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Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD

Dana and David Dornsife Dean and Distinguished University Professor of Epidemiology

Dornsife School of Public Health

Contact:

Avd37@drexel.edu

267.359.6070

Diez Roux is internationally known for her research on the social determinants of population health and the many ways that neighborhoods affect health. Her work on the impact of neighborhood conditions on health has been highly influential in the policy debate on population health and its determinants in Philadelphia and around the country and world. She especially focuses on social epidemiology and its relation to health disparities, environmental health effects, psychosocial factors in health, and cardiovascular disease epidemiology. 

Of particular focus to her is urban health. In addition to establishing her school’s Urban Health Collaborative, Diez Roux is the lead investigator on the Salud Urbana en America Latina (SALURBAL) Project, which studies Latin and South American cities to determine how they affect the health of their residents.

More information about Diez Roux

Check out posts from the Drexel News Blog in which she is featured

For news media inquiries, contact Greg Richter at gdr33@drexel.edu or 215.895.2614.

In the News

  • Drexel Awarded $14M NIH Grant to Recruit Diverse Faculty for Health Disparities Research

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, Dana and David Dornsife dean and distinguished university professor of epidemiology at the Dornsife School of Public Health, and Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, distinguished university professor, executive director of the AgeWell Collaboratory and dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, were quoted in an Oct. 18 Philadelphia Business Journal article that reported that the colleges received a 5-year, $14.4 million “Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation” grant from the National Institutes of Health to hire, retain and support diverse, early career researchers with a focus on health disparities research.

  • 2021 Al Día Archetype: Dr. Ana Diez Roux

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, the Dana and David Dornsife dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was profiled in a Sept. 2 AL DÍA feature as one of the 10 inaugural recipients of the Ambassador Manuel Torres Award. 

  • White House Says July 4 Vaccination Goal Won't Be Met

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, the Dana and David Dornsife dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 23 HealthDay News article about the White House announcement on Tuesday that it will miss two benchmarks in its nationwide campaign to stop the spread of coronavirus.

  • COVID Deaths Drop to New Lows in U.S., While Vaccination Rates Climb

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, the Dana and David Dornsife dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 22 HealthDay News story about COVID-19 deaths declining as vaccination rises in the United States. 

  • US Hits Encouraging Milestones on Virus Deaths and Shots

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, the Dana and David Dornsife dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 21 Associated Press article about the United States hitting milestones on COVID-19 vaccinations. The article was also published June 21 by WBKO-TV(ABC-Bowling Green, Kentucky), Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), York Dispatch, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other outlets nationwide. Diez Roux was also quoted in a related June 21 article in The Guardian about COVID-19 deaths in the United States dipping below 300 for the first time since the early days of the pandemic.

  • Tiny Air Pollutants May Come From Different Sources, but They All Show a Similar Biased Trend

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, the Dana and David Dornsife dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in an April 28 Popular Science article about unequal exposures to pollution from fine particulate matter.

  • COVID-19 Isn’t the Only Thing Shortening American Lives

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health and Jose Tapia Granados,PhD,  associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, were quoted in Feb. 23 Bloomberg opinion article about how COVID-19 is effecting new estimates of life expectancy.

  • Experts Spent Months on a Fair COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan, Only To Witness ‘a Chaotic Free-for-All’

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PHD, dean at the Dornsife School of Public Health, and Sarah Long, MD, a professor in the College of Medicine, were featured in a Feb. 6 Philadelphia Inquirer article about failures in the vaccine response to the pandemic. 

  • A Byproduct of the Pandemic? Colleges See Soaring Interest in Health Fields.

    Drexel was included in a Dec. 19 Philadelphia Inquirer story about interest in medical school, nursing and other health-related fields soaring because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, and Mark Stehr, director of the School of Economics in the LeBow College of Business, were quoted in the story.

  • How Can We Distribute a COVID-19 Vaccine Equitably?

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was interviewed in a Dec. 15 got science? ‚Äčpodcast about challenges with COVID-19 vaccine distribution and what principles should be considered to distribute it equitably.

