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Mara Meyer Epstein ScD, ScM

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan Medical School
DepartmentMedicine
AddressUMass Chan Medical School
368 Plantation Street AS6-1065
Worcester MA 01605
Phone508-856-3305
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    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentMedicine
    DivisionGeriatric Medicine

    InstitutionT.H. Chan School of Medicine
    DepartmentPopulation and Quantitative Health Sciences

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentClinical Population Health Research

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentMasters in Clinical Investigation

    InstitutionMorningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    DepartmentPostbaccalaureate Research Education Program

    InstitutionTan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing
    DepartmentGraduate School of Nursing


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    Emory University, Atlanta, GA, United StatesBSBiology
    Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United StatesMSEpidemiology
    Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United StatesDOCP
    Harvard University School of Public Health, Boston, MA, United StatesSCDEpidemiology

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    Education

    ScD, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010
    ScM, Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2007
    BS, Biology, Emory University, 2005

    Fellowships

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, 2010-12
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, 2012-13

    Research Interests

    Research areas of interest: hematological cancers and precursor conditions, prostate cancer, inflammation and cancer, nutritional epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, cancer survival, cancer screening, electronic health data

    Dr. Epstein is a cancer epidemiologist with a research focus on hematological cancers, specifically multiple myeloma and its precursor, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. She is also interested in examining predictors of survival among cancer patients, and utilizing large population-based datasets to examine trends in mortality and cancer screening practices. Dr. Epstein's current work focuses on utilizing electronic health records and health claims data to conduct epidemiologic research and to develop case-finding data algorithms. Her past projects have included molecular and nutritional epidemiology analyses related to prostate and hematological cancers. She is a faculty member in the Division of Health Systems Science at UMass Chan and at the Meyers Health Care Institute, a former participant in the Cancer Research Network Scholars Program, and an AGING Initiative Multiple Chronic Conditions Scholar. She is also the site Principal Investigator at UMMS for the NIH-funded All of Us Research Program.



