PharmacoEpidemiology and Economic Research Group


University of Alabama at Birmingham



  1. Kilgore ML, Muntner P, Woolley JM, Sharma P, Bittner V, Rosenson RS. Discordance between high non-HDL cholesterol and high LDL-cholesterol among US adults. J Clin Lipidol. 2014 Jan-Feb;8(1):86-93. doi: 10.1016/j.jacl.2013.11.001. PMID: 24528689H.
  2. Colantonio LD, Baber U, Banach M, Tanner RM, Warnock DG, Gutiérrez OM, Safford MM, Wanner C, Howard G, Muntner P. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 Nov 13. pii: ASN.2014040400. [Epub ahead of print] Contrasting Cholesterol Management Guidelines for Adults with CKD.
  3. Muntner P, Levitan EB, Brown TM, Sharma P, Zhao H, Bittner V, Glasser S, Kilgore M, Yun H, Woolley JM, Farkouh ME, Rosenson RS. Trends in the prevalence, awareness, treatment and control of high low density lipoprotein-cholesterol among United States adults from 1999-2000 through 2009-2010. Am J Cardiol. 2013 Sep 1;112(5):664-70.
  4. Shimbo D, Tanner RM, Muntner P. Prevalence and characteristics of systolic blood pressure thresholds in individuals 60 years or older. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Aug;174(8):1397-400.


  1. Tajeu GS, Delzell E, Smith W, Arora T, Curtis JR, Saag KG, Morrisey MA, Yun H, Kilgore ML. Death, Debility, and Destitution Following Hip Fracture. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2014 Mar;69(3):346-53. PMID: 23873945
  2. Kilgore ML, Curtis JR, Delzell E, Becker DJ, Arora T, Saag KG, Morrisey MA. A close examination of health care expenditures related to fractures. J Bone Miner Res. 2013 Apr;28(4):816-20. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.1789. PubMed PMID: 23074090.
  3. Kilgore ML, Morrisey MA, Becker DJ, Gary LC, Curtis JR, Saag KG, Yun H, Matthews R, Smith W, Taylor A, Arora T, Delzell E. "Health Care Expenditures Associated with Skeletal Fractures Among Medicare Beneficiaries, 1999 – 2005" J Bone and Mineral Res 2009 Dec;24(12):2050-5.

Heart Disease

  1. Rosenson RS, Kent ST, Brown TM, Farkouh ME, Levitan EB, Yun H, Sharma P, Safford MM, Kilgore M, Muntner P, Bittner V. Underutilization of high intensity statin therapy following hospitalization for coronary heart disease. J Am Coll Cardiol. (in press)
  2. Thacker EL. Muntner P, Zhao H, Safford MM, Curtis JC, Delzell E, Bittner V, Brown TM, Levitan EB. Claims-based algorithms for identifying Medicare beneficiaries at high estimated risk for coronary heart disease events: a cross-sectional study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014;14(1):195. PMCID: PMC4101858.
  3. Levitan EB, Tanner RM, Zhao H, Muntner P, Thacker EL, Howard G, Glasser SP, Bittner V, Farkouh ME, Rosenson RS, Safford MM. Secular changes in rates of coronary heart disease, fatal coronary heart disease, and out-of-hospital fatal coronary heart disease. Int J Cardiol. 2014; 174(2):436-439. PMCID: PMC4059018.
  4. Muntner P, Colantonio LD, Cushman M, Goff DG, Howard G, Howard VJ, Kissela B, Levitan EB, Lloyd-Jones DM, Safford MM. Validation of the Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Pooled Cohort Risk Equations. JAMA. 2014;311(14):1406-15. PMCID: PMC4189930.
  5. Levitan EB, Kaciroti N, Julius S, Oparil S, Muntner P. Relationships between metrics of visit-to-visit variability of blood pressure. J Hum Hypertens. 2013;27(10):589-93.
  6. Levitan EB, Kaciroti N, Oparil S, Julius, S, Muntner P. Blood pressure measurement device, number and timing of visits and intra-individual visit-to-visit variability of blood pressure. J Clin Hypertens. 2012;4(11):744-750.
  7. Muntner P, Colantonio LD, Cushman M, Goff DC Jr, Howard G, Howard VJ, Kissela B, Levitan EB, Lloyd-Jones DM, Safford MM. Validation of the atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease Pooled Cohort risk equations. JAMA. 2014 Apr 9;311(14):1406-15.
  8. Thacker EL, Muntner P, Zhao H, Safford MM, Curtis JR, Delzell E, Bittner V, Brown TM, Levitan EB. Claims-based algorithms for identifying Medicare beneficiaries at high estimated risk for coronary heart disease events: a cross-sectional study. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Apr 29;14:195
  9. Diaz KM, Tanner RM, Falzon L, Levitan EB, Reynolds K, Shimbo D, Muntner P. Visit-to-visit variability of blood pressure and cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Hypertension. 2014 Nov;64(5):965-82.
  10. Tonelli M, Muntner P, Lloyd A, Manns BJ, Klarenbach S, Pannu N, James MT, Hemmelgarn BR; Alberta Kidney Disease Network. Risk of coronary events in people with chronic kidney disease compared with those with diabetes: a population-level cohort study. Lancet. 2012 Sep 1;380(9844):807-14.
  11. Kearney PM, Whelton M, Reynolds K, Muntner P, Whelton PK, He J. Global burden of hypertension: analysis of worldwide data. Lancet. 2005 Jan 15-21;365(9455):217-23.

