Richard N Baumgartner, PhD

Epidemiology and Population Health
Professor and Chair
485 E. Gray St., Room 227 A
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: 502-852-2038
Fax: 502-852-3291


Richard N. Baumgartner received a PhD in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston in 1982. He was a Research Assistant Professor at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio from 1985 to 1990, where he worked on the Fels Longitudinal Growth Study and other research in human growth, development, body composition and cardiovascular disease risk. In 1991, he transferred to the University of New Mexico and refocused his research on body composition changes in old age and chronic disease risk, including injurious falls and disability. He served as the Principal Investigator of the "New Mexico Aging Process Study", a longitudinal cohort study of elderly men and women, from 1998-2004. He also developed a research program in nutrition, physical activity and breast cancer prognosis, known as the "Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle" (HEAL) Study. He served as the Associate Director of the UNM Clinical Nutrition Program from 1991-1998, and as the Director of the Aging and Genetic Epidemiology Program from 1998-2004. He was Interim Chief of the Division of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine from 2003-2004. Dr. Baumgartner joined the Department of Epidemiology and Clinical Investigation Sciences in July 2005 as a tenured Professor and Distinguished University Scholar.

Research Interests

Body Composition, including obesity, sarcopenia and osteopenia in relation to aging, chronic disease, and disability. Nutritional, hormonal, and inflammatory biomarkers. Molecular epidemiology. Breast Cancer.

Dr. Baumgartner has published over 300 journal manuscripts, book chapters, and abstract presentations.


Current Projects

New Mexico Aging Process Study

Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) Study


Honors and Awards

Ralph Williams Research Award

Max Horwitt Memorial Lecturer

Distinguished University Scholar


My Support Staff

Paula Bossmeyer

Just for Fun

Dr. Baumgartner is a gourmet cook.


Book Chapters
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"Human Body Composition"
Baumgartner RN. Heymsfield SB, Lohman T, Wang Z, Going S; Champaign-Urbana: Human Kinetics;
Publication Date: 2005

"Body composition and anthropometry"
"Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease"
Baumgartner RN, Heymsfield SB. Shils ME, Olson JA, Shike M, Ross AC; New York: Williams and Wilkins;
Publication Date: 2005

"Evaluation of total body and regional composition"
"Handbook of Obesity"
Heymsfield SB, Baumgartner RN, Ross R, Allison D, Wang Z. Bray G, Bouchard C, James P; New York: Marcel Dekker;
Publication Date: 1998

"Assessment of body composition: an overview"
Heymsfield SB, Lichtman S, Baumgartner RN, Kamen Y. Brodoff B, Bjorntorp P; Philadelphia: JB Lippincott;
Publication Date: 1992


Journal Articles
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"Sarcopenia, obesity and inflammation"
Cesari M, Kritchevsky S, Baumgartner RN, Atkinson HH, Penninx B, Lenchik L, Palla SL, Ambrosius W, Tracy RP, Pahor M. Am J Clin Nutr; 82(): 428-434
Publication Date: 2005

"Apolipoprotein epsilon4 allele and problems with orientation are associated with a persistent decline in cognition in community-dwelling elderly persons"
Wayne SJ, Vellas BP, Brodie S, Garry PJ, Baumgartner RN. J Gerontology; 60(): 375-379
Publication Date: 2005

"Increasing trends in elderly persons' use of nonvitamin, nonmineral dietary supplements and concurrent use of medications"
Wold R, Lopez S, Yau C, Butler L, Pareo-Tubbeh S, Waters D, Garry PJ, Baumgartner RN. J Am Diet Assoc; 105(): 54-63
Publication Date: 2005

"Cytokine-related aging process"
Morley JE and Baumgartner RN. J Gerontology; 59A(): 924-929
Publication Date: 2004

"Skeletal muscle cutpoints associated with elevated physical disability risk in older men and women"
Janssen I, Baumgartner RN, Ross R, Rosenberg IH, Roubenoff R. Am J Epidemiology; 159(): 413-421
Publication Date: 2004

"Changes in diet after diagnosis with breast cancer"
Wayne SJ, Lopez S, Butler L, Baumgartner KB, Baumgartner RN, Ballard-Barbash R. J Am Diet Assoc; 104(): 1561-1568
Publication Date: 2004

"Physical activity levels among breast cancer survivors"
Irwin ML, McTiernan A, Bernstein L, Gilliland F, Baumgartner RN, Baumgartner KB, Ballard-Barbash R.. Med Sci Sports Exerc; 36(): 1484-1491
Publication Date: 2004

"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, Crumley DD, Gilliland F, Mc Tiernan A, Bernstein L, Ballard-Barbash R. Am J Epidemiology; 160(): 1087-1097
Publication Date: 2004

"Sarcopenic obesity predicts instrumental activities of daily living disability in the elderly"
Baumgartern RN, Wayne SJ, Waters DL, Janssen I, Gallagher D, Morley J. Obesity Research; 12(): 1995-2004
Publication Date: 2004

"Adiposity and sex hormones in breast cancer patients"
McTiernan A, Rajan B, Tworoger S, Irwin M, Berstein L, Baumgartner RN, Gilliland F, Stanczyk F, Yasui Y, Ballard-Barbash R. J Clinical Oncology; 21(): 1961-1966
Publication Date: 2003

