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Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, MPH

Grace Lu-Yao, PhD, MPH

Contact Dr. Lu-Yao

233 South Tenth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-1195
(215) 955-5391 fax


PhD, Yale University
MPH, Yale University
BS, State University of New York at Stony Brooke
Taipei Medical College

University Appointments

Research Professor, Jefferson College of Population Health
Professor, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Vice Chair, Population Science, Medical Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University
Associate Director, Population Science, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center
Research Director, Neu Center for Supportive Medicine and Cancer Survivorship, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center

Research & Practice Interests

Cancer Surveillance, Screening, and Treatment for Prostate Cancer
Outcomes Research and Cancer Epidemiology
Host Factors and Immunotherapy Outcomes


Soon after graduating from Yale, Dr. Lu-Yao worked with the world-renowned outcome research pioneer, Dr. John E. Wennberg, at Dartmouth Medical School, where she learned how to use outcomes research to provide critical data for shared treatment decisions as well as to improve patient care while reducing health care costs. Many of her research findings on cancer surveillance, screening, and treatment for prostate cancer have provided benchmark references.

As an Associate Director of Population Science at SKCC, Dr. Lu-Yao oversees the Transdisciplinary Integration of Population Science (TIPS) mechanism and is charged with providing a platform for population science researchers integrated within each SKCC research Program to connect and cultivate new research directions.


Most Recent Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Comparative effectiveness of radical prostatectomy with adjuvant radiotherapy versus radiotherapy plus androgen deprivation therapy for men with advanced prostate cancer
  2. Role of genetic testing for inherited prostate cancer risk: Philadelphia prostate cancer consensus conference 2017
  3. Effect of metformin and statin use on survival in pancreatic cancer patients: A systematic literature review and meta-analysis
  4. Differential and Joint effects of metformin and statins on overall survival of elderly patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma: A large population-based study
  5. Validation of a Contemporary Five-tiered Gleason Grade Grouping Using Population-based Data
  6. Does Certificate of Need Minimize Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy Use in Patients with Low Risk Prostate Cancer?
  7. Reply to Michael Froehner, Rainer Koch, Manfred P. Wirth's Letter to the Editor re: Grace L. Lu-Yao, Peter C. Albertsen, Dirk F. Moore, Yong Lin, Robert S. DiPaola, Siu-Long Yao. Fifteen-year Outcomes Following Conservative Management among Men Aged 65 Years or Older with Localized Prostate Cancer. Eur Urol 2015;68:805-11
  8. Primary radiotherapy vs conservative management for localized prostate cancer - A population-based study
  9. Fifteen-year outcomes following conservative management among men aged 65 years or older with localized prostate cancer
  10. Cancer-specific survival after metastasis following primary radical prostatectomy compared with radiation therapy in prostate cancer patients: Results of a population-based, propensity score-matched analysis
  11. Fifteen-year survival outcomes following primary androgen-deprivation therapy for localized prostate cancer
  12. Metabolic dysregulation of the insulin-glucose axis and risk of obesity-related cancers in the Framingham heart study-offspring cohort (1971-2008)
  13. Fracture after androgen deprivation therapy among men with a high baseline risk of skeletal complications
  14. Re: Radical prostatectomy versus observation for localized prostate cancer
  15. In regard to Shen et al
  16. Severe genitourinary toxicity following radiation therapy for prostate cancer - How long does it last?
  17. Does primary androgen-deprivation therapy delay the receipt of secondary cancer therapy for localized prostate cancer?
  18. Longitudinal associations of leisure-time physical activity and cancer mortality in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1986-2006)
  19. Reply to Carl J. Rossi, Jr.'s Letter to the editor re: Sung Kim, Shunhua Shen, Dirk F. Moore, et al. Late gastrointestinal toxicities following radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Eur Urol 2011;60:908-16
  20. Reply from authors re: Karim Fizazi. Who should receive Androgen deprivation therapy? Eur Urol 2012;62:973-4: Overcoming patient selection bias in observational studies