical Research Network (1996-2002)

Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons ((1998-2002)

New York City Health Commissioner’s Award for Excellence in Public Health 2000

  • epidemiology, respiratory diseases, cancer, health disparities, clinical trials
  • Click Here for Dr. Ford's Complete PubMed Listings

  • Brait M*, Ford JG*, Papaiahgari S*, Garza MA, Lee JI, Loyo M, Maldonado L, Begum S, Sidransky D, Emerson MR, Ahmed S, Williams CD, Hoque MO. Diet and lifestyle factor associations with CpG island methylation in a high-risk population for cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009; 18: 2984-91.

  • Ford JG, Howerton MW, Lai GY, Gary TL, Bolen S, Gibbons MC, Tilburt J, Baffi C, Tanpitukpongse TP, Wilson RF, Powe NR, Bass EB.  Barriers to recruiting underrepresented populations to cancer clinical trials: A systematic review. Cancer. 2008; 112: 228-242.

  • Alberg AJ, Ford JG, Samet JM. Epidemiology of lung cancer. Chest; 2007; 132(3 Suppl):29S-55S.

  • Tilburt J, Ford JG, Howerton MW, Gary TL, Lai GY, Bolen SB, Baffi C, Wilson RF, Tanpitukpongse TP, Powe NR, Bass EB, Sugarman J. Applying Justice in Clinical Trials for Underrepresented Populations. Clin Trials. 2007; 4:264-9.