  • Vaccine Is Not Tokyo Olympics Organizers' Lone Hope of a Safe Games in 2021

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Nov. 15 USA Today article about the role a coronavirus vaccine could play in hopes of a safe Olympic Games in 2021.

  • It’s Covid Code Red in Latin America With No Signs of Peaking

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a June 6 Bloomberg story about the factors contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in Latin America.

  • National Coronavirus Updates: CDC to Resume Regular COVID-19 Briefings

    Ana V. Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a May 30 Hearst television story about the CDC deciding to resume COVID-19 briefings. The story was published by Houston Chronicle and LMT online.

  • Poverty and the Pandemic

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was interviewed on the April 7 episode of WHYY-Radio's "Radio Times" about the toll the coronavirus is taking on low-income communities.

  • 'Deaths of Despair' Meets 'Black Lives Matter'

    Research by Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a Jan. 16 Psychology Today post about racial disparities in life expectancy.

  • 1 Big Thing: The Unequal Burden of Air Pollution

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a March 14 Axios story about a recently published study on the racial gap between those who cause air pollution and those who end up breathing it. 

  • Study Finds Racial Gap Between Who Causes Air Pollution And Who Breathes It

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a March 11 NPR story that was picked up by dozens of media nationwide. Diez Roux commented on a recently published study about the racial gap between those who cause air pollution and those who breathe it.


  • The EPA just scrapped two expert panels tasked with evaluating air pollution

    Ana Diez Roux, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in an Oct. 15 Popular Science story about the EPA’s recent decision to end an expert review panel tasked with evaluating air pollutants. Diez Roux served as the panel’s original chair.

  • Former Gov. Ed Rendell Is Leading Nonprofit To Open a Safe-Injection Site in Philadelphia

    Ana Diez Roux, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was mentioned in an Oct. 3 Philadelphia Inquirer story as a member of an advisory committee for a nonprofit whose goal is to open a safe injection site in Philadelphia. The story was also shared on Billy Penn.

  • Why 'Despair Deaths' Continue to Rise in the U.S.

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a March 6Healthline story about the increase of "despair deaths."

  • Here’s the Expertise Scott Pruitt Is Removing From the EPA’s Advisory Boards

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was highlighted in a Nov. 2 Slate story about a new EPA rule, which disallows scientists who have received grants from the agency from sitting on its advisory boards. Diez Roux had been the chairwoman of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory committee. She was also interviewed in a Nov. 2 WHYY story.

  • Trump’s EPA has Blocked Agency Grantees from Serving on Science Advisory Panels. Here is What it Means

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was mentioned in an Oct. 31 Science magazine story discussing potential concerns relating to the announcement by EPA chief Scott Pruitt that scientists who receive EPA grants will not be allowed to sit on the agency's advisory boards. Diez Roux was one of those affected.

  • Trump’s EPA has Blocked Agency Grantees from Serving on Science Advisory Panels. Here is What it Means

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, was mentioned in an Oct. 31 Science magazine story discussing potential concerns relating to the announcement by EPA chief Scott Pruitt that scientists who receive EPA grants will not be allowed to sit on the agency's advisory boards. Diez Roux was one of those affected.

  • Higher Risk of Heart Disease for Blacks in Poorer Neighborhoods

    Sharrelle Barber, ScD, a research fellow at the Dornsife School of Public Health, was quoted in a HealthDay story on the study she did along with dean Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, on the effects of socioeconomic status of neighborhoods on cardiovascular disease in black residents. This story was picked up Jan. 17 by U.S. News & World Report and Philly.com, along with more than a dozen local newspapers across the country.

  • On the Distinction — or Lack of Distinction — Between Population Health and Public Health

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, professor and dean of the Dornsife School of Public Health, wrote an op-ed comparing the terms "population health" and "public health" April 1 for the American Journal of Public Health.

  • Science committee says U.S. ozone limits are too high

    Ana Diez Roux, MD, PhD, dean of the School of Public Health, was mentioned in a Philadelphia Inquirer article on June 27 for being a member of a committee reviewing studies of the health effects of ozone for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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