Esa M. Davis, M.D., M.P.H

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Esa M. Davis, M.D., M.P.H. is an associate professor of medicine and clinical and translational science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Tobacco Treatment Service. She is the associate director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s KL2 Scholars’ Program and director of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Career Research Diversity Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Davis’s research areas of interest include understanding perinatal determinants of maternal obesity and associated adverse health outcomes and improving treatment strategies for tobacco use disorder in both hospitalized and presurgical patients. Her research has contributed new knowledge on the relationship of perinatal risk factors for maternal obesity and associated racial disparities, and related adverse health outcomes, such as gestational diabetes and peripartum cardiomyopathy. She has conducted comparative effectiveness trials on screening strategies for gestational diabetes and strategies to treat hospitalized tobacco users after discharge. Her research has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), National Institutes of Health, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She has served on national committees, including the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) and National Institute of Health Study Sections.

Dr. Davis is a practicing family physician who maintains a busy primary care practice at UPMC Montefiore Hospital and coordinates a women’s health contraception clinic at Children’s Primary Care Center in Turtle Creek, Pennsylvania, which provides gynecological services to women in an underserved area. She directs the UPMC Tobacco Treatment Service, which provides inpatient treatment to hospitalized tobacco users, outpatient perioperative treatment to presurgical patients, and education and training to physicians and clinical staff, and conducts clinical trials. She also teaches and mentors students and trainees across all levels.

Dr. Davis earned her M.D. from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and completed a residency in family medicine at Overlook Hospital in New Jersey. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and a National Research Service Award Fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She earned her M.P.H. from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She was also a Robert Wood Johnson Harold Amos and an AHRQ K12 Comparative Effectiveness Research Scholar.

Dr. Davis joined the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in January 2021.