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Heather Joanne Baer, ScD
Associate Epidemiologist, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Instructor in Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Brigham and Women's Hospital
Department of Medicine
General Medicine
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Research Location: One Brigham Circle

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Heather J. Baer, ScD, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health, and an Associate Epidemiologist in the Division of General Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She received her ScD in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2005.

Dr. Baer’s research focuses on the role of lifestyle factors in the etiology and prevention of chronic disease. She has conducted a number of studies to examine how factors such as obesity, diet, and physical activity affect risk of breast and ovarian cancer and overall mortality in women. Her recent work focuses on how to address lifestyle factors in the clinical setting.  She has been involved in several studies examining documentation and diagnosis of overweight and obesity in children and adults, and she currently is leading a project to develop and evaluate tools within electronic health records to help primary care clinicians with the assessment and management of overweight and obesity.
In addition, Dr. Baer is actively involved in teaching activities at the Harvard School of Public Health. She plays a major role in the Program in Clinical Effectiveness, an intensive, seven-week summer program that trains physicians in the quantitative skills for conducting clinical research. She is a Co-Director for Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and has taught in several other courses, including Introductory Statistics for Medical Research and Analytical Aspects of Clinical Epidemiology. In 2012, she helped develop and teach a new three-week integrated course for international physicians, Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She also is the concentration leader for the academic-year MPH in Clinical Effectiveness. At Harvard Medical School, she teaches in the Clinical Scholars Research Training Program in Portugal.

Harvard School of Public Health, 2005, SCD

Publications (Pulled from Harvard Catalyst Profiles):

1. Rozenblum R, De La Cruz BA, Nolido NV, Adighibe I, Secinaro K, McManus KD, Halperin F, Block JP, Bates DW, Baer HJ. Primary Care Patients' and Providers' Perspectives about an Online Weight Management Program: a Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Aug; 34(8):1503-1521.

2. Madenci AL, Baer HJ, Vitali SH, Zalieckas JM, Arnold JH, Weldon CB. Time versus treatment: interpreting longitudinal data analysis of treprostinil. J Pediatr. 2019 Mar; 206:304-305.

3. Brawarsky P, Eibensteiner K, Klinger EV, Baer HJ, Getty G, Orav EJ, Colditz G, Haas JS. Accuracy of self-perceived risk for common conditions. Cogent Med. 2018; 5.

4. Endo A, Baer HJ, Nagao M, Weaver MJ. Prediction Model of In-Hospital Mortality After Hip Fracture Surgery. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Jan; 32(1):34-38.

5. Haller MC, Kammer M, Kainz A, Baer HJ, Heinze G, Oberbauer R. Steroid withdrawal after renal transplantation: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Med. 2017 Jan 12; 15(1):8.

6. Haller MC, Kainz A, Baer H, Oberbauer R. Dialysis Vintage and Outcomes after Kidney Transplantation: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2017 01 06; 12(1):122-130.

7. Haas JS, Baer HJ, Eibensteiner K, Klinger EV, St Hubert S, Getty G, Brawarsky P, Orav EJ, Onega T, Tosteson AN, Bates DW, Colditz G. A Cluster Randomized Trial of a Personalized Multi-Condition Risk Assessment in Primary Care. Am J Prev Med. 2017 Jan; 52(1):100-105.

8. Bertrand KA, Baer HJ, Orav EJ, Klifa C, Kumar A, Hylton NM, LeBlanc ES, Snetselaar LG, Van Horn L, Dorgan JF. Early Life Body Fatness, Serum Anti-Müllerian Hormone, and Breast Density in Young Adult Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 07; 25(7):1151-7.

9. De Vito KM, Baer HJ, Dart H, Chiuve SE, Rimm EB, Colditz GA. Validation of a risk prediction tool for coronary heart disease in middle-aged women. BMC Womens Health. 2015 Nov 10; 15:101.

10. Bertrand KA, Baer HJ, Orav EJ, Klifa C, Shepherd JA, Van Horn L, Snetselaar L, Stevens VJ, Hylton NM, Dorgan JF. Body fatness during childhood and adolescence and breast density in young women: a prospective analysis. Breast Cancer Res. 2015 Jul 16; 17:95.