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    Maria Martinez

    TitleProfessor
    SchoolUniversity of California, San Diego
    DepartmentFamily Medicine and Public Health
    Address9500 Gilman Drive #0901
    CA La Jolla 92093
    Phone858-822-3638
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      Dr. Martinez is a Professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, having joined the UC San Diego faculty in 2012. She holds the Sam M. Walton Endowed Chair for Cancer Research and Co-leads the Reducing Cancer Disparities Program at the Moores Cancer Center. Dr. Martinez holds a PhD in Epidemiology and a Master’s in Public Health. Dr. Martinez’s research interests in colorectal cancer prevention began during the conduct of her doctoral dissertation and extended into her post-doctoral studies at the Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining the UC San Diego faculty, she was Professor of Epidemiology in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and was the Richard H. Hollen Professor of Cancer Prevention at the Arizona Cancer Center. She had a very active research portfolio at the University of Arizona, including RO1 funding and program leadership in a Program Project (PO1) and a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) program. She has published extensively in areas of epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, and cancer prevention. Her research currently focuses on breast cancer in Hispanic women, with a prominent leadership role in the Ella Binational Breast Cancer Study. She is currently co-PI of an NCI-funded UO1 grant assessing epidemiologic and epigenetic features of breast tumors occurring in the post-partum period in Hispanic women. In addition, she is a key member of the original investigative team that implemented a large Gates Foundation-funded consortium in six countries in Latin America focusing on Helicobacter pylori eradication and gastric cancer prevention. Nationally, she has established herself as a strong leader in the area of cancer health disparities; evidence of this is her appointment as recent chair of the American Association for Cancer Research Minorities in Cancer Research Council. In addition, she is senior editor of the Cancer Disparities section for the Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention journal. Dr. Martinez was a recipient of the 2013 Women Who Mean Business Award from the San Diego Business Journal. Dr. Martinez has served on the NCI’s Board of Scientific Counselors and currently she is a member of the Institute’s Board of Scientific Advisors.


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      Epigenetic Features of Pregnancy-Associated Breast Cancer in Hispanic Women
      NIH U01CA153086Sep 17, 2010 - Aug 31, 2015
      Role: Principal Investigator
      1/2 SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership
      NIH U54CA132379Dec 1, 2007 - Aug 31, 2020
      Role: Principal Investigator
      2/2 SDSU/UCSD Cancer Center Comprehensive Partnership
      NIH U54CA132384Dec 1, 2007 - Aug 31, 2020
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Advanced Colorectal Neoplasia Following Polypectomy
      NIH R01CA104869Aug 1, 2004 - Jul 31, 2008
      Role: Principal Investigator
      FOUR-CORNERS BREAST AND ENDOMETRIAL CANCER STUDY
      NIH R01CA078802Sep 30, 1999 - Jul 31, 2004
      Role: Principal Investigator
      DIETARY HETEROCYCLIC AMINES, GENETIC SUSCEPTIBILITY, AND
      NIH K01CA079069Sep 30, 1998 - Sep 29, 2004
      Role: Principal Investigator
      Colon Cancer Prevention Program Project Grant
      NIH P01CA041108Sep 30, 1986 - Jul 31, 2011
      Role: Co-Investigator

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      1. Heberer MA, Komenaka IK, Nodora JN, Hsu CH, Gandhi SG, Welch LE, Bouton ME, Aristizabal P, Weiss BD, Martinez M. Factors associated with cervical cancer screening in a safety net population. World J Clin Oncol. 2016 Oct 10; 7(5):406-413. PMID: 27777883.
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      2. Thompson PA, Ashbeck EL, Roe DJ, Fales L, Buckmeier J, Wang F, Bhattacharyya A, Hsu CH, Chow HH, Ahnen DJ, Boland CR, Heigh RI, Fay DE, Hamilton SR, Jacobs ET, Martinez M, Alberts DS, Lance P. Selenium Supplementation for Prevention of Colorectal Adenomas and Risk of Associated Type 2 Diabetes. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2016 Dec; 108(12). PMID: 27530657.
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      3. Liu L, Messer K, Baron JA, Lieberman DA, Jacobs ET, Cross AJ, Murphy G, Martinez M, Gupta S. A prognostic model for advanced colorectal neoplasia recurrence. Cancer Causes Control. 2016 Oct; 27(10):1175-85. PMID: 27517467.
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      4. Martin DN, Lam TK, Brignole K, Ashing KT, Blot WJ, Burhansstipanov L, Chen JT, Dignan M, Gomez SL, Martinez M, Matthews A, Palmer JR, Perez-Stable EJ, Schootman M, Vilchis H, Vu A, Srinivasan S. Recommendations for Cancer Epidemiologic Research in Understudied Populations and Implications for Future Needs. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 Apr; 25(4):573-80. PMID: 27196089.
