Gaia Pocobelli, PhD

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“I provide epidemiological support for KPWHRI research projects in the areas of cancer epidemiology and perinatal epidemiology, with a focus on the risks and benefits of medication use.”

Gaia Pocobelli, PhD

Collaborative Scientist, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Biography

Gaia Pocobelli, PhD, is passionate about providing rigorous epidemiological support for KPWHRI research projects in the areas of cancer epidemiology and perinatal epidemiology, with a focus on medication safety.

Dr. Pocobelli completed her doctoral work in epidemiology at the University of Washington. Her dissertation research was on menopausal hormone therapy and breast cancer mortality. As a doctoral student research associate she worked on a variety of cancer epidemiology studies at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and at Kaiser Permanente Washington with Dr. Jessica Chubak. After her doctoral work, she honed her skills in the area of perinatal epidemiology and medication safety during pregnancy as a National Institutes of Health Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Epidemiology postdoctoral fellow at the University of Washington, working in part with Dr. Sascha Dublin of Kaiser Permanente.

Research interests and experience

  • Cancer

    Risk factors and survivorship

  • Women's Health

    Menopausal hormone therapy and perinatal epidemiology

  • Medication Use & Patient Safety

    Pharmacoepidemiology studies of cancer risk and medication safety in pregnancy

 

Recent publications

Chen L, Pocobelli G, Yu O, Shortreed SM, Osmundson SS, Fuller S, Wartko PD, McCulloch D, Warwick S, Newton KM, Dublin S. Early pregnancy hemoglobin A1C and pregnancy outcomes: a population-based study. Am J Perinatol. 2018 Nov 30. doi: 10.1055/s-0038-1675619. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Pocobelli G, Yu O, Fuller S, Fraser JR, Wartko P, Chen L, Newton K, Dimer J, McCulloch D, Warwick S, Dublin S. One-step approach to identifying gestational diabetes mellitus: association with perinatal outcomes. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Aug 17. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002780. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Wernli KJ, Henrikson NB, Morrison CC, Nguyen M, Pocobelli G, Blasi PR. Screening for skin cancer in adults: updated evidence report and systematic review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA.2016;316(4):436-447. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.5415. PubMed

Pocobelli G, Dublin S, Enquobahrie DA, Mueller BA. Birth weight and birth weight for gestational age in relation to risk of hospitalization with primary hypertension in children and young adults. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Jul;20(7):1415-23. doi: 10.1007/s10995-016-1939-7. PubMed

Seidel JE, Beck CA, Pocobelli G, Lemaire JB, Bugar JM, Quan H, Ghali WA. Location of residence associated with the likelihood of patient visit to the preoperative assessment clinic. BMC Health Serv Res. 2006 Feb 22;6:13.doi:10.1186/1472-6963-6-13. PubMed

Pocobelli G, Weiss NS. Breast cancer mortality in relation to receipt of screening mammography: a case-control study in Saskatchewan, Canada. Cancer Causes Control. 2015 Feb;26(2):231-7. doi: 10.1007/s10552-014-0503-2. Epub 2014 Dec 4. PubMed

Knezevich SR, Barnhill RL, Elder DE, Piepkorn MW, Reisch LM, Pocobelli G, Carney PA, Elmore JG. Variability in mitotic figures in serial sections of thin melanomas. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Dec;71(6):1204-11. doi: 10.1016/j.jaad.2014.07.056. Epub 2014 Sep 16. PubMed

Pocobelli G, Newcomb PA, Li CI, Cook LS, Barlow WE, Weiss NS. Fatal breast cancer risk in relation to use of unopposed estrogen and combined hormone therapy. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Jun;145(2):439-47. doi: 10.1007/s10549-014-2911-0. Epub 2014 Mar 27. PubMed

Hotaling JM, Walsh TJ, Macleod LC, Heckbert S, Pocobelli G, Wessells H, White E. Erectile dysfunction is not independently associated with cardiovascular death: data from the vitamins and lifestyle (VITAL) study. J Sex Med. 2012 Aug;9(8):2104-10. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02826.x. Epub 2012 Jul 3. PubMed

Chubak J, Yu O, Pocobelli G, Lamerato L, Webster J, Prout MN, Ulcickas Yood M, Barlow WE, Buist DS. Administrative data algorithms to identify second breast cancer events following early-stage invasiveĀ breast cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Jun 20;104(12):931-40. Epub 2012 Apr 30. PubMed

 

diabetes research

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How do we screen for gestational diabetes?

In our learning health system, we discovered that a new screening approach had increased diagnoses without improving overall outcomes. So remarkably, we switched back.

medication safety

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Using phentermine for weight loss longer term found to be safe, effective

Dr. David Arterburn discusses reassuring news from his PCORnet study of the most widely used anti-obesity drug in the United States.

cancer research

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Using breast MRI after cancer may lead to unneeded biopsies

A Kaiser Permanente-led BCSC study is among the largest ever to evaluate adding MRI surveillance for breast cancer survivors.