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    1. Joseph CLM, Tang A, Chesla DW, Epstein MM, Pawloski PA, Stevens AB, Waring SC, Ahmedani BK, Johnson CC, Peltz-Rauchman CD. Demographic differences in willingness to share electronic health records in the All of Us Research Program. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2022 06 14; 29(7):1271-1278. PMID: 35472083.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. Castañeda-Avila MA, Lapane KL, Person SD, Zhou Y, Gurwitz J, Mazor KM, Epstein MM. Multi-trajectory models of serum biomarkers among patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance. Hematol Oncol. 2022 Aug; 40(3):409-416. PMID: 35304925.
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    3. Fillmore NR, DuMontier C, Yildirim C, La J, Epstein MM, Cheng D, Cirstea D, Yellapragada S, Abel GA, Gaziano JM, Do N, Brophy M, Kim DH, Munshi NC, Driver JA. Defining Multimorbidity and Its Impact in Older United States Veterans Newly Treated for Multiple Myeloma. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 08 02; 113(8):1084-1093. PMID: 33523236.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Castañeda-Avila MA, Jesdale BM, Beccia A, Bey GS, Epstein MM. Differences in survival among multiple myeloma patients in the United States SEER population by neighborhood socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity. Cancer Causes Control. 2021 Sep; 32(9):1021-1028. PMID: 34089470.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Epstein MM, Dutcher SK, Maro JC, Saphirak C, DeLuccia S, Ramanathan M, Dhawale T, Harchandani S, Delude C, Hou L, Gertz A, DiNunzio N, McMahill-Walraven CN, Selvan MS, Vigeant J, Cole DV, Leishear K, Gurwitz JH, Andrade S, Cocoros NM. Validation of an electronic algorithm for Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma in ICD-10-CM. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2021 07; 30(7):910-917. PMID: 33899311.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Castaneda-Avila MA, Ulbricht CM, Epstein MM. Risk factors for monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance: a systematic review. Ann Hematol. 2021 Apr; 100(4):855-863. PMID: 33416902.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Ardisson Korat AV, Chiu YH, Bertrand KA, Zhang S, Epstein MM, Rosner BA, Chiuve S, Campos H, Giovannucci EL, Chavarro JE, Birmann BM. Red blood cell membrane trans fatty acid levels and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a prospective nested case-control study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 12 10; 112(6):1576-1583. PMID: 33022699.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    8. Frendl DM, FitzGerald G, Epstein MM, Allison JJ, Sokoloff MH, Ware JE. Predicting the 10-year risk of death from other causes in men with localized prostate cancer using patient-reported factors: Development of a tool. PLoS One. 2020; 15(12):e0240039. PMID: 33284845.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    9. Frendl DM, Epstein MM, Fouayzi H, Krajenta R, Rybicki BA, Sokoloff MH. Prostate-specific antigen testing after the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation: a population-based analysis of electronic health data. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 Sep; 31(9):861-867. PMID: 32556947.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Castañeda-Avila MA, Lapane KL, Jesdale BM, Crawford SL, Epstein MM. Variation in Colorectal Cancer Screening Practices According to Cardiovascular Disease Status and Race/Ethnicity. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2021 02; 8(1):166-173. PMID: 32383046.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Lee C, Check DK, Manace Brenman L, Kushi LH, Epstein MM, Neslund-Dudas C, Pawloski PA, Achacoso N, Laurent C, Fehrenbacher L, Habel LA. Adjuvant endocrine therapy for breast cancer patients: impact of a health system outreach program to improve adherence. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2020 Feb; 180(1):219-226. PMID: 31975315.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Epstein MM, Saphirak C, Zhou Y, LeBlanc C, Rosmarin AG, Ash A, Singh S, Fisher K, Birmann BM, Gurwitz JH. Identifying monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance in electronic health data. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2020 01; 29(1):69-76. PMID: 31736189.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    13. Banegas MP, Rivera DR, O'Keeffe-Rosetti MC, Carroll NM, Pawloski PA, Tabano DC, Epstein MM, Yeung K, Hornbrook MC, Lu C, Ritzwoller DP. Long-Term Patterns of Oral Anticancer Agent Adoption, Duration, and Switching in Patients With CML. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2019 10 01; 17(10):1166-1172. PMID: 31590146.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Burnett-Hartman AN, Udaltsova N, Kushi LH, Neslund-Dudas C, Rahm AK, Pawloski PA, Corley DA, Knerr S, Feigelson HS, Hunter JE, Tabano DC, Epstein MM, Honda SA, Ter-Minassian M, Lynch JA, Lu CY. Clinical Molecular Marker Testing Data Capture to Promote Precision Medicine Research Within the Cancer Research Network. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2019 09; 3:1-10. PMID: 31487201.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    15. Rahm AK, Ladd I, Burnett-Hartman AN, Epstein MM, Lowery JT, Lu CY, Pawloski PA, Sharaf RN, Liang SY, Hunter JE. The Healthcare Systems Research Network (HCSRN) as an Environment for Dissemination and Implementation Research: A Case Study of Developing a Multi-Site Research Study in Precision Medicine. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2019 Apr 12; 7(1):16. PMID: 30984796.
