Laurence N. Kolonel, MD, PhD

Laurence N. Kolonel, MD, PhD

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Retired Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center

Academic Appointment(s):
Emeritus Professor (Researcher), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Emeritus Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Hawaiʻi

MD, Harvard Medical School
MPH, PhD, Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
Residency in Preventive Medicine, University of California, Berkeley
Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine


2013 - American Association for Cancer Research-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
2012 - Career Achievement Award, National Cancer Institute
2009 - Visiting Scholar (NCI, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics)
2005 - Scientist of the Year (ARCS, Honolulu Chapter)
2005 - Visiting Scholar (NCI, Division of Cancer Control & Population Sciences)
2003 - Regents Medal for Excellence in Research (University of Hawaiʻi)
2002 - MERIT Award (National Cancer Institute)
1990+ - Who's Who in America
1970 - Delta Omega (Public Health Honor Society)
1964 - Magna cum Laude (B.A.)
1963 - Phi Beta Kappa

Research Focus

My primary research interests have long focused on the contribution of lifestyle (particularly dietary factors, and more recently, genetic susceptibility factors) to the etiology of cancer in ethnically diverse and migrant populations; and on how this knowledge can contribute to the primary prevention of cancer. Most of my work in the past several years has utilized the resources of the Multiethnic Cohort Study, which I initiated with colleagues in 1993, and which continues to make notable contributions to the advancement of epidemiologic research on cancer and other chronic diseases.

Selected Publications

Park SY, Wilkens LR, Morris JS, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. (2013). Serum zinc and prostate cancer risk in a nested case-control study: The multiethnic cohort. Prostate; 73(3):261-266. Epub 2012/08/02. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3494750.

Park SY, Cooney RV, Wilkens LR, Murphy SP, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. (2010). Plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D and prostate cancer risk: the multiethnic cohort. Eur J Cancer; 46(5):932-936. Epub 2010/01/13. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2834847.

Park SY, Wilkens LR, Franke AA, Le Marchand L, Kakazu KK, Goodman MT, Murphy SP, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. (2009). Urinary phytoestrogen excretion and prostate cancer risk: a nested case-control study in the Multiethnic Cohort. Br J Cancer; 101(1):185-191. Epub 2009/06/19. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2713708.

Le Marchand L, White KK, Nomura AM, Wilkens LR, Selhub JS, Tiirikainen M, Goodman MT, Murphy SP, Henderson BE, Kolonel LN. (2009). Plasma levels of B vitamins and colorectal cancer risk: the multiethnic cohort study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev; 18(8):2195-2201. Epub 2009/08/08. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2978659.

Kolonel LN, Altshuler D, Henderson BE. (2004). The multiethnic cohort study: exploring genes, lifestyle and cancer risk. Nat Rev Cancer; 4(7):519-27. Epub 2004/07/02. doi: 10.1038/nrc1389. PubMed PMID: 15229477.

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