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Marlene Camacho-Rivera

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Marlene Camacho-Rivera

Assistant Medical Professor

Harris Hall
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Dr. Marlene Camacho-Rivera is an Assistant Medical Professor in the department of Community Health and Social Medicine at the CUNY School of Medicine.  An epidemiologist by training, Dr. Camacho-Rivera’s research focuses on three main themes: 
1.     Elucidating social determinants of racial/ethnic disparities in chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, asthma, and cancer
2.     Exploring within group heterogeneity in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease outcomes among racial/ethnic groups
3.     Developing culturally-tailored, patient-centered interventions to improve chronic disease self-management among urban minorities
Dr. Camacho-Rivera received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Society from Cornell University and her doctoral degree in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer epidemiology at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research and has additional training in health policy and management. Committed to reducing health disparities, Dr. Camacho-Rivera has been the recipient of several fellowships from the National Institutes of Health including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Public Health Association, and the New York Academy of Medicine. 

ScD, Harvard School of Public Health

MS, Harvard School of Public Health

MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine

BS, Cornell University 

Research Interests

Chronic disease epidemiology

Health equity

Social epidemiology

Urban health


Select Peer-Reviewed Publications

Camacho-Rivera M, Kawachi I, Bennett GG, Subramanian SV. Revisiting the Hispanic

Health Paradox: The Relative Contributions of Nativity, Country of Origin, and

Race/Ethnicity to Childhood Asthma. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. 2015



Taioli E, Wolf AS, Moline JM, Camacho-Rivera M, Flores RM. Frequency of surgery in

Black patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma. Disease Markers. 2015. Article ID



Azab B, Camacho-Rivera M, Taioli E. Average Values and Racial Differences of

Neutrophil lymphocyte ratio among a nationally representative sample of United States

subjects. PLOS One. 2014 Nov 6; 9(11):e112361.


Camacho-Rivera M, Kalwar T, Sanmugarajah J, Shapira I, Taioli E. Heterogeneity of breast

cancer clinical characteristics and outcomes in US black women – effect of place of birth.

The Breast Journal. 2014 Sep-Oct;20(5):489-95.


Taioli E, Wolf AS, Camacho-Rivera M, Flores RM. Women have threefold better survival

rate than men with malignant pleural mesothelioma. The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2014

Sep;98(3):1020-4. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2014.04.040.


Camacho-Rivera M, Bennett GG, Kawachi I, Subramanian SV. Racial/Ethnic,

Socioeconomic, and Neighborhood Differences in Indoor Allergen Exposures among Los

Angeles Households. The Journal of Urban Health. 2014 Aug;91(4):661-76.


Camacho-Rivera M, Kawachi I, Bennett GG, Subramanian SV. Perceptions of

Neighborhood Safety and Asthma among Children and Adolescents in Los Angeles: A

Multilevel Analysis. PLOS One. 2014 Jan 23;9(1):e87524.


Camacho-Rivera M, Ragin C, Roach V, Kalwar T, Taioli E. Breast cancer clinical

characteristics and outcomes in Trinidad and Tobago. Journal of Immigrant and Minority

Health. 2013 Oct 22


Saeed O, Patel J, Rivera A, Camacho-Rivera M, Goldstein DJ, Maybaum S, Patel SR.

Aortic Valve Opening Predicts Thrombotic Events during Continuous Flow Left Ventricular

Assist Device (CF-LVAD) Support. Circulation. 2012 126:A11343.


Patel S, Rivera A, Patel J, Saeed O, Camacho-Rivera M, Maybaum S, Goldstein D.

Gastrointestinal bleeding is not associated with pump speed and aortic valve opening in

patients supported with the Heart Mate II LVAD. Journal of Heart and Lung

Transplantation. 2012 31(4):s34.


Graham T, Zotter J, Camacho M. Who’s Sick at School: Linking Poor School Conditions

and Health Disparities for Boston’s Children. New Solutions. 2009; 19(3):355-364. 

Book Contributions

Graham T, Zotter J, Camacho M. 2014. Who’s Sick at School: Linking Poor School

Conditions and Health Disparities for Boston’s Children. In The Toxic Schoolhouse. M.K.

Scammell and C. Levenstein, Eds. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company.


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