Tracy Onega, PhD, has been appointed Senior Director of Population Sciences at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and Professor of Population Sciences at the University of Utah. A cancer epidemiologist, Dr. Onega conducts research focused on cancer control, including health information technology, cancer care delivery to rural populations, comparative effectiveness, and precision oncology. She serves as principal investigator of several National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute grants studying breast cancer screening and surveillance as well as novel approaches for access to and evaluation of cancer care.
Tracy Onega, PhD
Cornelia Ulrich, PhD
“Dr. Onega has an impressive track record of leadership experience that she will bring to this new role, as well as a true passion for addressing the needs of rural populations,” said Cornelia Ulrich, PhD, Executive Director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at HCI. “We are delighted that she will join the Huntsman Cancer Institute team, and I have no doubt she will have a major impact in our community.”
Earlier Career Path
Dr. Onega previously served as Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement and Co-Leader of the Cancer Population Sciences Program at Dartmouth’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. She was also Director of the Division of Biomedical Informatics and Director of the New Hampshire Mammography Network. Dr. Onega served as Professor of Biomedical Data Science and Epidemiology at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine.
Dr. Onega earned her PhD from Dartmouth College in evaluative clinical sciences and clinical epidemiology. She received a Master of Science in health informatics from Northeastern University and a Master of Arts in geography from the University of Vermont. She received her Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Iowa and served as a physician assistant in primary care.