Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD



University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, Epidemiology and Geriatrics


Dr. McTiernan's research focuses on identifying ways to prevent new or recurrent cancer with a particular focus on weight control, physical activity, and chemoprevention. She has led several NCI-funded grants to test weight loss and exercise effects on biomarkers of breast cancer, colon cancer, and other cancers and diseases. She currently is funded by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the National Cancer Institute to study long-term effects of weight loss and exercise on breast and colorectal cancer biomarkers.

She is Principal Investigator of several National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trial and cohort studies investigating the associations among exercise, diet, weight, hormones, chemoprevention agents, and risk for cancer incidence and prognosis. She was Principal Investigator of the National Cancer Institute-funded Seattle Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) program that included over 25 scientists conducting research on mechanisms linking obesity and physical activity with cancer risk. She has been Principal Investigator of several additional National Institutes of Health grants testing exercise or dietary weight loss on biomarkers of cancer and other diseases. She has led several trials testing effects of chemoprevention agents on cancer risk and biomarkers, including vitamin D, aspirin, and aromatase inhibitors. Dr. McTiernan was a Project Director and co-investigator in the Women’s Health Initiative Clinical Coordinating Center where she directed the development and implementation of the Women’s Health Initiative clinical trials and observational studies, and directed outcomes and events ascertainment and adjudication. She has led several Women’s Health Initiative manuscripts focused on physical activity, diet, and cancer and other health outcomes. Dr. McTiernan is an elected Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, the Obesity Society, and the American College of Epidemiology. She has served on national and international health advisory boards and working groups including the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2008 and 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committees, the World Cancer Research Fund International, and the Komen for the Cure Scientific Advisory Council. 

Education & Training

MD New York Medical College, Medicine (1989)
PhD University of Washington, Epidemiology (1982)
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Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD