Kara Michels, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Michels graduated in December of 2014 and is currently an Intramural Research Training Award Postdoctoral Fellow in the Epidemiology Branch, Division of Intramural Population Health Research, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. While enrolled in the doctoral program, she conducted analyses using data from the Right from the Start pregnancy cohort.

Why Vanderbilt?
"Vanderbilt's PhD program attracted me with the methods-focused curriculum; I felt its structure was unique among other epidemiology programs. I’m developing analytical skills that will be assets in a variety of settings while learning about health topics of interest (e.g., reproductive conditions) through my research and elective coursework. I find that the faculty members are accessible, supportive, and very intelligen; they enjoy working with students and their classrooms are discussion-friendly." 

Recent Peer Reviewed Publications

Michels KA, Hartmann KE, Archer KR, Ye F, Velez Edwards DR. The relationship between total fibroid burden and first trimester bleeding and pain. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology 2015. (Epub ahead of print, 2015 Nov 3; PMID: 26525634; doi: 10.1111/ppe.12256)

Michels KA, Velez Edwards DR, Baird DD, Savitz DA, Hartmann KE. Uterine Leiomyomas and Cesarean Birth Risk: A Prospective Cohort with Standardized Imaging. Annals of Epidemiology, Available online 12 November 2013. (doi: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.10.017)

Edwards TL, Michels KA (co-first author), Hartmann KE, Velez Edwards DR.  BET1L and TNRC6B associate with uterine fibroid risk among European Americans. Human Genetics 2013; 132 (8):943-953. (PMID: 23604678; doi: 10.1007/s00439-013-1306-3)

Recent Posters and Presentations

Michels KA, Hartmann KE, Archer KR, Ye F, Velez Edwards DR. Uterine Fibroid Severity, Pain, and Bleeding in the First Trimester. Poster. Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research Annual Meeting; Denver, Colorado: 15-16 June, 2015.

Michels KA, Velez Edwards DR, Hartmann KE. Uterine fibroid severity and symptoms during pregnancy. Plenary presentation, National Clinical and Translational Sciences Predoctoral Programs Meeting, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; May 2013.

Michels KA, Velez Edwards DR, Hartmann KE. Uterine fibroids and preterm birth risk in a prospective cohort. Poster, National Clinical and Translational Sciences Predoctoral Programs Meeting, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN; May 2012.

Michels KA, Velez Edwards DR, Baird DD, Savitz DA, Hartmann KE. Uterine leiomyomas and cesarean birth risk: a prospective cohort with standardized imaging. Poster, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Conference, New Orleans, LA; December 2011.

Michels KA, Velez Edwards DR, Hartmann KE. Uterine leiomyomata and cesarean birth risk in a prospective cohort. Oral presentation, National Predoctoral Clinical Research Training Program Meeting; Washington University, St. Louis, MO; May 2011