Jun Ma, M.D., Ph.D.
795 El Camino Real, Ames Building
Palo Alto, CA 94301-2302
Jun Ma, M.D., Ph.D., is an associate investigator at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Research Institute (PAMFRI). Dr. Ma holds a consulting faculty appointment at Stanford University School of Medicine’s Prevention Research Center, where she also served as research director for the center’s Program on Prevention Outcomes and Practices from 2003 to 2006. Prior to that, Dr. Ma was a research assistant and lecturer at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences. The University of Nebraska is also where she was awarded her doctorate (2002) in Nutrition Science and Biometry. In 1994, she earned her medical degree specializing in preventive medicine at the West China University of Medical Sciences, Chengdu, P.R. China.
Building on a strong academic foundation in medicine, nutrition science, and biometry, Dr. Ma’s scholarly work broadly seeks to advance scientific understanding of the forces that influence provider and patient behavior in diverse settings, with a focus on improving health outcomes through prevention and effective chronic care. Dr. Ma has expertise in the following areas: (1) investigation of national patterns of preventive and chronic care services delivery, outpatient quality of care, and health disparities, and (2) development and testing of new interventions as well as evaluation of “real-world” translations of proven interventions to improve clinical outcomes and quality of life, particularly for obese adults with or at risk for high-risk, high-cost comorbidities such as asthma, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Dr. Ma has led or collaborated on several randomized behavioral intervention trials conducted with relatively large, diverse patient populations in private, managed, and public health care systems. Moreover, she has extensive experience in analyzing and reporting on nationally representative survey datasets, such as the National Ambulatory Care Surveys and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.
Dr. Ma is an active member of the American Heart Association and has made substantial contributions to several of the association’s national and local initiatives aimed at empowering the public to make informed decisions about their health and health care. In addition, she has a role on numerous boards and in multiple organizations, including her role as the Editor-in-Chief of Primary Preventive Insights, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that covers all aspects of primary prevention of disease and mental disorders.
In the News
Diabetes Prevention Interventions Reduce Obesity, Health Risks for Primary Care Patients, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, December 10, 2012
Diet Strategies Show Promise in Lowering Risk of Diabetes, TIME Magazine, December 11, 2012
Rx for diabetes not pill, but will, Los Angeles Times, January 9, 2013
Ma J, Xiao L, Yank V. Variations between Obese Latinos and Whites in Weight-related Counseling during Preventive Clinical Visits in the U.S. Obesity. 2013 (in press).
New C, Xiao L, Ma J. Acculturation and overweight-related attitudes and behavior among obese Hispanic adults in the United States. Obesity. 2013 (in press).
Blonstein A, Yank V, Stafford RS, Wilson SR, Rosas LG, Ma J. Translating an Evidence-Based Lifestyle Intervention Program into Primary Care: Lessons Learned. Health PromotPract. 2013 (in press).
Ma J, Yank V, Xiao L, Lavori PW, Wilson SR, Rosas LG, Stafford RS.Translating the Diabetes Prevention Program lifestyle intervention for weight loss into primary care: A randomized trial. Arch Intern Med. DOI: 10.1001/2013.jamainternmed.987. December 10, 2012 [Epub ahead of print].
Yank V, Stafford RS, Rosas LG, Ma J. Baseline reach and adoption characteristics in a randomized controlled trial of two weight loss interventions translated into primary care: A structured report of real-world applicability. ContempClin Trials. 2013;34:126-125. DOI: 10.1016/j.cct.2012.10.007. [Epub ahead of print October 30, 2012].
Xiao L, Yank V, Ma J. Algorithm for balancing both continuous and categorical covariates in randomized controlled trials. Comput Meth Prog Bio 2012;108:1185-90.
Xiao L, Lavori PW, Wilson SR, Ma J. Comparison of dynamic block randomization and minimization in randomized trials: A simulation study. Clin Trials 2011;8:59-69.