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Mary Laya, MD, MPH

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (DOM)

Education & Training

MD, Creighton University, School of Medicine, Omaha, NE, 1982
Internship, Residency, and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine, Creighton University Affiliated Hospitals, Omaha, NE, 1982-1986
MPH, University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Seattle, WA, 1995

Professional Interests

Hormone replacement therapy and mammography
Benign breast disease
Women's health care issues
Osteoporosis education
Menopause and hormone replacement therapy issues


Fellowship, National Research Service Award in Primary Care, 1993-1995
Phi Beta Kappa, 1978
Outstanding Medicine Resident, 1985
Golden Apple Award (Class of 1990), 1988
Dedicated Teacher Award, 1992
St. Joseph Hospital Staff Distinguished Service Award, 1993
Alpha Omega Alpha, 1993
Outstanding Patient Educator Award, 2001
Selected for Inclusion in Best Doctors 2003-04, 2003
Selected for Inclusion in Best Doctors 2007-08, 2007

Selected Publications

Laya MB, Gallagher JC, Schreiman JS, Larson EB, Watson P, Weinstein L. 1995. Effect of postmenopausal hormonal replacement therapy on mammographic density and parenchymal pattern. Radiology. 196(2):433-7
Laya MB, Larson EB, Taplin SH, White E. 1996. Effect of estrogen replacement therapy on the specificity and sensitivity of screening mammography. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 88(10):643-9
Rutter CM, Mandelson MT, Laya MB, Seger DJ, Taplin S. 2001. Changes in breast density associated with initiation, discontinuation, and continuing use of hormone replacement therapy. JAMA : the journal of the American Medical Association. 285(2):171-6.
Johnson KM, Bradley KA, Bush K, Gardella C, Dobie DJ, Laya MB. 2006. Frequency of mastalgia among women veterans. Association with psychiatric conditions and unexplained pain syndromes. Journal of general internal medicine. 21 Suppl 3:S70-5.
Reed SDL, Laya MB, Melville J, Ismail SY, Mitchell CM, Ackerman DR. 2007. Prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and clinical associations among veiled East African women in Washington State. Journal of women's health (2002). 16(2):206-13.