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Xinhua Yu
Xinhua Yu, M.D., Ph.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Contact information:
Phone: 901-678-3433
Robison Hall 305


  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities
  • MD, Preventive Medicine, Shanghai Medical University
  • MS, Statistics, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities

Research interests:

  • Cancer Epidemiology, prevention, and survivorship
  • Disparities in health and health care of chronic disease management
  • Health services research among U.S. elderly Medicare population
  • Diffusion of emerging health technology and disparities in access of care
  • Application of geographic information system (GIS) in public health
  • Research methodology in Epidemiology

Recent publications:

  • Yu X, McBean AM. Screening mammography use and chemotherapy among female stage II colon cancer patients: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Health Services Research. 2010, 10:98.
  • McBean AM, Yu X. Virnig BA. Screening mammography rate and predictors following treatment of colorectal cancer. Journal of Cancer Survivorship 2009 Mar;3(1):12-20.
  • Jones-Webb R, Yu X, Wall M, Hannan PJ., Hellerstedt W. Race, Socioeconomic Position, and all-Cause Mortality. Journal of Minnesota Medicine. 2009 Feb;92(2):40-3
  • Yu X, Elliott SP, Wilt TJ, McBean AM. Practice patterns in BPH surgical therapy — the dramatic rise in minimally invasive technologies. Journal of Urology. 2008 July; 180(1):241-5; discussion 245.

Class Information:

Xinhua Yu, MD, PhD, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. He earned a MD in preventive medicine from Shanghai Medical University (now College of Medicine at Fudan University) in Shanghai, China, and a PhD in epidemiology and MS in statistics from the University of Minnesota at Twin Cities campus. Dr. Yu has extensive experience in cardiovascular disease epidemiology, obesity and physical activitiy, and cancer epidemiology. He has worked on large epidemiology studies such as CARDIA, a large national longitudinal study on cardiovascular risk factors among young adults. He is an expert in managing and analyzing very large administrative datasets such as Medicare claims, SEER‐Medicare data, and survey data. He has conducted health disparities research among elderly population using Medicare claims and national cancer registry. Dr. Yu’s current research focuses on health disparities, determinants of health care utilization among cancer survivors, and epidemiological methods. Other areas of research interest include clinical epidemiology, cost‐effective analysis, and health technology diffusion.

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