Christine Molmenti, PhD, MPH is a cancer epidemiologist and clinical researcher focused on the primary and secondary prevention of colorectal cancer through screening/early detection and lifestyle.
Over the past 15 years, Dr. Molmenti has conducted dietary-based cancer chemoprevention clinical trials and epidemiologic pooling studies specifically focused on colorectal cancer, colorectal polyps/adenomas, and risk factors related to the occurrence and recurrence of aerodigestive tract cancers. Dr. Molmenti is a leading authority on evidence-based research associated with the links between body weight, diet, physical activity, and cancer risk.
Dr. Molmenti completed a 3-year NCI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and an NIH Fellowship in Patient-Oriented Research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. She received her Doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and a Master in Public Health from the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Molmenti’s research focuses on dietary and lifestyle patterns associated with young onset colorectal cancer risk. She is also Principal Investigator of an externally funded study on the familial impact of advanced colorectal polyps among relatives of young onset colorectal cancer patients. She was Co-Investigator on the Microbiome Exercise Tracking Study at Columbia University Medical Center and was co-author on a recent study investigating complementary and alternative medicine use among post-menopausal women enrolled in The Sister Study: an NIH cohort study to assess environmental and genetic risk factors for breast cancer. Dr. Molmenti received the Early Investigator Award from the Society for Integrative Oncology for this work.
Dr. Molmenti has published widely in the medical literature, and she is the author of the book High Powered Foods for High Powered Execs, featured at a recent Discovery Channel retreat. She authored the chapter: Nutrition and Cancer Chemoprevention within an Integrative Health Promotion Model in Cancer Rehabilitation and Survivorship; Transdisciplinary Approaches to Personalized Care. She also co-authored chapters in Bioactive Compounds and Cancer (Cancer prevention with berries: Role of anthocyanins) and Berries and Cancer Prevention (Effects of black raspberries on cellular and epigenetic biomarkers of colon cancer development in humans).
Dr. Molmenti currently serves as Chair of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable Advanced Polyp Working Group, Co-Chair of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance Peer Review Grants Program, Science Analyst for the American Institute for Cancer Research, and Member of the Colorectal Cancer Alliance Medical Scientific Advisory Committee. With her Northwell colleagues, she has pioneered the effort to launch the first Fast Track Colonoscopy Screening Program for Northwell Health employees.
Dr. Molmenti has been part of the Canyon Ranch family for over 12 years, most recently as the Partnerships and Policies Director of Canyon Ranch Institute, as Task Force Member on the Surgeons General National Call to Action on Cancer Prevention and Survivorship, and as a Practitioner in the Canyon Ranch Heal and Healing Department, providing clinical guidance to Canyon Ranch guests on weight management, diabetes, eating for optimum health, and cancer prevention and survivorship. Dr. Molmenti helped found and grow the Canyon Ranch Institute with Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th Surgeon General of the United States through the implementation of integrative approaches to wellness and prevention among communities across the US. She also helped launch the Canyon Ranch at Home Telemedicine Program and continues to serve as a guest lecturer for Canyon Ranch in Tucson, AZ and Lenox, MA. She co-authored the chapter “The 30-Day Eating Plan—Maximizing Brain Function through Nutrition” in Canyon Ranch’s 30 Days to Better Brain: A Groundbreaking Program for Improving your Memory, Concentration, Mood, and Overall Well-Being.
Dr. Molmenti has been part of the national discussion on cancer prevention and survivorship, obesity, diet, physical activity, and integrative health and wellness over the past two decades.