Susan Oliveria, ScD

Assistant Attending Epidemiologist

Susan Oliveria, ScD

Assistant Attending Epidemiologist

Office Phone

212-639-5772

Office Fax

212-717-3363

E-mail

oliveri1@mskcc.org

Current Research Interests

Dr. Oliveria has developed an Early Detection and Screening Research Program under the guidance of Dr. Allan Halpern, Dermatology Service Chief. The areas of interest include skin self-examination, screening, survivorship, dermoscopy technology and total body photography.  She completed a K07 Career Development Award titled “The Secondary Prevention of Melanoma,” which focused on epidemiologic and outcomes research pertaining to the early detection and control of skin cancer.  Dr. Oliveria has completed a series of physician survey studies assessing physician barriers to skin cancer screening and evaluating survey response rates for postal versus electronic delivery of questionnaires.  Dr. Oliveria also is a Co-Principal Investigator on “The Framingham School Nevus Study” (SONIC I).  A 5-year follow-up in this cohort was awarded (SONIC II). The primary objective of this study is to evaluate specific genetic and environmental factors as risk factors for nevus development and growth in early adolescence.  A secondary aim is to document the clinical and dermoscopic evolution of individual nevi in this age group.  She has initiated an effort in cancer survivorship and completed focus group research. In addition, she has published findings that identify areas of high priority to melanoma survivors: skin self-examination, anxiety associated with sun exposure, familial risk communication, and maintenance of health insurance benefits. Studies on skin cancer communication between physicians and patients in the dermatology setting have been published and are ongoing.

Education

Harvard University

Publications

Oliveria SA, Satagopan JM, Geller AC, Dusza SW, Weinstock MA, Berwick M, Bishop M, Heneghan MK, Halpern AC. Study of Nevi in Children (SONIC): baseline findings and predictors of nevus count. Am J Epidemiol 2009;169:41-53.

Scope A, Dusza SW, Marghoob AA, Satagopan JM, Braga Casagrande Tavoloni J, Psaty EL, Weinstock MA, Oliveria SA, Bishop M, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Clinical and Dermoscopic Stability and Volatility of Melanocytic Nevi in a Population-Based Cohort of Children in Framingham School System. J Invest Dermatol 2011;131:1615-1621.

Oliveria SA, Heneghan MK, Cushman LF, Ughetta EA, Halpern AC. Skin cancer screening by dermatologists, family practitioners, and internists: Barriers and facilitators. Arch Dermatol 2011;147:39-44.

Oliveria SA, Heneghan MK, Geller AC, Brooks DR, Hay JL, Halpern AC. Familial risk communication related to skin cancer: A survey of US dermatologists.(in press - Arch  Dermatol 2012)

Oliveria SA, Shuk E, Hay JL, Heneghan MK, Panageas K, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Melanoma survivors: Health behaviors, surveillance, psychosocial factors, and family concerns. (in press - Psycho-oncology 2012)

Dusza SW, Halpern AC, Satagopan JM, Oliveria SA, Weinstock MA, Scope A, Berwick, M, Geller AC. Prospective Study of Sunburn and Sun Behavior Patterns During Adolescence. (in press - Pediatrics 2012)

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  1. Moore LL, Lombardi DA, White MJ, Campbell JL, Oliveria SA, Ellison RC. Influence of parents’ physical activity levels on activity levels of young children. J Pediatr 1991;118:215-9.

  2. Marmor JK, Oliveria SA, Donahue RP, Garrahie EJ, White MJ, Moore LL, Ellison RC. Factors encouraging cohort maintenance in a longitudinal study. J Clin Epidemiol 1991;44:531-5.

  3. Gillman MW, Oliveria SA, Moore LL, Ellison RC. Inverse association of dietary calcium with systolic blood pressure in young children. JAMA 1992;267:2340-3.

  4. Oliveria SA, Ellison RC, Moore LL, Gillman MW, Garrahie EJ, Singer MR. Parent-child relationships in nutrient intake: the Framingham Children’s Study. Am J Clin Nutr 1992;56:593-8.

