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Cassy Robinson-Cohen, PhD, MSc, BSc

Research Assistant Professor, Nephrology
Adjunct Research Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

Researcher, Kidney Research Institute

Cassy Robinson-Cohen, PhD, is Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Nephrology, at the Kidney Research Institute, and Adjunct Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology and Mathematics from McGill University, a Master of Science in Community Health from the Universite de Sherbrooke, and a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. She is primarily interested in the complications of chronic kidney disease and risk factors for renal function decline.

Contact Information
Kidney Research Institute
Office: 359606
325 9th ave
Seattle, WA 98104
Tel: 206-612-4844
Fax: 206-685-9399

Research Interests
My empirical work has been in the areas of cardiovascular, clinical and genetic epidemiology. I mainly focus on understanding risk factors for and consequences of mineral metabolism disturbances in the general population and in chronic kidney disease. I am also interested in identifying risk factors for and potential treatment options to address the disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease in the setting of chronic kidney disease.

Teaching Interests
Currently co-teaching HUBIO 530: "Clinical Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine" in Winter Quarter, part of the second-year medical school curriculum.

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Washington, School of Public Health 2012
MSc, Clinical Science, Universite de Sherbrooke 2008
BSc, McGill University (Canada) 2004

Selected Publications
Robinson-Cohen C, Hall YN, Katz R, Rivara MB, de Boer IH, Kestenbaum BR, Himmelfarb J. Self-Rated Health and Adverse Events in CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 Oct 9. pii: CJN.03140314. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 25301857.

Robinson-Cohen C, Littman AJ, Duncan GE, Weiss NS, Sachs MC, Ruzinski J, Kundzins J, Rock D, de Boer IH, Ikizler TA, Himmelfarb J, Kestenbaum BR. Physical activity and change in estimated GFR among persons with CKD. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2014 Feb;25(2):399-406. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2013040392. Epub 2013 Dec 12. PubMed PMID: 24335971; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3904564.

 Robinson-Cohen C, Hoofnagle AN, Ix JH, Sachs MC, Tracy RP, Siscovick DS, Kestenbaum BR, de Boer IH. Racial differences in the association of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration with coronary heart disease events. JAMA. 2013  Jul 10;310(2):179-88. doi: 10.1001/jama.2013.7228. PubMed PMID: 23839752; PubMed  Central PMCID: PMC4150653.

 Sachs MC, Shoben A, Levin GP, Robinson-Cohen C, Hoofnagle AN, Swords-Jenny N, Ix JH, Budoff M, Lutsey PL, Siscovick DS, Kestenbaum B, de Boer IH. Estimating mean annual 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations from single measurements: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 Jun;97(6):1243-1251. Epub 2013 Apr 24. PubMed PMID: 23615830.

Roshanravan B, Robinson-Cohen C, Patel KV, Ayers E, Littman AJ, de Boer IH, Ikizler TA, Himmelfarb J, Katzel LI, Kestenbaum B, Seliger S. Association between Physical Performance and All-Cause Mortality in CKD. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013 Apr;24(5):822-30. doi: 10.1681/ASN.2012070702. Epub 2013 Apr 18. PubMed PMID: 23599380; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3636794.

Thomas BA, Rodriguez RA, Boyko EJ, Robinson-Cohen C, Fitzpatrick AL, O'Hare AM. Geographic Variation in Black-White Differences in End-of-Life Care for Patients with ESRD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2013 Apr 11. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23580783.

Yamamoto KT, Robinson-Cohen C, de Oliveira MC, Kostina A, Nettleton JA, Ix JH, Nguyen H, Eng J, Lima JA, Siscovick DS, Weiss NS, Kestenbaum B. Dietary phosphorus is associated with greater left ventricular mass. Kidney Int. 2013 Apr;83(4):707-14. doi: 10.1038/ki.2012.303. Epub 2013 Jan 2. PubMed PMID: 23283134; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3612378.

Levin GP, Robinson-Cohen C, de Boer IH, Houston DK, Lohman K, Liu Y, Kritchevsky SB, Cauley JA, Tanaka T, Ferrucci L, Bandinelli S, Patel KV, Hagström E, Michaëlsson K, Melhus H, Wang T, Wolf M, Psaty BM, Siscovick D, Kestenbaum B. Genetic variants and associations of 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations with major clinical outcomes. JAMA. 2012 Nov 14;308(18):1898-905. doi: 10.1001/jama.2012.17304. PubMed PMID: 23150009; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3645444.

Roshanravan B, Khatri M, Robinson-Cohen C, Levin G, Patel KV, de Boer IH, Seliger S, Ruzinski J, Himmelfarb J, Kestenbaum B. A prospective study of frailty in nephrology-referred patients with CKD. Am J Kidney Dis. 2012 Dec;60(6):912-21. doi: 10.1053/j.ajkd.2012.05.017. Epub 2012 Jul 7. PubMed PMID: 22770927; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3491110.

Robinson-Cohen C, Littman AJ, Duncan GE, Roshanravan B, Ikizler TA, Himmelfarb J, Kestenbaum BR. Assessment of physical activity in chronic kidney disease. J Ren Nutr. 2013 Mar;23(2):123-31. doi: 10.1053/j.jrn.2012.04.008. Epub 2012 Jun 26. PubMed PMID: 22739659; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3496802.

In the news
Washington Study Finds Exercise May Slow Decline in Kidney Function (ASPPH Friday Letter)
Link Between Low Vitamin D Blood Levels and Heart Disease Varies by Race (UW Today)

Last Reviewed on 12/9/2014

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