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photo Esa Matius Davis, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Associate Professor of Medicine, Clinical and Translational Science

Director UPMC Tobacco Treatment Service

Email: davisem@upmc.edu

Phone: 412-692-4862

Contact
Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
 
Phone: 412-692-4862
Fax: 412-692-4838
E-mail: davisem@upmc.edu
Education and Training
Education
BS in Biology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993
MD, New Jersey Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), 1997
MPH (Epidemiology), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2002
Training
Family Medicine Residency, Overlook Hospital, New Jersey, 2000
Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program Research Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
General Internal Medicine and National Research Service Award Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, 2003
Research Interest
Dr. Davis is an NIH-funded clinical researcher with a patient-oriented research program focused on obesity related maternal and child health outcomes and in comparative effectiveness research in obesity and tobacco. Much of her work has focused on understanding the development of obesity in women. She specifically contributed to the field by investigating the perinatal, cultural, behavioral factors associated with the racial and socioeconomic disparities in obesity among women that have persisted for decades. She published a novel conceptual framework that has been highly cited to help guide the testing of hypotheses associated weight change during pregnancy and the long-term development of obesity and related disparities. Dr. Davis has contributed new analytic methods in investigating pregnancy-factors associated with the development of maternal obesity and related outcomes. She is currently the principal investigator of a NIH funded randomized controlled trial titled, “Comparison of Two Screening Strategies for Gestational Diabetes, GDM2 Study” which aims to examine differences in perinatal outcomes of women randomized to two screening/diagnostic strategies for gestational diabetes. She has also conducted studies that investigate the association between obesity and cardiac recovery and remodeling in women with postpartum cardiomyopathy.

Dr. Davis' research also focuses on reducing risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, smoking and patient attitudes associated with cardiovascular disease. She is currently a co-investigator on 3 NIH/FDA funded randomized control trials that are investigating effective strategies for treating hospitalized smokers and evaluating new nicotine standards for cigarettes.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Davis is a board-certified practicing family physician with more than 20 years of clinical expertise in the acute and chronic management of adults and children with specific focus in women's health. She coordinates an outpatient contraception clinic in Turtle Creek and maintains a part-time primary care practice at Montifiore Hospital General Internal Medicine Practice.

Dr. Davis is directs the UPMC Tobacco Treatment Service (TTS) which provides inpatient treatment (high intensity bedside counseling and pharmacotherapy recommendations), education and training to physicians and clinical staff, collaborates with eRecord teams to improve documentation and reporting of tobacco treatment, and supports research through participation in clinical trials. The TTS team uses a systems-level approach to treating hospitalized tobacco users and since September 2012 has treated over 11,000 patients. The TTS is leading the first in the nation bidirectional electronic referral from the patient electronic health record (EHR) to the state quitline upon hospital discharge and currently generates 20% of all patient referral in Pennsylvania.
Publications
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Selected Publications:
Davis EM, Zyzanski SJ, Olson CM, Stange KC, Horwitz RI. Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in the incidence of obesity related to childbirth. American Journal of Public Health. 2009; 99: 294-299.
Davis EM, Clark JM, Carrese JA, Gary TL, Cooper LA. Racial and socioeconomic differences in obese women's weight-loss method experiences. American Journal of Public Health. 2005; 95(9): 1539-1543.
Davis, EM, Appel, L, Wang, X, Greene,T, Astor, B, Rahman, M, Toto, R, Lipkowitz, M, Pogue,V, Wright, J, AASK Research Collaborative Group. Limitations of Analyses Based on Achieved Blood Pressure: Lessons from the AASK Trial. Hypertension. 2011; 57(6): 1061-1068.
Davis, EM, Stange, K, Horwitz, RI. Childbearing, stress and obesity disparities in women: a public health perspective. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2012; 16: 109-118.
Abrams, A, Heggeseth, B, Davis, EM. Parity, race and age increase body mass index in U.S. women: a prospective 25-year study. Obesity. 2013; 18: 1514-1518.
Johnson,T, Weaver, M, Borrero,S, Davis, EM, Myaskovsky, L, Zuckerbraun, N, Kraemer, K. Association of race and ethnicity with management of abdominal pain in the emergency department. Pediatrics. 2013; 132 (4): 851-858.
Davis, EM, Babineau, DC, Wang, X, Zyzanski, SI, Abrams, B, Bodnar, L, Horwitz, RI. Short inter-pregnancy intervals, parity, excessive pregnancy weight gain and risk of maternal obesity. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2014; 18(3): 554-562.
Antognoli, EL, Smith, KJ, Manson, M, Milliner, BR, Davis, EM, Harris-Haywood, S, Seeholzer, E, Flocke, SA. Direct observation of weight counseling in primary care: alignment with clinical guidelines. Clinical Obesity. 2014; 4(2): 69-76.
Catov, JM, Abetemarco, DJ, Althouse, A, Davis, EM, Hubel, CA. Patterns of gestational weight gain among overweight and obese women related to small and large for gestational age births. Obesity. 2015; 23(5): 1071-1078.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Expanding National Capacity in PCOR Through Training (ENACT)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Grant Number: R25 HS023185
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: Comparison of Two Screening Strategies for Gestational Diabetes
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Grant Number: R01 HD079647
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2019
Title: Comparative Effectiveness of Post-Discharge Strategies for Hospitalized Smokers
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Agency: Massachusetts General Hospital/National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute
Grant Number: R01 HL111821
Start Year: 2012
End Year: 2017
Title: Evaluating New Nicotine Standards for Cigarettes - Project 1
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Agency for Drug Abuse
Grant Number: U54 DA031659
Start Year: 2011
End Year: 2016
Notable Achievements
Member, Institute of Medicine Dissemination of Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines Committee, 2011-2013
Educational Chair, American Heart Association Executive Leadership Advisory Committee, 2012-present
Member, Institute of Medicine Epigenetics and Obesity in Childhood Committee, 2014-2015
Diplomat, American Board of Family Physicians, 2000-present
American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Leadership and Service Award, 2014
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching-Small Group Facilitator Award, 2014
New Pittsburgh Courier’s 2013 Women of Excellence Award, 2013
Member,North American Association for the Study of Obesity, 2011-present