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Yikyung Park, ScD

Associate Professor of Surgery

Graduate School

Doctor of Science, Nutritional Epidemiology. Harvard School of Public Health. Boston, MA. 2005.

Post Doctoral Education

2007-2014. Staff Scientist, Nutritional Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Rockville, MD.

2005-2007. NIH-AARP Fellow, Nutritional Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. Rockville, MD.

Honors and Awards

2010, NIH Merit Award, National Institutes of Health.
2005-2007, NIH-AARP Fellowship, National Cancer Institute.
2003 and 2004, AACR-Pfizer Scholar-in-Training Award, American Association for Cancer Research.
2001-2005, Irene M. and Frederick J. Stare Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health.
2000, Travel Grant Award, Life Sciences Research Office & American Society of Nutritional Sciences.


Yikyung Park, ScD, is an associate professor of surgery. Dr. Park earned a doctor of science degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. She subsequently joined the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, as a NIH-AARP fellow before becoming a staff scientist in 2007. She served as co-principal investigator for the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study, a prospective cohort study with over half a million men and women participants. Dr. Park's work focuses on the role of diet, obesity, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors in cancer development and survival. She also conducts research on measurement errors in dietary assessment methods and its impact on estimation of diet and cancer relation in epidemiologic studies.


Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Avenue
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 362-9651

Selected Publications

Full publication list for Dr. Park on MyNCBI

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Park Y, Wang S, Kitahara CM, Moore SC, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Bernstein L, Chang ET, Flint AJ, Freedman DM, Gaziano JM, Hoover RN, Linet MS, Purdue M, Robien K, Schairer C, Sesso HD, White E, Willcox BJ, Thun MJ, Hartge P Willett WC. Body mass index and risk of death in Asian Americans. Am J Public Health 2014; 104(3): 520-525.

Pelser C, Arem H, Pfeiffer RM, Elena JW, Alfano CM, Hollenbeck AR Park Y. Prediagnostic lifestyle factors and survival after colon and rectal cancer diagnosis in the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-AARP Diet and Health Study. Cancer 2014;120(10):1540-1547

Black A, Gibson T, Shiels M, Park Y, Robien K, Albanes D, Weinstein S, Freeman LEB, Andreotti G, Purdue M, Fraumeni  JF, Hartge P, Tucker MA, Hoover RN, Cerhan JR, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Curtis RE, Elena J, Sampson JN, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Morton LM. Pooling prospective studies to investigate the etiology of second cancers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev May 15 [Epub ahead of print] 

Pfeiffer RM, Park Y, Kreimer AR, Lacey JV, Jr., Pee D, Greenlee RT, Buys SS, Hollenbeck A, Rosner B, Gail MH Hartge P. Risk prediction for breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer in white women aged 50 y or older: derivation and validation from population-based cohort studies. PLoS Med 2013; 10(7): e1001492.

Xiao Q, Murphy RA, Houston DK, Harris TB, Chow WH Park Y. Dietary and Supplemental Calcium Intake and Cardiovascular Disease Mortality: The National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. JAMA Intern Med 2013; 173(8): 639-646.

Arem H, Park Y, Pelser C, Ballard-Barbash R, Irwin ML, Hollenbeck A, Gierach GL, Brinton LA, Pfeiffer RM Matthews CE. Prediagnosis body mass index, physical activity, and mortality in endometrial cancer patients. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013; 105(5): 342-349.

Jung S, Spiegelman D, Baglietto L, Bernstein L, Boggs DA, van den Brandt PA, Buring JE, Cerhan JR, Gaudet MM, Giles GG, Goodman G, Hakansson N, Hankinson SE, Helzlsouer K, Horn-Ross PL, Inoue M, Krogh V, Lof M, McCullough ML, Miller AB, Neuhouser ML, Palmer JR, Park Y, Robien K, Rohan TE, Scarmo S, Schairer C, Schouten LJ, Shikany JM, Sieri S, Tsugane S, Visvanathan K, Weiderpass E, Willett WC, Wolk A, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Zhang SM, Zhang X, Ziegler RG Smith-Warner SA. Fruit and vegetable intake and risk of breast cancer by hormone receptor status. J Natl Cancer Inst 2013; 105(3): 219-236.

Freedman ND, Park Y, Abnet CC, Hollenbeck AR Sinha R. Association of coffee drinking with total and cause-specific mortality. N Engl J Med 2012; 366(20): 1891-1904.

Park Y, Hartge P, Moore SC, Kitahara CM, Hollenbeck AR Berrington de Gonzalez A. Body mass index and mortality in non-Hispanic black adults in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study. PLoS One 2012; 7(11): e50091.

Moore SC, Patel AV, Matthews CE, Berrington de Gonzalez A, Park Y, Katki HA, Linet MS, Weiderpass E, Visvanathan K, Helzlsouer KJ, Thun M, Gapstur SM, Hartge P Lee IM. Leisure time physical activity of moderate to vigorous intensity and mortality: a large pooled cohort analysis. PLoS Med 2012; 9(11): e1001335.

Sahasrabuddhe VV, Gunja MZ, Graubard BI, Trabert B, Schwartz LM, Park Y, Hollenbeck AR, Freedman ND McGlynn KA. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug use, chronic liver disease, and hepatocellular carcinoma. J Natl Cancer Inst 2012; 104(23): 1808-1814.

Park Y, Subar AF, Hollenbeck A Schatzkin A. Dietary fiber intake and mortality in the NIH-AARP diet and health study. Arch Intern Med 2011; 171(12): 1061-1068.

Reis JP, Loria CM, Sorlie PD, Park Y, Hollenbeck A Schatzkin A. Lifestyle factors and risk for new-onset diabetes: a population-based cohort study. Ann Intern Med 2011; 155(5): 292-299.

Zervoudakis A, Strickler HD, Park Y, Xue X, Hollenbeck A, Schatzkin A Gunter MJ. Reproductive history and risk of colorectal cancer in postmenopausal women. J Natl Cancer Inst 2011; 103(10): 826-834.

Freedman ND, Cross AJ, McGlynn KA, Abnet CC, Park Y, Hollenbeck AR, Schatzkin A, Everhart JE Sinha R. Association of meat and fat intake with liver disease and hepatocellular carcinoma in the NIH-AARP cohort. J Natl Cancer Inst 2010; 102(17): 1354-1365.

Dr. Park on PubMed

Editorial Positions

Reviewer for professional journals: Annals of Internal Medicine; American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; American Journal of Epidemiology; British Journal of Cancer; Cancer Causes and Control; Cancer Epidemiology; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Cancer Research; European Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Gastroenterology; International Journal of Cancer; JAMA Internal Medicine; Journal of the National Cancer Institute; New England Journal of Medicine; The Oncologist.