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MS Teaching Faculty

Jeri Wanzor Nieves, Ph.D.Jeri Wanzor Nieves, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology,
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University



B.S. University of Rhode Island, Nutrition and Food Science
M.S. Cornell University, Nutrition
Ph.D. Columbia University, Columbia University



Introduction to Epidemiology
US & International Nutrition Policy and Programs


Research Interests

Dr. Nieves has an interest in the nutritional causes of disease including osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, ALS, sickle cell anemia and physical function in the elderly. She has studied bone health in young adults and treatments for osteoporosis and fracture healing. She is Senior Associate Editor of Osteoporosis International and is the Principal Investigator for the New York State Osteoporosis Prevention and Education Program ( She has received funding from the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.


Recent Publications - Pubmed

Nieves JW, Ruffing JA, Zion M, Tendy S, Yavorek T, Lindsay R, Cosman F. Eating disorders, menstrual dysfunction, weight change and DMPA use predict bone density change in college-aged women. Bone. 2015 Dec 30;84:113-119. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2015.12.054. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26746778.

Nieves JW. Bone. Maximizing bone health - magnesium, BMD and fractures. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2014 May;10(5):255-6. doi: 10.1038/nrendo.2014.39. Epub 2014 Apr 1. PubMed PMID: 24686202.

Nieves JW. Skeletal effects of nutrients and nutraceuticals, beyond calcium and vitamin D. Osteoporos Int. 2013 Mar;24(3):771-86.

Nieves JW, Cosman F, Grubert E, Ambrose B, Ralston SH, Lindsay R. Skeletal effects of vitamin D supplementation in postmenopausal black women. Calcif Tissue Int. 2012 Nov;91(5):316-24.

Nieves JW, Bilezikian JP, Lane JM, Einhorn TA, Wang Y, Steinbuch M, Cosman F. Fragility fractures of the hip and femur: incidence and patient characteristics. Osteoporos Int. 2010 Mar;21(3):399-408.

Gu Y, Nieves JW, Stern Y, Luchsinger JA, Scarmeas N. Food combination and Alzheimer disease risk: a protective diet. Arch Neurol. 2010 Jun;67(6):699-706. PubMed PMID: 20385883.

Nieves JW, Melsop K, Curtis M, Kelsey JL, Bachrach LK, Greendale G, Sowers MF, Sainani KL. Nutritional Factors That Influence Change in Bone Density and Stress Fracture Risk Among Young Female Cross-Country Runners. PM R. 2010 Aug;2(8):740-750. PubMed PMID: 20709302.

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