Department of Medicine

University of Pittsburgh

Esa Matius Davis, MD, MPH


Assistant Professor of Medicine

Office: 230 McKee Place, Suite 600
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-692-4862
Fax: 412-692-4838

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

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

Area of Specialization/Research Interest  
Obesity and cardiovascular diseases in women
Health disparities
Maternal weight gain and retention
Psychobiological determinants of chronic disease
Mixed-method research designs
Research education

Dr. Davis is a practicing physician who is board-certified in family medicine. She is also a clinical researcher who has conducted both qualitative and quantitative studies. Her research focuses on understanding the complex interrelationships among psychosocial, behavioral, cultural, biological, and perinatal factors that contribute to obesity among women, especially those in minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged groups.

Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications
Title: Attitudes and cardiovascular disease.
Author(s): Tindle H, Davis E, Kuller L
Year: 2010
Journal: Maturitas
Volume: 67
Page(s): 108-113
Title: Obesity in pregnancy.
Author(s): Davis E, Olson C
Year: 2009
Journal: Primary Care
Volume: 36
Page(s): 341-356
Title: Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic differences in the incidence of obesity related to childbirth.
Author(s): Davis EM, Zyzanski SJ, Olson CM, Stange KC, Horwitz RI
Year: 2009
Journal: American Journal of Public Health
Volume: 99
Page(s): 294-299
Title: Racial and socioeconomic differences in weight-loss experiences of obese women.
Author(s): Davis EM, Clark JM, Carrese JA, Gary TL, Cooper LA
Year: 2005
Journal: American Journal of Public Health
Volume: 95
Page(s): 1539-1543
Title: Mental health, family function and obesity in African-American women.
Author(s): Davis EM, Rovi S, Johnson MS
Year: 2005
Journal: Journal of the National Medical Association
Volume: 97
Page(s): 478-482
Title: Vitamin and herbal supplement use and health status in primary care patients.
Author(s): Davis EM, Haywood S, Rovi S, Heaton C, Kaye S, Johnson M
Year: 2004
Journal: Journal of the Association for Academic Minority Physicians
Volume: 15
Page(s): 1-7
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