  5. Oliveria SA, Felson DT, Reed JI, Cirillo PA, Walker AM. Incidence of symptomatic hand, hip and knee osteoarthritis in a health maintenance organization. Arthritis Rheum 1995;38:1134-41.

  6. Oliveria SA, Kohl HW, Trichopoulos D, Blair SN. The association between fitness and prostate cancer. Med Sci Sports Exerc 1996;28:97-104.

  7. Oliveria SA, Felson DT, Klein RA, Reed JI, Walker AM. Estrogen replacement therapy and the development of osteoarthritis. Epidemiology 1996;7:415-419.

  8. Oliveria SA, Osborne MP. Diet, breast cancer, and case-control studies. Lancet 1996;347:1346.

  9. Oliveria SA, Klein RA, Reed JI, Cirillo PA, Christos PJ, Walker AM. Estrogen replacement therapy and urinary tract infections in postmenopausal women aged 45-89. Menopause 1998;5:4-8.

  10. Egan CL, Oliveria SA, Elenitsas R, Hanson J, Halpern AC. Cutaneous melanoma risk and phenotypic changes in large congenital nevi: A follow-up study of 46 patients. J Am Acad Dermatol 1998;39:923-932.

  11. Oliveria SA, Felson DT, Cirillo PA, Reed JI, Walker AM. Body weight, body mass index, and incident symptomatic osteoarthritis of the hand, hip, and knee. Epidemiology 1999;10:161-6.

  12. Finkel ML, Oliveria S. Focus on quality assessment: the need for evaluation. Empl Benefits J 1998;23:21-2.

  13. Oliveria SA, Christos PJ, Talley NJ, Dannenberg AJ. Heartburn risk factors, knowledge, and prevention strategies: a population-based survey of individuals with heartburn. Arch Intern Med 1999;159:1592-1598.

  14. Oliveria SA, Christos PJ, Visintainer PF, McDougall CJ, Osborne MP. Patterns of colon cancer screening among companies in the U.S.: a descriptive survey. Am J Health Promot 1999;13:146-148.

  15. Geller AC, Halpern AC, Sun T, Oliveria SA, Miller DR, Lew RA, Koh HK. Participant satisfaction and value in American Academy of Dermatology and American Cancer Society skin cancer screening program in Massachusetts. J Am Acad Dermatol 1999;40:563-566.

  16. Oliveria SA, Christos PJ, Halpern AC, Fine JA, Barnhill RL, Berwick M. Patient knowledge, awareness, and delay in seeking medical attention for malignant melanoma. J Clin Epidemiol 1999;52:1111-1116.

  17. Oliveria SA, Christos PJ, Halpern AC, Fine J, Barnhill RL, Berwick M. Evaluation of factors associated with skin self-examination. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 1999;8;971-8.

  18. Berwick M, Oliveria S, Luo ST, Headley A, Bolognia JL. A pilot study using nurse education as an intervention to increase skin self-examination for melanoma. J Cancer Educ 2000;15:38-40.

  19. Brady MS, Oliveria SA, Christos PJ, Berwick M, Coit DG, Katz J, Halpern AC. Patterns of detection in cutaneous melanoma. Cancer 2000;89:342-7.

  20. Christos PJ, Oliveria SA, Berwick M, Guerry D4th, Elder DE, Synnestvedt M, Fine JA, Barnhill RL, Halpern AC. Signs and symptoms of melanoma in older populations. J Clin Epidemiol 2000;53:1044-1053.

  21. Altman JF, Oliveria SA, Christos PJ, Halpern AC. A survey of skin cancer screening in the primary care setting: a comparison with other cancer screenings. Arch Fam Med 2000;9:1022-7.

  22. Oliveria SA, Christos PJ, Marghoob AA, Halpern AC. Skin cancer screening and prevention in the primary care setting: National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey 1997. J Gen Intern Med 2001;16:297-301.

