Iris Zachary, PhD

Iris Zachary, PhD

Health Management and Informatics

Director, Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center
Associate Research Professor



Dr. Zachary’s research is focused on cancer informatics and surveillance and public health informatics to maximize the use of data to improve health outcomes. She is the Director of the Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center MCR  and has led the effort for MCR to be added as one of seven Central Cancer Registries to the NCI SEER Program as MCR SEER Research Registry. Cancer registries provide reliable cancer data essential for planning and monitoring of cancer control programs, disease patterns, screening and prevention, and other types of research related to tumor characteristics and treatment. Dr. Zachary's cancer research collaboration aids the study of cancer diagnoses patterns and evaluation of cancer prevention plans. 

Dr. Zachary leads the Graduate Certificate Program for Informatics for Public Health IPH with continued work and collaborations to connect communities, organizations and stakeholders, through informatics tools and information technology to build capacity to respond and prepare for future public health challenges and opportunities.

Academic Information

Director, Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center
Associate Research Professor
P. 573-884-0301

Research Interests

  • Public health informatics
  • Chronic disease and condition data
  • Public health research development
  • Cancer informatics
  • Connected communities

Areas of Expertise

  • Cancer Surveillance Informatics
  • Public Health Informatics

Education & Training

Post-Graduate School

MS, PhD, University of Missouri

Awards & Honors

  • 2020 Ann K. Covington Award, recognizing faculty mentoring of undergraduate applicants for nationally competitive fellowships
  • 2017 American Public Health Association Health Informatics and Information Technology Section HIIT APHA  
  • 2017 Outstanding Leadership Service Award
  • 2014 MU University Faculty Scholar

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