Dr. Anna Taranova is Deputy Chief Public Health, Innovation and Equity Officer at the University Health in San Antonio, the largest public health system and academic medical center in South Texas. She has over 20 years of experience in cancer research and prevention through her work at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Mayo Clinic, and University Health. Dr. Taranova received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Moscow Medical Academy and her Master of Science degree in Regulatory Affairs for Drugs, Biologics, and Medical Devices from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, where she holds faculty appointment.
Dr. Taranova leads interdisciplinary teams that focus on disease prevention and health equity, including the first Hospital at Home program and the largest Family-Focused HIV clinic in South Texas. Dr. Taranova's cancer research expertise and passion for health equity well positioned her to lead cancer prevention programs, including those funded by CPRIT. She co-directs two CPRIT-funded programs: Hep C – C.A.R.E to prevent hepatocellular carcinoma through optimizing screening of underserved minority populations and the Navigation to Tobacco Cessation Program in population at risk for HIV. Her prior CPRIT funding support includes HepVISTA, Hepatitis Viral Infection and Systematic Treatment Program. In addition, Dr. Taranova directs telemedicine activities of the Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies program, and she is the Project Director of Special Project of National Significance to Improve HIV Prevention and Health Outcomes for Racial and Ethnic Minorities, both funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration.
For achievements in cancer research, disease prevention and improved access to care, Dr. Taranova and her teams have been recognized with prestigious awards, including the American Association for Cancer Research Scholar-In-Training, America's Essential Hospitals Gage Award, and most recently, the Texas Hospital Association Bill Aston Award for Quality and the 2023 Health Care Heroes Award.Sessions: