Jessica Petrick, PhD, MPH

Center Faculty Member, Slone Epidemiology Center

Jessica Petrick


Dr. Jessica Petrick’s research program focuses on the epidemiology of gastrointestinal cancers, including colorectal, liver, and esophageal. Dr. Petrick became a co-Investigator with the Black Women’s Health Study (BWHS) in 2019, but she has been collaborating with BWHS since she began her post-doctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in 2014. BWHS is a member of the NCI Cancer Cohort Consortium and participated in the Liver Cancer Pooling Project, within which Dr. Petrick led numerous studies. The emphasis of her current research portfolio is on nutritional and molecular factors, including the metabolome and microbiome, which may contribute to racial disparities along the cancer continuum—from precursor lesions to invasive cancer through mortality.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


  • University of North Carolina, PhD
  • Case Western Reserve University, MPH
  • Case Western Reserve University, BS


  • Published on 7/19/2021

    Koshiol J, Argirion I, Liu Z, Kim Lam T, O'Brien TR, Yu K, McGlynn KA, Petrick JL, Pinto L, Chen CJ, Hildesheim A, Pfeiffer RM, Lee MH, Yang HI. Immunologic markers and risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in hepatitis B virus- and hepatitis C virus-infected individuals. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2021 09; 54(6):833-842. PMID: 34286851.

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  • Published on 1/6/2021

    Petrick JL, Pfeiffer RM, Liao LM, Abnet CC, Wu X, Gammon MD, Vaughan TL, Cook MB. Circulating MicroRNAs in Relation to Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Diagnosis and Survival. Dig Dis Sci. 2021 Jan 06. PMID: 33403483.

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  • Published on 11/24/2020

    McGlynn KA, Petrick JL, El-Serag HB. Epidemiology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Hepatology. 2021 Jan; 73 Suppl 1:4-13. PMID: 32319693.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    Zamani SA, McClain KM, Graubard BI, Liao LM, Abnet CC, Cook MB, Petrick JL. Dietary Polyunsaturated Fat Intake in Relation to Head and Neck, Esophageal, and Gastric Cancer Incidence in the National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2020 10 01; 189(10):1096-1113. PMID: 32141493.

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  • Published on 8/9/2020

    Brar G, Greten TF, Graubard BI, McNeel TS, Petrick JL, McGlynn KA, Altekruse SF. Hepatocellular Carcinoma Survival by Etiology: A SEER-Medicare Database Analysis. Hepatol Commun. 2020 Oct; 4(10):1541-1551. PMID: 33024922.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Jackson SS, Florio AA, McGlynn KA, Petrick JL. Challenges in elucidating cholangiocarcinoma etiology. Hepatobiliary Surg Nutr. 2020 Aug; 9(4):537-539. PMID: 32832513.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Alvarez CS, Graubard BI, Thistle JE, Petrick JL, McGlynn KA. Attributable Fractions of Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease for Mortality in the United States: Results From the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey With 27 Years of Follow-up. Hepatology. 2020 08; 72(2):430-440. PMID: 31733165.

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  • Published on 8/1/2020

    Petrick JL, Florio AA, Zhang X, Zeleniuch-Jacquotte A, Wactawski-Wende J, Van Den Eeden SK, Stanczyk FZ, Simon TG, Sinha R, Sesso HD, Schairer C, Rosenberg L, Rohan TE, Purdue MP, Palmer JR, Linet MS, Liao LM, Lee IM, Koshiol J, Kitahara CM, Kirsh VA, Hofmann JN, Guillemette C, Graubard BI, Giovannucci E, Gaziano JM, Gapster SM, Freedman ND, Engel LS, Chong DQ, Chen Y, Chan AT, Caron P, Buring JE, Bradwin G, Beane Freeman LE, Campbell PT, McGlynn KA. Associations Between Prediagnostic Concentrations of Circulating Sex Steroid Hormones and Liver Cancer Among Postmenopausal Women. Hepatology. 2020 08; 72(2):535-547. PMID: 31808181.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Petrick JL, Castro-Webb N, Gerlovin H, Bethea TN, Li S, Ruiz-Narváez EA, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR. A Prospective Analysis of Intake of Red and Processed Meat in Relation to Pancreatic Cancer among African American Women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 09; 29(9):1775-1783. PMID: 32611583.

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  • Published on 6/8/2020

    Petrick JL, Florio AA, Koshiol J, Pfeiffer RM, Yang B, Yu K, Chen CJ, Yang HI, Lee MH, McGlynn KA. Prediagnostic concentrations of circulating bile acids and hepatocellular carcinoma risk: REVEAL-HBV and HCV studies. Int J Cancer. 2020 11 15; 147(10):2743-2753. PMID: 32406072.

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