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 James Allison, MD
UCSF and Kaiser Division of Research

Dr. Jim Allison is Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus at UCSF, a member of the Division of Gastroenterology at UCSF and, Emeritus Investigator at Kaiser's Division of Research in northern California. He received his medical training at the University of Rochester, UCLA and UCSF and he began his medical career at Kaiser San Rafael in 1974 transferring to Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in 1977. There he was a full-time internist/ gastroenterologist, educator (Assistant Program Director - Internal Medicine) and clinical researcher. In 1996 he received the Lowell Beal MD Award 'in appreciation of his example of academic excellence combined with warm humanity.' He retired as a clinician from Kaiser in 1998, and was invited to join the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) faculty as Clinical Professorof Medicine Emeritus and to continue at Kaiser's Division of Research as an Emeritus Investigator.

His clinical and research interests are focused on all screening tests for colon cancer but in particular the stool tests. He is a national and international authority on the fecal immunochemical test for Hemoglobin (FIT) and a founding member of the 'FIT for Screening' Expert Working Group (EWG) of the International Screening Committee of the World Endoscopy organization (WEO).His work has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, The New England Journal of Medicine, Gastroenterology, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute and other peer reviewed journals. In 2003, he received the Bay Area Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation's Premier Physician Award, and in 2004, the American Gastroenterological Association's (AGA) Distinguished Clinician Award. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Gastroenterological Association.

Since 2000, Jim has been an ad hoc consultant to the Centers for Disease Control, National Cancer Institute, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and, several state departments of Public Health (California, Maine, Kentucky, and New York). He is a member of the Board of the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4) and an advisor to the UC Berkeley Department of Public Health Research program and, he has worked with the local American Cancer Society (ACS) and C4 to help San Francisco Bay Area health care groups establish FIT based CRC screening programs promoting increased CRC screening in the uninsured and underserved community.