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Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MS

Eugene Lengerich, VMD, MS

Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences
Division of Health Services and Behavioral Research
Head, Section of Public Health Preparedness
Scientific Program:Cancer Control
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Research Interests

Dr. Eugene Lengerich joined the faculty of Penn State College of Medicine in July 1998. He is an epidemiologist with more than 25 years of experience in community- and clinic-based research to reduce the risk for acute and chronic diseases, especially among vulnerable populations. He has a special interest in translational research that addresses health disparities related to race, ethnicity or residence in a rural or Appalachian community. His research has received funding through the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lance Armstrong Foundation, American Cancer Society, Health Resources and Services Administration, Susan G. Komen Greater Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania Department of Health. Dr. Lengerich has more than 90 peer-reviewed publications and helped to develop digital atlases and story maps that visualize and disseminate disease surveillance data so as to inform future health research, policy development, and program implementation.

For Penn State Cancer Institute, he is the Associate Director for Health Disparities and Engagement and Director of the Community Sciences and Health Outcomes Shared Resource. Through these appointments, he fosters Cancer Institute member research to reduce cancer risk and improve cancer outcomes for residents of the 28-county Penn State Cancer Institute catchment area in central Pennsylvania. Dr. Lengerich and his wife also own and operate a small family farm in central Pennsylvania.

  • Neoplasms
  • Appalachian Region
  • Early Detection of Cancer
  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Incidence
  • Health
  • Mortality
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Population
  • Uterine Cervical Neoplasms
  • Public Health
  • Education

Clinical Trials

Cancer Incidence in the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute

Recent Publications


Ssentongo, P, McCall-Hosenfeld, JS, Calo, WA, Moss, J, Lengerich, EJ, Chinchilli, VM & Ba, DM 2022, 'Association of human papillomavirus vaccination with cervical cancer screening: A systematic review and meta-analysis', Medicine (United States), vol. 101, no. 28, e29329.
Ghahramani, N, Chinchilli, VM, Kraschnewski, JL, Lengerich, EJ & Sciamanna, CN 2022, 'Improving Caregiver Burden by a Peer-Led Mentoring Program for Caregivers of Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease: Randomized Controlled Trial', Journal of Patient Experience, vol. 9.


Shen, C, Klein, RW, Moss, JL, Dodge, DG, Chetlen, AL, Stahl, KA, Zhou, S, Leslie, DL, Ruffin, MT & Lengerich, EJ 2021, 'Association Between Dense Breast Legislation and Cancer Stage at Diagnosis', American Journal of Preventive Medicine, vol. 61, no. 6, pp. 890-899.
Rhodes, SD, Ballard, PJ, Moore, KR, Klein, K, Randall, I, Lischke, M, Vissman, AT, Lengerich, EJ, Daniel, SS & Skelton, JA 2021, 'Community-engaged research in translational science: Innovations to improve health in Appalachia', Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, vol. 5, no. 1, e200.
Nirmal, A, Kuzmik, A, Sznajder, K, Lengerich, E, Fredrick, NB, Chen, M, Hwang, W, Patil, R & Shaikh, B 2022, '‘If not for this support, I would have left the treatment!': Qualitative study exploring the role of social support on medication adherence among pulmonary tuberculosis patients in Western India', Global Public Health, vol. 17, no. 9, pp. 1945-1957.


