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Veronica W. Setiawan, PhD
Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine
Preventive Medicine
NRT 1502 1450 Biggy Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 7806


Dr. Setiawan is a cancer epidemiologist focusing on understanding the determinants of racial/ethnic differences in cancer incidence and mortality and identifying populations at highest risk because of genetic and biologic factors, environmental exposures, or a combination of both. Her research goal is to identify effective modalities for disease prevention for population at risk and ultimately reduce cancer health disparities. Her primary research interest in cancer study is focused on endometrial, liver, and pancreatic cancer.

She earned her B.S. in biochemistry from UCLA, M.S. and Ph.D. in cancer epidemiology from UCLA School of Public Health and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in cancer and genetic epidemiology at Harvard and USC. Dr. Setiawan has led many projects in several large epidemiologic studies such as the Multiethnic Cohort, the California Teachers Study, the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study and two NCI’s consortia the Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium, the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium, and the NHGRI Population Architecture Using Genomics and Epidemiology study. In 2006 she received a National Cancer Institute’s career development award (K07). She has served as a Principal Investigator of several NIH/NCI-, American Cancer Society-, and foundation-funded grants.


American Association for Cancer Research: AACR-AFLAC Scholar in Training Award, 2005

USC: The USC Center of Excellence in Genome Science Pilot Project Award, 2004

USC Keck School of Medicine: NIH Cancer Epidemiology Post-doctoral Traineeship, 2003-2005

Harvard School of Public Health: NIH Cancer Epidemiology Post-doctoral Traineeship, 2002-2003

UCLA: Ruth F. Richard's Outstanding Student Award, 2002

American Society of Preventive Oncology: American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) New Investigator Award, 2002

American Association for Cancer Research: AACR-Astra Zeneca Scholar in Training Award, 2001

American Association for Cancer Research : Award to attend Pathobiology of Cancer Workshop, 2000

Public Health Honor Society, Delta Omega Society, Iota Chapter

Keystone Symposia: Molecular Epidemiology Symposia Funded Scholarship, 2000

International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC-WHO): Special Training Award Internship , 1999

UCLA: Raymond Goodman Scholarship for Academic Excellence, 1999

UCLA School of Public Health: NIH Cancer Epidemiology Pre-doctoral Traineeship, 1998-2002


. Pancreatic Cancer Following Incident Diabetes in African Americans and Latinos: The Multiethnic Cohort J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018 Jun 18. View in: PubMed

. NASH Leading Cause of Liver Transplant in Women: Updated Analysis of Indications For Liver Transplant and Ethnic and Gender Variances Am J Gastroenterol. 2018 Jun 08. View in: PubMed

. Intake of cocoa products and risk of type-2 diabetes: the multiethnic cohort Eur J Clin Nutr. 2018 May 24. View in: PubMed

. Prospective study of coffee consumption and cancer incidence in non-white populations Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 May 18. View in: PubMed

. Atopic allergic conditions and pancreatic cancer risk: Results from the Multiethnic Cohort Study Int J Cancer. 2018 May 15; 142(10):2019-2027. View in: PubMed

. Long-term Cardiovascular Outcomes Among Endometrial Cancer Survivors in a Large, Population-Based Cohort Study J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018 May 08. View in: PubMed

. Long-term, adverse genitourinary outcomes among endometrial cancer survivors in a large, population-based cohort study Gynecol Oncol. 2018 Mar; 148(3):499-506. View in: PubMed

. Type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer survival: The multiethnic cohort Int J Cancer. 2018 Feb 14. View in: PubMed

. Sleep duration and incidence of type 2 diabetes: the Multiethnic Cohort Sleep Health. 2018 Feb; 4(1):27-32. View in: PubMed

. Evaluation of 71 Coronary Artery Disease Risk Variants in a Multiethnic Cohort Front Cardiovasc Med. 2018; 5:19. View in: PubMed

. Sex and ethnic/racial-specific risk factors for gallbladder disease BMC Gastroenterol. 2017 Dec 08; 17(1):153. View in: PubMed

. Association of Coffee Consumption With Total and Cause-Specific Mortality Among Nonwhite Populations Ann Intern Med. 2017 Aug 15; 167(4):228-235. View in: PubMed

. Coffee Drinking and Alcoholic and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Diseases and Viral Hepatitis in the Multiethnic Cohort Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Aug; 15(8):1305-1307. View in: PubMed

. Reply Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 Jul; 15(7):1139. View in: PubMed

. Breastfeeding and Endometrial Cancer Risk: An Analysis From the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jun; 129(6):1059-1067. View in: PubMed

