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Acuna, Juan M

Title: Chair, Department of Medical and Health Sciences Research; and Associate Professor

Office: AHC1 445

Phone: 305-348-0676

Email: jacuna@fiu.edu

Department(s): Medical and Population Health Sciences Research


Dr. Acuña, M.D., M.Sc., joined FIU's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine (HWCOM) in September 2008 as Associate Professor of the Human and Molecular Genetics and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Primarily he served (2005-2008) as Director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) National Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Program. A native of Colombia, Dr. Acuña received his M.D. from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Medical School, Bogota Colombia. His clinical training (Obstetrics and Gynecology) was at Universidad Militar Nueva Granda (Bogota). This was followed by further training in the U.S. in Clinical Genetics (Mount Sinai Medical Center, University of Wisconsin), Fetal Medicine (Fetal Medicine Foundation, UK), Clinical Epidemiology (INCLEN, UJ), and Field Epidemiology (Epidemic Intelligence Service program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta).

Dr. Acuña has extensive experience in (high risk) obstetrics and gynecology, clinical genetics, and clinical and public health/epidemiology at the level of both teaching and practice. In Colombia he was Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology at the National University of Colombia (1991-2000) and concurrently Professor of Law and Genetics at Javeriana University. He then served as the CDC assignee in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology to the Louisiana Office of Public Health (2000-2005) and was on faculty at the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine from 2005-2008.

He is sought nationally and internationally as a lecturer. Having a strong bilingual publication record, Dr. Acuña is frequently requested to provide technical advice in establishing and evaluating health systems, health services research and health education systems. He has extensive experience leading teams through needs assessment processes, strategic planning and implementation phases of systems creation. In addition to serving as Director for the Division of Research & Information, Dr. Acuña constructs and directs the biostatistics, epidemiology, and evidence-based medicine curriculum within the HWCOM.

Recent Publications

  1. Castrucci BC, Piña Carrizales LE, D'Angelo DV, McDonald JA, FoulkesH, Ahluwalia IB, Gossman GL, Acuña JM. Attempted breastfeeding beforehospital discharge on both sides of the US-Mexico border, 2005: theBrownsville-Matamoros Sister City Project for Women's Health. PrevChronic Dis 2008;5(4). In Press. To be accessed athttp://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2008/oct/08_0058.htm Oct 2008
  2. Castrucci BC, Echegollen Guzmán A, Saraiya M, Smith BR, Lewis KL,Coughlin SS, Gossman GL, McDonald JA, Foulkes H, Mirchandani G,Correa-Nieto Canedo L, Garcia IM, Acuña JM. Cervical cancer screeningamong women who gave birth in the US-Mexico border region, 2005: theBrownsville-Matamoros Sister City Project for Women's Health. PrevChronic Dis 2008;5(4). In Press. To be accessed athttp://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2008/oct/08_0063.htm. Oct 2008

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Needs Assessment Following Hurricane George - Dominican Republic. MMWR February 12, 1999;48(5):93-95
  2. Jacobson J, Acuna JM. CDC Rapid Assessment of post-hurricane needs in the Dominican Republic. PAHO Food Forum, April 1999;48:3-5
  3. Crawford D, Acuña JM, Sherman SL: FMR1 and the fragile X syndrome: Human genome epidemiology review. Genet Med. 2001 Sep-Oct;3(5):359-371.

  4. Ivankovich-Escoto G, Acuna JM, Trapman L, Myers C. Congenital Hypothiroidism in Louisiana. Louisiana MMR 2001; 12(3).
  5. Rosemberg KD, Acuña JM, Mather FJ. Incorrect outcome variable? Pediatrics. 2002 Jun;109(6):1186-7; discussion 1186-7
  6. X. Xiong, P. Buekens, G. Pridjian, MC. Henson, T. Tran, J. Acuna. Fetal sex and gestational duration and birth weight. Proceedings of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (18th Annual meeting), June 2005, No. 15 (p. 52).
  7. X. Xiong, J. Wightkin, JH. Magnus, G Pridjian, J. Acuna, P. Buekens. Birth weight and infant growth: Catch-up' versus 'slow-down' growth. Birth weight and infant growth: Catch-up' versus 'slow-down' growth. Proceedings of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (18th Annual meeting), June 2005, No. 16 (p. 64).
  8. X. Xiong, J. Wightkin, JH. Magnus, G. Pridjian, J Acuna, P. Buekens. Birth weight and infant growth: Catch-up' versus 'slow-down' growth. Am J Epidemiol. 2005;161 (suppl.): S40.
  9. X. Xiong, J. Wightkin, JH. Magnus, G. Pridjian, J Acuna, P. Buekens. Birth weight and infant growth: optimal infant weight gain versus optimal infant weight. Matern Child Health J. 2007 Jan;11(1):57-63. Epub 2006 Sep 28
  10. Castrucci BC, Echegollen Guzmán A, Saraiya M, Smith BR, Lewis KL, Coughlin SS, Gossman GL, McDonald JA, Foulkes H, Mirchandani G, Correa-Nieto Canedo L, Garcia IM, Acuña JM. Cervical cancer screening among women who gave birth in the US-Mexico border region, 2005: the Brownsville-Matamoros Sister City Project for Women's Health. Prev Chronic Dis 2008;5(4). In Press. To be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2008/oct/08_0063.htm. Oct 2008
  11. Castrucci BC, Piña Carrizales LE, D'Angelo DV, McDonald JA, Foulkes H, Ahluwalia IB, Gossman GL, Acuña J, et al. Attempted breastfeeding before hospital discharge on both sides of the US-Mexico border, 2005: the Brownsville-Matamoros Sister City Project for Women's Health. Prev Chronic Dis 2008;5(4). In Press. To be accessed at http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2008/oct/08_0058.htm Oct 2008
  12. Burka G, Mather FJ, Acuña JM, Tran T. Race-specific trends in infant mortality: contributions of birth-weight distribution and birth-weight-specific mortality, Louisiana 1991-2002. J La State Med Soc. 2009 Jul-Aug;161(4):199-205.