  23. Oliveria SA, Nehal KS, Christos PJ, Sharma N, Tromberg JS, Halpern AC. Using nurse practitioners for skin cancer screening: a pilot study. Am J Prev Med 2001;21:214-7.

  24. Oliveria SA, Altman JF, Christos PJ, Halpern AC. Use of nonphysician health care providers for skin cancer screening in the primary care setting. Prev Med 2002;34:374-379.

  25. Oliveria SA, Lapuerta P, McCarthy BD, L’Italien GJ, Berlowitz DR, Asch SM. Physician-related barriers to the effective management of uncontrolled hypertension. Arch Intern Med 2002;162:413-420.

  26. Nehal KS, Oliveria SA, Marghoob AA, Christos PJ, Dusza S, Tromberg JS, Halpern AC. Use of and beliefs about baseline photography in the management of patients with pigmented lesions: a survey of dermatology residency programmes in the United States. Melanoma Res 2002;12:161-167.

  27. Geller AC, Colditz G, Oliveria S, Emmons K, Jorgensen C, Aweh GN, Frazier AL. Use of sunscreen, sunburning rates, and tanning bed use among more than 10 000 US children and adolescents. Pediatrics 2002;109:1009-1014.

  28. Nehal KS, Oliveria SA, Marghoob AA, Christos PJ, Dusza SW, Tromberg JS, Halpern AC. Use of and beliefs about dermoscopy in the management of patients with pigmented lesions: A survey of dermatology residency programmes in the United States. Melanoma Res 2002;12:601-605.

  29. Yood MU, Oliveria S, Boyer JG, Wells K, Stang P, Johnson CC. Colon polyp recurrence in a managed care population. Arch Intern Med 2003;163:422-426.

  30. Negin BP, Riedel E, Oliveria SA, Berwick M, Coit DG, Brady MS. Symptoms and signs of primary melanoma: important indictors of Breslow depth. Cancer 2003;98:344-348.

  31. Phelan DL, Oliveria SA, Christos PJ, Dusza SW, Halpern AC. Skin self-examination in patients at high risk for melanoma: a pilot study. Oncol Nurs Forum 2003;30:1029-36.

  32. Oliveria SA, Dusza SW, Phelan DL, Ostroff JS, Berwick M, Halpern AC. Patient adherence to skin self-examination: Effect of a nurse intervention with photographs. Am J Prev Med 2004;26:152-155.

  33. Oliveria SA, Chau D, Christos PJ, Charles CA, Mushlin AI, Halpern AC. Diagnostic accuracy of patients in performing skin self-examination and the impact of digital photography. Arch Dermatol 2004;140:57-62.

  34. Oliveria SA, Yood MU, Cambell UB, Yood SM, Stang P. Treatment and referral patterns for colorectal cancer. Med Care 2004;42:901-906.

  35. Marghoob AA, Dusza S, Oliveria S, Halpern AC. Number of satellite nevi as a correlate for neurocutaneous melanocytosis in patients with large congenital melanocytic nevi. Arch Dermatol 2004;140:171-175.

  36. Oliveria SA, Geller AC, Dusza SW, Marghoob AA, Sachs D, Weinstock MA, Buckminster M, Halpern AC. The Framingham School Nevus Study: a pilot study. Arch Dermatol 2004;140:545-51.

  37. Christos PJ, Oliveria SA, Mâsse LC, McCormick LK, Halpern AC. Skin cancer prevention and detection by nurses: attitudes, perceptions, and barriers. J Cancer Educ 2004;19:50-57.

  38. Dusza SW, Oliveria SA, Geller AC, Marghoob AA, Halpern AC. Student-parent agreement in self-reported sun behaviors. J Am Acad Dermatol 2005;52:896-900.

  39. LaVigne EA, Oliveria SA, Dusza SW, Geller AC, Halpern AC, Marghoob AA. Clinical and dermoscopic changes in common melanocytic nevi in school children: the Framingham Nevus Study. Dermatology 2005;219:234-9.

