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January 2020

Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cell Biology speech: Making precision medicine socially precise

Breckenridge, CO, USA

October 2019

SACNAS 2019 keynote speech

Honolulu, HI, USA

July 2019

National Medical Association 2019 speech

Honolulu, HI, USA

Recent publications

  1. Lee EY, Oh SS, White MJ, Eng CS, Elhawary JR, et al. The Impact of Ambient Air Pollution on Telomere Length in African American Children and Adolescents. J Allergy Clin Immunol. {in press}
  2. Samedy-Bates LA, Oh SS, Nuckton TJ, Elhawary JR, White M, Elliot T, Zeiger AM, Eng C, Salazar S, LeNoir MA, Meade K, Farber HJ, Serebrisky D, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Bibbins-Domingo K, Kumar R, Thyne S, Borrell LN, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Pino-Yanes M, Burchard EG. Racial/ethnic-specific differences in the effects of inhaled corticosteroid use on bronchodilator response in patients with asthma. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2019 Jun 18. doi: 10.1002/cpt.1555. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31209858.
  3. Weitzel JN, Neuhausen SL, Adamson A, Tao S, Ricker C, Maoz A, Rosenblatt M, Nehoray B, Sand S, Steele L, Unzeitig G, Feldman N, Blanco AM, Hu D, Huntsman S, Castillo D, Haiman C, Slavin T, Ziv E. Pathogenic and likely pathogenic variants in PALB2, CHEK2, and other known breast cancer susceptibility genes among 1054 BRCA-negative Hispanics with breast cancer. Cancer. 2019 Jun 17. doi: 10.1002/cncr.32083. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31206626.
  4. Hoffman J, Fejerman L, Hu D, Huntsman S, Li M, John EM, Torres-Mejia G, Kushi L, Ding YC, Weitzel J, Neuhausen SL, Lott P; COLUMBUS Consortium, Echeverry M, Carvajal-Carmona L, Burchard E, Eng C, Long J, Zheng W, Olopade O, Huo D, Haiman C, Ziv E. Identification of novel common breast cancer risk variants at the 6q25 locus among Latinas. Breast Cancer Res. 2019 Jan 14;21(1):3. doi: 10.1186/s13058-018-1085-9. PubMed PMID: 30642363; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6332913.
  5. Zeiger AM, White MJ, Eng C, Oh SS, Witonsky J, Goddard PC, Contreras MG, Elhawary JR, Hu D, Mak ACY, Lee EY, Keys KL, Samedy LA, Risse-Adams O, Magaña J, Huntsman S, Salazar S, Davis A, Meade K, Brigino-Buenaventura E, LeNoir MA, Farber HJ, Bibbins-Domingo K, Borrell LN, Burchard EG. Genetic Determinants of Telomere Length in African American Youth. Sci Rep. 2018 Sep 5;8(1):13265. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-31238-3. PubMed PMID: 30185882; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6125592.
  6. Mak ACY, White MJ, Eckalbar WL, Szpiech ZA, Oh SS, Pino-Yanes M, Hu D, Goddard P, Huntsman S, Galanter J, Wu AC, Himes BE, Germer S, Vogel JM, Bunting KL, Eng C, Salazar S, Keys KL, Liberto J, Nuckton TJ, Nguyen TA, Torgerson DG, Kwok PY, Levin AM, Celedón JC, Forno E, Hakonarson H, Sleiman PM, Dahlin A, Tantisira KG, Weiss ST, Serebrisky D, Brigino-Buenaventura E, Farber HJ, Meade K, Lenoir MA, Avila PC, Sen S, Thyne SM, Rodriguez-Cintron W, Winkler CA, Moreno-Estrada A, Sandoval K, Rodriguez-Santana JR, Kumar R, Williams LK, Ahituv N, Ziv E, Seibold MA, Darnell RB, Zaitlen N, Hernandez RD, Burchard EG; NHLBI Trans-Omics for Precision Medicine (TOPMed) Consortium. Whole-Genome Sequencing of Pharmacogenetic Drug Response in Racially Diverse Children with Asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 Jun 15;197(12):1552-1564. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201712-2529OC. PubMed PMID: 29509491; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6006403.

Recent grants

Natural History of Viral Induced Airway Dysfunction and Asthma in Minority Children

We will recruit and longitudinally follow 3,000 Puerto Rican newborns and track their respiratory illnesses. We will determine why early-life viral infections cause severe respiratory illnesses in some infants and identify airway endotypes that high-risk groups exhibit in early childhood, prior to asthma onset. Results from this proposal will inform public health policy and clinical practice and aid in determining asthma incidence, including recurrent wheeze with viral infections and health care utilization.

California Institute to Advance Precision Medicine: Improving Precision Medicine for Breast Cancer in Latinas: A multi-tiered Approach

This project will aim to improve both hereditary (germline) genetic prediction of breast cancer risk and to understand the landscape of cancer-specific (somatic) genetic mutations in breast cancer from Latina women. We will use data from germline genetic analysis of over 14,000 Latinas including 5000 specifically recruited for this study, and tumor/normal mutational analysis from ~500 women to understand the landscape of breast cancer genomics in Latinas. This project will help improve risk prediction for breast cancer in Latinas and will help to improve targeted treatment of breast cancer in Latina women

Media coverage


Esteban Burchard, MD, MPH, talks about race, medicine, racial bias, the underrepresentation of ethnic minorities in research, and the importance of improving diversity and inclusion in science.

May 2018, 4 minutes, 21 seconds.


Dr. Burchard sat down with the VOX media team to talk about "How Should Doctors Consider Race?" for their YouTube series Glad You Asked.  

July 2021, 1 Video, 22 minutes