Nursing Home Care

  1. Blackburn J, Locher JL, Kilgore ML. Estimating nursing home residents eligible for transition to home and community-based services. Gerontologist. 2013;(53):150-151.
  2. Blackburn J, Locher JL, Kilgore ML. Comparison of Long-term Care in Nursing Homes Versus Home Health: Costs and Outcomes in Alabama. Gerontologist. 2014 Mar 31. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24688082.


  1. Kilgore ML, Grabowski DC, Morrisey MA, Ritchie CS, Yun H, Locher JL. "The Effects of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 on Home Health and Hospice in Older Adult Cancer Patients" Medical Care 2009 Mar;47(3):279-85.
  2. Morrisey, MA, Kilgore, ML, Becker, DJ, Smith, W, and Delzell, E, "Favorable Selection, Risk Adjustment and the Medicare Advantage Program," Health Services Research. 2013;48(3):1039-1056.


  1. Levitan EB, Safford MM, Kilgore ML, Soliman EZ, Glasser SP, Judd SE, Muntner P. Assessment tools for unrecognized myocardial infarction: a cross-sectional analysis of the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke population. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2013; 13:23. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2261-13-23. PMCID: PMC3617994.
  2. Levitan EB, Gamboa C, Safford MM, Rizk DV, Brown TM, Soliman EZ, Muntner P. Cardioprotective medication use and risk factor control among US adults with unrecognized myocardial infarction: The REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study. Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2013;9:47-55. PMCID: PMC3569379.
  3. Muntner P, Gutiérrez OM, Zhao H, Fox CS, Wright NC, Curtis JR, McClellan W, Wang H, Kilgore M, Warnock DG, Bowling CB. Validation Study of Medicare Claims to Identify Older US Adults With CKD Using the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study. Am J Kidney Dis. 2014 Sep 18. pii: S0272-6386(14)01082-8.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. Pappas DA, Hooper MM, Kremer JM, Reed G, Shan Y, Wenkert D, Greenberg JD, Curtis JR. Herpes zoster reactivation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: Analysis of disease characteristics and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs Arthritis Care Res. 2015 May 27. Doi:10.1002/acr22628, PMID:26018115
  2. Curtis JR, Yang S, Chen L, Pope JE, Haraoui B, Boire G, Thorne JC, Tin D, Hitchon CA, Bingham CO, Bykerk V. Determining the Minimally Important Difference in the Clinical Disease Activity Index For Improvement and Worsening in Early Rheumatoid Arthritis. Arthritis Care & Res. 2015 May 18.doi.10.1002/acr.22606. PMID: 25988705
  3. Curtis JR, Lee EB, Kaplan IV, Kwok K, Geier J, Benda B, Soma K, Wang L, Riese R. Tofacitinib: an oral Janus kinase inhibitor: analysis of malignancies across the rheumatoid arthritis clinical development programme. Annals Rheumatic Disease 2015 Apr 22. Pii:annrheumdis-2014-205847.doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2014-205847. PMID:25902789
  4. Curtis JR, Chastek B, Becker L, Quach C, Harrison DJ, Yun H, Joseph GJ, Collier DH. Cost and Effectiveness of Biologics for Rheumatoid Arthritis in a Commercially Insured Population. Journal Managed Care Pharmacy. 2015 Ap;21(4):318-29. PMID: 25803765
