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Marvin E. Langston, PhD, MPH


Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

510-891-3553 (phone)

​Marvin Langston, PhD, MPH, joined the Division of Research at Kaiser Permanente Northern California in 2019 as a University of California San Francisco/Kaiser K12 scholar in Benign Urology. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Notre Dame, an MPH degree in Epidemiology from Saint Louis University, and a PhD in Epidemiology with a minor in spatial statistics from the University of Arizona. Doctoral dissertation work was supported by a National Cancer Institute (NCI) minority supplement. Dr. Langston completed postdoctoral training in Cancer Prevention and Control at Washington University in Saint Louis supported by an NCI T32 grant. Dr. Langston's postdoctoral work focused on infections, inflammation, and cancer risk using a variety of clinical and molecular approaches. His current program of research largely consists of the epidemiology of urologic conditions, including benign prostate and pelvic conditions as well as prostate cancer. His long-term goal is to harmonize molecular and clinical aspects of urological condition diagnoses to produce well-characterized outcomes for biomarker discovery and etiological investigation.

Current Position(s):

  • Research Scientist I, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Section Affiliations:

Primary Research Interests:

  • Epidemiology of benign urological conditions
  • Environmental and infectious causes of cancer
  • Prostate cancer etiology focusing on early life risk factors
  • Racial/ethnic and sexual minority health disparities
  • Spatial epidemiology, measurement, and modeling of environmental exposures

    Long-term effectiveness of BPH/LUTS pharmacological therapies and using machine learning based predictive analytics to tailor treatment.

    This career development award project will compare the effectiveness of pharmacological therapy for lower urinary tract symptoms secondary to benign prostatic hyperplasia in preventing long-term disease progression; and develop and validate predictive models using demographic, clinical, and laboratory data available at the time of diagnosis to identify patients at increased risk of long-term disease progression.
    Investigator: Langston, Marvin
    Funder: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

    Prediction of Postoperative Urinary Retention in a Large Integrated Health System

    Postoperative urinary retention (POUR) is the inability to void despite a full bladder following a surgical procedure. POUR can result in painful catherization, increased patient distress, increased postoperative hospital stay, urinary tract infections, detrusor muscle dysfunction, and cardiac arrhythmias. This research will lead to the development of a preoperative tool that can risk stratify patients based on risk factors for POUR and help providers develop a care plan to reduce patients' risk.
    Investigator: Langston, Marvin
    Funder: Northern California Community Benefit Programs
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    Ambient UVR and Environmental Arsenic Exposure in Relation to Cutaneous Melanoma in Iowa

    Author(s): Langston ME; Brown HE; Lynch CF; Roe DJ; Dennis LK

    Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 02 03;19(3). Epub 2022-02-03.

    PubMed abstract

    Lubrication Practices and Receptive Anal Sex: Implications for STI Transmission and Prevention

    Author(s): Lee A; Gaither TW; Langston ME; Cohen SE; Breyer BN

    Sex Med. 2021 Mar 28;9(3):100341. Epub 2021-03-28.

    PubMed abstract

    Why Do Epidemiologic Studies Find an Inverse Association Between Intraprostatic Inflammation and Prostate Cancer: A Possible Role for Colliding Bias?

    Author(s): Langston ME; Sfanos KS; Khan S; Nguyen TQ; De Marzo AM; Platz EA; Sutcliffe S

    Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Feb;30(2):255-259.

    PubMed abstract

    Community Health Behaviors and Geographic Variation in Early-Onset Colorectal Cancer Survival Among Women

    Author(s): Holowatyj AN; Langston ME; Han Y; Viskochil R; Perea J; Cao Y; Rogers CR; Lieu CH; Moore JX

    Clin Transl Gastroenterol. 2020 Dec;11(12):e00266.

    PubMed abstract

    Breast Cancer Mortality Hot Spots Among Black Women With de Novo Metastatic Breast Cancer

    Author(s): Han Y; Langston M; Fuzzell L; Khan S; Lewis-Thames MW; Colditz GA; Moore JX

    JNCI Cancer Spectr. 2021 Feb;5(1):pkaa086. Epub 2020-10-01.

    PubMed abstract

    A Comparative Analysis of Online Medical Record Utilization and Perception by Cancer Survivorship

    Author(s): Khan S; Lewis-Thames MW; Han Y; Fuzzell L; Langston ME; Moore JX

    Med Care. 2020 Sep 10.

    PubMed abstract

    Does weather trigger urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome flares? A case-crossover analysis in the multidisciplinary approach to the study of the chronic pelvic pain research network

    Author(s): Li J; Langston ME; MAPP Research Network; et al.

    Neurourol Urodyn. 2020 06;39(5):1494-1504. Epub 2020-05-04.

    PubMed abstract

    Rural-urban differences e-cigarette ever use, the perception of harm, and e-cigarette information seeking behaviors among U.S. adults in a nationally representative study.

    Author(s): Lewis-Thames, Marquita W; Langston, Marvin E; Fuzzell, Lindsay; Khan, Saira; Moore, Justin X; Han, Yunan

    Preventive medicine. 2020 Jan ;130():105898. Epub 2019-11-21.

    PubMed abstract

    Do breast quadrants explain racial disparities in breast cancer outcomes?

    Author(s): Han, Yunan Y; Moore, Justin Xavier JX; Langston, Marvin M; Fuzzell, Lindsay L; Khan, Saira S; Lewis, Marquita W MW; Colditz, Graham A GA; Liu, Ying Y

    Cancer causes & control : CCC. 2019 Nov ;30(11):1171-1182. Epub 2019-08-27.

    PubMed abstract

    Trichomonas vaginalis infection and prostate-specific antigen concentration: Insights into prostate involvement and prostate disease risk.

