Lu Chen, PhD, MPH

“My goal is to help people make informed decisions about which medications are safe, especially for those who are most vulnerable including pregnant women and cancer patients.”

Lu Chen, PhD, MPH

Research Fellow, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute


  • Medication Use & Patient Safety

    Medication safety and effectiveness in vulnerable populations including pregnant women and cancer patients; Pharmaco-epidemiology; observational study research methods

  • Cancer

    Breast cancer epidemiology and survivorship, quality of life, effect of commonly used medications on cancer risk and outcomes, health disparities in cancer risk and survival


Recent publications

Chen L, Chubak J, Boudreau DM, Barlow WE, Weiss NS, Li CI. Diabetes treatments and risks of adverse breast cancer outcomes among early stage breast cancer patients: a SEER-Medicare analysis. Cancer Res. 2017 Nov 1;77(21):6033-6041. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-17-0687. Epub 2017 Sep 21. PubMed

Chen L, Chubak J, Boudreau DM, Barlow WE, Weiss NS, Li CI. Use of antihypertensive medications and risk of adverse breast cancer outcomes in a SEER-Medicare population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Nov;26(11):1603-1610. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-0346. Epub 2017 Aug 14. PubMed

Nguyen KT, Vittinghoff E, Dewland TA, Dukes JW, Soliman EZ, Stein PK, Gottdiener JS, Alonso A, Chen LY, Psaty BM, Heckbert SR, Marcus GM. Ectopy on a single 12-lead ECG, incident cardiac myopathy, and death in the community. J Am Heart Assoc. 2017 Aug 3;6(8). pii: e006028. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.006028. PubMed

Lee S, Chae DH, Jung MY, Chen L, Juon HS. Health examination is not a priority for less acculturated Asian Americans. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2016 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed


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