James Zabora, ScD
Director, Outreach and Education
The Johns Hopkins Center to Reduce Cancer Disparities
Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
Dr. Zabora developed what was considered to be the best psychosocial services for cancer patients and their families in the United States. In addition, he was the administrator of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program for low-income women living in Baltimore City. In this role, he was a lead author of the Baltimore City Cancer Plan (which screened 1,049 African American men in Year 1) for Johns Hopkins under the Cigarette Restitution Fund for the State of Maryland. As a result of the success of these initiatives, he was appointed Co-Director of the Baltimore City Cancer Plan and Co-Director for Community Outreach and Education of the Urban Environmental Health Center in the School of Public Health. All of these initiatives involved significant work in community development and partnerships.
Currently, Dr. Zabora’s research continues to focus on cancer disparities, cancer prevention and control, community-based participatory research, psychosocial distress screening, problem-solving education, and quality of life among patients and their families. Dr. Zabora’s research has won a number of awards at Johns Hopkins including but not limited to in June of 2013, he received the Annual Quality of Life Award from the Association of Oncology Social Work for lifetime achievement in the care of cancer patients and their families with the award being sponsored by the National Office of the American Cancer Society.