Min Lian, MD, PhD

Min Lian, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine


Dr. Lian is a Spatial Epidemiologist. His research interests focus on spatial-correlated epidemiological methodology and its application in cancer prevention and control. He has extensive training and research experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial statistics, and Bayesian hierarchical modeling, aiming to i) identify geographic clustering/hot-spots, ii) develop modeling-based smoothing maps, iii) quantify spatial/temporal variations and spatial autocorrelation, iv) construct indexed measurements of built neighborhood environments (e.g., socioeconomic deprivation, walkability, and spatial accessibility to health/public services), and v) examine the roles of neighborhood disadvantages in diseases and relevant health risk behaviors. Dr. Lian is also interested in gene-neighborhood interaction in cancer-related risk behaviors, such as cigarette smoking.

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Lian M, Warner RD, Alexander JL, Dixon KR. Using geographic information systems and spatial and space-time scan statistics for a population-based risk analysis of the 2002 equine West Nile epidemic in six contiguous regions of Texas. International Journal of Health Geographics 2007; 6:42.

Schootman M, Jeffe DB, Lian M, Aft R, Gillanders WE. Surveillance mammography and the risk of death among elderly breast cancer patients. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 2008; 111(3):489-496.

Lian M, Jeffe DB, Schootman M. Racial and geographic differences in mammography screening in Saint Louis City: a multilevel study. Journal of Urban Health-Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine 2008; 85(5):677-692.

Lian M, Schootman M, Yun SM. Geographic variation and effect of area-level poverty rate on colorectal cancer screening. BMC Public Health 2008; 16:358.

Schootman M, Jeffe DB, Lian M, Gillanders WE, Aft R. The role of poverty rate and racial distribution in the geographic clustering of breast cancer survival among older women: a geographic and multilevel analysis. American Journal of Epidemiology 2009; 169(5):554-561.

Wright Willis A, Evanoff BA, Lian M, Criswell SR, Racette BA. Geographical and Ethnic Variation in Parkinson Disease: A Population-Based Study of US Medicare Beneficiaries. Neuroepidemiology 2010, 34: 143-151.

Schootman M, Lian M, Deshpande A, Baker E, Pruitt S, Aft R, Jeffe D. Temporal trends in geographic disparities in small-area breast cancer incidence and mortality, 1988 to 2005. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 2010; 19(4):1122-1131.

Wright-Willis A, Evanoff BA, Lian M, Wegrzyn A, Galarza A, Schootman M, Racette BA. Metal emissions and urban incident Parkinson Disease: a community health study of Medicare beneficiaries using geographical information systems. American Journal of Epidemiology 2010; 172:1357-1363.

Major JM, Cross AJ, Doubeni CA, Park Y, Lian M, Hollenbeck AR, Schatzkin A, Graubard BI, Sinha R. Socioeconomic deprivation impact on meat intake and mortality: NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. Cancer Causes and Control. 2011; 22:1699-1707.

Lian M, Schootman M, Doubeni CA, Park Y, Major JM, Torres Stone RA, Laiyemo AO, Hollenbeck AR, Graubard BI, Schatzkin A. Geographic variation in colorectal cancer survival and the role of small-area socioeconomic deprivation: a multilevel survival analysis of the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Cohort. American Journal of Epidemiology 2011; 174(7):828-838.

Doubeni CA, Laiyemo AO, Major JM, Schootman M, Lian M, Park Y, Graubard BI, Hollenbeck AR, Sinha R. Socioeconomic status and the risk of colorectal cancer: An analysis of more than a half million adults in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. Cancer. 2012; 118:3636-44.

Lian M, Struthers J, Schootman M. Comparing GIS-based measures to mammography and their validity in predicting neighborhood risk of late-stage breast cancer. PLoS ONE 2012; 7(8):e43000.

Shacham E, Lian M, Onen N, Donovan MF, Overton ET. Are neighborhood conditions associated with HIV management? HIV Medicine. In Press.

Kelly CM, Lian M, Struthers J, Kammrath A. Walking to work: the roles of neighborhood walkability and socioeconomic deprivation. Journal of Physical Activity & Health. In Press.

Powell-Wiley T, Agyemang P, Ayers C, Leonard T, Berrigan D, Ballard-Barbash R, Lian M, Das S, Hoehner C. Neighborhood-Level Socioeconomic Deprivation Predicts Weight Gain in a Multi-Ethnic Population: Longitudinal Data from the Dallas Heart Study. Preventive Medicine. In Press.

Schootman M, Lian M, Pruitt SL, Hendren S, Mutch M, Deshpande AD, Jeffe DB, Davidson NO. Hospital and geographic variability in two colorectal cancer surgery outcomes: complications and mortality after complications. Annals of Surgical Oncology. In Press.