Eric Durbin DrPH, MS


  • 2365 Harrodsburg Road, Suite A230 (off campus)
  • 859-218-3182

ORCID: 0000-0002-5600-7645


  • Cancer informatics
  • Precision cancer surveillance
  • Natural language processing
  • Cancer epidemiology

Research areas

Academic appointment

  • Assistant Professor, Division of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Internal Medicine

Administrative appointment

  • Director, Cancer Research Informatics Shared Resource Facility, Markey Cancer Center
  • Director, Kentucky Cancer Registry


  • PhD in Computer Science and Biology; Transylvania University; Lexington, KY
  • MS in Computer Science; University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY
  • DrPH in Epidemiology; University of Kentucky; Lexington, KY


Dr. Durbin has over 28 years of experience in population-based cancer surveillance and informatics support for basic, clinical and translational cancer research. His research interests include precision cancer surveillance, pathology informatics, natural language processing and cancer epidemiology. His current research is focused on the integration of –omics data to support decision-making in precision medicine, early capture of pediatric and young adult cancer cases, the development of natural language processing methods to derive clinical biomarkers from electronic pathology reports, automated methods to identify cancer patients for study recruitment and the augmentation of central registry treatment data from insurance claims. He and his team have also developed widely adopted mobile device apps for the dissemination of information vital to the planning and evaluation of cancer prevention and control activities.


  • 2008, Constance L. Percy Award for Distinguished Service, North American Association of Central Cancer Registries
  • 2013, Induction, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Publications and other works