Dr Mona Saraiya

Dr. Mona Saraiya is a Captain with the U.S. Public Health Service and a medical officer in CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.

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She has worked at the CDC for over 20 years and for the past 7 years has successfully helped to increase CDC’s international work in cancer prevention and control. In collaboration with global partners, Dr. Saraiya and her team have developed tools to assist in monitoring and evaluation of cervical cancer screening programs and to estimate the costs of cancer registration globally. Dr. Saraiya has also led the development of an applied cancer epidemiology curriculum to assist in building capacity for cancer prevention and control through CDC’s global Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP). Dr. Saraiya has made substantive contributions to cancer prevention efforts in US, focusing on skin cancer epidemiology and cervical cancer screening. She advised the Choose Your Cover campaign and spearheaded two major skin cancer initiatives: the school guidelines on sun protection and the community guidelines on skin cancer prevention. During the past decade, she has been an active member of various CDC human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine workgroups and brings in expertise on the cancer-burden related to HPV-associated cancers including cervical and oropharyngeal cancer. She was the primary investigator of a major study that characterized the burden of various genotypes in 6 cancers using a population-based surveillance approach.  Dr. Saraiya has co-authored over 150 publications on cancer prevention and control, and is an Adjunct Professor at Emory and Morehouse universities. She completed her medical training at Rush Medical College, obtained a Masters of Public Health from Emory School of Public Health and completed CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) training.