Brian Huang

Assistant Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences

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Dr. Brian Huang is a cancer epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. His research focuses on the etiologic mechanisms and racial/ethnic disparities of pancreatic, colorectal and lung cancer. Dr. Huang’s work integrates epidemiologic, clinical and multi-omic (e.g., genomic, epigenomic, metabolomic) data from racially/ethnically diverse populations to investigate interethnic differences in the risk and survival of cancer.


  • Genetically Determined Circulating Lactase/Phlorizin Hydrolase Concentrations and Risk of Colorectal Cancer: A Two-Sample Mendelian Randomization Study Nutrients. 2024 Mar 12; 16(6). . View in PubMed
  • Epigenome-wide association study of total nicotine equivalents in multiethnic current smokers from three prospective cohorts Am J Hum Genet. 2024 Mar 07; 111(3):456-472. . View in PubMed
  • Evidence for a causal link between intra-pancreatic fat deposition and pancreatic cancer: A prospective cohort and Mendelian randomization study Cell Rep Med. 2024 Feb 20; 5(2):101391. . View in PubMed
  • Genetic Evidence Causally Linking Pancreas Fat to Pancreatic Cancer: A Mendelian Randomization Study medRxiv. 2023 Apr 26. . View in PubMed
  • The Independent Effect of COVID-19 Vaccinations and Air Pollution Exposure on Risk of COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Southern California Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2023 01 15; 207(2):218-221. . View in PubMed
  • The impact of stay-at-home orders on the rate of emergency department child maltreatment diagnoses Child Abuse Negl. 2022 10; 132:105821. . View in PubMed
  • Assessment of treatment strategies for stage I non-small cell lung cancer in patients with comorbidities Lung Cancer. 2022 08; 170:34-40. . View in PubMed
  • Rising Incidence and Racial Disparities of Early-Onset Pancreatic Cancer in the United States, 1995-2018Gastroenterology. 2022 07; 163(1):310-312. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Pre-Existing Pancreatitis and Elevated Risks of COVID-19 Severity and MortalityGastroenterology. 2022 05; 162(6):1758-1760. e3. . View in PubMed
  • Healthcare Utilization Among Patients Diagnosed with COVID-19 in a Large Integrated Health System J Gen Intern Med. 2022 03; 37(4):830-837. . View in PubMed
  • The Probability of Lung Cancer in Patients With Incidentally Detected Pulmonary Nodules: Clinical Characteristics and Accuracy of Prediction Models Chest. 2022 02; 161(2):562-571. . View in PubMed
  • Changes in Metabolic Syndrome and Its Implications on the Risk and Racial/Ethnic Disparities of Pancreatic Cancer Gastroenterology. 2022 02; 162(2):392-394. . View in PubMed
  • Ambient Air Pollutant Exposures and COVID-19 Severity and Mortality in a Cohort of Patients with COVID-19 in Southern California Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 08 15; 206(4):440-448. . View in PubMed
  • Ambient air pollution and COVID-19 incidence during four 2020-2021 case surges Environ Res. 2022 05 15; 208:112758. . View in PubMed
  • The benefits and harms of adjuvant chemotherapy for non-small cell lung cancer in patients with major comorbidities: A simulation study PLoS One. 2022; 17(11):e0263911. . View in PubMed
  • Identifying patients with symptoms suspicious for COVID-19 at elevated risk of adverse events: The COVAS score Am J Emerg Med. 2021 Aug; 46:489-494. . View in PubMed
  • Red meat consumption, cooking mutagens, NAT1/2 genotypes and pancreatic cancer risk in two ethnically diverse prospective cohorts Int J Cancer. 2021 Apr 12. . View in PubMed
  • Near-roadway air pollution associated with COVID-19 severity and mortality – Multiethnic cohort study in Southern California Environ Int. 2021 12; 157:106862. . View in PubMed
