Kathy B. Baumgartner, PhD

 Epidemiology and Population Health
Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
485 E. Gray St., Room 230
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-852-1894
Fax: 502-852-3294 


Dr. Kathy B. Baumgartner (MA, MS, PhD) is a cancer epidemiologist with extensive experience designing and conducting large population-based studies. In September 1996, she was awarded a Predoctoral Fellowship through the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Breast Cancer Research Program. She received her PhD in May 1999 in Epidemiology through the University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas. She began her position at the University of Louisville as an Associate Professor on July 1, 2005.

Dr. Baumgartner's current research is focused primarily on breast cancer. She is the Principal Investigator of the New Mexico component of the 4-Corners Women's Health Study (4-CWHS), a case-control study conducted in collaboration with the University of Arizona, Colorado, and Utah. The basis of the 4-CWHS is to explore the contradiction between breast cancer incidence rates and prevalence of exposures among the primary ethnic groups in the Southwest. The focus is on the relationship between breast cancer and obesity and associated indicators of insulin status. The roles of genetic susceptibility and metabolic and lifestyle exposures are being investigated within the context of this study, and genetic admixture is being used to define the continuum of ethnic diversity in the population. The inclusion of three diverse populations will enhance our ability to detect relevant genetic associations.

She is also the Principal Investigator of a new study, Ethnicity, Breast Cancer Recurrence & Long-Term Quality of Life, focused on breast cancer recurrence, survival and long-term quality of life among women who previously participated in a case-control study. A primary interest of this study is to determine ethnic differences in prognosis and quality of life. This follow-up study will provide a unique opportunity to evaluate factors influencing survival and recurrence in long-term breast cancer survivors, and quality of life compared to population-based controls. Importantly, it will allow the comparison of Hispanic versus non-Hispanic white women for these outcomes and the interaction of ethnicity with other prognostic factors in an aging cohort. The proposed study could have important implications for treatment of women and long-term care of breast cancer survivors.

Dr. K. Baumgartner is the Co-Investigator of the Health, Eating, Activity, & Lifestyle (HEAL) Cohort Study now entering its 9th year of follow-up. It is a multi-centered investigation of the influence of body weight, composition, diet, physical activity, and hormones on prognosis among approximately 1,100 incident female cases of breast cancer ascertained by the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) cancer registries in New Mexico; Western Washington, and Los Angeles, CA. This effort is unique among SEER Special Studies for the depth and complexity of the information collected, and will provide important information on modifiable behaviors that may improve prognosis in breast cancer survivors.

Research Interests

  • Breast cancer and gynecologic cancer epidemiology.
  • Other research interests include cervical and endometrial cancer and respiratory disease.

Current Projects

  • 4-Corner's Women's Health Study
  • Ethnicity, Breast Cancer Recurrence & Long-Term Quality of Life
  • Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle Study


  • NIH Epidemiology of Cancer (EPIC) Study Section,

Honors and Awards

  • Ralph Williams Junior Investigator Award

Office Hours

  • By appointment


"Diet quality is directly associated with quality of life in breast cancer survivors"Wayne S, Baumgartner K, Baumgartner R, et al.. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment; ():
Publication Date:

"Insulin-like growth factor pathway polymorphisms associated with body size in Hispanic and Non-Hispanic white women"
Sweeney, C, Murtaugh MA, Baumgartner KB, et al.. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention; 14(7): 1802-9
Publication Date: 2005

"Changes in body fat and weight after a breast cancer diagnosis: influence of demographic, prognostic and lifestyle factors"
Irwin ML, McTiernan A, Baumgartner R, Baumgartner K, et al.. Journal of Clinical Oncology; 23(4): 774-82
Publication Date: 2005

"Association of body composition and weight history with breast cancer prognostic markers: divergent pattern for Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women"
Baumgartner KB, Hunt WC, Baumgartner RN, et al.. American Journal of Epidemiology; 160(11): 1087-97
Publication Date: 2004

"Changes in dietary intake after diagnosis of breast cancer"
Wayne S, Lopez S, Butler L, Baumgartner K, et al.. Journal of the American Dietetic Association; 104(10): 1561-68
Publication Date: 2004

"Physical activity levels among breast cancer survivors: influence of obesity, ethnicity, age and disease stage"
Irwin ML, McTiernan A, Berstein L, Gilliland F, Baumgartner R, Baumgartner K, et al.. Medicine Science Sports and Exercise; 36(9): 1484-91
Publication Date: 2004

"Hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer risk in Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women: the New Mexico Women's Health Study"
Li R, Gilliland F, Baumgartner K, Samet J. Cancer; 95(5): 960-8
Publication Date: 2002

"Alcohol consumption and breast cancer risk among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women in New Mexico."
Baumgartner K, Annegers J, McPherson R, et al.. Ethnicity and Disease; 12(4): 460-9
Publication Date: 2002

"Family history and risk of breast cancer in Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women: The New Mexico Women's Health Study"
Li R, Gilliland F, Baumgartner K, Samet J. Cancer Causes and Control; 12(): 747-753
Publication Date: 2001

"Physical activity and breast cancer risk in Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women"
Gilliland F, Li Y, Baumgartner K, et al.. American Journal of Epidemiology; 154(5): 442-50
Publication Date: 2001

"Occupational and environmental risk factors for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a multicenter case-control study"
Baumgartner K, Samet J, Coultas D, et al.. American Journal of Epidemiology; 152(): 307-15
Publication Date: 2000

"Validity and reproducibility of a food-frequency questionnaire among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women in New Mexico"
Baumgartner K, Gilliland F, Nicholson C, et al.. Ethnicity and Disease; 8(): 81-92
Publication Date: 1998

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