Alan B. Cantor, PhD

Division of Preventive Medicine

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 647
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 934-5876
Fax: (205) 934-4262

Research Interests

  • Survival Analysis
  • Cure Models
  • Power and Sample Size Calculations

Educational Background


  • Palm Beach Junior College AA – 1960 Arts
  • University of Florida BS – 1962 Mathematics Education
  • Appalachian State University MA – 1964 Mathematics
  • University of South Carolina PhD – 1972 Mathematics


  • Summer Institute in Mathematics, Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, 1966
  • Summer Institute in Mathematics, Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1967
  • Summer Research Fellow, Savannah River Laboratory, AEC, Computer Applications Division, Aiken, South Carolina, 1973
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellow in Biostatistics, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, 1976-1978
  • Summer Institute in Biostatistics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1977

Professional Activities


  • American Statistical Association (Former President of State Chapter)
  • Society for Clinical Trials
  • Biometric Society


  • Research and Development Committee, Charleston VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC, 1978-1983
  • Graduate School Curriculum Committee, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 1978-1983
  • Committee, Hines VA Hospital, Hines, IL, 1984-87
  • Scientific Review Committee, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL, 1994-2006; (vice chair 1996-2006)
  • Protocol Monitoring Committee, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL, 1996-2002. (co-chair)
  • Scientific Leadership Council, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL, 1996-2002.
  • Clinical Research Council, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL, 1997-1999.
  • DIO Department APT Committee, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL, 2000-2006.
  • Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute, Tampa, FL, 2003- 2006
  • Biostatistics & Bioinformatics Shared Facility Search Committee, 2009
  • Steering Committee, Neurofibromatosis Consortium, 2009-Present


  • Obesity, 2009
  • Journal of the American Medical Association, 2009
  • Journal of the American Statistical Association, 1994-Present
  • Medical and Pediatric Oncology, 1995-Present.
  • Psychological Methods, 1996-Present.
  • Statistical Editor, Cancer Control Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center, 2003—2006
  • Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • American Statistician
  • American Journal of Surgery

Selected Recent Publications

  • Rossman J, Reddy V, Cantor A, Miley D, Robert F. Phase II study of dose-intense chemotherapy with sequential topoisomerase-targeting regimens with irinotecan/oxaliplatin followed by etoposide/carboplatin in chemotherapy naive patients with extensive small cell lung cancer.  Lung Cancer. 2011 May; 72(2):219-23. PMID:20934233
  • Filiano AN, Fathallah-Shaykh HM, Fiveash J, Gage J, Cantor A, Kharbanda S, Johnson MR. Gene expression analysis in radiotherapy patients and C57BL/6 mice as a measure of exposure to ionizing radiation. Radiation Research. 2011 Jul;176(1):49-61. PMID: 21361780
  • De Los Santos J, Bernreuter W, Keene K, Krontiras H, Carpenter J, Bland K, Cantor A, Forero A. Accuracy of breast MRI in predicting pathologic response in patients treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy . Clinical Breast Cancer Journal 2011 Aug 9  PMID:21831721
  • Costa FP, de Oliveira AC, Meirelles R, Machado MC, Zanesco T, Surjan R, Chammas MC, Rocha S, Morgan D, Cantor A, Zimmerman J, Brezovich I, Kuster N, Barbault A, Pasche B.  Treatment of advanced hepatocellular carcinoma with very low levels of amplitude-modulated electromagnetic fields.  British Medical Journal. 2011 Aug 23; 105(5):640-8.  PMID: 21829195 PMCID:PMC3188936
  • Barry MJ, Meleth S, Lee JY, Kreder KJ, Avins AL, Nickel JC, Roehrborn CG, Crawford ED, Foster HE, Kaplan SA, McCullough A, Andriole GL, Naslund MJ, Williams OD, Kusek JW, Meyers CM, Betz JM, Cantor A, McVary KT.  Effect of increasing doses of saw palmetto on lower urinary tract symptoms: a randomized trial.  Journal of American Medical Association.  2011 Sep; 306 (12):1344-51 PMID: 21954478 PMCID:PMC3326341
  • Qin Y, Xu J, Aysola K, Opera G, Reddy A, Matthews R, Okoli J, Cantor A, Grizzle WE, Partridge EE, Reddy ESP, Landen C, Rao VN.  BRCA1 proteins regulate growth of ovarian cancer cells by tethering Ubc9.  American Journal Cancer Research 2012; Aug 20 2(5):540-548.  PMID:22957306 PMCID:PMC3433105
  • Cody J, Scaturro P, Cantor A, Gillespie Y, Parker J, Markert J.  Preclinical evaluation of oncolytic δγ(1)34.5 herpes simplex virus expressing interleukin-12 for therapy of breast cancer brain metastases.  International Journal of Breast Cancer.  2012 Dec 31.  PMID:23346408 PMCID:PMC3549352
  • Blair CK, Madan-Swain A, Locher JL, Desmond RA, De Los Santos J, Affuso O, Glover T, Smith K, Carley J, Lipsitz M, Sharma A, Krontiras H, Cantor A, Demark-Wahnefried W. Harvest for health gardening intervention feasibility study in cancer survivors. 2013 January. Acta Oncologica.   2013 Feb 26.  PMID:  23438359 PMCID:PMC3718632
  • De Los Santos J, Cantor A, Keith D. Amos KD, Forero A, Golshan M, Horton JK,  Hudis CA, Hylton NM,  McGuire K, Meric-Bernstam F,  Meszoely IM,  Nanda R,  Hwang ES,  Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Predictor of Pathologic Response in Patients Treated with Neoadjuvant Systemic Treatment for Operable Breast Cancer (TBCRC 017). Cancer Research.  2013 Feb 21.  PMID:  23436342
  • Andriole GL, McCullum-Hill C, Gurdarshan SS, Crawford ED, Barry MJ, Cantor A.  The effect of increasing doses of Saw Palmetto fruit extract on serum PSA levels: analysis of the CAMUS randomized trial.  The Journal of Urology. , 2013 Feb, 189(2):486-92. PMID: 23253958


  • Recipient of A.E.C. Summer Research Participation Grant, 1973
  • Listed in Outstanding American Educators, 1974-1975
  • Recipient of NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1976
  • Listed in Outstanding Young Men of America, 1978
  • Outstanding Performance Award, Hines VA Hospital, 1984-1987
  • Listed in Who’s Who in the Midwest, 1985