Jeri Nieves, PhD

  • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
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Dr. Jeri Wanzor Nieves is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology and Nutrition at Columbia University in the Mailman School of Public Health and the Institute of Human Nutrition. At Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, she is a Senior Research Scientist working on the clinical research program. She is the Principal Investigator on an NIH grant to evaluate pelvic fracture healing. Dr. Nieves has co-authored over 150 journal articles, reviews, and book chapters on osteoporosis, nutrition, and epidemiology. Dr. Nieves’ research has focused on various aspects of bone health and osteoporosis including peak bone mass, stress fractures, vitamin D, anabolic and antiresoptive treatments, quality control of DXA, and fracture healing. In addition, her research includes aspects of nutritional epidemiology and determining the role of nutrition in various disease states. Dr. Nieves is a recipient of grants from the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Health and an editor of Osteoporosis International.

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Clinical Epidemiology


  • Female

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • BS, 1981 Nutrition and Food Science, University of Rhode Island
  • MS, 1984 Nutrition, Cornell University
  • PhD, 1993 Epidemiology, Columbia University

Committees, Societies, Councils

Member- A Task Force to Evaluate the Impact of Calcium on Cardiovascular Disease. The National Osteoporosis Foundation, American Society for Nutrition and the American Society for Preventive Cardiology. Published 2016.

Member, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Second Task Force on Atypical Subtrochanteric and Diaphyseal Femoral Fractures- May 2013

Member, Task force of FRAX. Clinical Regarding International Differences from Joint Official Positions Development Conference of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry and International Osteoporosis Foundation on FRAX, numerous publications.

Member, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Task Force on Atypical Subtrochanteric and Diaphyseal Femoral Fractures, published November 2011.

Editorial Boards

Editor, Osteoporosis International

Honors & Awards

Senior Associate Editor, Osteoporosis International, January 2016

Associate Editor, Osteoporosis International, January 2011

Co-Editor with Holick Michael F - Nutrition and Bone Health, second edition. Humana Press, January 2015

Invited Commentary in Nature: Reviews in Endocrinology on: Bone. Maximizing Bone Health--Magnesium, BMD and Fractures. May 2014

Editorial Board: The North American Menopause Society Recommendations for Clinical Care of Midlife Women. Menopause. 2014 and 2019

Top 5 Cited Original Research Articles from 2009-2011 in Osteoporosis International for “Fragility fractures of the hip and femur: incidence and patient characteristics”. 2010.

Editorial Board: The North American Menopause Society Position Statement on the Role of Calcium in Postmeopause, March 2006.

Medical Crossfire: The Role of Calcium and Soy in Bone Health after the Women’s Health Initiative. March 2004.

Invited Speaker, Nutritional Aspects of Osteoporosis May 1997. Lausanne Switzerland. Roundtable on Recommended Calcium Intakes Revisited

Invited Comment: CNN News, Calcium Intake and Bone Health, June 1997.

National Research Service Award: Pre-Doctoral Trainee in Bone Related Research, Epidemiology, Columbia University, 1988-1991


Research Interests

  • Aging
  • Chronic disease
  • Food Policy and Obesity
  • Global Health

Selected Publications

Nieves JW, Gennings C, Factor-Litvak P, Hupf J, Singleton J, Sharf V, Oskarsson B, Fernandes Filho JA, Sorenson EJ, D'Amico E, Goetz R, Mitsumoto H; Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Multicenter Cohort Study of Oxidative Stress (ALS COSMOS) Study Group. Association Between Dietary Intake and Function in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Dec 1;73(12):1425-1432. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.3401. PMID: 2777575

Nieves JW, Ruffing JA, Zion M, Tendy S, Yavorek T, Lindsay R, Cosman F. Eating disorders, menstrual dysfunction, weight change and DMPA use predict bone density change in college-aged women. Bone. 2015 Dec 30;84:113-119. doi:10.1016/j.bone.2015.12.054. PubMed PMID: 26746778.

Nieves JW, Cosman F, Grubert E, Ambrose B, Ralston SH, Lindsay R. Skeletal effects of vitamin D supplementation in postmenopausal black women. Calcif Tissue Int. 2012 Nov;91(5):316-24.

Nieves JW, Melsop K, Curtis M, Kelsey JL, Bachrach LK, Greendale G, Sowers MF, Sainani KL. Nutritional Factors That Influence Change in Bone Density and Stress Fracture Risk Among Young Female Cross-Country Runners. PM R. 2010 Aug;2(8):740-750. PubMed PMID: 20709302.

Ruffing JA, Cosman F, Zion M, Tendy S, Garrett P, Lindsay R, Nieves JW. Determinants of bone mass and bone size in a large cohort of physically active young adult men. Nutr Metab 2006; 3:14.

Complete List of Published Work in ScienCv