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      5. Komenaka IK, Nodora JN, Madlensky L, Winton LM, Heberer MA, Schwab RB, Weitzel JN, Martinez M. Participation of low-income women in genetic cancer risk assessment and BRCA 1/2 testing: the experience of a safety-net institution. J Community Genet. 2016 Jul; 7(3):177-83. PMID: 26690931.
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      6. Gupta S, Jacobs ET, Baron JA, Lieberman DA, Murphy G, Ladabaum U, Cross AJ, Jover R, Liu L, Martinez M. Risk stratification of individuals with low-risk colorectal adenomas using clinical characteristics: a pooled analysis. Gut. 2015 Dec 11. PMID: 26658145.
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      7. Winton LM, Nodora JN, Martinez M, Hsu CH, Djenic B, Bouton ME, Aristizabal P, Ferguson EM, Weiss BD, Komenaka IK. Factors associated with surgical management in an underinsured, safety net population. Surgery. 2016 Feb; 159(2):580-90. PMID: 26444326.
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      8. Nodora JN, Carvajal SC, Robles-Garcia R, Agraz FP, Daneri-Navarro A, Meza-Montenegro MM, Gutierrez-Millan LE, Martinez M. Development and Psychometric Assessment of the Measure of Globalization Influence on Health Risk (MGIHR) Among Mexican Women with Breast Cancer. J Immigr Minor Health. 2015 Aug; 17(4):1025-32. PMID: 24859806.
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      9. Murphy JD, Ma GL, Baumgartner JM, Madlensky L, Burgoyne AM, Tang CM, Martinez M, Sicklick JK. Increased risk of additional cancers among patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors: A population-based study. Cancer. 2015 Sep 1; 121(17):2960-7. PMID: 25930983.
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      10. Muñoz-Rodríguez JL, Vrba L, Futscher BW, Hu C, Komenaka IK, Meza-Montenegro MM, Gutierrez-Millan LE, Daneri-Navarro A, Thompson PA, Martinez M. Differentially Expressed MicroRNAs in Postpartum Breast Cancer in Hispanic Women. PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0124340. PMID: 25875827.
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      11. Komenaka IK, Nodora JN, Hsu CH, Martinez M, Gandhi SG, Bouton ME, Klemens AE, Wikholm LI, Weiss BD. Association of health literacy with adherence to screening mammography guidelines. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Apr; 125(4):852-9. PMID: 25751204.
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      12. Aristizabal P, Singer J, Cooper R, Wells KJ, Nodora J, Milburn M, Gahagan S, Schiff DE, Martinez M. Participation in pediatric oncology research protocols: Racial/ethnic, language and age-based disparities. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2015 Aug; 62(8):1337-44. PMID: 25755225.
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      13. Komenaka IK, Winton LM, Bouton ME, Hsu CH, Nodora JN, Olson L, Maffi TR, Nesset EM, Martinez M. Women's Impression of the Expected Breast Appearance and its Association with Breast Cancer Operations. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jun; 22(6):2010-6. PMID: 25398279.
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      14. Ma GL, Murphy JD, Martinez M, Sicklick JK. Epidemiology of gastrointestinal stromal tumors in the era of histology codes: results of a population-based study. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Jan; 24(1):298-302. PMID: 25277795.
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      15. Olsen-Deeter L, Hsu CH, Nodora JN, Bouton ME, Nalagan J, Martinez M, Komenaka IK. Factors which affect use of breast conservation and mastectomy in an underinsured Hispanic population. Surg Oncol. 2014 Dec; 23(4):186-91. PMID: 25443563.
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      16. Wong J, Xu B, Yeung HN, Roeland EJ, Martinez M, Le QT, Mell LK, Murphy JD. Age disparity in palliative radiation therapy among patients with advanced cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2014 Sep 1; 90(1):224-30. PMID: 25195994.
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      17. Sardo Molmenti CL, Hibler EA, Ashbeck EL, Thomson CA, Garcia DO, Roe D, Harris RB, Lance P, Cisneroz M, Martinez M, Thompson PA, Jacobs ET. Sedentary behavior is associated with colorectal adenoma recurrence in men. Cancer Causes Control. 2014 Oct; 25(10):1387-95. PMID: 25060482.
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      18. Gupta S, Sussman DA, Doubeni CA, Anderson DS, Day L, Deshpande AR, Joseph Elmunzer B, Laiyemo AO, Mendez J, Somsouk M, Allison J, Bhuket T, Geng Z, Green BB, Itzkowitz SH, Martinez M. Challenges and possible solutions to colorectal cancer screening for the underserved. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Apr 1; 106(4):dju032. PMID: 24681602.
