Mark Doescher, MD, MSPH

Co‐Leader, Cancer Prevention & Control Program

Dr. Doescher co-leads the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Cancer Center. As program co-leader, Doescher coordinates a large and diverse team of investigators focused on cancer prevention and control. The program specifically aims to develop new strategies to improve quality of life, quality of care and access to care for rural and minority patients, with a special emphasis on initiatives to address health disparities among Oklahoma's American Indian communities.

Dr. Doescher's research examines patterns of care among rural communities. Recently, his work focused on whether rural patients are receiving recommended therapy for breast, prostate and other types of cancers. He and fellow researchers also recently examined national trends in colorectal cancer screening among rural adults aged 50 and older. In addition, Doescher currently is conducting research funded by the National Institutes of Health that examines exercise and patterns of health in rural towns.


Degree-Granting Institutions

Master of Science in Public Health, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO
Doctor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Master of Art, Teaching, National Lewis University, Evanston, IL
Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL

Post-Graduate Training

Family Medicine Residency, Highland Hospital, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Preventative Medicine/Public Health Residency, University of Colorado Helath Sciencese Center, Denver, CO
Family Medicine Internship, A.F. Williams Family Medicine Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO

Grant Funding:

P20CA202921, Spicer (PI)
NIH/NCI  $1,200,000
Role, OUHSC Site PI
Cherokee Nation/Stephenson Cancer Center Collaborative on Cancer Disparities
The four-year collaboration between the Cherokee Nation and the Stephenson Cancer Center has the explicit goal of creating the capacity to address tobacco-related cancer disparities in the Cherokee Nation through a linked program of pilot research, training and education for new investigators and students. Dr. Doescher is the OUHSC Site PI and also an Investigator with Drs. Rhoades and Wagener for the embedded pilot study “Vaping among Smokers: A Cherokee Nation Cohort Study.” This study will characterize how dual use of electronic cigarettes affects patterns of smoking, nicotine addiction, and toxicant exposures over an 18-month period for adult AI who smoke.

08/01/13 – 07/31/18
U54GM104938, James (PI)
NIH/NIGMS  $4,000,000
Role, Community Engagement KCA/Core Co-Director
Oklahoma Shared Clinical and Translational Resources
The Community Engagement KCA: facilitates bidirectional relationships between researchers and communities with an emphasis on primary care clinicians, pharmacists, and American Indian communities; expands community test sites by enhancing three practice-based research networks (family practice/general internal medicine, pediatrics, and pharmacy); and helps build a system wide dissemination/implementation/diffusion infrastructure consisting of county health improvement organizations linked to each other and to academic research partners. We also are providing assistance to the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board, which includes 43 federally recognized tribes and at least 38 tribal and IHS health systems and facilities in Oklahoma

GM110786 S. Khan, Cherokee Nation (PI)
Role, OUHSC Project Director
Cherokee Nation Native American Research Centers for Health (Cherokee NARCH)
I serve as the OUHSC program director for this Cherokee Nation grant that is funded primarily through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and administered through the Indian Health Service (IHS). Nationally, NARCH supports partnerships between American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes or tribally-based organizations and institutions that conduct intensive academic-level biomedical research. The aims of Cherokee NARCH are to: 1) reduce health disparities by encouraging competitive research linked to the health priorities of the Cherokee Nation; 2). increase the capacity of Cherokee Nation and OUHSC to work in partnership to reduce distrust by tribes toward research; and 3) develop a cadre of AI/AN scientists and health professionals engaged in biomedical research who will be competitive in securing NIH funding.

Selected Publications:

Currently Submitted      

 Rhoades DA, Wagener T, Beebe L, Ding K, Dvorak J, Doescher MP. Electronic cigarettes among American Indian youth in Oklahoma. Addictive Behviors. Revised and resubmitted.  

 Rhoades DA, Hawkins M, Norton, B, Branam D, Cannady TK, Dvorak J, Ding K, Olson A, Doescher MP. Choctaw Nation youth sun exposure survey. Journal of Adolescent Health. Revised and resubmitted.

 Lee C. Lee C Stewart OT, Carlos HA, Adachi-Mejia AM, Berke EM, Doescher MP. Neighborhood Environments and Utilitarian Walking among Older versus Younger Rural Adults. Environment and Behavior. Revised and resubmitted. 


 Adachi-Mejia AJ, Lee C, Lee C, Carlos HA, Saelens BE, Berke EM, Doescher MP. Geographic variation in the relationship between body mass index and the built environment. Preventive Medicine. In press.

Stewart OT, Carlos HA, Lee C, Berke EM, Hurvitz PM, Li L, Moudon AV, Doescher MP. Secondary GIS built environment data for health research: Guidance for data development. Journal of Transport & Health. In press. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jth.2015.12.003.    

Doescher MP, Lee C, Saelens BE, Lee C, Berke EM, Adachi-Mejia AM, Patterson DG. Moudon AV. Utilitarian and recreational walking among Spanish- and English-speaking Latino adults in micropolitan US towns. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. J Immigr Minor Health. 2016 Mar 18.                     

Stewart OT, Moudon AV, Saelens BE, Lee C, Kang B, Doescher MP. Comparing associations between the built environment and walking in rural small towns and a large metropolitan area. Environment and Behavior. 2016 48(1) 13-36.                   

Doescher MP, Lee C, Berke EM, Adachi-Mejia AM, Lee CK, Stewart O, Patterson DG, Hurvitz PM, Carlos HA, Duncan GE, Moudon AV. The built environment and utilitarian walking in small U.S. towns. Prev Med. 2014 Dec; 69:80-6.         

 Doescher MP, Andrilla CH, Skillman SM, Morgan P, Kaplan L. The contribution of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners toward rural primary care: findings from a 13-state survey. Med Care. 2014 Jun;52(6):549-56. 

 Baldwin LM, Andrilla CH, Porter MP, Rosenblatt RA, Patel S, Doescher MP. Treatment of Early Stage Prostate Cancer among Rural and Urban Patients. Cancer. 2012 2013 Aug 15;119(16):3067-75.