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Luis A. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH, RD,

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Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 891-5995 (phone)
luis.a.rodriguez@kp.org


​Luis A. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH, RD, is a Research Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. Dr. Rodriguez’s research focuses on type 2 diabetes prevention and type 2 diabetes management across the life course. His research aims to identify the causes that contribute to diabetes-related health disparities and inform interventions that focus on the intersection of social determinants of health and biologic risk factors, health equity, and health services research.

Dr. Rodriguez received a bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Sciences and a master’s degree in Public Health, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in Epidemiology and Translational Science from the University of California, San Francisco. He completed the T32 Diabetes Translational Research and Delivery Science Postdoctoral Fellowship program at the Division of Research.


Current Position(s):

  • Research Scientist I

Section Affiliations:

Primary Research Interests:

  • Type 2 diabetes epidemiology
  • Cardiometabolic disease epidemiology
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
  • Health disparities and social determinents of health
  • Health care delivery

    Trends in Diabetes Screening, Risk Factors and Incidence Before and After the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Between the California Medi-Cal and Commercially-Insured Populations

    Using quasi-experimental research methods, this study is assessing the extent to which disparities in type 2 diabetes prevention and outcomes were exacerbated during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic between the Medi-Cal and commercially-insured populations. The career development plan for this diversity supplement is to receive high-quality mentorship from experts in type 2 diabetes prevention, health disparities, biostatistics and evaluation of natural experiments.
    Investigator: Rodriguez, Luis
    Funder: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

    Identifying modifiable obesogenic behaviors among Latino adolescents in primary pediatric care.

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Gopalan A; Darbinian JA; Chandra M; Greenspan LC; Howell A; Lo JC

    Prev Med Rep. 2022 Jul 30;29:101939. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101939. eCollection 2022 Oct.

    PubMed abstract

    Psychosocial and diabetes risk factors among racially/ethnically diverse adults with prediabetes.

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Thomas TW; Finertie H; Turner CD; Heisler M; Schmittdiel JA

    Prev Med Rep. 2022 May 5;27:101821. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101821. eCollection 2022 Jun.

    PubMed abstract

    Does NAFLD mediate the relationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes risk? evidence from the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis (MESA).

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Kanaya AM; Shiboski SC; Fernandez A; Herrington D; Ding J; Bradshaw PT

    Ann Epidemiol. 2021 Nov;63:15-21. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2021.07.005. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

    PubMed abstract

    Predicting Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease for Adults Using Practical Clinical Measures: Evidence from the Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis.

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Shiboski SC; Bradshaw PT; Fernandez A; Herrington D; Ding J; Bradley RD; Kanaya AM

    J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Sep;36(9):2648-2655. doi: 10.1007/s11606-020-06426-5. Epub 2021 Jan 26.

    PubMed abstract

    Identifying modifiable obesogenic behaviors among Latino adolescents in primary pediatric care.

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Gopalan A; Darbinian JA; Chandra M; Greenspan LC; Howell A; Lo JC

    Prev Med Rep. 2022 Jul 30;29:101939. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101939. eCollection 2022 Oct.

    PubMed abstract

    Psychosocial and diabetes risk factors among racially/ethnically diverse adults with prediabetes.

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Thomas TW; Finertie H; Turner CD; Heisler M; Schmittdiel JA

    Prev Med Rep. 2022 May 5;27:101821. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2022.101821. eCollection 2022 Jun.

    PubMed abstract

    Does NAFLD mediate the relationship between obesity and type 2 diabetes risk? evidence from the multi-ethnic study of atherosclerosis (MESA).

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Kanaya AM; Shiboski SC; Fernandez A; Herrington D; Ding J; Bradshaw PT

    Ann Epidemiol. 2021 Nov;63:15-21. doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2021.07.005. Epub 2021 Jul 19.

    PubMed abstract

    Examining if the relationship between BMI and incident type 2 diabetes among middle-older aged adults varies by race/ethnicity: evidence from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Bradshaw PT; Shiboski SC; Fernandez A; Vittinghoff E; Herrington D; Ding J; Kanaya AM

    Diabet Med. 2021 May;38(5):e14377. doi: 10.1111/dme.14377. Epub 2020 Sep 22.

    PubMed abstract

    Diabetes and cardiovascular disease mortality among a population-based cohort of women with and without breast cancer.

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Bradshaw PT; Parada H; Khankari NK; Wang T; Cleveland RJ; Teitelbaum SL; Neugut AI; Gammon MD

    Cancer Causes Control. 2020 May;31(5):517-524. doi: 10.1007/s10552-020-01292-2. Epub 2020 Mar 7.

    PubMed abstract

    Design of a cluster-randomized trial of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of metformin on prevention of type 2 diabetes among prediabetic Mexican adults (the PRuDENTE initiative of Mexico City).

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Barquera S; Aguilar-Salinas CA; Sepulveda-Amor J; Sanchez-Romero LM; Denova-Gutierrez E; Balderas N; Moreno-Loaeza L; Handley MA; Basu S; Lopez-Arellano O; Gallardo-Hernandez A; Schillinger D

    Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Aug;95:106067. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2020.106067. Epub 2020 Jun 21.

    PubMed abstract

    Differences in Diet Quality among Multiple US Racial/Ethnic Groups from the Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) Study and the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Jin Y; Talegawkar SA; Otto MCO; Kandula NR; Herrington DM; Kanaya AM

    J Nutr. 2020 Jun 1;150(6):1509-1515. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxaa050.

    PubMed abstract

    Vegetarian Diets Are Associated with Selected Cardiometabolic Risk Factors among Middle-Older Aged South Asians in the United States.

    Author(s): Jin Y; Kanaya AM; Kandula NR; Rodriguez LA; Talegawkar SA

    J Nutr. 2018 Dec 1;148(12):1954-1960. doi: 10.1093/jn/nxy217.

    PubMed abstract

    Collaborative research and actions on both sides of the US-Mexico border to counteract type 2 diabetes in people of Mexican origin.

    Author(s): Barquera S; Schillinger D; Aguilar-Salinas CA; Schenker M; Rodriguez LA; Hernandez-Alcaraz C; Sepulveda-Amor J

    Global Health. 2018 Aug 22;14(1):84. doi: 10.1186/s12992-018-0390-5.

    PubMed abstract

    Health and economic benefits of reducing sugar intake in the USA, including effects via non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: a microsimulation model.

    Author(s): Vreman RA; Goodell AJ; Rodriguez LA; Porco TC; Lustig RH; Kahn JG

    BMJ Open. 2017 Aug 3;7(8):e013543. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013543.

    PubMed abstract

    Dietary quality and household food insecurity among Mexican children and adolescents.

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Mundo-Rosas V; Mendez-Gomez-Humaran I; Perez-Escamilla R; Shamah-Levy T

    Matern Child Nutr. 2017 Oct;13(4). doi: 10.1111/mcn.12372. Epub 2016 Nov 14.

    PubMed abstract

    Added sugar intake and metabolic syndrome in US adolescents: cross-sectional analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2005-2012.

    Author(s): Rodriguez LA; Madsen KA; Cotterman C; Lustig RH

    Public Health Nutr. 2016 Sep;19(13):2424-34. doi: 10.1017/S1368980016000057. Epub 2016 Mar 2.

    PubMed abstract

    Dietary treatment of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

    Author(s): Perito ER; Rodriguez LA; Lustig RH

    Curr Opin Gastroenterol. 2013 Mar;29(2):170-6. doi: 10.1097/MOG.0b013e32835ca11d.

    PubMed abstract