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Lurie Cancer Center Member

Michael Wolf

Michael S Wolf, PhD

Academic Title:
Professor, Medicine, General Medicine Division; Feinberg School of Medicine

Member of:
Cancer Control (CCS)


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Dr. Wolf is an Assistant Professor and a social/behavioral scientist and health services researcher with expertise in health literacy, learning, and cognition, health behavior, and health disparities. Over the past two years, he has co-authored nine published papers on colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer, with two more in press. He has 19 peer-reviewed publications related to health literacy (out of a current total of 32), and was the primary author on the first population-based study to link inadequate health literacy to poorer overall health and higher prevalence of preventable diseases (Arch Int Med 165:1946-52, 2005). In addition, he recently presented findings at two national healthcare meetings describing the association between limited health literacy and mortality risk among Medicare enrollees (paper under review, N Engl J Med). His work on consumer medication information for prescribed drugs across all disease contexts, including cancer, has received national awareness (New York Times, October 26, 2005). Dr. Wolf is currently federally and privately funded to conduct both epidemiological and interventional studies addressing health-related literacy issues. He is beginning his third year under a K01 award through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to address health literacy as a health disparities issue for disease self-management (including use of colorectal cancer screening services and prostate cancer decision making) via work in federally qualified health centers (1 K01 EH000067-01).

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