  5. Curtis JR, Xie F, Yun H, Saag KG, Chen L, Delzell E. Risk of Hospitalized Infection among rheumatoid arthritis patients concurrently treated with a biologic agent and denosumab. Arthritis & Rheumatolol.2015 Jun:67;1456-64. Doi:10.1002/art.39075. PMID: 25708920
  6. Navarro I, Yang S, Duvall S, Chen L, Baddley JW, Cannon G, Delzell E, Safford M, Mikuls TR, Singh J, Curtis JR. Association of Hyperlipidemia, Inflammation and Serologic Status and Coronary Heart Disease among Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis: Data from the National Veterans Health Administration. Ann Rheum Disease. Ann Rheum dis. 2015 Jan 21. Pii:annrheumids-doi:10.1136/annrheumids-2013-204987 PMID: 25609412
  7. Zhang J, Xie F, Delzell E, Yun H, Lewis JD, Hayes K, Chen L, Beukelman T, Saag KG, Curtis JR. Impact of biologic use with and without concomitant MTX and at reduced doses in older rheumatoid arthritis patients. Arthritis Care Res. 2015 May;67(5):624-32.doi:10.1002/acr22510. PMID: 25370912
  8. Yun H, Xie F, Chen L, Winthrop K, Baddley JW, Curtis JR. Risks of herpes zoster in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis According to Biologic Disease Modifying therapy. Arthritis Care & Research. 2015 May:67(5):731-6. Di:10.1002/acr.22470. PMID:25201241
  9. Yun H, Xie F, Delzell E, Chen L, Levitan EB, Lewis JD, Saag KG, Beukelman T, Winthrop K, Baddley JW, Curtis JR. Risk of hospitalized infection in rheumatoid arthritis patients receiving biologics following a previous infection while on treatment with anti-TNF therapy. Ann Rheum Dis. 2015 Jun;74(6):1065-71.doi.10.1136/annrheumdis-2013-204011. PMI:24608404


  1. Menachemi N, Blackburn J, Sen B, Morrisey MA, Becker DJ, Caldwell C, Kilgore ML. The Impact of CHIP Coverage on Children with Asthma in Alabama. Clin Pediatr 2012;51(3):247-53.
  2. Locher JL, Rucks AC, Spencer SA, Pettaway G, Kilgore ML. Influenza immunization among older adults with and without cancer. J Am Geriatr Soc 2012;60(11):2099-103.
  3. Wang HE. Donnelly JP, Shapiro NI, Hohmann SF, Levitan EB. Hospital variations in severe sepsis mortality. Am J Med Qual. 2014; DOI: 10.1177/1062860614534461.
  4. Lewis JH, Kilgore ML, Goldman DP, Hausman MG, Escarce JJ. "The Participation of Patients 65 Years of age or Older in Cancer Clinical Trials," J Clin Oncol Vol 21, Issue 7 (April), 2003: 1383-1389.
  5. Levitan EB, Lewis CE, Tinker LF, Eaton CB, Ahmed A, Manson JE, Snetselaar LG, Martin LW, Trevisan M, Howard BV, Shikany JM. Mediterranean and DASH diet scores and mortality in women with heart failure: The Women's Health Initiative. Circ Heart Fail. 2013; 6(6):1116-1123.
  6. Kent ST, Shimbo D, Huang L, Diaz KM, Kilgore ML, Oparil S, Muntner P. Antihypertensive medication classes used among medicare beneficiaries initiating treatment in 2007-2010. PLoS One. 2014 Aug 25;9(8):e105888. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105888. eCollection 2014.


Disclaimer: this is a sample of publications from various investigators and is not all inclusive