Jessica Yeh, Ph.D.

Hsin-Chieh Yeh, Ph.D.

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  • Director, GIM-Welch Center Methods Core
  • Professor of Medicine

Research Interests

obesity and cancer; cancer epidemiology; clinical trials; racial disparity more


Dr. Hsin-Chieh "Jessica" Yeh is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the General Internal Medicine Division, and is also a core faculty member at the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research. Her research focuses on clinical trials and cohort studies of diabetes, obesity, cancer, and hypertension. She serves as principal investigator or co-investigator in studies funded by government agencies including NIDDK, NHLBI, NCI, AHRQ, HRSA, and the State of Maryland. Dr. Yeh has published numerous high-impact articles in clinical trials, complex surveys, large cohort studies, large administrative databases, and meta-analyses. She directs the General Internal Medicine-Welch Center Methods Core.  In School of Public Health, she is the director of the Epidemiology of Diabetes and Obesity course.

Dr. Yeh received a bachelor’s degree from the National Taiwan University and a PhD in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health before joining the Johns Hopkins faculty. Her work has been recognized with a Michaela Modan Award from the American Diabetes Association Epidemiology and Statistics Council, a Society for Epidemiologic Research Student Workshop Travel Award, and Excellence in Teaching from School of Public Health. more


  • Director, GIM-Welch Center Methods Core
  • Core Faculty Member, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
  • Professor of Medicine
  • Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • Ph.D.; Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) (1998)
  • B.S.; National Taiwan University (Taiwan) (1990)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Yeh HC, Maruthur NM, Wang NY, Jerome GJ, Dalcin AT, Tseng E, White K, Miller ER, Juraschek SP, Mueller NT, Charleston J, Durkin N, Hassoon A, Lansey DG, Kanarek NF, Carducci MA, Appel LJ. Effects of Behavioral Weight Loss and Metformin on IGFs in Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Trial. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021 Sep 27;106(10):e4179-e4191. doi: 10.1210/clinem/dgab266. PMID: 33884414; PMCID: PMC8475239

Look AHEAD Research Group, Yeh HC, Bantle JP, Cassidy-Begay M, Blackburn G, Bray GA, Byers T, Clark JM, Coday M, Egan C, Espeland MA, Foreyt JP, Garcia K, Goldman V, Gregg EW, Hazuda HP, Hesson L, Hill JO, Horton ES, Jakicic JM, Jeffery RW, Johnson KC, Kahn SE, Knowler WC, Korytkowski M, Kure A, Lewis CE, Mantzoros C, Meacham M, Montez MG, Nathan DM, Pajewski N, Patricio J, Peters A, Xavier Pi-Sunyer F, Pownall H, Ryan DH, Safford M, Sedjo RL, Steinburg H, Vitolins M, Wadden TA, Wagenknecht LE, Wing RR, Wolff AC, Wyatt H, Yanovski SZ. Intensive Weight Loss Intervention and Cancer Risk in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes: Analysis of the Look AHEAD Randomized Clinical Trial. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2020 Sep;28(9):1678-1686. doi: 10.1002/oby.22936. PMID: 32841523; PMCID: PMC8855671

Miller ER 3rd, Cooper LA, Carson KA, Wang NY, Appel LJ, Gayles D, Charleston J, White K, You N, Weng Y, Martin-Daniels M, Bates-Hopkins B, Robb I, Franz WK, Brown EL, Halbert JP, Albert MC, Dalcin AT, Yeh HC. A Dietary Intervention in Urban African Americans: Results of the "Five Plus Nuts and Beans" Randomized Trial. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jan;50(1):87-95. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.06.010. Epub 2015 Aug 29. PMID: 26321012; PMCID: PMC4691550

Appel LJ, Clark JM, Yeh HC, Wang NY, Coughlin JW, Daumit G, Miller ER 3rd, Dalcin A, Jerome GJ, Geller S, Noronha G, Pozefsky T, Charleston J, Reynolds JB, Durkin N, Rubin RR, Louis TA, Brancati FL. Comparative effectiveness of weight-loss interventions in clinical practice. N Engl J Med. 2011 Nov 24;365(21):1959-68. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1108660. Epub 2011 Nov 15. PMID: 22085317; PMCID: PMC4074540

Barone BB, Yeh HC, Snyder CF, Peairs KS, Stein KB, Derr RL, Wolff AC, Brancati FL. Long-term all-cause mortality in cancer patients with preexisting diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA. 2008 Dec 17;300(23):2754-64. doi: 10.1001/jama.2008.824. PMID: 19088353; PMCID: PMC3093051

Contact for Research Inquiries

Phone: 410-614-4316

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Courses and Syllabi

  • Epidemiology of Diabetes and Obesity (340.644.01)

Activities & Honors

Professional Activities

  • Core Faculty Member, Center for Health Equity
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