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Bettina F. Drake, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Surgery

Learn more about Dr. Drake's research

Drake Lab Website

Graduate School

M.P.H., Epidemiology Concentration, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2003

Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of South Carolina, Arnold School of Public Health, 2006

Post Doctoral Education

Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard School of Public Health, 2006-2009

Teaching Appointments

Faculty, Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) Program

Honors and Awards

NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program Awardee, 2007-2009

ASPH/CDC/PRC Research Fellow, 2004-2006

Leon Brachman Community Service Award, UNT Health Science Center, 2003

Intramural Research Training Awardee, National Institutes of Health, 2002

Contact Information

660 S. Euclid Avenue
Campus Box 8100
St. Louis, MO 63110
office: (314) 747-4534

Selected Publications

Khan S, Hicks V, Colditz GA, Kibel AS, & Drake BFThe association of weight change in young adulthood and smoking status with risk of prostate cancer recurrence. Int J Cancer. 2017 Dec 22. doi: 10.1002/ijc.31229. [Epub ahead of print]

Baldus C, Kelly MP, Yanik EL, Drake BF, Ahmad A, Mesfin A, Bridwell KH. Incidence of Cancer in Spinal Deformity Patients Receiving High-Dose (≥40 mg) Bone Morphogenetic Protein (rhBMP-2). Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2017 May 11. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0000000000002232. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28498289.


Imm KR, Williams F, Housten AJ, Colditz GA, Drake BF, Gilbert KL, Yang L. African American prostate cancer survivorship: Exploring the role of social support in quality of life after radical prostatectomy. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2017 Jul-Aug;35(4):409-423. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2017.1294641. Epub 2017 Apr 11. PubMed PMID: 28398149. 

Williams F, Imm KR, Colditz GA, Housten AJ, Yang L, Gilbert KL, Drake BFPhysician role in physical activity for African-American males undergoing radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Dec 21. doi:10.1007/s00520-016-3505-7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27999951.

Yang L, Drake BF, Colditz GA. Obesity and Other Cancers. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Dec 10;34(35):4231-4237. PubMed PMID: 27903157.

Drake BF, Brown K, McGowan LD, Haslag-Minoff J, Kaphingst K. Secondary consent to biospecimen use in a prostate cancer biorepository. BMC Res Notes. 2016 Jul 18;9:346. doi: 10.1186/s13104-016-2159-3. PubMed PMID: 27431491; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4949745.

Drake BF, Brown KM, Gehlert S, Wolf LE, Seo J, Perkins H, Goodman MS, Kaphingst KA. Development of Plain Language Supplemental Materials for the
Biobank Informed Consent Process
. J Cancer Educ. 2016 Apr 2. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27037699; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5047847.

Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network. The Molecular Taxonomy of Primary Prostate Cancer. Cell. 2015 Nov 5;163(4):1011-25. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2015.10.025. PubMed PMID: 26544944; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC4695400.

Drake BF, Boyd D, Carter K, Gehlert S, Thompson VS. Barriers and Strategies to Participation in Tissue Research Among African-American Men. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Sep 5. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26341221; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4779426.

Chandler PD, Giovannucci EL, Scott JB, Bennett GG, Ng K, Chan AT, Hollis BW, Rifai N, Emmons KM, Fuchs CS, Drake BFEffects of Vitamin D Supplementation on C-peptide and 25-hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations at 3 and 6 Months. Sci Rep. 2015 Jun 22;5:10411. doi: 10.1038/srep10411. PubMed PMID: 26095242; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4476090.

Drake BF, Tannan S, Anwuri VV, Jackson S, Sanford M, Tappenden J, Goodman MS, Colditz GA. A Community-Based Partnership to Successfully Implement and Maintain a Breast Health Navigation Program. J Community Health. 2015 Dec;40(6):1216-23. doi: 10.1007/s10900-015-0051-z. PubMed PMID: 26077018; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4626535.

Thompson VL, Drake B, James AS, Norfolk M, Goodman M, Ashford L, Jackson S, Witherspoon M, Brewster M, Colditz G. A Community Coalition to Address Cancer Disparities: Transitions, Successes and Challenges. J Cancer Educ. 2015 Dec;30(4):616-22. doi: 10.1007/s13187-014-0746-3. PubMed PMID: 25351452; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4416074.

Chandler PD, Giovannucci EL, Scott JB, Bennett GG, Ng K, Chan AT, Hollis BW, Emmons KM, Fuchs CS, Drake BFNull association between vitamin D and PSA levels among black men in a vitamin D supplementation trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Sep;23(9):1944-7. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-0522. PubMed PMID: 24974387; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4167903.

Dr. Drake on PubMed


Laditka SB, Laditka JN, Drake BF. Home and Community-Based Service Use Among Older African American, Hispanic and non-Hispanic White Women and Men. Evidence-Based Interventions for Community-Dwelling Older Adults. S. M. Enguidanos (ed.), New York: Haworth Press: 129-153.