Photo of Paolo Boffetta

Paolo Boffetta

  • PROFESSOR Medicine, Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • PROFESSOR Oncological Sciences
  • PROFESSOR Preventive Medicine
Print ProfilePrint Profile


  • MD, University of Turin

  • Internship, University Hospital Turin

  • MPH, Columbia University


    Dr. Boffetta moved to Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2010.  He is  Associate Director for Population Sciences of The Tisch Cancer Institute and Chief of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control of the Department of Oncological Sciences.  He is also the Bluhdorn Professor of International Community Medicine.

    Dr. Boffetta is Adjunct Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA), Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN), and the Catholic University of Rome (Italy).  He is also Affiliate Member of the R. Samuel McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada), and Senior Fellow of the Hellenic Health Foundation (Athens, Greece).

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cancer prevention

Read a press release on Dr. Boffetta's study of the relationship between high consumption of fruits and vegetables and risk of cancer.

Watch a video from on tea drinking habits and oesophageal cancer in Iran.


Boffetta P, La Vecchia C, Moolgavkar S. Chronic Effects of Air Pollution are Probably Overestimated. Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis 2015 May; 35(5).

Hashim D, Farhat Z, Wallenstein S, Manczuk M, Holcombe RF, Thorpe L, Schymura MJ, Lucchini RG, Boffetta P. Standardized cancer incidence disparities in Upper Manhattan New York City neighborhoods: the role of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and known risk factors. European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP) 2015 Jul;.

Winn DM, Lee YC, Hashibe M, Boffetta P. The INHANCE consortium: toward a better understanding of the causes and mechanisms of head and neck cancer. Oral diseases 2015 Sep; 21(6).

Goodman M, Narayan KM, Flanders D, Chang ET, Adami HO, Boffetta P, Mandel JS. Dose-response relationship between serum 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin and diabetes mellitus: a meta-analysis. American journal of epidemiology 2015 Mar; 181(6).

Boffetta P, Hayes RB, Sartori S, Lee YA, Muscat J, Olshan A, Winn DM, Castellsagué X, Zhang ZF, Morgenstern H, Chen C, Schwartz SM, Vaughan TL, Wunsch-Filho V, Purdue M, Koifman S, Curado MP, Vilensky M, Gillison M, Fernandez L, Menezes A, Daudt AW, Schantz S, Yu G, D'Souza G, Haddad RI, La Vecchia C, Hashibe M. Mouthwash use and cancer of the head and neck: a pooled analysis from the International Head and Neck Cancer Epidemiology Consortium. European journal of cancer prevention : the official journal of the European Cancer Prevention Organisation (ECP) 2015 Aug;.

Boffetta P, Bobak M, Borsch-Supan A, Brenner H, Eriksson S, Grodstein F, Jansen E, Jenab M, Juerges H, Kampman E, Kee F, Kuulasmaa K, Park Y, Tjonneland A, van Duijn C, Wilsgaard T, Wolk A, Trichopoulos D, Bamia C, Trichopoulou A. The Consortium on Health and Ageing: Network of Cohorts in Europe and the United States (CHANCES) project--design, population and data harmonization of a large-scale, international study. European journal of epidemiology 2014 Dec; 29(12).

Corbex M, Bouzbid S, Boffetta P. Features of breast cancer in developing countries, examples from North-Africa. European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990) 2014 Jul; 50(10).

Malhotra J, Sartori S, Brennan P, Zaridze D, Szeszenia-Dabrowska N, Świątkowska B, Rudnai P, Lissowska J, Fabianova E, Mates D, Bencko V, Gaborieau V, Stücker I, Foretova L, Janout V, Boffetta P. Effect of occupational exposures on lung cancer susceptibility: a study of gene-environment interaction analysis. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology 2015 Mar; 24(3).

Tao MH, Zhou J, Rialdi AP, Martinez R, Dabek J, Scelo G, Lissowska J, Chen J, Boffetta P. Indoor air pollution from solid fuels and peripheral blood DNA methylation: findings from a population study in Warsaw, Poland. Environmental research 2014 Oct; 134.

Dar NA, Bhat GA, Shah IA, Iqbal B, Rafiq R, Nabi S, Lone MM, Islami F, Boffetta P. Salt tea consumption and esophageal cancer: a possible role of alkaline beverages in esophageal carcinogenesis. International journal of cancer. Journal international du cancer 2015 Mar; 136(6).

Islami F, Moreira DM, Boffetta P, Freedland SJ. A systematic review and meta-analysis of tobacco use and prostate cancer mortality and incidence in prospective cohort studies. European urology 2014 Dec; 66(6).

Levovitz C, Chen D, Ivansson E, Gyllensten U, Finnigan JP, Alshawish S, Zhang W, Schadt EE, Posner MR, Genden EM, Boffetta P, Sikora AG. TGFβ receptor 1: an immune susceptibility gene in HPV-associated cancer. Cancer research 2014 Dec; 74(23).

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Below are financial relationships with industry reported by Dr. Boffetta during 2014 and/or 2015. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.


  • ENVIRON Global; Eni S.p.A.; European Medicines Agency (EMA); Exponent; ILVA Steelworks; International Prevention Research Institute (iPRI); Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.; Monsanto Company; Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

Edit profile in Sinai Central


17 East 102 Street Floor 4th Floor Room 4-110
New York, NY 10029

Tel: 212-824-7378


17 East 102 Street Floor 4 West Room 110
New York, NY 10029