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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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Dr. Baer is an Associate Epidemiologist in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (the Chan School). She received her Doctor of Science in Epidemiology from the Chan School in 2005. Her research focuses on the role of lifestyle factors in the etiology and prevention of chronic disease and on strategies for improving management of overweight and obesity in clinical settings, with a particular emphasis on interventions using health information technology. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Baer teaches epidemiologic research methods and is the Faculty Director of the MPH in Epidemiology, the MPH in Clinical Effectiveness, and the Summer-only Master of Science in Epidemiology degree programs at the Chan School. She also is a Site Co-Director for the Harvard Medical School Fellowship in General Medicine and Primary Care.

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.