. Type II Diabetes, Obesity, and Breast Cancer Risk: The Multiethnic Cohort Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 06; 26(6):854-861. View in: PubMed

. Dietary Factors Reduce Risk of Acute Pancreatitis in a Large Multiethnic CohortClin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2017 02; 15(2):257-265. e3. View in: PubMed

. Uniting Epidemiology and Experimental Disease Models for Alcohol-Related Pancreatic Disease Alcohol Res. 2017; 38(2):173-182. View in: PubMed

. Sex and Ethnic Differences in the Association of Obesity With Risk of Hepatocellular Carcinoma Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016 Feb; 14(2):309-16. View in: PubMed

. Prevalence of chronic liver disease and cirrhosis by underlying cause in understudied ethnic groups: The multiethnic cohort Hepatology. 2016 12; 64(6):1969-1977. View in: PubMed

. Genome-Wide Meta-Analyses of Breast, Ovarian, and Prostate Cancer Association Studies Identify Multiple New Susceptibility Loci Shared by at Least Two Cancer Types Cancer Discov. 2016 09; 6(9):1052-67. View in: PubMed

. Prospective Study of Alcohol Drinking, Smoking, and Pancreatitis: The Multiethnic Cohort Pancreas. 2016 07; 45(6):819-25. View in: PubMed

. Disparity in liver cancer incidence and chronic liver disease mortality by nativity in Hispanics: The Multiethnic Cohort Cancer. 2016 05 01; 122(9):1444-52. View in: PubMed

. Analysis of Heritability and Shared Heritability Based on Genome-Wide Association Studies for Thirteen Cancer Types J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 Dec; 107(12):djv279. View in: PubMed

. Symposium on advances in endometrial cancer epidemiology and biology Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Sep; 138(3):497-500. View in: PubMed

. Linking data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study to Medicare data: linkage results and application to chronic disease research Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Jun 01; 181(11):917-9. View in: PubMed

. Characterization of large structural genetic mosaicism in human autosomes Am J Hum Genet. 2015 Mar 05; 96(3):487-97. View in: PubMed

. Infertility and incident endometrial cancer risk: a pooled analysis from the epidemiology of endometrial cancer consortium (E2C2) Br J Cancer. 2015 Mar 03; 112(5):925-33. View in: PubMed

. Body Mass Index Genetic Risk Score and Endometrial Cancer Risk PLoS One. 2015; 10(11):e0143256. View in: PubMed

. Association of coffee intake with reduced incidence of liver cancer and death from chronic liver disease in the US multiethnic cohort Gastroenterology. 2015 Jan; 148(1):118-25; quiz e15. View in: PubMed

. Diabetes and racial/ethnic differences in hepatocellular carcinoma risk: the multiethnic cohort J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014 Dec; 106(12). View in: PubMed

. Cross-cancer pleiotropic analysis of endometrial cancer: PAGE and E2C2 consortia Carcinogenesis. 2014 Sep; 35(9):2068-73. View in: PubMed

. Genome-wide association study of endometrial cancer in E2C2 Hum Genet. 2014 Feb; 133(2):211-24. View in: PubMed

. Exome-wide association study of endometrial cancer in a multiethnic population PLoS One. 2014; 9(5):e97045. View in: PubMed

. Type I and II endometrial cancers: have they different risk factors? J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jul 10; 31(20):2607-18. View in: PubMed

. Replication of genetic loci for ages at menarche and menopause in the multi-ethnic Population Architecture using Genomics and Epidemiology (PAGE) study Hum Reprod. 2013 Jun; 28(6):1695-706. View in: PubMed

. The etiology of uterine sarcomas: a pooled analysis of the epidemiology of endometrial cancer consortium Br J Cancer. 2013 Feb 19; 108(3):727-34. View in: PubMed

. Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and risk of ovarian and endometrial cancer: the Multiethnic Cohort Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 Sep; 21(9):1441-9. View in: PubMed

. Age at last birth in relation to risk of endometrial cancer: pooled analysis in the epidemiology of endometrial cancer consortium Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Aug 15; 176(4):269-78. View in: PubMed

. Risk factors for malignant melanoma in white and non-white/non-African American populations: the multiethnic cohort Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2012 Mar; 5(3):423-34. View in: PubMed

. Legume, soy, tofu, and isoflavone intake and endometrial cancer risk in postmenopausal women in the multiethnic cohort study J Natl Cancer Inst. 2012 Jan 04; 104(1):67-76. View in: PubMed

. HNF1B and endometrial cancer risk: results from the PAGE study PLoS One. 2012; 7(1):e30390. View in: PubMed

. Serum insulin-like growth factor-I and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-3 levels with risk of malignant melanoma Cancer Causes Control. 2011 Sep; 22(9):1267-75. View in: PubMed