"Age-related changes in sex hormones affect the sex-difference in serum leptin independently of changes in body fat"
Baumgartner RN, Waters DL, Morley JE, Patrick P, Montoya GD, Garry PJ. Metabolism; 48(): 1-8
Publication Date: 1999

"Serum leptin in elderly people: associations with sex hormones, insulin, and adipose tissue volumes"
Baumgartner RN, Ross R, Waters DL, Brooks WM, Morley JE, Montoya GD, Garry PJ. Obesity Res; 7(): 141-149
Publication Date: 1999

"Epidemiology of sarcopenia in elderly people in New Mexico"
Baumgartner RN, Koehler K, Romero L, Lindeman RD, Garry PJ. Am J Epidemiology; 147(): 744-763
Publication Date: 1998

Irwin ML, Aiello EJ, McTiernan A, Baumgartner RN, Baumgartner KB, Bernstein L, Gilliland FD, Ballard-Barbash R. Pre-diagnosis physical activity and mammographic density in breast cancer survivors.  Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2006 Jan;95(2):171-8..

Irwin ML, McTiernan A, Bernstein L, Gilliland FD, Baumgartner R, Baumgartner K, Ballard-Barbash R. Relationship of obesity and physical activity with C-peptide, leptin, and insulin-like growth factors in breast cancer survivors. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2005;14(12):2881-8.

Wayne SJ, Baumgartner K, Baumgartner RN, Berstein L, Bowen DJ, Ballard-Barbash R.  Diet quality is directly associated with quality of life in breast cancer survivors.
Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2006;96:227-32.

Fan J, McKean-Cowdin R, Berstein L, Stanczyk FZ, Li AX, Ballard-Barbarsh R, McTiernan A, Baumgartner RN, Gilliland F.  An association between a common variant (G972R) in the IRS-1 gene and sex hormone levels in post-menopausal breast cancer survivors.  Breast Cancer Res Treat.  2006; 99(3):323-31.

Slattery ML, Sweeney C, Edwards S, Herrick J, Baumgartner KB, Wolff R, Mutaugh M, Baumgartner RN, Giuliano A, Byers T.  Body size, weight change, fat distribution and breast cancer risk in Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women.  Breast Cancer Research & Treatment 2006; 102:85-101.

Fordyce CA, Heaphy CM, Bisoffi M, Wyaco JL, Joste NE, Mangalik A, Baumgartner KB, Baumgartner R, Hunt WC, Griffith JK.  Telomere content correlates with stage and prognosis in breast cancer.  Breast Cancer Res Treat 2006; 99(2):193-202.

Abrahamson PE, Tworoger SS, Aiello EJ, Berstein L, Ulrich CM, Gilliland FD, Stanczyk FZ, Baumgartner RN, Baumgartner KB, Sorensen B, Ballard-Barbash R, McTiernan A.  Associations between the CYP17, CYP1B1, COMT and SHBG polymorphisms and serum sex hormones in post-menopausal breast cancer survivors.  Breast Cancer Res Treat 2007; 105(1):45-54.

Irwin ML, Aiello EJ, McTiernan A, Berstein L, Gilliland FD, Baumgartner RN, Baumgartner KB, Ballard-Barbash R.  Physical activity, body mass index, and mammographic density in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors.  J Clin Oncol. 2007 Mar 20;25(9):1061-6.

Wold RS, Wayne SJ, Waters DL, Baumgartner RN. Behaviors underlying the use of nonvitamin nonmineral dietary supplements in a healthy elderly cohort.  J Nutr Health Aging. 2007 Jan-Feb;11(1):3-7.

Slattery ML, Curtin K, Baumgartner R, Sweeney C, Baumgartner R, Giulinao A, Byers T.  IL6, aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and breast cancer risk in women living in the southwestern United States.  Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2007 Apr;16(4):747-55.

Slattery ML, Curtin K, Baumgartner R, Edwards S, Sweeney C, Baumgartner K, Giuliano A, Byers T.  Active and passive smoking, IL6, ESR1, and breast cancer risk.  Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2007 Jun 27.

Brock GN, Baumgartner RN, Slattery ML, Byers T, Guiliano A, Baumgartner KB. Validation of clusters derived from genetic marker data.  Genet Epidemiol 2007;31 (5): 463-464.

Heaphy CM, Baumgartner KB, Bisoffi M, Baumgartner RN, Griffith JK.  Telomere content predicts breast cancer survival. Clin Cancer Research 2007;13 (23): 7037-7043.

Slattery ML, Curtin K, Sweeney C, Wolff RK, Baumgartner RN, Baumgartner KB, Giuliano AR, Byers T.  Modifying effects of IL-6 polymorphisms on body size-associated breast cancer risk. Obesity 2008 Feb;16(2):339-47.

Wayne SJ, Neuhouser ML, Ulrich CM, Koprowski C, Baumgartner KB, Baumgartner RN, McTiernan A, Bernstein L, Ballard-Barbash R.  Dietary fiber is associated with serum sex hormones and insulin-related peptides in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors.  Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2007 Dec 5 [Epub ahead of print].

Pierce BL, Neuhouser ML, Wener MH, Bernstein L, Baumgartner RN, Gilliland FD, Baumgartner KB, Ballard-Barbash R, Sorensen B, McTiernan A, Ulrich CM.  Correlates of circulating C-reactive protein and serum amyloid A concentrations in breast cancer survivors.  Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2008 Apr 10; [Epub ahead of print]

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