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Norman Oliver / Profile

Associate Professor | Faculty

I am an Associate Professor at the University of Virginia in the Departments of Family Medicine, Public Health Sciences, and Anthropology, and the UVA SOM Associate Dean for Diversity, I have extensive experience in the area of racial and ethnic disparities in health, particularly in cancer health. I am one of the founders and the Director of the UVA Center on Health Disparities, which was established to coordinate research, education, and community outreach in the university’s efforts to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. My research focus is on the social determinants of racial and ethnic health disparities, using geographic information systems technology and spatial analysis. My most recent research project involves investigating the role of implicit racial bias in the delivery of health care.


Current Focus

Currently conducting a study assessing racial disparities in post-treatment outcomes in prostate cancer. Using GIS technology to evaluate the role of area-based measures of socioeconomic position in these disparities and the effects of residential segregation.

Future Goals

I will be working with Assoc. Prof. Brian Nosek in the Department of Psychology to evaluate the role of implicit racial biases and stereotyping in the delivery of clinical services.

Interests

Studying health inequities, particularly as it affects racial and ethnic minorities, has been the focus of my research. Currently, my research interests lie in the area of improving our understanding of the role of racial discrimination, bias, and prejudice in establishing and maintaining these health inequities and the understanding of the interplay between race and socioeconomic position in these disparities. Improving our understanding of racial and ethnic health disparities and developing effective interventions to reduce or eliminate them are major goals of the U.S. government and its agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services.

My research makes innovative use of spatial epidemiologic methods, including geographic information systems technology and spatial statistics. As I’m particularly interested in how macro-level factors like racial discrimination become embodied in individuals and expresses itself as disease, I also seek to utilize multimethod research that combines the quantitative methodologies of epidemiology with rigorous qualitative methods.

Scholarly Disciplines
Anthropology (5), Medicine (1), Social Epidemiology (1)
General Interests
cultural geographies of health (1), geographies of health (1), health disparities (1), health inequities (1), social determinants of health (1)
Time Periods of Interest
19th Century (7), 20th Century (8), Contemporary (3)
Places of Interest
Caribbean (2), Latin America (2), United States (10)
Technologies of Interest
GIS (8)

