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Esa Matius Davis, MD, MPH

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Primary Appointment:

Family & Community Medicine

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Administrative Title:

Senior Associate Dean for Population and Community Medicine; Associate Vice President for Community Health

Additional Title:

Associate Vice President for Community Health; Lead Strategist for Health Equity UM-Institute of Health Computing

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Dr. Davis is a board-certified family physician with more than 20 years of clinical expertise in the acute and chronic management of adults and children. In addition, she is a widely published, NIH-funded clinical researcher, whose efforts focus on obesity-related maternal and child health outcomes and in comparative effectiveness research in maternal health and tobacco use disorder.

Much of her work has focused on understanding the perinatal determinants of obesity, maternal health inequities and long-term cardiovascular health in women. She has contributed to the field specifically by investigating the perinatal, cultural, and behavioral factors associated with the racial and socioeconomic inequities in obesity among women that have persisted for decades.

Research/Clinical Keywords

family medicine, maternal health

Highlighted Publications

Jordan E Lamb, Andre X Stone, Esa M Davis, Alaina J James, Visual Learning Equity: A Course Auditing System of Skin Color in Preclinical Medical Education.  Family Medicine. 2023 Jun 1

US Preventive Services Task Force, Karina W. Davidson, Carol M. Mangione, Michael J. Barry, Michael D. Cabana, Aaron B. Caughey, Esa M. Davis, Katrina E Donahue, Chyke... Actions to Transform US Preventive Services Task Force Methods to Mitigate Systemic Racism in Clinical Preventive Services. JAMA,. 2021 Nov 8

Kristina Schnitzer, Nicole Senft, Hilary A. Tindle, Jennifer H K Kelley, Anna E. Notier, Esa M. Davis, Nancy A. Rigotti, Antoine Douaihy, Douglas E. Levy, Daniel E. Si... Understanding engagement behaviors and rapport building in tobacco cessation telephone counseling: An analysis of audio-recorded counseling calls. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 2021 Oct 23

Awards and Affiliations

CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification
EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2011