Cutter Lecture

Since 1912, the Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine has been one of the most respected institutionalized lectures in the fields of preventive medicine and Epidemiology. The Cutter lectures are administered by the Department of Epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health under the terms of the bequest from John Clarence Cutter, MD a graduate of the Harvard Medical School. In his will Dr. Cutter specified that the lectures should concern preventive medicine, should be delivered in Boston and should be free to the medical profession and the press.

The changing character of public health interests is reflected in the history of the Cutter lectures, but all have remained dedicated to enhancing the physical and social welfare of the world’s population.

The lecturers themselves have come from a variety of countries and fields of interests. While the majority of lecturers have been either American or British, many of the other European countries are represented, as well as the continents of Asia and Africa. Lecturers have been some of the most distinguished public health scientists, researchers and professionals, including the founders of modern Epidemiology and Nobel Prize recipients.


The Cutter Lecture:
Dimitrios Trichopoulos Memorial Symposium
December 2, 2015
Dimitrios TrichopoulosSpeakers and Presenters
Joseph B. Martin Center Amphitheater
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115


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The 161st Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine:Dane Vakerie Beral
May 6th, 2015
The Causes of Breast Cancer

Dame Valerie Beral, DBE, AC, FRS
Director, Cancer Epidemiology unit, University of Oxford

Photos from Lecture & Reception, Newsletter

The 160th Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine:
December 3rd 2014

Kenneth Rothman Photo“The Growing Rift Between Epidemiologists and Their Data”

Kenneth Rothman, DrPH
Professor, Epidemiology
Distinguished Fellow, Research Triangle Institute

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159th Cutter Lecture on Preventative Medicine-
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Hormonal Carcinogenesis Across the Life Course
Robert Nolan Hoover, M.D., Sc.D., S.M.Hyg
Director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program
Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics National Cancer Institute


158th Cutter Lecture on Preventative Medicine-Cutter-lecturer-with-Williams-and-Hunter
December 5th, 2013

Cardiovascular Cohort Studies in Times of Big Data and Financial Austerity: The Cardiovascular Health Study as One Model

Bruce M. Psaty, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Washington

szklo157th Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine – May 1, 2013

Semantic and Other Challenges in Translational Epidemiology

Moyses Szklo, MD, MPH, DrPH
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University

156th Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine – December 11, 2012
Evaluating Models for Personal Disease Riskwhittemore

Alice S. Whittemore, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Stanford University



155th Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine – May 9, 2012


Big Questions in Cancer Epidemiology – Confounding our Future
DR. Margaret Spitz, MD, MPH
Professor, Baylor College of Medicine,
Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention, and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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154th Cutter Lecture on Preventative Medicine – December 5, 2011

Prevention and Health Care Reformmcclellan

Mark B. McClellan, MD, PhD
Senior Fellow
Director, Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform
Leonard D. Schaeffer Chair in Health Policy Studies
Brookings Institution



153rd Cutter Lecture in Preventative Medicine – May 3, 2011
From Etiology to Prevention:The Case of Cervical Cancer

Dr. Nubia Muñoz, MD, MPH
Emeritus Professor of the National Cancer Institute of Columbia



152nd Cutter Lecture on Preventive Medicine – December 2, 2010

Clinical Trials and Epidemiology: Lessons from the National Wilms Tumor Study

Dr. Norman Breslow, PhD
University of Washington, Seattle