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      19. Anderson KN, Schwab RB, Martinez M. Reproductive risk factors and breast cancer subtypes: a review of the literature. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Feb; 144(1):1-10. PMID: 24477977.
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      20. Thomson CA, McCullough ML, Wertheim BC, Chlebowski RT, Martinez M, 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). 2014 Jan; 7(1):42-53. PMID: 24403289.
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      21. Komenaka IK, Nodora JN, Machado L, Hsu CH, Klemens AE, Martinez M, Bouton ME, Wilhelmson KL, Weiss BD. Health literacy assessment and patient satisfaction in surgical practice. Surgery. 2014 Mar; 155(3):374-83. PMID: 24485272.
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      22. Martinez M, Wertheim BC, Natarajan L, Schwab R, Bondy M, Daneri-Navarro A, Meza-Montenegro MM, Gutierrez-Millan LE, Brewster A, Komenaka IK, Thompson PA. Reproductive factors, heterogeneity, and breast tumor subtypes in women of mexican descent. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Oct; 22(10):1853-61. PMID: 23950213.
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      23. Martínez ME, Pond E, Wertheim BC, Nodora JN, Jacobs ET, Bondy M, Daneri-Navarro A, Meza-Montenegro MM, Gutierrez-Millan LE, Brewster A, Komenaka IK, Thompson P. Association between parity and obesity in Mexican and Mexican-American women: findings from the ella binational breast cancer study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Apr; 15(2):234-43. PMID: 22618357.
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      24. Martínez ME, Thompson P, Messer K, Ashbeck EL, Lieberman DA, Baron JA, Ahnen DJ, Robertson DJ, Jacobs ET, Greenberg ER, Cross AJ, Atkin W. One-year risk for advanced colorectal neoplasia: U.S. versus U.K. risk-stratification guidelines. Ann Intern Med. 2012 Dec 18; 157(12):856-64. PMID: 23247939.
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      25. Thompson P, Roe DJ, Fales L, Buckmeier J, Wang F, Hamilton SR, Bhattacharyya A, Green S, Hsu CH, Chow HH, Ahnen DJ, Boland CR, Heigh RI, Fay DE, Martinez M, Jacobs E, Ashbeck EL, Alberts DS, Lance P. Design and baseline characteristics of participants in a phase III randomized trial of celecoxib and selenium for colorectal adenoma prevention. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2012 Dec; 5(12):1381-93. PMID: 23060037.
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      26. Nuño T, Gerald JK, Harris R, Martinez M, Estrada A, García F. Comparison of breast and cervical cancer screening utilization among rural and urban Hispanic and American Indian women in the Southwestern United States. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Aug; 23(8):1333-41. PMID: 22710745.
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      27. Haile RW, John EM, Levine AJ, Cortessis VK, Unger JB, Gonzales M, Ziv E, Thompson P, Spruijt-Metz D, Tucker KL, Bernstein JL, Rohan TE, Ho GY, Bondy ML, Martinez M, Cook L, Stern MC, Correa MC, Wright J, Schwartz SJ, Baezconde-Garbanati L, Blinder V, Miranda P, Hayes R, Friedman-Jiménez G, Monroe KR, Haiman CA, Henderson BE, Thomas DC, Boffetta P. A review of cancer in U.S. Hispanic populations. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2012 Feb; 5(2):150-63. PMID: 22307564.
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      28. Banegas MP, Gail MH, LaCroix A, Thompson B, Martinez M, Wactawski-Wende J, John EM, Hubbell FA, Yasmeen S, Katki HA. Evaluating breast cancer risk projections for Hispanic women. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 Feb; 132(1):347-53. PMID: 22147080.
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      29. Bouton ME, Shirah GR, Nodora J, Pond E, Hsu CH, Klemens AE, Martinez M, Komenaka IK. Implementation of educational video improves patient understanding of basic breast cancer concepts in an undereducated county hospital population. J Surg Oncol. 2012 Jan; 105(1):48-54. PMID: 21882193.
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      30. Wang J, Joshi AD, Corral R, Siegmund KD, Marchand LL, Martinez M, Haile RW, Ahnen DJ, Sandler RS, Lance P, Stern MC. Carcinogen metabolism genes, red meat and poultry intake, and colorectal cancer risk. Int J Cancer. 2012 Apr 15; 130(8):1898-907. PMID: 21618522.
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      31. Komenaka IK, Hsu CH, Martinez M, Bouton ME, Low BG, Salganick JA, Nodora J, Hibbard ML, Jha C. Preoperative chemotherapy for operable breast cancer is associated with better compliance with adjuvant therapy in matched stage II and IIIA patients. Oncologist. 2011; 16(6):742-51. PMID: 21558134.
