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Mara Z. Vitolins, Dr.P.H.Wake Forest School of Medicine

Education & Training

  • B.A., College of Idaho, 1983
  • M.P.H., Loma Linda University, 1989
  • Dr.P.H., Loma Linda University, 1989
Mara Z. Vitolins, Dr.P.H.

Mara Z. Vitolins, Dr.P.H.

Professor, Epidemiology & Prevention
Comprehensive Cancer Center
Center for Cancer Genomics
Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity
Office of Women in Medicine and Science
Center for Comparative Medicine Research
Center for Integrative Medicine
Translational Science Institute

Research Interests

alternative medicine, cancer/oncogenesis, diabetes, education/training (all f, t,, epidemiology, fitness/physical, health services, research/outc, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, prevention

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-2886 | Department: 336-716-2011

Email: mvitolin@wakehealth.edu

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Recent Publications

Beavers KM, Case LD, Blackwell CS, Katula JA, Goff DC Jr, Vitolins MZ. Effects of weight regain following intentional weight loss on glucoregulatory function in overweight and obese adults with pre-diabetes. Obes Res Clin Pract. 2015;9(3):266-273.

Jung SY, Vitolins MZ, Paskett ED, Chang S. Exogenous estrogen as mediator of racial differences in bioactive insulin-like growth factor-I levels among postmenopausal women. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015;70(4):495-502.

Crandall CJ, Aragaki A, Cauley JA, Manson JE, LeBlanc E, Wallace R, Wactawski-Wende J, LaCroix A, O'Sullivan MJ, Vitolins M, Watts NB. Associations of menopausal vasomotor symptoms with fracture incidence. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2015;100(2):524-534.

Beavers KM, Gordon MM, Easter L, Beavers DP, Hairston KG, Nicklas BJ, Vitolins MZ. Effect of protein source during weight loss on body composition, cardiometabolic risk and physical performance in abdominally obese, older adults: a pilot feeding study. J Nutr Health Aging. 2015;19(1):87-95.

Jung SY, Vitolins MZ, Fenton J, Frazier-Wood AC, Hursting SD, Chang S. Risk profiles for weight gain among postmenopausal women: a classification and regression tree analysis approach. PLoS One. 2015;10(3):e0121430.

Gesell SB, Katula JA, Strickland C, Vitolins MZ. Feasibility and initial efficacy evaluation of a community-based cognitive-behavioral lifestyle intervention to prevent excessive weight gain during pregnancy in Latina women. Matern Child Health J. 2015;19(8):1842-1852.

Vyas A, Rubenstein L, Robinson J, Seguin RA, Vitolins MZ, Kazlauskaite R, Shikany JM, Johnson KC, Snetselaar L, Wallace R. Diet drink consumption and the risk of cardiovascular events: a report from the Women's Health Initiative. J Gen Intern Med. 2015;30(4):462-468.

Raynor HA, Anderson AM, Miller GD, Reeves R, Delahanty LM, Vitolins MZ, Harper P, Mobley C, Konersman K, Mayer-Davis E. Partial meal replacement plan and quality of the diet at 1 year: Action for Health in Diabetes (Look AHEAD) trial. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015;115(5):731-742.

Vitolins MZ, Berg A, Deibert P, Konig D, Blackwell CS. A review of nutrition and physical activity interventions in adults 65 and older with type 2 diabetes. Curr Nutr Rep. 2015;4(2):156-163.

Schmiegelow MD, Hedlin H, Mackey RH, Martin LW, Vitolins MZ, Stefanick ML, Perez MV, Allison M, Hlatky MA. Race and ethnicity, obesity, metabolic health, and risk of cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women. J Am Heart Assoc. 2015;4(5):e001695.

Neuhouser ML, Cheng TY, Beresford SA, Brown E, Song X, Miller JW, Zheng Y, Thomson CA, Shikany JM, Vitolins MZ, Rohan T, Green R, Ulrich CM. Red blood cell folate and plasma folate are not associated with risk of incident colorectal cancer in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. Int J Cancer. 2015;137(4):930-939.

Cheung KL, Stefanick ML, Allison MA, LeBlanc ES, Vitolins MZ, Shara N, Chertow GM, Winkelmayer WC, Tamura MK. Menopausal symptoms in women with chronic kidney disease. Menopause. 2015;():.

