Barbara K. Rimer, MPH, DrPH, has been Dean of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health since 2005. She is also Alumni Distinguished Professor of Health Behavior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she served as director Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at National Cancer Institute (1997-2002); professor of community and family medicine at Duke University (1991-1997); and director of behavioral research and a full member at the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia (1981-1991). Dr. Rimer has conducted research in several areas, with a focus on reducing risk for cancer and assuring early detection of cancers.
Dr. Rimer is the author of over 270 peer-reviewed articles, 55 book chapters and six books, and serves on several journal editorial boards. She was the first woman and behavioral scientist to lead the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board, a Presidential appointment, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2008. She was appointed by President Obama to chair the President’s Cancer Panel, which she chaired from 2011 to January 2019. She has received many awards including, in 2013, the American Cancer Society’s Medal of Honor for her cancer control research.