Loloi, J, Lin, YK, Camacho, F, Lengerich, E & Raman, JD 2020, '25-Year Trends in Stage-Specific Incidence Rates for Bladder Cancer in a Large Statewide Registry', Bladder Cancer, vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 445-451.
Mama, SK, Bhuiyan, N, Bopp, MJ, McNeill, LH, Lengerich, EJ & Smyth, JM 2020, 'A faith-based mind-body intervention to improve psychosocial well-being among rural adults', Translational behavioral medicine, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 546-554.
Rao, P, Segel, JE, McGregor, LM, Lengerich, EJ, Drabick, JJ & Miller, B 2020, 'Attendance at National Cancer Institute and Children's Oncology Group Facilities for Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults with Cancer in Pennsylvania: A Population-Based Study', Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 47-54.
Roy, S, Moss, JL, Rodriguez-Colon, SM, Shen, C, Cooper, JD, Lennon, RP, Lengerich, EJ, Adelman, A, Curry, W & Ruffin, MT 2020, 'Examining Older Adults’ Attitudes and Perceptions of Cancer Screening and Overscreening: A Qualitative Study', Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, vol. 11.
Moss, JL, Roy, S, Shen, C, Cooper, JD, Lennon, RP, Lengerich, EJ, Adelman, A, Curry, W & Ruffin, MT 2020, 'Geographic Variation in Overscreening for Colorectal, Cervical, and Breast Cancer Among Older Adults', JAMA network open, vol. 3, no. 7, pp. e2011645.
Dominic, OG, Chinchilli, V, Wasserman, E, Curry, WJ, Kambic, DM, Caicedo, CH, Ramirez, AG, Ochoa, JA & Lengerich, EJ 2020, 'Impact of Social Support on Colorectal Cancer Screening among Adult Hispanics/Latinos: A Randomized Community-based Study in Central Pennsylvania', Cancer Prevention Research, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 531-542.
Geyer, NR, Kessler, FC & Lengerich, EJ 2020, 'LionVu 2.0 usability assessment for Pennsylvania, United States', ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, vol. 9, no. 11, 619.
Nirmal, AA, Rodríguez-Colón, SM, Costalas, S & Lengerich, EJ 2020, 'Patient navigation and cancer-related care: Policy solutions to improve access to Pennsylvania's complex system of care', Journal of Cancer Policy, vol. 25, 100231.
McDonald, AC, Wasserman, E, Lengerich, EJ, Raman, JD, Geyer, NR, Hohl, RJ & Wang, M 2020, 'Prostate cancer incidence and aggressiveness in appalachia versus non-appalachia populations in Pennsylvania by urban-rural regions, 2004–2014', Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention, vol. 29, no. 7, pp. 1365-1373.
Mama, SK, Bhuiyan, N, Foo, W, Segel, JE, Bluethmann, SM, Winkels, RM, Wiskemann, J, Calo, WA, Lengerich, EJ & Schmitz, KH 2020, 'Rural-urban differences in meeting physical activity recommendations and health status in cancer survivors in central Pennsylvania', Supportive Care in Cancer, vol. 28, no. 10, pp. 5013-5022.
Segel, JE & Lengerich, EJ 2020, 'Rural-urban differences in the association between individual, facility, and clinical characteristics and travel time for cancer treatment', BMC Public Health, vol. 20, no. 1, 196.
Wang, M, Wasserman, E, Geyer, N, Carroll, RM, Zhao, S, Zhang, L, Hohl, R, Lengerich, EJ & McDonald, AC 2020, 'Spatial patterns in prostate Cancer-specific mortality in Pennsylvania using Pennsylvania Cancer registry data, 2004-2014', BMC Cancer, vol. 20, no. 1, 394.
Geyer, NR, Moss, JL, Wang, M & Lengerich, EJ 2020, 'Spatial relationship between ambulatory surgery centers and colorectal cancer mortality within Pennsylvania, United States', Public Health, vol. 189, pp. 126-128.


Concilio, J, Macgregor-Skinner, G, Tswabki, BS & Lengerich, E 2019, 'A Mixed-Methods Analysis of the Spatial and Temporal Relationship Between Boko Haram Activity and Lassa Fever Incidence in Nigeria 2017-2018', Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, vol. 34, no. S1, pp. S150. <>
Epel, E, Green, P, Jeste, D, Koroukian, S, Lee, S, Lengerich, E, Marcus, M, Marquez, DX, Prohaska, T, Rhodes, L, Rudd, R, Stone, R, Tan, E, Thorpe, RJ, Toy, P, Tucker-Seeley, R & Holman, DM 2019, 'Highlights from an Expert Meeting on Opportunities for Cancer Prevention among Older Adults', Gerontologist, vol. 59, pp. S94-S101.
Wang, M, Chi, G, Bodovski, Y, Holder, SL, Lengerich, EJ, Wasserman, E & McDonald, AC 2020, 'Temporal and spatial trends and determinants of aggressive prostate cancer among Black and White men with prostate cancer', Cancer Causes and Control, vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 63-71.
Warrick, J & Lengerich, E 2019, 'Thyroid cancer overdiagnosis and malpractice climate', Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, vol. 143, no. 4, pp. 414-415.