  40. Geller AC, O’Riordan DL, Oliveria SA, Valvo S, Teich M, Halpern AC. Overcoming obstacles to skin cancer examinations and prevention counseling for high-risk patients: results of a national survey of primary care physicians. J Am Board Fam Pract 2004;17:416-23.

  41. Oliveria SA, Chen RS, McCarthy BD, Davis CC, Hill MN. Hypertension knowledge, awareness, and attitudes in a hypertensive population. J Gen Intern Med 2005;20:219-25.

  42. Charles CA, Yee VS, Dusza SW, Marghoob AA, Oliveria SA, Kopf A, Rigel D, Halpern AC. Variation in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of melanoma in situ: a survey of US dermatologists. Arch Dermatol 2005;141:723-729.

  43. Phelan DL, Oliveria SA, Halpern AC. Patient experiences with photo books in monthly skin self-examinations. Dermatol Nurs 2005;17:109-114.

  44. Oliveria SA, Saraiya M, Geller AC, Heneghan MK, Jorgensen C. Sun exposure and risk of melanoma. Arch Dis Child 2006;91:131-8.

  45. Hay JL, Oliveria SA, Dusza SW, Phelan DL, Ostroff J, Halpern AC. Psychosocial mediators of a nurse intervention to increase skin self-examination in patients at high risk for melanoma. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2006;15:1212-6.

  46. Oliveria SA, Hay JL, Geller AC, Heneghan MK, McCabe MS, Halpern AC. Melanoma survivorship: research opportunities. J Cancer Surviv. 2007;1:87-97.

  47. Heneghan MK, Hazan C, Halpern AC, Oliveria SA. Skin cancer coverage in a national newspaper: teachable moment.J Cancer Educ 2007;2:99-104.

  48. Geller AC, Oliveria SA, Bishop M, Buckminster M, Brooks KR, Halpern AC. Study of health outcomes in school children: key challenges and lessons learned from the Framingham Schools’ Natural History of Nevi Study. J Sch Health. 2007;6:312-8.

  49. Scope A, Marghoob AA, Dusza SW, Satagopan JM, Agero AL, Benvenuto-Andrade C, Lieb JA, Weinstock MA, Oliveria SA, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Dermoscopic patterns of naevi in fifth grade children of the Framingham school system. Br J Dermatol. 2008;158:1041-9.

  50. Lipoff JB, Scope A, Dusza SW, Marghoob AA, Oliveria SA, Halpern AC. Complex dermoscopic pattern: a potential risk marker for melanoma. Br J Dermatol. 2008;158:821-4.

  51. Scope A, Marghoob AA, Chen CS, Lieb JA, Weinstock MA, Halpern AC; SONIC Study Group. Dermoscopic patterns and subclinical melanocytic nests in normal-appearingskin. Br J Dermatol. 2009 Jun;160(6):1318-21.

  52. Mujumdar UJ, Hay JL, Monroe-Hinds YC, Hummer AJ, Begg CB, Wilcox HB, Oliveria SA, Berwick M. Sun protection and skin self-examination in melanoma survivors. Psychooncology. 2009.

  53. Oliveria SA, Satagopan JM, Geller AC, Dusza SW, Weinstock MA, Berwick M, Bishop M, Heneghan MK, Halpern AC. Study of Nevi in Children (SONIC): baseline findings and predictors of nevus counts. Am J Epidemiol. 2009 Jan 1;169(1)41-53.

  54. Terushkin V, Oliveria SA, Marghoob AA, Halpern AC. Use of and beliefs about total body photography and dermatoscopy among US dermatology training programs: an update. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2010 May;62(5):794-803.

