Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Xinzhi Zhang applies his extensive medical and research background to studying health outcomes related to minority health and health disparities. His current work includes examining the diverse socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic factors that influence Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Zhang also helps administrate NIMHD's RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN) project, which partners with minority-serving researchers and institutions across the nation to focus on creative ways to address health disparities by sharing data and web resources. Dr. Zhang also works on other data-related projects, such as Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K), which supports initiatives at educational institutions to bring more diversity to the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforces.
Dr. Zhang shares his expertise with the academic and research communities by serving as a reviewer for more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is also on the editorial boards of Health Equity and the American Journal of Health Promotion. Previously, Dr. Zhang was the chair of the American Public Health Association Vision Care Section. He is a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and an overseas fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has 62 publications in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), peer-reviewed journals, and book chapters. Dr. Zhang is NIMHD's liaison to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and oversees the institute's Multilevel Chronic Disease Prevention TCC program.
Dr. Zhang received his medical degree from Peking Union Medical College in Beijing, China, in 1998. In 2003, he earned his Ph.D. in Health Services Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Zhang is currently a Lieutenant Commander for the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, an elite group of public health leaders who respond to national health crises.
- Zhang, X., Pérez-Stable, E.J., Bourne, P.E., Peprah, E., Duru, O.K., Breen, N… Denny, J. (2017). Big Data Science: Opportunities and Challenges to Address Minority Health and Health Disparities in the 21st Century. Ethinicity & Disease, 27(2), 95-106. doi:10.18865/ed.27.2.95.
- Zhang, X., Beckles, G. L., Chou, C. F., Saaddine, J. B., Wilson, M. R., Lee, P. P., … Geiss, L. S. (2013). Socioeconomic disparity in use of eye care services among US adults with age-related eye diseases: National Health Interview Survey, 2002 and 2008. JAMA Ophthalmology, 131(9), 1198-1206. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2013.4694.
- Zhang, X., Decker, F. H., Luo, H., Geiss, L. S., Pearson, W. S., Saaddine, J. B., Gregg, E. W., & Albright, A. (2010). Trends in the prevalence and comorbidities of diabetes mellitus in nursing home residents in the United States: 1995-2004. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 58(4), 724-730. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2010.02786.x.
- Zhang, X., Saaddine, J. B., Chou, C. F., Cotch, M. F., Cheng, Y. J., Geiss, L. S., … Klein, R. (2010). Prevalence of diabetic retinopathy in the United States, 2005-2008. JAMA, 304(6), 649-656. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1111.