Frances K. Barg

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Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Co-Leader, Guatemala Health Initiative
Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives
Senior Scholar, Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Department: Family Medicine and Community Health

Contact information
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
915 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-746-1830
Fax: 215-662-3591
B.A. (International Affairs)
George Washington University , 1974.
M.Ed. (Rehabilitation Counseling)
University of Pittsburgh , 1976.
PhD (Medical Anthropology)
University of Pennsylvania , 2000.
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Description of Research Expertise

Mixed Methods approach with focus on the uneven distribution of risk and disease among ethnic groups.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Culture in medicine

Description of Other Expertise

Depression in older adults, Cancer Prevention.

Selected Publications

Paniagua-Avila MA, Messenger E,Nelson CA, Calgua E, Barg FK, Bream KW, Compher C, Dean AJ,Martinez-Siekavizza S, PuacPolanco V, Richmond TS, Roth R, Branas CC : Guatemala-Penn Partners: An Innovative Inter-Institutional Model for Scientific Capacity-Building,Healthcare Education, and Public Health. Frontiers in Public Health 5(70): doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00070, April 2017.

Barg FK , Kellom K , Ziv T, Hull SC, Suhail-Sindhu S, Kirkpatrick JN : LVAD-DT: Culture of rescue and liminal experience in the treatment of heart failure. American Journal of Bioethics 17(2): 3-11, Feb 2017.

Allison Werner-Lin, Sara Walser, Frances K. Barg, Barbara A. Berhardt: "They Can't Find Anything Wrong with Him, Yet": Mothers' experiences of parenting an infant with a prenatally diagnosed copy number variant (CNV). American Journal of Medical Genetics 173(2): 444-451, Feb 2017.

Lauren E. Sinnenberg, Kathryn J. Wanner, Jeanmarie Perrone, Frances K. Barg, Karin V. Rhodes, Zachary F. Meisel: What Factors Affect Physicians’ Decisions to Prescribe Opioids in Emergency Departments? MDM Policy & Practice 2(1), January-June 2017.

Meghan A. Rubel, Allison Werner-Lin, Frances K. Barg, Barbara A. Bernhardt: Expert knowledge influences decision-making for couples receiving positive prenatal chromosomal microarray testing results. Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry Page: epub ahead of print, January 2017.

Sarah M. Wood,Susan Lee, Frances K. Barg, Marne Castillo, Nadia Dowshen, : Young Transgender Women’s Attitudes Toward HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis. Journal of Adolescent Health Page: 1-7, January 2017.

Clapp JT, Roberts JA, Dahlberg B, Berry LS, Jacobs LM, Emmett EA, Barg FK: Realities of environmental toxicity and their ramifications for community engagement. Social Science & Medicine 170: 143-51, December 2016 Notes: E-pub ahead of print: doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2016.10.019.

Sinnenberg L, DiSilvestro CL, Mancheno C, Dailey K, Tufts C, Buttenheim AM, Barg FK, Ungar L, Schwartz H, Brown D, Asch DA, Merchant RM: Twitter as a Potential Data Source for Cardiovascular Disease Research. JAMA Cardiology 1(9): 1032-36, Dec 2016 Notes: E-pub ahead of print: doi: 10.1001/jamacardio.2016.3029.

Weiss EM, Barg FK, Cook N, Black E, Joffe S: Parental decision-making preferences in neonatal intensive care. Journal of Pediatrics 179: 36-41, Dec 2016 Notes: E-pub ahead of print - doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2016.08.030.

Schreiber CA, Chavez V, Whittaker PG, Ratcliffe SJ, Easley E, Barg FK: Treatment Decisions at the Time of Miscarriage Diagnosis. Obstetrics & Gynecology 128(6): 1347-56, Dec 2016 Notes: E-pub ahead of print: DOI: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001753

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