Bernard Levin earned his medical degree from the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School in Johannesburg, South Africa. He held academic appointments in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago and then served as Chair of the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Digestive Diseases at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center until his appointment as Vice President for Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences. He retired from MD Anderson Cancer Center in November 2007 and was appointed as Professor Emeritus. He has served as Chair of the American Cancer Society’s National Advisory Task Force on Colorectal Cancer, founding co-chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, President of the International Society of Gastrointestinal Carcinogenesis and founding Chair of the World Gastroenterology Organization Foundation whose mission is to raise funds for the training of gastroenterologists in low-resource countries. He was co-editor, with Peter Boyle, of the “World Cancer Report” published by IARC/WHO in December 2008. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. His research interests include molecular markers for detection of colorectal cancer and better methods for enhancing public awareness of colorectal cancer prevention. His public health interests lie in enhancing medical care in developing countries.