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July 24, 2013

Marlene M. von Friederichs-Fitzwater, PhD, MPH

Marlene M. von Friederichs-Fitzwater, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an associate professor in hematology/oncology in the UC Davis School of Medicine; and is the director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Outreach Research and Education Program. She also serves as adjunct faculty in the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and the UC Davis MPH Program. She formed and co-chairs  the UC Davis American Indian Advisory Council. She is a member of the Native Research Network and founder of the new UC Davis American Indian Center for Cancer Research, Education & Training.
She is also a professor emeritus from California State University, Sacramento, with 20 years as a professor in communication studies including three years as department chair, and teaching community-based, qualitative and quantitative research methods and community-based research theory, and health and intercultural communication at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was honored with the Distinguished Faculty Award from the CSUS in 1999; was named a Minority Faculty Mentor in 1996 and is listed in over 10 Who’s Who directories.

She chairs the UC Davis Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Advisory Board; co-chairs the UC Davis Cancer Center/Sacramento State Partnership Board to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities; serves on the Comprehensive Cancer Center Alliance for Adolescents and Young Adults; chairs the UC Davis LGBT Cancer Health Disparities Task Force; and represents UC Davis on the Survivorship Committee of the ATHENA breast cancer program. She is a California Legislative Ambassador for the American Cancer Society and is a cervical cancer spokesperson for the California Medical Association Foundation. She is a national consultant for the American Medical Association Ethics Task Force on Physician/Patient Communication. 

Last Updated: November 18, 2013

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Marlene M. von Friederichs-Fitzwater, PhD, MPH Insights