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Elizabeth Pathak, PhD, MSPH, FAHA

Associate Professor, College Of Medicine Internal Medicine

College Of Medicine Internal Medicine

Contact Info 3515 East Fletcher Avenue, MDT 1201
MDC 27
Tampa, FL 33612

Academic Email: epathak@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone: (813) 974-8457

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  • PHD, Epidemeology, University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill, 1993
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1993
  • MSPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, 1990
  • BA, Biology and Environmental Science, Wesleyan University, 1987

Academic Philosophy

"Dr. Elizabeth Pathak is a social epidemiologist whose books and scientific articles focus on racial/ethnic, social class, and geographic disparities in chronic disease etiology and outcomes."

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Cardiovascular

Research Interests

  • Dr. Pathak's research has been funded by the CDC, the American Heart Association, and the Department of Defense. She was the Principal Investigator on a project that resulted in the first national atlases of geographic disparities in heart disease mortality by race/ethnicity and gender. "Women and Heart Disease" and "Men and Heart Disease" were featured in numerous national news stories on television and in print, including articles in the New York Times and a front page article in USA Today (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/health/2001-06-20-heart-disease.htm). Dr. Pathak‚Äôs current research projects include: (1) A DOD-funded systematic review of beliefs about end-of-life health care among patients, caregivers, and providers; (2) Disparities in treatment and outcomes for heart attack patients; (3) Epidemiology and outcomes of multiple myeloma and its precursor disease; (4) Disparities in access to curative-intent surgery and subsequent outcomes for lung cancer patients.


  • American Heart Association (Fellow of the Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, 2009 - Present)

Recent Publications

  • Chanti-Ketterl, M.Pathak, EB.Andel, R.Mortimer, JA. Dementia: a barrier to receiving percutaneous coronary intervention for elderly patients with ST-elevated myocardial infarction. International journal of geriatric psychiatry. , 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24523068
  • Forsyth, CJ.Pathak, EB.Strom, JA. De Facto regionalization of care for ST-elevation myocardial infarction in Florida, 2001-2009. American heart journal. 164(5) : 681-8, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23137498
  • Pathak, EB.Reader, S.Tanner, JP.Casper, ML. Spatial clustering of non-transported cardiac decedents: the results of a point pattern analysis and an inquiry into social environmental correlates. International journal of health geographics. 10: 46, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21798051
  • Pathak, EB.Forsyth, CJ.Anic, G.Tanner, JP.Comins, MM.Strom, JA. Transfer travel times for primary percutaneous coronary intervention from low-volume and non-percutaneous coronary intervention-capable hospitals to high-volume centers in Florida. Annals of emergency medicine. 58(3) : 257-66, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21507526
  • Nash, MC.Strom, JA.Pathak, EB. Prevalence of major infections and adverse outcomes among hospitalized. ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients in Florida, 2006. BMC cardiovascular disorders. 11: 69, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22108297
  • Pathak, EB.Casper, ML.Tanner, JP.Reader, S.Ward, B. A multilevel analysis of absence of transport to a hospital before premature cardiac death. Preventing chronic disease. 7(3) : A59, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20394698
  • Pathak, EB.Strom, JA. Percutaneous coronary intervention, comorbidities, and mortality among emergency department-admitted ST-elevation myocardial infarction patients in Florida. Journal of interventional cardiology. 23(3) : 205-15, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20345503
  • Pathak, EB.Sloan, MA. Recent racial/ethnic disparities in stroke hospitalizations and outcomes for young adults in Florida, 2001-2006. Neuroepidemiology. 32(4) : 302-11, 2009. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19287184
  • Pathak, EB.Strom, JA. Disparities in use of same-day percutaneous coronary intervention for patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction in Florida, 2001-2005. The American journal of cardiology. 102(7) : 802-8, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18805101
  • Nembhard, WN.Pathak, EB.Schocken, DD. Racial/ethnic disparities in mortality related to congenital heart defects among children and adults in the United States. Ethnicity & disease. 18(4) : 442-9, 2008. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19157248

Positions Held

  • Associate Professor (Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health, USF 2001 - 2012)
  • Assistant Professor (Community Medicine, College of Medicine, West Virginia University 1995 - 2001)


  • Outstanding Professor of the Year (USF Public Health Student Association - 2009)