Thomas Tucker, PhD
Markey Cancer Center / Cancer Prevention and Control Program
2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A230
Lexington, KY 40504-3381
Contact: | 859.218.3179



PhD, Medical Sociology

University of Kentucky


MPH, Medical Care Organization

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


BA, Political Science

University of Kansas



Dr. Thomas Tucker is a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. He joined the faculty of the former UK School of Public Health in 2000, as an associate professor with tenure, having previously served in the UK College of Health Sciences, where he began as an assistant professor in 1984. In 2004 he became Founding Chair of the UK College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Tucker is presently associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control and senior director for Cancer Surveillance at the UK Markey Cancer Center. In 2012 he received the National Program of Cancer Registries 20th Anniversary Public Health Award for Significant Contributions in Cancer Prevention and Control from the CDC. In 2002 Tucker received the Calum S. Muir Award for lifetime contributions to cancer surveillance from the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries. A member of numerous international boards and committees, Tucker is author or co-author of 75 peer-reviewed publications. He is PI or co-PI on five current grants, including $10.4 million from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program and $2.4 million from the National Comprehensive Cancer Control Program (NCCCP).

Research Interests:
  • Cancer epidemiology
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Cervical cancer
  • Patterns of care for cancer
  • Appalachia
  • Cancer registries