Isabel D. Fernandez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Isabel D. Fernandez, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Contact Information

Public Health Sciences
265 Crittenden Blvd.
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-9554
Fax: (585) 461-4532
Administrative: (585) 275-8784

Research Bio

Research: The epidemiology of growth and nutrition in children, particularly malnutrition and obesity in children and adolescents, assessment of nutritional status, and societal determinants of nutritional conditions. Dr. Fernandez is a nutritional epidemiologist interested in the two ends of the nutritional status continuum. She has examined the determinants of wasting and stunting in children in developing countries using data from the World Health Organization. Dr. Fernandez is currently focusing in weight gain prevention and obesity in the United States. In particular, Dr. Fernandez is interested in the synergism between individual nutrition and physical activity behaviors and the environment.

She is currently conducting a group-randomized trial testing environmental interventions for worksite weight gain prevention and qualitative research on how the everyday life of low income families with school-age children influence the ability to make healthy nutrition and physical activity choices.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Student Research Award | Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 1998
Indirect Recovery Funds Award | Division of Epidemiology, University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 1993
Predissertation Fieldwork Grant, MacArthur Interdisciplinary Program on Peace & International Cooperation | University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 1992
Alumni Association Fellowship | School of Public Health, University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 1992
XIV Latin-American Pediatrics Congress Fellowship | Cuban Government | Havana, Cuba 1984
Honors Diploma | Medical School, National University of Buenos Aires | Argentina 1981

Recent Journal Articles

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2013 Jun
Brownell EA, Fernandez ID, Fisher SG, Howard CR, Ternullo SR, Lawrence RA, Duckett JW, Dozier AM. "The effect of immediate postpartum depot medroxyprogesterone on early breastfeeding cessation." Contraception. 2013 Jun; 87(6):836-43. Epub 2012 Nov 12.
2012 Feb
Brownell EA, Fernandez ID, Howard CR, Fisher SG, Ternullo SR, Buckley RJ, Dozier AM. "A systematic review of early postpartum medroxyprogesterone receipt and early breastfeeding cessation: evaluating the methodological rigor of the evidence." Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. 2012 Feb; 7(1):10-8. Epub 2011 Nov 15.
2012 Jan
Narang S, Fernandez ID, Chin N, Lerner N, Weinberg GA. "Bacteremia in children with sickle hemoglobinopathies." Journal of pediatric hematology/oncology. 2012 Jan; 34(1):13-6.
2011 Jan
Eisenberg KW, van Wijngaarden E, Fisher SG, Korfmacher KS, Campbell JR, Fernandez ID, Cochran J, Geltman PL. "Blood lead levels of refugee children resettled in Massachusetts, 2000 to 2007." American journal of public health. 2011 Jan; 101(1):48-54. Epub 2010 Nov 18.
Fernandez ID, Hoffmire CA, Olson CM. "Gestational weight gain in adolescents: a comparison to the new Institute of Medicine recommendations." Journal of pediatric and adolescent gynecology. 2011 24(6):368-75. Epub 2011 Sep 25.

Current Appointments

Associate Professor - Department of Public Health Sciences (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)
Associate Professor - Center for Community Health


PhD | Epidemiology | University of Minnesota1999
MPH | Epidemiology | School of Public Health University of Minnesota1994
Health Services Administration | Pan-American Health Organization1990
MD | Medicine | Buenos Aires National University1981