Giridhar G Mallya

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Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health
Department: Family Medicine and Community Health

Contact information
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
50 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540
Education:
AB (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
Brown University, 1999.
MD
Brown University Medical School, 2003.
MSHP (Health Policy Research)
University of Pennsylvania, 2008.
Post-Graduate Training
Family Medicine Resident, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2003-2006.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, 2006-2008.
Certifications
American Board of Family Medicine, 2006.
American Board of Family Medicine, 2013.
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Description of Research Expertise

Research Interests:
Chronic disease prevention, public health regulation, tobacco control, obesity prevention, social determinants of health

Bio:
Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP, is a public health physician and health policy expert who serves as the Senior Policy Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In this role, he leads state and local policy initiatives to build a Culture of Health.

Dr. Mallya was previously the Director of Policy and Planning for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. In this position, he directed strategic planning, policy development, and research and evaluation activities for the Department. He also led the Department’s Get Healthy Philly tobacco control and obesity prevention initiative, which leveraged policy change and multi-sectoral efforts to substantially reduce adult and youth smoking and childhood obesity while narrowing racial and socioeconomic disparities. Key policy victories included enactment of a new $2 per pack local tax on cigarettes and implementation of nutrition standards for over 22 million meals and snacks purchased by city government annually. This work was recognized for its effectiveness in fostering healthy environments and behaviors by the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the Harvard University Ash Center for Democratic Governance, and the National Association of Government Communicators.

Dr. Mallya is a graduate of the Program in Liberal Medical Education of Brown University, where he completed an A.B in Biology and an M.D., and was awarded the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award. He then finished a residency in Family and Community Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Following residency, Dr. Mallya was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he received a Masters Degree in Health Policy Research. Currently, he also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Description of Clinical Expertise

Family Medicine

Selected Publications

Hennessy Michael, Bleakley Amy, Piotrowski Jessica Taylor, Mallya Giridhar, Jordan Amy: Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption by Adult Caregivers and Their Children: The Role of Drink Features and Advertising Exposure. Health Education & Behavior 42(5): 677-86, Oct 2015.

Robbins Jessica M, Mallya Giridhar, Wagner Amanda, Buehler James W: Prevalence, Disparities, and Trends in Obesity and Severe Obesity Among Students in the School District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2006-2013. Preventing Chronic Disease 12: E134, Aug 2015.

Lawman Hannah G, Ogden Cynthia L, Hassink Sandra, Mallya Giridhar, Vander Veur Stephanie, Foster Gary D: Comparing Methods for Identifying Biologically Implausible Values in Height, Weight, and Body Mass Index Among Youth. American Journal of Epidemiology 182(4): 359-65, Aug 2015.

Leone Frank T, Evers-Casey Sarah, Graden Sarah, Schnoll Robert, Mallya Giridhar: Academic Detailing Interventions Improve Tobacco Use Treatment among Physicians Working in Underserved Communities. Annals of the American Thoracic Society 12(6): 854-8, Jun 2015.

Lent Michelle R, Vander Veur Stephanie, Mallya Giridhar, McCoy Tara A, Sanders Timothy A, Colby Lisa, Rauchut Tewksbury Colleen, Lawman Hannah G, Sandoval Brianna, Sherman Sandy, Wylie-Rosett Judith, Foster Gary D: Corner store purchases made by adults, adolescents and children: items, nutritional characteristics and amount spent. Public Health Nutrition 18(9): 1706-12, Jun 2015.

Lawman Hannah G, Vander Veur Stephanie, Mallya Giridhar, McCoy Tara A, Wojtanowski Alexis, Colby Lisa, Sanders Timothy A, Lent Michelle R, Sandoval Brianna A, Sherman Sandy, Wylie-Rosett Judith, Foster Gary D: Changes in quantity, spending, and nutritional characteristics of adult, adolescent and child urban corner store purchases after an environmental intervention. Preventive Medicine 74: 81-5, May 2015.

Hillier Amy, Chilton Mariana, Zhao Qian-Wei, Szymkowiak Dorota, Coffman Ryan, Mallya Giridhar: Concentration of tobacco advertisements at SNAP and WIC stores, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2012. Preventing Chronic Disease 12: E15, Feb 2015.

Lawman Hannah G, Mallya Giridhar, Veur Stephanie Vander, McCoy Tara, Colby Lisa, Sanders Tim, Wylie-Rosett Judith, Foster Gary D: Trends in relative weight over 1 year in low-income urban youth. Obesity (Silver Spring) 23(2): 436-42, Feb 2015.

Ma Grace X, Shive Steve, Zhang Yolanda, Aquilante Jennifer, Tan Yin, Zhao Mei, Solomon Sara, Zhu Steven, Toubbeh Jamil, Colby Lisa, Mallya Giridhar, Zeng Qiaoling: Knowledge, perceptions, and behaviors related to salt use among Philadelphia Chinese take-out restaurant owners and chefs. Health promotion practice 15(5): 638-45, Sep 2014.

Cavanaugh Erica, Green Sarah, Mallya Giridhar, Tierney Ann, Brensinger Colleen, Glanz Karen: Changes in food and beverage environments after an urban corner store intervention. Preventive Medicine 65: 7-12, Aug 2014.

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