Elizabeth Yanik, PhD, ScM

Elizabeth L. Yanik, PhD, ScM

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Surgery, Division of Public Health Sciences

Dr. Yanik joined the Washington University faculty in September 2016. Previously, she earned her Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her doctoral degree, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute. During this time, Dr. Yanik gained experience investigating research questions in specific clinical populations by leveraging large databases and linked datasets, including data from disease registries, electronic medical records, and pharmacy and insurance claims. Given her background in public health, Dr. Yanik has particular interest in research identifying opportunities for prevention of musculoskeletal disease. Her current research focuses on understanding risk factors for the development of rotator cuff disease, including the contributions of genetic and occupational risk. She also collaborates broadly across the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to support clinical research efforts by providing expertise on study design, measurement, and statistical analyses. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery.

Academic Office Mailing Address

  • Washington University School of Medicine

    Campus Box 8233

    660 Euclid Avenue

    Saint Louis, MO 63110

Research Interests

Musculoskeletal diseases in specific clinical populations, prevention of musculoskeletal disease, and understanding risk factors (genetic and occupational) for the development of rotator cuff disease.

Background

Dr. Yanik joined the Washington University faculty in September 2016. Previously, she earned her Master’s degree in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University and her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following her doctoral degree, she was a postdoctoral fellow in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute. During this time, Dr. Yanik gained experience investigating research questions in specific clinical populations by leveraging large databases and linked datasets, including data from disease registries, electronic medical records, and pharmacy and insurance claims. Given her background in public health, Dr. Yanik has particular interest in research identifying opportunities for prevention of musculoskeletal disease. Her current research focuses on understanding risk factors for the development of rotator cuff disease, including the contributions of genetic and occupational risk. She also collaborates broadly across the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to support clinical research efforts by providing expertise on study design, measurement, and statistical analyses. She also holds a secondary appointment in the Division of Public Health Sciences in the Department of Surgery.

Bachelors Degree

  • Microbiology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Masters Degree

  • ScM Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Doctorate

  • Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Gillings School of Public Health, Chapel Hill, NC

Honors and Awards:

  • 2015, NCI DCEG Fellowship Achievement Award, 2015
  • 2014, 2015, NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE)
  • 2012, 2014, Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections- Young Investigator Award 
  • 2014, 2013 Top Reviewer for the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
  • 2013, Department of Epidemiology Nomination for Dean’s Distinguished Dissertation Award
  • 2013, Delta Omega Theta Chapter Membership 
  • 2011, International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology Conference Travel Scholarship
  • 2010, UNC Office of Global Health- Malawi Summer Internship Award   
  • 2009, JHSPH Department of Epidemiology Conference Fund Recipient
  • 2009, JHSPH Student Assembly Student Conference Fund Recipient
  • 2008-2009, JHSPH Master’s Tuition Scholarship

Committees:

  • 2017-current, Scientific Advisory Board for the Orthopaedic Clinical Research Center
  • 2015-2016, NCI DCEG Fellows Editorial Board Editor-in-Chief (2015-2016)
  • 2014-2015, NCI DCEG Fellows Committee IIB Representative
  • 2015, NCI Outstanding Mentor Review Committee
  • 2013-2016, NCI DCEG Fellows Editorial Board
  • 2013-2014, NCI DCEG Fellows Research Symposium Organizer
  • 2012-2013, UNC Epidemiology Department Curriculum Committee Student Representative
  • 2011-2012, UNC Epidemiology Department Graduate Studies Committee Student Representative
  • 2010-2011, UNC Pharmacoepidemiology Seminar Coordinator
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Dr. Yanik’s Administrative Office Location

BJC - Institute of Health

9th floor - Suite 9310

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