    Author(s): Langston, Marvin E ME; Bhalla, Ankita A; Alderete, John F JF; Nevin, Remington L RL; Pakpahan, Ratna R; Hansen, Johannah J; Elliott, Debra D; De Marzo, Angelo M AM; Gaydos, Charlotte A CA; Isaacs, William B WB; Nelson, William G WG; Sokoll, Lori J LJ; Zenilman, Jonathan M JM; Platz, Elizabeth A EA; Sutcliffe, Siobhan S

    The Prostate. 2019 Oct ;79(14):1622-1628. Epub 2019-08-02.

    PubMed abstract

    A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Associations between Clinical Prostatitis and Prostate Cancer: New Estimates Accounting for Detection Bias.

    Author(s): Langston, Marvin E ME; Horn, Mara M; Khan, Saira S; Pakpahan, Ratna R; Doering, Michelle M; Dennis, Leslie K LK; Sutcliffe, Siobhan S

    Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention : a publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology. 2019 Oct ;28(10):1594-1603. Epub 2019-07-23.

    PubMed abstract

    Disparities in Health Information-Seeking Behaviors and Fatalistic Views of Cancer by Sexual Orientation Identity: A Nationally Representative Study of Adults in the United States.

    Author(s): Langston, Marvin E ME; Fuzzell, Lindsay L; Lewis-Thames, Marquita W MW; Khan, Saira S; Moore, Justin X JX

    LGBT health. 2019 Oct ;6(4):192-201. Epub 2019-05-20.

    PubMed abstract

    Mapping hot spots of breast cancer mortality in the United States: place matters for Blacks and Hispanics.

    Author(s): Moore, Justin Xavier JX; Royston, Kendra J KJ; Langston, Marvin E ME; Griffin, Russell R; Hidalgo, Bertha B; Wang, Henry E HE; Colditz, Graham G; Akinyemiju, Tomi T

    Cancer causes & control : CCC. 2018 Aug ;29(8):737-750. Epub 2018-06-19.

    PubMed abstract

    Sustained influence of infections on prostate-specific antigen concentration: An analysis of changes over 10 years of follow-up.

    Author(s): Langston, Marvin E ME; Pakpahan, Ratna R; Nevin, Remington L RL; De Marzo, Angelo M AM; Elliott, Debra J DJ; Gaydos, Charlotte A CA; Isaacs, William B WB; Nelson, William G WG; Sokoll, Lori J LJ; Zenilman, Jonathan M JM; Platz, Elizabeth A EA; Sutcliffe, Siobhan S

    The Prostate. 2018 09 ;78(13):1024-1034. Epub 2018-05-30.

    PubMed abstract

    Predictors of Follow-Up Visits Post Radical Prostatectomy.

    Author(s): Khan, Saira S; Hicks, Veronica V; Rancilio, Danielle D; Langston, Marvin M; Richardson, Katina K; Drake, Bettina F BF

    American journal of men's health. 2018 07 ;12(4):760-765. Epub 2018-03-14.

    PubMed abstract

    Temporal Trends in Satellite-Derived Erythemal UVB and Implications for Ambient Sun Exposure Assessment.

    Author(s): Langston, Marvin M; Dennis, Leslie L; Lynch, Charles C; Roe, Denise D; Brown, Heidi H

    International journal of environmental research and public health. 2017 02 10;14(2):760-765. Epub 2017-02-10.

    PubMed abstract

    Infectious mononucleosis, other infections and prostate-specific antigen concentration as a marker of prostate involvement during infection.

    Author(s): Sutcliffe, Siobhan S; Nevin, Remington L RL; Pakpahan, Ratna R; Elliott, Debra J DJ; Langston, Marvin E ME; De Marzo, Angelo M AM; Gaydos, Charlotte A CA; Isaacs, William B WB; Nelson, William G WG; Sokoll, Lori J LJ; Walsh, Patrick C PC; Zenilman, Jonathan M JM; Cersovsky, Steven B SB; Platz, Elizabeth A EA

    International journal of cancer. 2016 May 01;138(9):2221-30. Epub 2016-01-21.

    PubMed abstract

    Sun sensitivity and sunburns as related to cutaneous melanoma among populations of Spanish descent: a meta-analysis.

    Author(s): Dennis LK, Lashway SG, Langston ME

    J Dermatol Res Ther 2015, 1:2

    PubMed abstract

    Risk factors for sun exposure during spring break among college students

    Author(s): Langston M, Lashway S, Dennis L.

    In: Sun Exposure: Risk Factors, Protection Practices and Health Effects. 2015. 93-114p

    PubMed abstract

    "Everyone should be able to choose how they get around": how Topeka, Kansas, passed a complete streets resolution.

    Author(s): Dodson, Elizabeth A EA; Langston, Marvin M; Cardick, Lauren C LC; Johnson, Nancy N; Clayton, Paula P; Brownson, Ross C RC

    Preventing chronic disease. 2014 Feb 20;11(9):E25. Epub 2014-02-20.

    PubMed abstract

    Social Dis (ease) of African American Males and Health

    Author(s): Gilbert K, Ray R, Langston M

    In: Urban ills : twenty-first-century complexities of urban living in global contexts. Vol. 2. 2014; 23-26

    PubMed abstract

    Associations between ambient air pollution and prevalence of stroke and cardiovascular diseases in 33 Chinese communities


    Atmospheric Environment. 2013 October; 77:968-973. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.06.034.

    PubMed abstract

    Leadership and Job Readiness: Addressing Social Determinants of Health Among Ruralafrican American Men

    Author(s): Baker E, Barnidge E, Langston M, Schootman M, Motton F, Rose F.

    International Journal of Men's Health. 2013-9-; 12(3):245-259. doi: 10.3149/jmh.1203.245.

    PubMed abstract