  • Natural Language Processing to Identify Pulmonary Nodules and Extract Nodule Characteristics From Radiology Reports Chest. 2021 11; 160(5):1902-1914. . View in PubMed
  • Asthma Disease Status, COPD, and COVID-19 Severity in a Large Multiethnic PopulationJ Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2021 10; 9(10):3621-3628. e2. . View in PubMed
  • Machine Learning for Early Lung Cancer Identification Using Routine Clinical and Laboratory Data Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2021 08 15; 204(4):445-453. . View in PubMed
  • Methylation of immune-regulatory cytokine genes and pancreatic cancer outcomes Epigenomics. 2020 08; 12(15):1273-1285. . View in PubMed
  • New-Onset Diabetes, Longitudinal Trends in Metabolic Markers, and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer in a Heterogeneous PopulationClin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 07; 18(8):1812-1821. e7. . View in PubMed
  • Interethnic differences in pancreatic cancer incidence and risk factors: The Multiethnic Cohort Cancer Med. 2019 07; 8(7):3592-3603. . View in PubMed
  • Reduction of Parenteral Opioid Use in Community Emergency Departments Following Implementation of Treatment Guidelines Acad Emerg Med. 2018 Mar 01. . View in PubMed
  • Cachexia, and not obesity, prior to pancreatic cancer diagnosis worsens survival and is negated by chemotherapy J Gastrointest Oncol. 2018 Feb; 9(1):17-23. . View in PubMed
  • Does Providing Positive Airway Pressure for Sleep Apnea Change Health Care Utilization? Med Care. 2018 11; 56(11):901-907.. View in PubMed
  • Polymorphisms in genes related to inflammation and obesity and colorectal adenoma risk Mol Carcinog. 2018 10; 57(10):1278-1288. . View in PubMed
  • Impact of Integrated Health Care Delivery on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Pancreatic Cancer Pancreas. 2018 02; 47(2):221-226. . View in PubMed
  • Atopic allergic conditions and pancreatic cancer risk: Results from the Multiethnic Cohort Study Int J Cancer. 2018 05 15; 142(10):2019-2027. . View in PubMed
  • Implementation of the Canadian CT Head Rule and Its Association With Use of Computed Tomography Among Patients With Head InjuryAnn Emerg Med. 2018 Jan; 71(1):54-63. e2. . View in PubMed
  • Tablet-Based Patient-Centered Decision Support for Minor Head Injury in the Emergency Department: Pilot Study JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2017 Sep 28; 5(9):e144. . View in PubMed
  • Competing Risks for Mortality in Patients With Asymptomatic Pancreatic Cystic Neoplasms: Implications for Clinical Management Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 Aug; 112(8):1330-1336. . View in PubMed
  • Influence of Statins and Cholesterol on Mortality Among Patients With Pancreatic Cancer J Natl Cancer Inst. 2017 05; 109(5). . View in PubMed
  • Burden of preoperative cardiovascular disease risk factors on breast cancer surgery outcomes J Surg Oncol. 2016 Aug; 114(2):144-9. . View in PubMed
  • Impact of statin use on survival in patients undergoing resection for early-stage pancreatic cancer Am J Gastroenterol. 2015 Aug; 110(8):1233-9. . View in PubMed
  • Stepping toward discharge: Level of ambulation in hospitalized patients J Hosp Med. 2015 Jun; 10(6):384-9. . View in PubMed
  • Drosophila modifier screens to identify novel neuropsychiatric drugs including aminergic agents for the possible treatment of Parkinson’s disease and depression Mol Psychiatry. 2014 Feb; 19(2):235-42. . View in PubMed
  • Promoting patient-centred care through trainee feedback: assessing residents’ C-I-CARE (ARC) program BMJ Qual Saf. 2012 Mar; 21(3):225-33. . View in PubMed
  • Correlates and Consequences of Dominance in a Social Rodent Ethology. 2011; 117(7):573-585. . View in PubMed
  • . . fear? The effects of photography on the West Indian anole Anolis cristatellus. Current Zoology. 2011; 57(1):77–82. . View in PubMed