Researcher Profile

Kitaw Demissie, MD, PhD

Director, Institute for the Elimination of Health Disparities
Professor and Chair of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

RWJMS Research and School of Public Health Bldg.
683 Hoes Lane West, Room 212
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Phone: (732) 235-5267
Email: demisski@sph.rutgers.edu

Assistant: Karen Meenan
(732) 235-4854
Email: meenanka@rutgers.edu

Research Program Alignment

Membership Type: Full


Research Interests

  • Childhood asthma
  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Breast cancer
  • Racial disparity issues in developing health care

Selected Publications

Balasubramanian BA, Demissie K, Crabtree BF, Strickland PA, Pawlish K, Rhoads GG. Black Medicaid beneficiaries experience breast cancer treatment delays more frequently than whites. Ethn Dis 2012; 22: 288-94

Gifkins D, Olson SH, Paddock L, King M, Demissie K, Lu SE, Kong AN, Rodriguez-Rodriguez L, Bandera EV. Total and individual antioxidant intake and risk of epithelial ovarian cancer. BMC cancer 2012; 12; 211

Gifkins D, Olson SH, Demissie K, Lu SE, Kong AN, Bandra EV. Total and individual antioxidant intake and endometrial cancer risk: results from a population-based case-control study in New Jersey. Cancer Causes Control 2012; 23: 887-95

Rhodes T, Jacobson DJ, McGree ME, St Sauver JL, Girman CJ, Lieber MM, Klee GG, Demissie K, Jacobsen SJ. Urology 2012; 79: 655-61

Rhoades T, Jabobson DJ, McGree ME, St Sauver JL, Sama AV, Girman CJ, Lieber MM, Klee GG, Demissie K, Jacobsen SJ. Benign prostate specific antigen distribution and associations with urological outcomes in community dwelling black and white men. J Urol 2012; 187: 87-91

Rhodes T, Jacobson DJ, McGree ME, St Sauver JL, Sarma AV, Girman CJ, Lieber MM, Klee GG, Demissie K, Jacobsen SJ. Distribution and associations of [-2] proenzyme-prostate specific antigen in community dwelling black and white men. J Urol 2012; 187: 92-6

Balasubramanian BA, Demissie K, Crabtree BF, Ohman Strickland PA, Kohler B, Rhoads GG. Racial differences in adjuvant systemic therapy for early breast cancer among Medicaid beneficiaries. Breast J 2010;16:162-8

Abrosone CB, Ciupak GL, Bandra EV, Jandorf L, Bovbjerg DH, Zirpoli G, Pawlish K, Godbold J, Furberg H, Fatone A, Valdimarsdottir H, Yao S, Li Y, Hwang H, Davis W, Roberts M, Sucheston L, Demissie K, et al. Conducting molecular epidemiological research in the age of HIPAA: a multi-institutional case-control study of breast cancer in African-American and European-American Women. J Oncol 2009 (In process)

Williams MG, Bandera EV, Demissie K, Rodriguez-Rodriguez L. Synchronous primary ovarian and endometrial cancers: a population-based assessment of survival. Obstet Gynecol 2009; 113: 783-9

Lee J, Demissie K, Lu SE, Rhoads GG. Cancer incidence among Korean-American immigrants in the United states and native Koreans in South Korea. Cancer Control 2007; 14: 78-85

Balasubramanian BA, Gandhi SK, Demissie K, August DA, Kohler B, Osinubi OY, Rhoads GG. Use of adjuvant systemic therapy for early breast cancer among women 65 years of age and older. Cancer Control 2007; 14: 63-8

Osinubi OY, Sinha S, Rover E, Perez-Lugo M, Jain NJ, Demissie K, Goldman M. Efficacy of tobacco dependence treatment in the context of a “smoke-free grounds” worksite policy: a case study. Am J Ind Med 2004; 46: 180-7.

Demissie K, Oluwole OO, Balasubramanian BA, Osinubi OO, August D, Rhoads GG. Racial differences in the treatment of colorectal cancer: a comparison of surgical and radiation therapy between Whites and Blacks. Ann Epidemiol 2004: 14: 215-21

Osinubi OY, Moline J, Rovner E, Sinha S, Perez-Lugo M, Demissie K, Kipen HM. J Occup Environ Med 2003; 45: 569-74

Demissie K, Mills OF, Rhoads GG. Empirical comparison of the results of randomized controlled trials and case-control studies in evaluating the effectiveness of screening mammography. J Clin Epidemiol 1998; 51: 81-91

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