Dolly Penn

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Dolly Penn, MD, MSCR, is a Medical Officer and Program Director in the Healthcare Assessment Research Branch (HARB) of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program. Prior to joining HARB, she completed Preventive Medicine Residency training at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill where she was involved in clinical and research training since 2009.

Dr. Penn is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana, the Florida State University College of Medicine, and the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. During her undergraduate training she was introduced to Health Services Research as a NIH Fogarty Minority International Research Training (MIRT) Scholar. Prior to her Preventive Medicine Residency, she completed two years of General Surgery Residency training followed by a two-year NIH T32 Oncology Health Services Research training fellowship. Her research interests include using large national databases to study cancer prevention and control, cancer health disparities, and differences in cancer care by patient characteristics and by the characteristics of the organization in which the patients receive care.

In addition to multidisciplinary research experience at the institutional level, Dr. Penn was involved in efforts to prevent and control cancer and address disparities at the community and state levels in North Carolina. At the NCI, she plans to continue to investigate questions surrounding cancer control and prevention and cancer health disparities. Ultimately, she hopes her efforts will in some way improve longevity and quality of life for vulnerable populations by proving the benefits to all that result from the equitable provision of care throughout the cancer continuum.