Dr. Gery P. Guy Jr.

Health Economist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Gery P. Guy Jr.

Health Economist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


My first project at the CDC examined the health and economic burden of skin cancer. What struck me was not only the substantial burden imposed by skin cancer, but the fact that much of it can be prevented. The opportunity to prevent skin cancer and make a difference continues to drive my work.

Gery P. Guy Jr., PhD, MPH, is a health economist in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control’s Epidemiology and Applied Research Branch. Dr. Guy’s areas of research include health insurance, health care access and utilization, cost of illness, and cost effectiveness. Dr. Guy has led research projects examining the economic burden of skin cancer, indoor tanning in the United States, the economic burden of cancer survivorship, and the costs and cost-effectiveness of colorectal cancer screening.

Dr. Guy received his undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester, a master of public health in health policy from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and a doctorate in health services research and health policy with a concentration in economics from Emory University. In 2013, he completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Prevention Effectiveness at CDC. He is a recipient of the CDC Steven M. Teutsch Prevention Effectiveness Fellowship Outstanding Fellow Award.

Recent relevant articles Dr. Guy has authored include:

  • Vital Signs: Melanoma incidence and mortality trends and projections—United States, 1982–2030.
  • Prevalence and costs of skin cancer treatment in the U.S., 2002-2006 and 2007-2011
  • Trends in indoor tanning among U.S. high school students, 2009–2013

All session by Dr. Gery P. Guy Jr.