Prof. Faith g. davis

Dr. Faith G. Davis is Vice-Dean, School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Dr. Davis has a Masters of Public Administration degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an MSc in occupational epidemiology from the School of Public Health Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in chronic disease epidemiology from Yale University. Prior to coming home to the U of A, she was Senior Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Studies with the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During 2010, Dr. Davis was the President of the American College of Epidemiology.


As a cancer epidemiologist, her work has focused on radiation-related cancers and rare tumors, particularly of the brain and ovary. She tackled the challenges of collecting data on all primary brain tumors in the U.S at a time when there was no specified rule authorizing the collection of nonmalignant brain tumors. This effort led to the establishment of the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the United States, a change in the regulations regarding collection of brain tumors in the national surveillance system which has been adopted internationally and an increase in brain tumor research at national and international levels. She has conducted numerous case-control and cohort studies contributing to our understanding of the etiology and outcomes of various cancers.