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Ana R. Quiñones Ph.D.

  • (503) 494-5889

    Portland Campus

    • Associate Professor OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
    • Associate Professor of Family Medicine School of Medicine

Ana is a gerontologist trained in health services organization and policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her research interests address four main areas: (1) age-related changes in health, (2) racial and ethnic disparities in health, (3) co-existing chronic disease (multimorbidity), and (4) health care delivery changes designed to improve the management of chronic conditions for vulnerable older adults.

Ana’s work aims to understand disparities in health stemming from differential access to resources for disadvantaged populations and subsequent effects on health and wellbeing throughout the life course. In this stage of her career, her work focuses on the development of and intersection between multimorbidity and disability—and the role that specific multimorbidity combinations play in accelerating poor health outcomes among racially and ethnically diverse groups of older adults.

In her spare time, Ana and her husband enjoy traveling and experiencing different cultures, especially travel that engages with organizations that work to preserve ecosystems and wildlife habitat.

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Areas of interest

  • Age-related changes in health
  • Chronic disease epidemiology
  • Racial and ethnic disparities in health
  • Health care delivery systems


  • B.A., University of Florida 1998
  • M.S., University of Minnesota 2000
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan 2010

Honors and awards

  • 2016, Finalist, OHSU Faculty Senate Excellence Award
  • 2016, NIH Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program award
  • 2014, Chair’s Award for Excellence in Research, Department of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
  • 2013, American Diabetes Association Thomas R. Lee Award


  • "Gender differences in functional status in middle and older age" Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences September 2008
  • "Does more health care improve health among older adults? A longitudinal analysis" Journal of Aging and Health December 2007
  • "Early warning system scores for clinical deterioration in hospitalized patients" Annals of the American Thoracic Society November 1 2014
  • "Factors associated with mild traumatic brain injury in veterans and military personnel" Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society February 24 2014
  • "Trajectories of functional change among long stayers in nursing homes" Journal of Aging and Health August 2011
  • "Evolving self-rated health in middle and old age" Journal of Aging and Health February 2010
  • "Racial and ethnic differences in clinical outcome trajectories for care managed patients" Medical Care November 10 2014
  • "Ethnicity and changing functional health in middle and late life" Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences  2010
  • "Racial and ethnic differences in receipt of antidepressants and psychotherapy by veterans with chronic depression" Psychiatric Services February 1 2014
  • "How does the trajectory of multimorbidity vary across black, white, and mexican americans in middle and old age?" Journals of Gerontology - Series B Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences November 2011
  • "Associations between observed in-home behaviors and self-reported low mood in community-dwelling older adults" Journal of the American Geriatrics Society  2014
  • "Ethnic differences in the dynamics of depressive symptoms in middle-aged and older Americans" Journal of Aging and Health August 2010
  • "Racial and ethnic differences in hypertension risk" Ethnicity and Disease March 2012
  • "Screening for hepatocellular carcinoma in chronic liver disease" Annals of Internal Medicine August 19 2014
  • "Differences in diabetes mellitus onset for older black, white, and mexican americans" Ethnicity and Disease June 2013
  • "Educational group visits for the management of chronic health conditions" Patient Education and Counseling  2014
  • "Essential surgery at the district hospital" PLoS Medicine  2010
  • "Multiple trajectories of depressive symptoms in middle and late life" Psychology and Aging December 2011
  • "Human resource and funding constraints for essential surgery in district hospitals in Africa" PLoS Medicine  2010
  • "Changes in Self-Rated Health During the Transition to Retiring Living Among Medicare Managed-Care Recipients" Journal of Housing for the Elderly January 2 2016
  • "Trends in cigarette smoking and cessation among Medicare managed care recipients, 2005-2012" Addictive Behaviors July 1 2016
  • "Comparative health and self-rated health are equivalently associated with health indicators among older adults" Journal of Clinical Epidemiology February 1 2016
  • "Multimorbidity Combinations and Disability in Older Adults" Journals of Gerontology - Series A Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences June 8 2016
  • "Longitudinal Relationship between Loneliness and Social Isolation in Older Adults" Journal of Aging and Health August 1 2016
  • "Care preferences among middle-aged and older adults with chronic disease in Europe" The Gerontologist  2016
  • "Multimorbidity and functional limitations among adults 65 or older, NHANES 2005-2012" Preventing chronic disease  2016
  • "Racial and ethnic differences in smoking changes after chronic disease diagnosis among middle-aged and older adults in the United States" BMC Geriatrics February 8 2017
  • "Assessing the Burden of Treatment" Journal of General Internal Medicine July 11 2017
  • "Interventions that Reach into Communities--Promising Directions for Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Healthcare" Journal of racial and ethnic health disparities September 1 2015
  • "Health Disparities in Veterans" Medical Care September 1 2017

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