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Norma Kanarek, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Norma Kanarek, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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  • Joint Appointment in Oncology

Research Interests

applied epidemiology; community health; tracking; surveillance; public health practice; environmental health sciences more



  • Joint Appointment in Oncology

Departments / Divisions

  • Oncology - Cancer Prevention and Control and Viral Oncology

Centers & Institutes

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Kanarek’s expertise is in preparing data for use by various audiences, combining knowledge of disease etiology, health services, and statistics, and linking population-based data to program use. She also teaches graduate students the applications of epidemiology to public health. She directs the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund grants to Johns Hopkins. In addition, she has developed an application and peer-review process for selecting awardees, organized seminar and Longrifles sessions for cancer investigators throughout the medical institutions, summarized programmatic activity for internal use and the funder, and assures coordination with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on a number of practice projects.

Selected Publications

  1. Mondul, A.M.; Selvin, E.; Rohrmann, S.; Menke, A.; Feinleib, M.; Kanarek, N.; Rifai, N.; Dobs, A.S.; Platz, E.A. Association of serum cholesterol and cholesterol-lowering drug use with serum sex steroid hormones in men in NHANES III. Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Oct;21(10):1575-1583.
  2. Menke, A.; Guallar, E.; Rohrmann, S.; Nelson, W.G.; Rifai, N.; Kanarek, N.; Feinleib, M.; Michos, E.D.; Dobs, A.; Platz, E.A. Sex steroid hormone concentrations and risk of death in US men. Am J Epidemiol. 2010 Mar 1;171(5):583-592.
  3. Klamerus, J.F.; Bruinooge, S.S.; Ye, X.; Klamerus, M.L.; Damron, D.; Lansey, D.; Lowery, J.C.; Diaz, L.A., Jr.; Ford, J.G.; Kanarek, N.; Rudin, C.M. The impact of insurance on access to cancer clinical trials at a comprehensive cancer center. Clin Cancer Res. 2010 Dec 15;16(24):5997-6003.
  4. Kanarek, N.F.; Tsai, H.L.; Metzger-Gaud, S.; Damron, D.; Guseynova, A.; Klamerus, J.F.; Rudin, C.M. Geographic proximity and racial disparities in cancer clinical trial participation. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2010 Dec;8(12):1343-1351.
  5. Jia, H.; Moriarty, D.G.; Kanarek, N. County-level social environment determinants of health-related quality of life among US adults: a multilevel analysis. J Community Health. 2009 Oct;34(5):430-439.
  6. Metzler, M.; Kanarek, N.; Highsmith, K.; Straw, R.; Bialek, R.; Stanley, J.; Auston, I.; Klein, R. Community health status indicators project: the development of a national approach to community health. Preventing chronic disease. 2008 Jul;5(3):A94.
  7. Kanarek, N.; Bialek, R.; Stanley, J. Use of peer groupings to assess county public health status. Preventing chronic disease. 2008 Jul;5(3):A93.
    Kanarek, N.; Fitzek, B.; Su, S.C.; Brower, M.; Jia, H. County lung cancer mortality: a decision tree model for control and prevention. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2008 Jul-Aug;14(4):E1-9.
  8. Heitgerd, J.L.; Dent, A.L.; Elmore, K.A.; Kaplan, B.; Holt, J.B.; Metzler, M.M.; Melfi, K.; Stanley, J.M.; Highsmith, K.; Kanarek, N.; Frederickson Comer, K. Community health status indicators: adding a geospatial component. Preventing chronic disease. 2008 Jul;5(3):A96.
  9. Rohrmann, S.; Nelson, W.G.; Rifai, N.; Kanarek, N.; Basaria, S.; Tsilidis, K.K.; Smit, E.; Giovannucci, E.; Platz, E.A. Serum sex steroid hormones and lower urinary tract symptoms in Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Urology. 2007 Apr;69(4):708-713.
  10. Rohrmann, S.; Nelson, W.G.; Rifai, N.; Brown, T.R.; Dobs, A.; Kanarek, N.; Yager, J.D.; Platz, E.A. Serum estrogen, but not testosterone, levels differ between black and white men in a nationally representative sample of Americans. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Jul;92(7):2519-2525.
  11. Kanarek, N.; Stanley, J.; Bialek, R. Local public health agency performance and community health status. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2006 Nov-Dec;12(6):522-527.
  12. Kanarek, N.; Kanarek, M.S. Smoking cessation in clinical trials and public health studies: a research ethical imperative. Annals of epidemiology. 2007 Dec;17(12):983-987.
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