Koohkan S, Baer M, Vitolins M, Konig D, Bisse E, Berg A. Influence of soy protein intake on blood isoflavone levels, thyroid and sex hormone concentrations in women [abstract]. Exp Clin Endocrinol Diabetes. 2015;123(3):.

Thomson CA, McCullough ML, Wertheim BC, Chlebowski RT, Martinez ME, Stefanick ML, Rohan TE, Manson JE, Tindle HA, Ockene J, Vitolins MZ, Wactawski-Wende J, Sarto GE, Lane DS, Neuhouser ML. Nutrition and physical activity cancer prevention guidelines, cancer risk, and mortality in the Women's Health Initiative. Cancer Prev Res (Phila Pa). 2014;7(1):42-53.

Llanos AA, Peng J, Pennell ML, Krok JL, Vitolins MZ, Degraffinreid CR, Paskett ED. Effects of tomato and soy on serum adipokine concentrations in postmenopausal women at increased breast cancer risk: a cross-over dietary intervention trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014;99(2):625-632.

Fitzpatrick SL, Jeffery R, Johnson KC, Roche CC, Van Dorsten B, Gee M, Dotson K, Walkup MP, Espeland MA, Bahnson JL, Wagenknecht LE, Reboussin D, Rejeski WJ, Bertoni AG, Lang W, Lawlor MS, Lefkowitz D, Miller GD, Reynolds PS, Ribisl PM,. Baseline predictors of missed visits in the Look AHEAD study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014;22(1):131-140.

Rillamas-Sun E, LaCroix AZ, Waring ME, Kroenke CH, LaMonte MJ, Vitolins MZ, Seguin R, Bell CL, Gass M, Manini TM, Masaki KH, Wallace RB. Obesity and late-age survival without major disease or disability in older women. JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(1):98-106.

Khan UI, Ogorodnikova AD, Xu L, Wang D, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Ho GY, Sowers MF, Rajpathak SN, Allison MA, Mackey RH, Vitolins MZ, Manson JE, Wildman RP. The adipokine profile of metabolically benign obese and at-risk normal weight postmenopausal women: the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014;22(3):786-794.

Koohkan S, Schaffner D, Milliron BJ, Frey I, Konig D, Deibert P, Vitolins M, Berg A. The impact of a weight reduction program with and without meal-replacement on health related quality of life in middle-aged obese females. BMC Womens Health. 2014;14():45.

Manson JE, Chlebowski RT, Stefanick ML, Aragaki AK, Rossouw JE, Prentice RL, Anderson G, Howard BV, Thomson CA, LaCroix AZ, Wactawski-Wende J, Jackson RD, Limacher M, Margolis KL, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Beresford SA,. Menopausal hormone therapy and health outcomes during the intervention and extended poststopping phases of the Women's Health Initiative randomized trials [editorial comment]. Obstet Gynecol Surv. 2014;69(2):83-85.

Beavers KM, Gordon M, Beavers D, Hairston K, Nicklas B, Kritchevsky S, Vitolins M. Relationship between change in body composition and physical function in abdominally obese, older adults undergoing 12-weeks of caloric restriction [abstract]. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2014;62(Suppl 1):S20.

Llanos AA, Krok JL, Peng J, Pennell ML, Olivo-Marston S, Vitolins MZ, Degraffinreid CR, Paskett ED. Favorable effects of low-fat and low-carbohydrate dietary patterns on serum leptin, but not adiponectin, among overweight and obese premenopausal women: a randomized trial. Springerplus. 2014;3():175.

Zhou Y, Chlebowski R, LaMonte MJ, Bea JW, Qi L, Wallace R, Lavasani S, Walsh BW, Anderson G, Vitolins M, Sarto G, Irwin ML. Body mass index, physical activity, and mortality in women diagnosed with ovarian cancer: results from the Women's Health Initiative. Gynecol Oncol. 2014;133(1):4-10.

Llanos AA, Krok JL, Peng J, Pennell ML, Vitolins MZ, Degraffinreid CR, Paskett ED. Effects of a walking intervention using mobile technology and interactive voice response on serum adipokines among postmenopausal women at increased breast cancer risk. Horm Cancer. 2014;5(2):98-103.

