Connecting cancer research to our communities

Using innovative and collaborative approaches, Elisa M. Rodriguez, PhD, leads cancer and health disparities research that spans disciplines, engages underrepresented and underserved populations, and facilitates the translation and dissemination of findings into the community.  

She served as Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s first-ever Chief Diversity and Equity Officer for Faculty. She’s currently the Vice President and Associate Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

Lab Research

Engaging diverse community partners to address health disparities

Figure from a scientific research study

Dr. Rodriguez’s research investigates the social determinants and behavioral factors that influence racial and ethnic minority health status and health outcomes related to chronic disease conditions, as well as cancer prevention and control efforts among medically underserved populations.

Research focusPublications

News & media

You’ll see Dr. Rodriguez in the community advocating for health equity in cancer research and treatment.

Read the headlines


Get to know Dr. Rodriguez and her research and community outreach team.

Meet our team
Elisa Rodriguez, PhD, MS

"I enjoy working with community partners, doctors, advocates and educators. This engagement fosters trustworthiness between high-risk communities and academic partners. It’s about combining our strengths to accelerate improvements in health and reaching communities who need access to cancer prevention."

Contact Information

Connect with the Rodriguez Lab

Phone: 716-845-5953
Fax: 716-845-8487

Department of Cancer Prevention and Control
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, NY 14263