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Carlos Reyes-Ortiz

Carlos A. Reyes-Ortiz, MD, PhD, is currently an Associate Professor in Social & Behavioral Sciences at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a medical degree in 1982, and a clinical residency training in Family Medicine in 1987 from the University of Valle in Cali, Colombia. He completed two geriatrics fellowships, one at the Red Cross Hospital, in Madrid, Spain, and another one at the McGuire VAMC, Medical College of Virginia in 1996. Subsequently, he completed a PhD in Preventive Medicine and Community Health, at the UTMB in Galveston, Texas in 2005.

He has developed a geriatric medicine program, and edited-authored a textbook in geriatric medicine at the university of Valle Medical School in his native Colombia.

His previous research interest included religiosity in older people. More recently, his interest focuses on health disparities research related to aging and cancer. He has been working in some geriatric syndromes such as falls-fear of falling and cognitive impairment. For the past several years, he has been working on the effect of neighborhood characteristics (e.g., ethnic concentration and poverty) on cancer among Hispanics, including the relationship with stage at diagnosis, and survival. He is also interested in disparities related to cancer screening among the older population, and the relationship between acculturation, diet and cancer (especially prostate) among Hispanics.

Project Title:
Socioeconomic Factors, Acculturation and Cancer Screening among Older Mexican American Women.

Project database:
Hispanic Established Populations for the Epidemiologic Studies of the Elderly (Hispanic EPESE).

Recent Publications:

Reyes-Ortiz CA, Goodwin JS, Freeman JL, Zhang D. Socioeconomic status and chemotherapy use for melanoma. Canadian Journal on Aging. 2011 January; 30. (01) In Press.

Matallana D, de Santacruz C, Cano C, Reyes P, Samper-Ternent R, Markides KS, Ottenbacher KJ, Reyes-Ortiz CA. The relationship between education level and Mini Mental State Examination domains among older Mexican Americans. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry & Neurology. 2010 November. In Press.

Reyes-Ortiz CA, Markides KS. Socioeconomic factors, immigration status, and cancer screening among Mexican American women aged 75 and older. Health Care for Women International. 2010; 31:1068-1081.

Support for this program was provided by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ® Princeton, New Jersey