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Avonne E. Connor, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: Cancer Epidemiology
  • School of Medicine (Joint)

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E6144
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, University of Louisville, 2011
MPH, University of Louisville, 2007


I have established a record of research in breast cancer disparities and aspire to continue research that will further enhance knowledge in the area of cancer disparities among African American and Hispanic women and underserved populations including women residing in the Baltimore and surrounding Maryland communities. My primary research focus is cancer health disparities in women from the epidemiological perspective. In these special populations I am particularly interested in modifiable risk factors such as the associations between lifestyle factors, obesity, comorbidities, anthropometric measures and breast cancer risk and survival and associations between specific obesity/insulin related biomarkers and breast cancer risk and outcomes; effects of physical activity and quality of life with breast cancer survivors; and adherence to recommended breast cancer screening practices.

Honors and Awards

2012 Delta Omega Honor Society, Beta Pi Chapter

2014 Ho-Ching Yang Memorial Faculty Award, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

2016 JH-BIRCWH Scholar, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical & Translational Research

2018 University of Louisville, Alumni Fellow of the Year for the School of Public Health & Information Sciences

2018 Minority & MSI Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, American Association for Cancer Research

2020 National Institutes of Health and National Cancer Institute, Loan Repayment Program (LRP) recipient

2021 Minority & MSI Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, American Association for Cancer Research

  • breast cancer
  • health disparities
  • ethnicity/race
  • obesity
  • Hispanic Americans
  • African Americans
  • cancer survival
  • polymorphisms/genetic variants
  • tumor phenotype
  • chronic inflammation
  • quality of life

Selected Publications

  • Connor AE, Schmaltz C, Jackson-Thompson J, Visvanathan K. (2021). Comorbidities and risk of cardiovascular disease mortality among a population-based cohort of diverse breast cancer patients. Cancer. doi: 10.1002/cncr.33530.
  • Connor AE, Visvanathan K, Boone SD, Nader R, Baumgartner KB, Baumgartner RB. (2019) Fructosamine and diabetes as predictors of mortality among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white breast cancer survivors. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2019; 5:3. doi: 10.1038/s41523-018-0099-x
  • Yuan Y, Taneja M, Connor AE. (2018) The effects of social and behavioral determinants of health on the relationship between race and health status in U.S. breast cancer survivors. J Womens Health (Larchmt).
  • Connor AE, Visvanathan K, Baumgartner KB, Baumgartner RN, Boone SD, Hines LM, Wolff RK, John EM, Slattery ML (2016) Ethnic differences in the relationships between diabetes, early age adiposity and mortality among breast cancer survivors: the Breast Cancer Health Disparities Study. Breast cancer research and treatment 157 (1): 167-178. doi:10.1007/s10549-016-3810-3
  • Cao Y, Baumgartner KB, Visvanathan K, Boone SD, Baumgartner RN, Connor AE. (2020) Ethnic and Biological Differences in the Association Between Physical Activity and Long-term Survival After Invasive Breast Cancer. NPJ Breast Cancer. doi: 10.1038/s41523-020-00194-5.