. The obesity-associated polymorphisms FTO rs9939609 and MC4R rs17782313 and endometrial cancer risk in non-Hispanic white women PLoS One. 2011 Feb 08; 6(2):e16756. View in: PubMed

. Comprehensive analysis of hormone and genetic variation in 36 genes related to steroid hormone metabolism in pre- and postmenopausal women from the breast and prostate cancer cohort consortium (BPC3) J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2011 Feb; 96(2):E360-7. View in: PubMed

. Body size, adult BMI gain and endometrial cancer risk: the multiethnic cohort Int J Cancer. 2010 Jan 15; 126(2):490-9. View in: PubMed

. Breast cancer risk factors defined by estrogen and progesterone receptor status: the multiethnic cohort study Am J Epidemiol. 2009 May 15; 169(10):1251-9. View in: PubMed

. Cyclin D1b protein expression in breast cancer is independent of cyclin D1a and associated with poor disease outcome Oncogene. 2009 Apr 16; 28(15):1812-20. View in: PubMed

. Menstrual and reproductive factors and risk of renal cell cancer in the Multiethnic Cohort Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Jan; 18(1):337-40. View in: PubMed

. Two estrogen-related variants in CYP19A1 and endometrial cancer risk: a pooled analysis in the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Jan; 18(1):242-7. View in: PubMed

. Mitochondrial DNA G10398A variant is not associated with breast cancer in African-American women Cancer Genet Cytogenet. 2008 Feb; 181(1):16-9. View in: PubMed

. Alcohol consumption and endometrial cancer risk: the multiethnic cohort Int J Cancer. 2008 Feb 01; 122(3):634-8. View in: PubMed

. CYP17 genetic variation and risk of breast and prostate cancer from the National Cancer Institute Breast and Prostate Cancer Cohort Consortium (BPC3) Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2007 Nov; 16(11):2237-46. View in: PubMed

. Risk factors for renal cell cancer: the multiethnic cohort Am J Epidemiol. 2007 Oct 15; 166(8):932-40. View in: PubMed

. Germ line variation at 8q24 and endometrial cancer risk Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2007 Oct; 16(10):2166-8. View in: PubMed

. Racial/ethnic differences in endometrial cancer risk: the multiethnic cohort study Am J Epidemiol. 2007 Feb 01; 165(3):262-70. View in: PubMed

. A systematic assessment of common genetic variation in CYP11A and risk of breast cancer Cancer Res. 2006 Dec 15; 66(24):12019-25. View in: PubMed

. Racial/ethnic differences in postmenopausal endogenous hormones: the multiethnic cohort study Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006 Oct; 15(10):1849-55. View in: PubMed

. P53 Codon 72 polymorphisms: a case-control study of gastric cancer and potential interactions Cancer Lett. 2006 Jul 18; 238(2):210-23. View in: PubMed

. Igf-I genetic variation and breast cancer: the multiethnic cohort Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2006 Jan; 15(1):172-4. View in: PubMed

. Green tea drinking and multigenetic index on the risk of stomach cancer in a Chinese population Int J Cancer. 2005 Oct 10; 116(6):972-83. View in: PubMed

. Allium vegetables and stomach cancer risk in China Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2005 Jul-Sep; 6(3):387-95. View in: PubMed

. Common genetic variation in the sex steroid hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) gene and circulating shbg levels among postmenopausal women: the Multiethnic Cohort J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2005 Apr; 90(4):2198-204. View in: PubMed

. A candidate gene approach to searching for low-penetrance breast and prostate cancer genes Nat Rev Cancer. 2005 12; 5(12):977-85. View in: PubMed

. Estrogen receptor beta (ESR2 ) polymorphisms and endometrial cancer (United States) Cancer Causes Control. 2004 Aug; 15(6):627-33. View in: PubMed

. HSD17B1 gene polymorphisms and risk of endometrial and breast cancer Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 Feb; 13(2):213-9. View in: PubMed

. Gastric Cancer: the Roles of Diet, Alcohol Drinking, Smoking and Helicobacter pylori in Northeastern Thailand Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2002; 3(4):345-352. View in: PubMed

. GSTP1 polymorphisms and gastric cancer in a high-risk Chinese population Cancer Causes Control. 2001 Oct; 12(8):673-81. View in: PubMed

. Protective effect of green tea on the risks of chronic gastritis and stomach cancer Int J Cancer. 2001 May 15; 92(4):600-4. View in: PubMed

. GSTT1 and GSTM1 null genotypes and the risk of gastric cancer: a case-control study in a Chinese population Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2000 Jan; 9(1):73-80. View in: PubMed

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