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    16. Clarke CL, Kushi LH, Chubak J, Pawloski PA, Bulkley JE, Epstein MM, Burnett-Hartman AN, Powell B, Pearce CL, Spencer Feigelson H. Predictors of Long-Term Survival among High-Grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Patients. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 05; 28(5):996-999. PMID: 30967418.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Castañeda-Avila MA, Ortiz-Ortiz KJ, Torres-Cintrón CR, Birmann BM, Epstein MM. Trends in cause of death among patients with multiple myeloma in Puerto Rico and the United States SEER population, 1987-2013. Int J Cancer. 2020 01 01; 146(1):35-43. PMID: 30802944.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Rahm AK, Cragun D, Hunter JE, Epstein MM, Lowery J, Lu CY, Pawloski PA, Sharaf RN, Liang SY, Burnett-Hartman AN, Gudgeon JM, Hao J, Snyder S, Gogoi R, Ladd I, Williams MS. Implementing universal Lynch syndrome screening (IMPULSS): protocol for a multi-site study to identify strategies to implement, adapt, and sustain genomic medicine programs in different organizational contexts. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Oct 30; 18(1):824. PMID: 30376847.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    19. Chiu YH, Bertrand KA, Zhang S, Laden F, Epstein MM, Rosner BA, Chiuve S, Campos H, Giovannucci EL, Chavarro JE, Birmann BM. A prospective analysis of circulating saturated and monounsaturated fatty acids and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Int J Cancer. 2018 10 15; 143(8):1914-1922. PMID: 29756258.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    20. Epstein MM, Rosner B, Breen EC, Batista JL, Giovannucci EL, Magpantay L, Aster JC, Rodig SJ, Bertrand KA, Laden F, Martínez-Maza O, Birmann BM. Pre-diagnosis plasma immune markers and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in two prospective cohort studies. Haematologica. 2018 10; 103(10):1679-1687. PMID: 29930163.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    21. Mack DS, Epstein MM, Dubé C, Clark RE, Lapane KL. Screening mammography among nursing home residents in the United States: Current guidelines and practice. J Geriatr Oncol. 2018 11; 9(6):626-634. PMID: 29875079.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    22. Alford SH, Divine G, Chao C, Habel LA, Janakiraman N, Wang Y, Feigelson HS, Scholes D, Roblin D, Epstein MM, Engel L, Havstad S, Wells K, Yood MU, Fortuny J, Johnson CC. Serum cholesterol trajectories in the 10 years prior to lymphoma diagnosis. Cancer Causes Control. 2018 01; 29(1):143-156. PMID: 29192350.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Tabung FK, Birmann BM, Epstein MM, Martínez-Maza O, Breen EC, Wu K, Giovannucci EL. Influence of Dietary Patterns on Plasma Soluble CD14, a Surrogate Marker of Gut Barrier Dysfunction. Curr Dev Nutr. 2017 Nov 01; 1(11). PMID: 29595830.
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    24. Buist DSM, Field TS, Banegas MP, Clancy HA, Doria-Rose VP, Epstein MM, Greenlee RT, McDonald S, Nichols HB, Pawloski PA, Kushi LH. Training in the Conduct of Population-Based Multi-Site and Multi-Disciplinary Studies: the Cancer Research Network's Scholars Program. J Cancer Educ. 2017 Jun; 32(2):283-292. PMID: 26490950.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Epstein MM, Divine G, Chao CR, Wells KE, Feigelson HS, Scholes D, Roblin D, Ulcickas Yood M, Engel LS, Taylor A, Fortuny J, Habel LA, Johnson CC. Statin use and risk of multiple myeloma: An analysis from the cancer research network. Int J Cancer. 2017 08 01; 141(3):480-487. PMID: 28425616.
      Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Downer MK, Batista JL, Mucci LA, Stampfer MJ, Epstein MM, Håkansson N, Wolk A, Johansson JE, Andrén O, Fall K, Andersson SO. Dairy intake in relation to prostate cancer survival. Int J Cancer. 2017 05 01; 140(9):2060-2069. PMID: 28187509.
      Citations: 19     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    27. Thorgeirsson T, Jordahl KM, Flavin R, Epstein MM, Fiorentino M, Andersson SO, Andren O, Rider JR, Mosquera JM, Ingoldsby H, Fall K, Tryggvadottir L, Mucci LA. Intracellular location of BRCA2 protein expression and prostate cancer progression in the Swedish Watchful Waiting Cohort. Carcinogenesis. 2016 Mar; 37(3):262-8. PMID: 26775038.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    28. Epstein MM, Chang ET, Zhang Y, Fung TT, Batista JL, Ambinder RF, Zheng T, Mueller NE, Birmann BM. Dietary pattern and risk of hodgkin lymphoma in a population-based case-control study. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Sep 01; 182(5):405-16. PMID: 26182945.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    29. Siddiqui MM, Wilson KM, Epstein MM, Rider JR, Martin NE, Stampfer MJ, Giovannucci EL, Mucci LA. Vasectomy and risk of aggressive prostate cancer: a 24-year follow-up study. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Sep 20; 32(27):3033-8. PMID: 25002716.
      Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Markt SC, Rider JR, Penney KL, Schumacher FR, Epstein MM, Fall K, Sesso HD, Stampfer MJ, Mucci LA. Genetic variation across C-reactive protein and risk of prostate cancer. Prostate. 2014 Jul; 74(10):1034-42. PMID: 24844401.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    31. Russnes KM, Wilson KM, Epstein MM, Kasperzyk JL, Stampfer MJ, Kenfield SA, Smeland S, Blomhoff R, Giovannucci EL, Willett WC, Mucci LA. Total antioxidant intake in relation to prostate cancer incidence in the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study. Int J Cancer. 2014 Mar 01; 134(5):1156-65. PMID: 23959920.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    32. Epstein MM, Breen EC, Magpantay L, Detels R, Lepone L, Penugonda S, Bream JH, Jacobson LP, Martínez-Maza O, Birmann BM. Temporal stability of serum concentrations of cytokines and soluble receptors measured across two years in low-risk HIV-seronegative men. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Nov; 22(11):2009-15. PMID: 23983237.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    33. Schoenfeld JD, Margalit DN, Kasperzyk JL, Shui IM, Rider JR, Epstein MM, Meisner A, Kenfield SA, Martin NE, Nguyen PL, Kantoff PW, Giovannucci EL, Stampfer MJ, Mucci LA. A single nucleotide polymorphism in inflammatory gene RNASEL predicts outcome after radiation therapy for localized prostate cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Mar 15; 19(6):1612-9. PMID: 23382116.
      Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    34. Epstein MM, Edgren G, Rider JR, Mucci LA, Adami HO. Temporal trends in cause of death among Swedish and US men with prostate cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Sep 05; 104(17):1335-42. PMID: 22835388.
      Citations: 59     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    35. Epstein MM, Kasperzyk JL, Mucci LA, Giovannucci E, Price A, Wolk A, Håkansson N, Fall K, Andersson SO, Andrén O. Dietary fatty acid intake and prostate cancer survival in Örebro County, Sweden. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Aug 01; 176(3):240-52. PMID: 22781428.
      Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    36. Epstein MM, Andrén O, Kasperzyk JL, Shui IM, Penney KL, Fall K, Rider JR, Stampfer MJ, Andersson SO, Giovannucci E, Mucci LA. Seasonal variation in expression of markers in the vitamin D pathway in prostate tissue. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Aug; 23(8):1359-66. PMID: 22710747.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    37. Shui IM, Stark JR, Penney KL, Schumacher FR, Epstein MM, Pitt MJ, Stampfer MJ, Tamimi RM, Lindstrom S, Sesso HD, Fall K, Ma J, Kraft P, Giovannucci E, Mucci LA. Genetic variation in the toll-like receptor 4 and prostate cancer incidence and mortality. Prostate. 2012 Feb 01; 72(2):209-16. PMID: 21563195.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    38. Epstein MM, Kasperzyk JL, Andrén O, Giovannucci EL, Wolk A, Håkansson N, Andersson SO, Johansson JE, Fall K, Mucci LA. Dietary zinc and prostate cancer survival in a Swedish cohort. Am J Clin Nutr. 2011 Mar; 93(3):586-93. PMID: 21228268.
      Citations: 28     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    39. Meyer MS, Penney KL, Stark JR, Schumacher FR, Sesso HD, Loda M, Fiorentino M, Finn S, Flavin RJ, Kurth T, Price AL, Giovannucci EL, Fall K, Stampfer MJ, Ma J, Mucci LA. Genetic variation in RNASEL associated with prostate cancer risk and progression. Carcinogenesis. 2010 Sep; 31(9):1597-603. PMID: 20576793.
      Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    40. Meyer MS, Mucci LA, Andersson SO, Andrén O, Johansson JE, Tretli S, Adami HO. Homogeneous prostate cancer mortality in the Nordic countries over four decades. Eur Urol. 2010 Sep; 58(3):427-32. PMID: 20541313.
      Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    41. Meyer MS, Applebaum KM, Furniss CS, Peters ES, Luckett BG, Smith JF, Bryan J, McClean MD, Marsit C, Kelsey KT. Human papillomavirus-16 modifies the association between fruit consumption and head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Dec; 17(12):3419-26. PMID: 19064557.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    42. Meyer MS, Joshipura K, Giovannucci E, Michaud DS. A review of the relationship between tooth loss, periodontal disease, and cancer. Cancer Causes Control. 2008 Nov; 19(9):895-907. PMID: 18478344.
      Citations: 111     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    43. Michaud DS, Liu Y, Meyer M, Giovannucci E, Joshipura K. Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study. Lancet Oncol. 2008 Jun; 9(6):550-8. PMID: 18462995.
      Citations: 148     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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