Schnatz PF, Jiang X, Vila-Wright S, Aragaki AK, Nudy M, O'Sullivan DM, Jackson R, Leblanc E, Robinson JG, Shikany JM, Womack CR, Martin LW, Neuhouser ML, Vitolins MZ, Song Y, Kritchevsky S, Manson JE. Calcium/vitamin D supplementation, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations, and cholesterol profiles in the Women's Health Initiative calcium/vitamin D randomized trial. Menopause. 2014;21(8):823-833.

George SM, Ballard-Barbash R, Shikany JM, Caan BJ, Freudenheim JL, Kroenke CH, Vitolins MZ, Beresford SA, Neuhouser ML. Better postdiagnosis diet quality is associated with reduced risk of death among postmenopausal women with invasive breast cancer in the Women's Health Initiative. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014;23(4):575-583.

Jung SY, Hursting SD, Guindani M, Vitolins MZ, Paskett E, Chang S. Bioavailable insulin-like growth factor-I inversely related to weight gain in postmenopausal women regardless of exogenous estrogen. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014;23(3):534-544.

Katula JA, Vitolins M, Isom S, Blackwell C, Griffith E, Lawlor M, Goff D. Predictors of attendance to A community-based diabetes prevention program: healthy living partnerships to prevent diabetes (HELP PD) [abstract]. Ann Behav Med. 2014;47(Suppl 1):S88.

Milliron BJ, Vitolins MZ, Tooze JA. Usual dietary intake among female breast cancer survivors is not significantly different from women with no cancer history: results of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2003-2006. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114(6):932-937.

Vitolins MZ, Milliron BJ, Hopkins JO, Fulmer A, Lawrence J, Melin S, Case D. Weight loss intervention in survivors of ER/PR-negative breast cancer. Clin Med Insights Womens Health. 2014;7():17-24.

Datta M, Vitolins MZ. Food fortification and supplement use - are there health implications?. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2014;():.

Goff DC Jr, Katula JA, Blackwell CS, Isom SP, Pedley CF, Vitolins MZ. Comment on Kahn and Davidson. The reality of type 2 diabetes prevention [letter]. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(8):e185-e186.

Raffield LM, Agarwal S, Cox AJ, Hsu FC, Carr JJ, Freedman BI, Xu J, Bowden DW, Vitolins MZ. Cross-sectional analysis of calcium intake for associations with vascular calcification and mortality in individuals with type 2 diabetes from the Diabetes Heart Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014;100(4):1029-1035.

Rautaharju PM, Zhang ZM, Vitolins M, Perez M, Allison MA, Greenland P, Soliman EZ. Electrocardiographic repolarization-related variables as predictors of coronary heart disease death in the Women's Health Initiative study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2014;3(4):e001005.

Brasky TM, Liu J, White E, Peters U, Potter JD, Walter RB, Baik CS, Lane DS, Manson JE, Vitolins MZ, Allison MA, Tang JY, Wactawski-Wende J. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and cancer risk in women: results from the Women's Health Initiative. Int J Cancer. 2014;135(8):1869-1883.

Foraker RE, Pennell M, Sprangers P, Vitolins MZ, DeGraffinreid C, Paskett ED. Effect of a low-fat or low-carbohydrate weight-loss diet on markers of cardiovascular risk among premenopausal women: a randomized trial. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014;23(8):675-680.

Jackson JM, DeFor TA, Crain AL, Kerby TJ, Strayer LS, Lewis CE, Whitlock EP, Williams SB, Vitolins MZ, Rodabough RJ, Larson JC, Habermann EB, Margolis KL. Validity of diabetes self-reports in the Women's Health Initiative. Menopause. 2014;21(8):861-868.

Miller GD, Isom S, Morgan TM, Vitolins MZ, Blackwell C, Brosnihan KB, Diz DI, Katula J, Goff D. Effects of a community-based weight loss intervention on adipose tissue circulating factors. Diabetes Metab Syndr. 2014;8(4):205-211.

