Ray A. Yeager, PhD, MPH

Ray Yeager ImageEpidemiology & Population Health
Assistant Professor
Cardiovascular Innovations Institute Building, Rm 116
Louisville, KY 40202
Student Office Hours by Appointment



Dr. Yeager is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and a Health Geographer with the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute. He is heavily involved with clinical research at the institute and also teaches PHEH-301: Public health and Our Environment.

Research Interests
Dr. Yeager is an active collaborator on the Green Heart Louisville project, University of Louisville Superfund Research Center projects, and the Louisville Healthy Heart Study. The overarching goal of his research is to identify and create a better understanding of environmental factors affecting cardiovascular risk, particularly greenness and air pollutants, that enables high-impact and translatable research to further the NIH mission “to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.” Dr. Yeager oversees collection, storage, analysis, and interpretation of all geographically-linked information at the Envirome Institute. This includes geographic data analysis methods of geocoded participant records, assessment of geophysical characteristics, characterization of environmental exposures, and development of visual representations of geographic information. He has over 12 years of professional and academic experience in geographic analysis, data management, and environmental research.

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

Recent Publications

Yeager, R., Riggs, D.W., DeJarnett, N., Srivastava, Sh., Lorkiewicz, P., Xie, Z., Krivokhizhina, T., Keith, R., Srivastava, Sa., Browning, M., Zafar, N., Krishnasamy S, DeFilippis, A., Turner, J., Rai, S., Bhatnagar, A. Association between residential greenness and exposure to volatile organic compounds. Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135435

Yeager, R., Smith, T., Bhatnagar, A. Green Environments and Cardiovascular Health. Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135435

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. Journal of the American Heart Association. 18;7(24):e009117, 2018. PMCID: PMC30561265, https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/JAHA.118.009117

Riggs, D.W., Yeager, R., Bhatnagar, A. Defining the Human Envirome: An Omics Approach for Assessing the Environmental Risk of Cardiovascular Disease. Circulation Research. 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. The Journal of Pediatrics. 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. Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 35: 2468-2477, 2015. PMCID: PMC4862408, https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/full/10.1161/ATVBAHA.115.305724

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