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      32. Jacobs E, Martinez M, Buckmeier J, Lance P, May M, Jurutka P. Circulating fibroblast growth factor-23 is associated with increased risk for metachronous colorectal adenoma. J Carcinog. 2011; 10:3. PMID: 21383962.
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      33. Nuño T, Martinez M, Harris R, García F. A Promotora-administered group education intervention to promote breast and cervical cancer screening in a rural community along the U.S.-Mexico border: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer Causes Control. 2011 Mar; 22(3):367-74. PMID: 21184267.
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      34. Brevik A, Joshi AD, Corral R, Onland-Moret NC, Siegmund KD, Le Marchand L, Baron JA, Martinez M, Haile RW, Ahnen DJ, Sandler RS, Lance P, Stern MC. Polymorphisms in base excision repair genes as colorectal cancer risk factors and modifiers of the effect of diets high in red meat. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Dec; 19(12):3167-73. PMID: 21037106.
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      35. Ooi SL, Martinez M, Li CI. Disparities in breast cancer characteristics and outcomes by race/ethnicity. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011 Jun; 127(3):729-38. PMID: 21076864.
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      36. Bouton ME, Nodora J, Hsu CH, Green A, Martinez M, Komenaka IK. Understanding of breast cancer concepts in an undereducated county hospital population. J Surg Oncol. 2010 Oct 1; 102(5):398-403. PMID: 20734421.
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      37. Levine AJ, Figueiredo JC, Lee W, Conti DV, Kennedy K, Duggan DJ, Poynter JN, Campbell PT, Newcomb P, Martinez M, Hopper JL, Le Marchand L, Baron JA, Limburg PJ, Ulrich CM, Haile RW. A candidate gene study of folate-associated one carbon metabolism genes and colorectal cancer risk. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Jul; 19(7):1812-21. PMID: 20615890.
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      38. Komenaka IK, Martinez M, Pennington RE, Hsu CH, Clare SE, Thompson PA, Murphy C, Zork NM, Goulet RJ. Race and ethnicity and breast cancer outcomes in an underinsured population. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2010 Aug 4; 102(15):1178-87. PMID: 20574040.
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      39. Levine AJ, Figueiredo JC, Lee W, Poynter JN, Conti D, Duggan DJ, Campbell PT, Newcomb P, Martinez M, Hopper JL, Le Marchand L, Baron JA, Limburg PJ, Ulrich CM, Haile RW. Genetic variability in the MTHFR gene and colorectal cancer risk using the colorectal cancer family registry. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Jan; 19(1):89-100. PMID: 20056627.
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      40. Figueiredo JC, Levine AJ, Lee WH, Conti DV, Poynter JN, Campbell PT, Duggan D, Lewinger JP, Martinez M, Ulrich CM, Newcomb P, Potter J, Limburg PJ, Hopper J, Jenkins MA, Le Marchand L, Baron JA, Haile RW. Genes involved with folate uptake and distribution and their association with colorectal cancer risk. Cancer Causes Control. 2010 Apr; 21(4):597-608. PMID: 20037791.
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      41. Einspahr JG, Martinez M, Jiang R, Hsu CH, Rashid A, Bhattacharrya AK, Ahnen DJ, Jacobs ET, Houlihan PS, Webb CR, Alberts DS, Hamilton SR. Associations of Ki-ras proto-oncogene mutation and p53 gene overexpression in sporadic colorectal adenomas with demographic and clinicopathologic characteristics. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006 Aug; 15(8):1443-50. PMID: 16896030.
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      42. Martinez M. Genetic epidemiology: the value of population differences. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006 Jan; 15(1):6. PMID: 16434578.
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      43. Alberts DS, Potter JD, Martinez M, Hess LM, Stopeck A, Lance P. What happened to the coxibs on the way to the cardiologist? Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2005 Mar; 14(3):555-6. PMID: 15767326.
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      44. Reid ME, Marshall JR, Roe D, Lebowitz M, Alberts D, Battacharyya AK, Martinez M. Smoking exposure as a risk factor for prevalent and recurrent colorectal adenomas. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2003 Oct; 12(10):1006-11. PMID: 14578135.
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      45. Martinez M, O'Brien TG, Fultz KE, Babbar N, Yerushalmi H, Qu N, Guo Y, Boorman D, Einspahr J, Alberts DS, Gerner EW. Pronounced reduction in adenoma recurrence associated with aspirin use and a polymorphism in the ornithine decarboxylase gene. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2003 Jun 24; 100(13):7859-64. PMID: 12810952.
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      46. Thomson CA, LeWinn K, Newton TR, Alberts DS, Martinez M. Nutrition and diet in the development of gastrointestinal cancer. Curr Oncol Rep. 2003 May; 5(3):192-202. PMID: 12667416.
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