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Herdy Varella, Marcia

Title: Assistant Professor

Office: AHC1 340

Phone: 305-348-7991


Department(s): Medical and Population Health Sciences Research

Dr. Varella is a Brazilian trained physician, with residency in Pediatrics and also in Neonatology. After working as an attending physician and Pediatric Professor in Rio de Janeiro, she came to the United States to pursue a Master’s and PhD in the area of clinical Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Her research interests relies on the risk factors and interventions during early life that contribute to the health of children. More specifically, Dr. Varella’s research focused on the study of newborns who suffered intrauterine growth restriction and how patterns of weight gain early in life are associated with detrimental outcomes such as hospitalization, lower cognition, obesity, and mortality during childhood d and during adult life. Other areas of interest are related to the field of breastfeeding (correlated factors for breastfeeding initiation and cessation), and the field of neuro-cognitive development (including attention deficit disorders and hyperactivity).

Currently Dr. Varella works as an Assistant Professor at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University where her main activities involve teaching epidemiologic-related concepts and evidence-based medicine and has served as content and methodological mentor to medical students developing research projects in a variety of fields.