Thomson CA, Horn LV, Caan BJ, Aragaki AK, Chlebowski RT, Manson JE, Rohan TE, Tinker LF, Kuller LH, Hou L, Lane DS, Johnson KC, Vitolins MZ, Prentice RL. Cancer incidence and mortality during the intervention and postintervention periods of the Women's Health Initiative dietary modification trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014;23(12):2924-2935.

George SM, Ballard-Barbash R, Manson JE, Reedy J, Shikany JM, Subar AF, Tinker LF, Vitolins M, Neuhouser ML. Comparing indices of diet quality with chronic disease mortality risk in postmenopausal women in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study: evidence to inform national dietary guidance. Am J Epidemiol. 2014;180(6):616-625.

Urbanic JJ, Case D, Lesser G, Enevold G, Naughton M, Danhauer S, Rapp S, Vitolins M, Johnson S, McCollough M, Duncan D, Papagikos M, Shaw EG. L-arginine - based nutritional supplement did not improve erectile function or quality of life in prostate cancer survivors previously treated with radiation therapy: results of CCOP research base protocol 98110-A randomized phase 2 dose. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014;90(Suppl 1):S86-S87.

Kabat GC, Heo M, Van Horn LV, Kazlauskaite R, Getaneh A, Ard J, Vitolins MZ, Waring ME, Zaslavsky O, Wassertheil-Smoller S, Rohan TE. Longitudinal association of anthropometric measures of adiposity with cardiometabolic risk factors in postmenopausal women. Ann Epidemiol. 2014;24(12):896-902.

Belalcazar LM, Anderson AM, Lang W, Schwenke DC, Haffner SM, Yatsuya H, Rushing J, Vitolins MZ, Reeves R, Pi-Sunyer FX, Tracy RP, Ballantyne CM, Espeland M, et al. Fiber intake and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 in type 2 diabetes: Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) trial findings at baseline and year 1. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014;114(11):1800-1810.

Paxton RJ, Jung SY, Vitolins MZ, Fenton J, Paskett E, Pollak M, Hays-Grudo J, Hursting SD, Chang S. Associations between time spent sitting and cancer-related biomarkers in postmenopausal women: an exploration of effect modifiers. Cancer Causes Control. 2014;25(11):1427-1437.

Shively CA, Register TC, Vitolins MZ, Wilson ME, Appt SE. Dietary modification of physiological stress responses [abstract]. Am J Primatol. 2014;76(Suppl 1):71.

Beasley JM, Gunter MJ, LaCroix AZ, Prentice RL, Neuhouser ML, Tinker LF, Vitolins MZ, Strickler HD. Associations of serum insulin-like growth factor-I and insulin-like growth factor-binding protein 3 levels with biomarker-calibrated protein, dairy product and milk intake in the Women's Health Initiative. Br J Nutr. 2014;111(5):847-853.

Rubin RR, Wadden TA, Bahnson JL, Blackburn GL, Brancati FL, Bray GA, Coday M, Crow SJ, Curtis JM, Dutton G, Egan C, Evans M, Ewing L, Faulconbridge L, Foreyt J, Gaussoin SA, Gregg EW, Hazuda HP, Hill JO, Horton ES, Hubbard VS, Jakicic JM,. Impact of intensive lifestyle intervention on depression and health-related quality of life in type 2 diabetes: the Look AHEAD Trial. Diabetes Care. 2014;37(6):1544-1553.

Ip EH, Marshall S, Vitolins M, Crandall SJ, Davis S, Miller D, Kronner D, Vaden K, Spangler J. Measuring medical student attitudes and beliefs regarding patients who are obese. Acad Med. 2013;88(2):282-289.

Prentice RL, Pettinger MB, Jackson RD, Wactawski-Wende J, Lacroix AZ, Anderson GL, Chlebowski RT, Manson JE, Van Horn L, Vitolins MZ, Datta M, LeBlanc ES, Cauley JA, Rossouw JE. Health risks and benefits from calcium and vitamin D supplementation: Women's Health Initiative clinical trial and cohort study. Osteoporos Int. 2013;24(2):567-580.

Bishop J, Irby MB, Isom S, Blackwell CS, Vitolins MZ, Skelton JA. Diabetes prevention, weight loss, and social support: program participants' perceived influence on the health behaviors of their social support system. Fam Community Health. 2013;36(2):158-171.

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