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Ray A. Yeager, PhD, MPH

Ray Yeager ImageEnvironmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Assistant Professor
Cardiovascular Innovations Institute Bulding, Rm 116
Louisville, KY 40202
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BS – University of Louisville (2008) Geography and Geosciences
MPH – University of Louisville (2010) Environmental & Occupational Health
PhD – University of Louisville (2016) Public Health Sciences, Environmental Health

Dr. Yeager is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Health and Information Sciences and a health geographer specializing in environmental influences on cardiovascular health, primarily conducted as part of the newly formed Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville. His current research is focused on spatial analysis of links between environmental greenness, air pollution, and cardiovascular health.

Research Interests
He is an active collaborator on the Green Heart Louisville project, University of Louisville Superfund Research Center projects, and the Louisville Healthy Heart Study.

Recent Publications
Yeager, R., Riggs, D.W., DeJarnett, N., Tollerud, D., Wilson, J., Conklin, D., E. O’Toole, T., McCracken, J., Lorkiewicz, P., Xie, Z., Zafar, N., Krishnasamy S., Srivastava, S., Finch, J., Keith, R., DeFilippis, A., Rai, S., Liu, G., Bhatnagar, A. Association between residential greenness and cardiovascular disease risk. J Am Heart Assoc. 18;7(24):e009117, 2018. PMCID: PMC30561265,

Riggs, D.W., Yeager, R., Bhatnagar, A. Defining the Human Envirome: An Omics Approach for Assessing the Environmental Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Circ. Res. 122(9):1259-1275, 2018. PMCID: PMC29700071, https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.311230

Shaffer L., Brothers K., Burkhead T., Yeager R., Myers J., Sweeney, B. Factors Associated with Attendance after Referral to a Pediatric Weight Management Program. J Pediatr. 172:35-9, 2016.PMCID: PMC26947949, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022347616001591

DeJarnett, N., Yeager, R., Conklin, D.J., Lee Jongmin, O’Toole, T.E., McCracken, J., Abplanalp, W., Srivastava, S., Riggs, D.W., Hamzeh, I., Wagner, S., Chugh, A., DeFilippis, A., Ciszewski, T., Wyatt, B., Becher, C., Higdon, D., Ramos, K., Tollerud, D.J., Myers, J.A., Rai, S.N., Shah, J., Zafar, N., Krishnasamy S.S., Prabhu, S.D., Bhatnagar, A.  Residential proximity to major roadways is associated with increased levels of AC133+ circulating angiogenic cells.  Arterioscl Thromb Vasc Biol 35: 2468-2477, 2015.  PMCID: PMC4862408, https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/ATVBAHA.115.305724

DeJarnett, N., Conklin, D.J., Riggs, D.W., Myer, J.A., O’Toole, T.E., Hamzeh, I., Wagner, S., Chugh, A., Ramos, K., Srivastava, S., Higdon, D., Tollerud, D.J., DeFilippis, A., Becher, C., Wyatt, B., McCracken, J., Abplanalp, W., Rai, S.N., Ciszewski, T., Xia, Z., Yeager, R., Prabhu, S.D., Bhatnagar, A. Acrolein exposure is associated with increased cardiovascular disease risk. J. Amer. Heart Assoc.  114.000934, 2014. PMCID: PMC4310380, https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/JAHA.114.000934

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