Bettina Drake

Bettina Fisher Drake

Special to the News Messenger

Marshall native and 1997 MHS graduate, Dr. Bettina Fisher Drake, has accepted a new position as Associate Director of Cancer Health Equity for Siteman Cancer Center (SCC).

The announcement was made recently by Nick Fisher, Executive Director of Research & Business Administration for the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University & Barnes Jewish Hospital.

“In this role, Dr. Drake will oversee Siteman’s community outreach and engagement and work to promote research within the cancer center that meets the needs of its patient population, support clinical- and community-based outreach, and provide leadership to strengthen institutional partnerships with outside healthcare organizations,” Fisher said. “Her priorities will include promoting education and outreach to the communities of SCC’s patient population, working with clinicians and researchers to respond to the health disparities of our patient population which will facilitate transdisciplinary health-equity research, and disseminating key patient and research participation metrics to faculty and staff. Dr. Drake will also work with Dr. Lee Ratner to integrate health disparities education throughout training curricula.”

Dr. Drake is associate professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences and member of the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities’ (PECaD) leadership team and serves as the co-chair of PECaD’s Prostate Cancer Community Partnership. She has served as a scientific reviewer for NCI and has received health disparity and prostate cancer related funding from the DOD’s Prostate Cancer Research Program. She is the PI of the DOD’s Prostate Cancer Biospecimen Resource Site Award. Within SCC, she serves on the membership committee and is chair of SCC’s PRMC Behavioral Science Subcommittee.

“We enthusiastically welcome and support Dr. Drake as she begins this new endeavor,” said Fisher.

Drake is the daughter of Leroy and Bettye Fisher, of Marshall.

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