Projects

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Tools


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Organizations

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Publications

1. Oliver MN, Goodwin MA, Gotler RS, Gregory PM, Stange KC. Time use in clinical encounters: are African-American patients treated differently? J Natl Med Assoc. 2001;93:359-362. 2. Oliver MN. What is the best treatment for patients with symptomatic mild-to-moderate hallux valgus? J Fam Prac. 2001;50(8):718. 3. Oliver MN. Full-body computer tomography scans: Scam or effective screen? AAFP Home Study Self-Assessment Clinical Update Series. 2002; Clinical Update 278. 4. Oliver MN. Human papillomavirus testing plus Pap smear every 2 years most cost-effective cervical cancer screen. J Fam Prac. 2002;51(8):677. 5. Oliver MN. Watchful waiting is reasonable for gallstone symptoms. J Fam Prac. 2003;52:18-20. 6. Oliver MN, Sheufelt J, Deshpande P, Grandage KK, St Anna L, Hansen L. Which postmenopausal women should be offered combined HRT? J Fam Prac. 2003;52:149-150. 7. Anderson N and Oliver MN. Oral topiramate effective for alcoholism. J Fam Prac. 2003;52:682-7. 8. Stukenborg GJ, Wagner DP, Harrell FE, Oliver MN, Kilbridge K, Lyman J, Einbinder J, Connors AF. Hospital discharge abstract data on comorbidity improved the prediction of death among patients hospitalized with aspiration pneumonia. J Clin Epidemiol. 2004;57:522-532. 9. Oliver MN, Stukenborg GJ, Wagner DP, Harrell FE, Kilbridge KL, Lyman J, Einbinder J, Connors AF. Comorbid disease and the effect of race and ethnicity on in-hospital mortality from aspiration pneumonia. J Natl Med Assoc. 2004;96:1462-69. 10. Ham P, Waters DB, Oliver MN. The treatment of panic disorder. American Family Physician. 2005;71:733-39. 11. Oliver MN, Muntaner C. Researching health inequities among African Americans: The imperative to understand social class. Intl J Health Serv 2005;35:485-98. 12. Stukenborg GJ, Wagner DP, Harrell FE, Oliver MN, Kilbridge KL, Lyman JA, Einbinder J, Connors AF. Present-At-Admission Diagnoses Improve Mortality Risk-Adjustment and Allow More Accurate Assessment of the Relationship Between Volume of Lung Cancer Operations and Mortality Risk. Surgery 2005;138:498-507. 13. Williams-Brown S, Muntaner CB, Carter-Pokras O, Oliver MN. Eliminating cancer disparities by race/ethnicity: An analysis of state comprehensive cancer control plans. J Acad Minority Physicians. 2005;16:21-27. 14. Oliver MN, Matthew KA, Siadaty M, Hauck FR, Pickle LW. Geographic bias related to geocoding in epidemiologic studies. Intl J Health Geogr. 2005;4:29. 15. Oliver MN, Smith E, Siadaty M, Hauck FR, Pickle LW. A spatial analysis of prostate cancer incidence and race in Virginia, 1990-1999. Am J Prev Med. 2006;30(2S):S67-S76. 16. McGarvey EL, Collie KR, Fraser G, Shufflebarger C, Oliver MN. Preventing childhood obesity: Focus group results from White, Hispanic, Vietnamese, and African-American low-income parents in the USA. Ethnicity and Health 2006;11(3):265-85. 17. Oliver MN. Invited Commentary on “Myocardial infarction mortality in rural and urban hospitals: Rethinking measures of quality of care.” Ann Fam Med 2007;5:105-11. 18. Utz S, Wenzel J, Steeves R, Hinton I, Jones R, Oliver MN. Barriers and facilitators to self-care among rural African Americans. Family and Community Health 2006;29(3):195-205. 19. Jones R, Utz S, Wenzel J, Steeves R, Hinton I, Andrews D, Oliver MN. Use of complementary and alternative therapies by rural African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2006;12(5):34-8. 20. Stukenborg GJ, Wagner DP, Harrell FE, Oliver MN, Heim SW, Price AL, Kim C, Wolf A, Connors AF. Present-at-admission Diagnoses Improve Mortality Risk Adjustment Among Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients. J Clin Epidemiol 2007;60:142-54. 21. McGarvey EL, Collie KR, Fraser G, Shufflebarger C, Oliver MN. Preventing childhood obesity: Focus group results from White, Hispanic, Vietnamese, and African-American low-income parents in the USA. Ethnicity and Health 2006;11(3):265-85. 22. Utz S, Wenzel J, Steeves R, Hinton I, Jones R, Oliver MN. Barriers and facilitators to self-care among rural African Americans. Family and Community Health 2006;29(3):195-205. 23. Jones R, Utz S, Wenzel J, Steeves R, Hinton I, Andrews D, Oliver MN. Use of complementary and alternative therapies by rural African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2006;12(5):34-8. 24. Stukenborg GJ, Wagner DP, Harrell FE, Oliver MN, Heim SW, Price AL, Kim C, Wolf A, Connors AF. Which Hospitals Have Significantly Better Or Worse Than Expected Mortality Rates for Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients? Improved Risk Adjustment With Present-At-Admission Diagnoses. Circulation. 2007;116(25):2960-8. 25. Oliver MN. Invited Commentary on “Myocardial infarction mortality in rural and urban hospitals: Rethinking measures of quality of care.” Ann Fam Med 2007;5:105-11. 26. Utz S, Wenzel J, Steeves R, Hinton I, Jones R, Oliver MN. Barriers and facilitators to self-care among rural African Americans. Family and Community Health 2006;29(3):195-205. 27. Jones R, Utz S, Wenzel J, Steeves R, Hinton I, Andrews D, Oliver MN. Use of complementary and alternative therapies by rural African Americans with type 2 diabetes. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. 2006;12(5):34-8. 28. Stukenborg GJ, Wagner DP, Harrell FE, Oliver MN, Heim SW, Price AL, Kim C, Wolf A, Connors AF. Which Hospitals Have Significantly Better Or Worse Than Expected Mortality Rates for Acute Myocardial Infarction Patients? Improved Risk Adjustment With Present-At-Admission Diagnoses. Circulation. 2007;116(25):2960-8. 29. Oliver MN. Racial health inequalities in the USA: The role of social class. Public Health 2008;122:1440-42. 30. Oliver MN. Access to Prostate Cancer Care and Implications for Survival Among Minorities. J Urol 2009;181:447-8.

Positions

  • Spencer P. Bass Twentfy-First Century Associate Professor of Family Medicine
  • Associate Professor, Departments of Public Health Sciences and Anthropology
  • Director, UVa Center on Health Disparities
  • Associate Dean for Diversity, UVa School of Medicine

Education/Credentials

  • M.D., 1994, Case Western Reserve University
  • M.A., 1992, Case Western Reserve University

Memberships/Affiliations

  • North American Primary Care Research Group
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Association of American Geographers

Skills

Knowledge & expertise in spatial epidemiology and spatial statistics.

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 800729


Charlottesville

,

VA

,

22908


US

Direct Contact

Email: noliver@virginia.edu
Office Phone: 434-924-1611

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