Dr. Erin Kobetz serves in multiple roles at the University of Miami (UM). As the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship, she works with University affiliates, community stakeholders, funding agencies, and industry partners to advance the University’s research enterprise. As the Associate Director for Population Science and Cancer Disparity at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center (Sylvester) and the Chief of Population Health and Cancer Disparities for the UHealth Oncology Service Line, she facilitates the interdisciplinary integration of population science within the basic, translational, and clinical research conducted across the University, as well as Sylvester’s three research programs. Dr. Kobetz is a Tenured Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at UM’s Miller School of Medicine and a recipient of the John K. and Judy H. Schulte Senior Endowed Chair in Cancer Research.
She leads programs that deliver Sylvester’s resources to diverse and underserved communities across South Florida, including the Game Changer mobile clinics, which mitigate barriers by bringing cancer screenings, health information, and research opportunity directly to individuals in the catchment areas. Dr. Kobetz also serves as Multiple Principal Investigator of UM’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), as well as Program Director of the CTSI’s Community and Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration and Multidisciplinary Team Science programs, and in these roles synergizes efforts in these programs across UM.
She earned a Master’s in Public Health from Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University (1999), and joined the University of Miami, after completing her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health (2004). Soon after, Dr. Kobetz established Patnè en Aksyon (Partners in Action), Sylvester’s first ever community-academic partnership in Little Haiti.
Dr. Kobetz has also partnered with South Florida firefighters – similarly characterized by excess cancer risk – and leads the Firefighter Cancer Initiative (FCI), a University-wide interdisciplinary program to address disparity and ensure that the research and associated findings translate from the bench to the community, or “trench,” and back. Through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparity (NIHMD), she serves as the Principal Investigator and Ad-Hoc member on numerous grants, funded initiatives, and study sections to support collaborative science and engagement within various diverse South Florida communities.
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