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Laura Loehr, MD, PhD, MS

Associate Professor, Division of General Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology

Specialty Areas: General Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Epidemiology

Chronology: BA: Davidson College, 1988; MD: Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 1995; Intern, Saint Louis University, 1995-1996; Resident, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 1996-1998; Instructor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 1998-1999; Staff Physician, Ardsley Medical Clinic, 1999-2000; Fellow, General Internal Medicine and Epidemiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2000-2002; MS: Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 2002; Assistant Professor, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, 2002-2003; Postdoctoral Fellow, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2003-2007; PhD, Epidemiology: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008; Assistant Professor: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2008-2009; Research Fellow: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 2008-2009; Research Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, 2009-2019

In pairing my background as a general internal medicine physician with my doctoral training as a cardiovascular epidemiologist, my research interests derive from the common cardiac problems encountered in general medicine, and in our aging population. My research has been in the areas of epidemiology or population health, specifically related to atrial fibrillation, heart failure, obesity, respiratory disease, and racial disparities. In addition, I enjoy working with junior faculty to educate them about career development award funding opportunities.

Personal Statement: Dr. Loehr’s background clinically has been in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including academic and private practice. She is excited to be returning to outpatient primary care in General Internal Medicine, and will be seeing adults 18 years and over at the Ambulatory Care Center.

Selected Bibliography:

Loehr LR, Soliman EZ, Poon AK, Couper D, Chen LY, Mosley TM, Wagenknecht LE, Whitsel EA, Alonso A, Wruck L, Heiss G. The Prevalence of Atrial Fibrillation on 48-hour ambulatory electrocardiography in African Americans compared to Whites: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. American Journal of Card, 2019 (In Press).

Kalbaugh CA, Loehr L, Wruck L, Lund JL, Matsushita K, Bengtson LGS, Heiss G, Kucharska-Newton A. Frequency of Care and Mortality Following an Incident Diagnosis of Peripheral Artery Disease in the Inpatient or Outpatient Setting: The ARIC (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Apr 13;7(8).

Camplain R, Kucharska-Newton A, Keyserling TC, Layton JB, Loehr L, Heiss G. Incidence of Heart Failure Observed in Emergency Departments, Ambulatory Clinics, and Hospitals. Am J Cardiol. 2018 Mar 1.

Chen LY, Norby FL, Gottesman RF, Mosley TH, Soliman EZ, Agarwal SK, Loehr LR, Folsom AR, Coresh J, Alonso A. Association of Atrial Fibrillation With Cognitive Decline and Dementia Over 20 Years: The ARIC-NCS (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Neurocognitive Study). J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Mar 7; 7(6).

Kalbaugh CA, Kucharska-Newton A, Wruck LM, Lund J, Selvin E, Matsushita K, Bengtston LGS, Heiss G, Loehr LR. Peripheral artery disease prevalence and incidence estimated from both outpatient and inpatient settings among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2018 Apr 13;7(8).

Meyer ML, Soliman EZ, Wruck LM, Mosley TM, Wagenknecht LE, Poon AK, Whitsel EA, Alonso A, Heiss G, Loehr LR. Repeatability of ectopic beats from 48 hour ambulatory electrocardiography: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Annals of Noninvasive electrocardiol. 2017 Jan 6.

Oelsner EC, Loehr LR, Henderson AG, Donohue KM, Enright PL, Kalhan R., Lo Cascio CM, Ries A, Shah N, Smith BM, Rosamond W, Barr RG. Classifying Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Events in Epidemiologic Cohort Studies. Annals of the American Thoracic Society.   Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 April 18.

Loehr LR, Meyer ML, Poon AK, Selvin E, Palta P, Tanaka H, Pankow JS, Wright JD, Griswold ME, Wagenknecht LE, Heiss G. Prediabetes and Diabetes Are Associated With Arterial Stiffness in Older Adults: The ARIC Study. Am J Hypertens. 2016 April 11.

Caughey MC, Avery C, Ni H, Solomon S, Matsushita K, Wruck L, Rosamond W, Loehr L. Outcomes of Patients with Anemia and Acute Decompensated Heart Failure with Preserved versus Reduced Ejection Fraction (From the ARIC Study Community Surveillance). American Journal of Cardiology, 2014 Dec 15; 114 (12): 1850-4.

Loehr LR, Agarwal SK, Baggett C, Solomon S, Chambless L, Chang PP, Miller E, Ni H, Rosamond W, Shahar E, Heiss G. Classification of acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF): an automated algorithm compared to the ARIC physician reviewer panel. The ARIC Study. Circulation: Heart Failure. 2013 May 6.

Loehr LR, Rosamond WD, Poole C, McNeill AM, Chang PP, Deswal A, Folsom A, Heiss G. The potentially modifiable burden of incident heart failure due to obesity: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. American Journal of Epidemiology 2011 Apr 12; 123(14): 1501-8.

Loehr LR, Rosamond WD, Poole C, McNeill AM, Chang PP, Folsom AR, Chambless LE, Heiss G. The association of multiple anthropometrics of overweight and obesity with incident heart failure: the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. Circulation: Heart Failure, 2009; 2: 18-24.

Loehr LR, Rosamond WD, Chang PP, Folsom AR, Chambless LE. Heart failure incidence and survival (From the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities [ARIC] study). American Journal of Cardiology, 2008;101 (7):1016-22.

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    984-974-4462 (Appointments)

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    102 Mason Farm Road

    Suite 3100

    Chapel Hill, NC 27514