  55. Oliveria SA, Heneghan MK, Cushman LF, Ughetta EA, Halpern AC. Skin cancer screening by dermatologists, family practitioners, and internists: Barriers and facilitators. (IN PRESS - J Am Acad Dermatol 2010)

  56. Scope A, Dusza SW, Marghoob AA, Satagopan JM, Braga Juliana, Psaty EL, Weinstock MA, Oliveria SA, Bishop M, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Dermoscopic stability despite volatility of melanocytic nevi in a population-based cohort of children in Framingham school system (IN PRESS - J Investigative Dermatol 2010)

  57. Oliveria SA, Heneghan MK, Cushman LF, Halpern AC. Mixed-mode survey delivery to physicians: electronic versus postal mail. (submitted Health Services Research 2010)

  58. Satagopan JM, Oliveria SA, Dusza SW, Weinstock MA, Halpern AC. An efficient sampling scheme for identifying an informative sub-population within a cohort to evaluate new risk factors for a continuous outcome. (submitted American Journal of Epidemiology 2010)

  59. Satagopan, Zhou, Oliveria, Dusza, Weinstock, Berwick, Halpern. Properties of preliminary test estimators and shrinkage estimators for evaluating multiple risk factors - Application to the study of nevi in children. (submitted Journal Royal Statistical Society 2010)

  60. Dusza SW, Satagopan JM, Scope A, Halpern AC, Weinstock MA, Geller AC, Oliveria SA, White K, Smith Q, Berwick M. Melanocortin-1 Receptor genotype and nevus phenotype in a population-based study of adolescents. (submitted Br J Dermatol 2010)

  61. Oliveria SA, Heneghan MK, Geller AC, Brooks DR, Hay JL, Halpern AC. Familial risk communication related to skin cancer: A survey of US dermatologists.(submitted J Am Acad Dermatol 2010)

  62. Oliveria SA, Shuk E, Hay JL, Heneghan MK, Panageas K, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Melanoma survivors: Health behaviors, surveillance, psychosocial factors, and family concerns. (submitted J Psychoncology 2010)

  63. Geller AC, Swetter SM, Oliveria SA, Dusza S, Halpern AC. Reducing mortality in individuals at high risk for advance melanoma through education and screening. (submitted CDC Monograph 2010)

  64. Dusza SW, Halpern AC, Satagopan JM, Oliveria SA, Weinstock MA, Scope A, Berwick M, Geller AC. Sunburn and sun behavior patterns in peri-adolescence: Results from the Study of Nevi in Children (SONIC) study. (submitted Pediatrics 2010)

  65. Scope A, Dusza SW, Marghoob AA, Satagopan JM, Braga Casagrande Tavoloni J, Psaty EL, Weinstock MA, Oliveria SA, Bishop M, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Clinical and Dermoscopic Stability and Volatility of Melanocytic Nevi in a Population-Based Cohort of Children in Framingham School System. J Invest Dermatol 2011;131:1615-1621.

  66. Oliveria SA, Heneghan MK, Cushman LF, Ughetta EA, Halpern AC. Skin cancer screening by dermatologists, family practitioners, and internists: Barriers and facilitators. Arch Dermatol 2011;147:39-44.

  67. Satagopan JM, Zhou Q, Oliveria SA, Dusza SW, Weinstock MA, Berwick M, Halpern AC. Properties of preliminary test estimators and shrinkage estimators for evaluating multiple exposures – Application to questionnaire data from the “Study of nevi in children”. Applied Statistics 2011;60:1-14.

  68. Goulart JM, Oliveria SA, Levitt J. Safety during dermatologic procedures and surgeries: A survey of resident injuries and prevention strategies. J Am Acad Dermatol 2011;65:648-650.

  69. Oliveria SA, Heneghan MK, Geller AC, Brooks DR, Hay JL, Halpern AC. Familial risk communication related to skin cancer: A survey of US dermatologists.(in press - Arch  Dermatol 2012)

  70. Oliveria SA, Shuk E, Hay JL, Heneghan MK, Panageas K, Geller AC, Halpern AC. Melanoma survivors: Health behaviors, surveillance, psychosocial factors, and family concerns. (in press - Psycho-oncology 2012)

  71. Dusza SW, Halpern AC, Satagopan JM, Oliveria SA, Weinstock MA, Scope A, Berwick, M, Geller AC. Prospective Study of Sunburn and Sun Behavior Patterns During Adolescence. (in press - Pediatrics 2012)