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Leah Zullig, PhD, MPH


Dr. Leah Zullig is a health services researcher and implementation scientist at the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation. She is also the Deputy Director of the PhD fellowship program at the Center. Dr. Zullig is an Associate Professor in the Duke Department of Population Health Sciences and Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She co-leads the Cancer Prevention and Control group at the Duke Cancer Institute. Dr. Zullig’s overarching research interests address the reduction of healthcare disparities, improving cancer care delivery and quality, supporting medication adherence, and promoting cancer survivorship and chronic disease self-management. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.


While many members of my family are Veterans, my first real experience with the VA was working as a project coordinator overseeing a national cancer care collaborative. I was immediately hooked. Work in a research and clinical care community around a shared goal of delivering the best care to our nation’s Veterans was exciting. The ability to access data in near real time for the benefit of our patients held great appeal. The VA presented a unique opportunity to collaboratively improve and transform care delivery in a meaningful way. I continued working in VA research throughout my doctoral training, career development award, and remain committed to VA research.


  • Fellowship, Mentored Training for Dissemination & Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC), Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2015
  • PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2013
  • MPH, Public Health Administration, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, 2004


  • Implementing evidence-based practices and programs
  • The intersection of chronic disease self-management and cancer survivorship care
  • Improving cancer care delivery and quality

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