- Centers and Programs
Ben Gerber, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine, Sections of General Internal Medicine and Health Promotion Research
Diabetes education multimedia for vulnerable populations, public health informatics, mobile technology for health.
Recent and Noteworthy Publications
Rimmer JH, Wang E, Pellegrini CA, Lullo C, Gerber BS. Telehealth weight management intervention for adults with physical disabilities: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2013 Dec;92(12):1084-94.
Syed ST, Gerber BS, Sharp LK. Traveling towards disease: transportation barriers to health care access. J Community Health. 2013 Oct;38(5):976-93. [See abstract.]
Lora CM, Sokolovsky AW, Touchette DR, Jin J, Hu X, Gao W, Gerber BS. ACE inhibitor and ARB medication use among Medicaid enrollees with diabetes. Ethn Dis. 2013 Spring;23(2):189-95.
Sharp LK, Ureste PJ, Torres LA, Bailey L, Gordon HS, Gerber BS. Time to sign: the relationship between health literacy and signature time. Patient Educ Couns. 2013 Jan;90(1):18-22. [See abstract.]
Gerber BS, Rapacki L, Castillo A, Tilton J, Touchette DR, Mihailescu D, Berbaum ML, Sharp LK. Design of a trial to evaluate the impact of clinical pharmacists and community health promoters working with African-Americans and Latinos with diabetes. BMC Public Health. 2012 Oct 23;12(1):891. [See abstract.]
Collins EG, Oʼconnell S, McBurney C, Jelinek C, Butler J, Reda D, Gerber BS, Hurt C, Grabiner M. Comparison of walking with poles and traditional walking for peripheral arterial disease rehabilitation. J Cardiopulm Rehabil Prev. 2012 Jul-Aug;32(4):210-8.
Nutescu EA, Bathija S, Sharp LK, Gerber BS, Schumock GT, Fitzgibbon ML. Anticoagulation patient self-monitoring in the United States: considerations for clinical practice adoption. Pharmacotherapy. 2011 Dec;31(12):1161-74. [See abstract.]
Khan MA, Shah S, Grudzien A, Onyejekwe N, Banskota P, Karim S, Jin J, Kim Y, Gerber BS. A diabetes education multimedia program in the waiting room setting. Diabetes Ther. 2011 Sep;2(3):178-88. [See abstract.]
Lora CM, Gordon EJ, Sharp LK, Fischer MF, Gerber BS, Lash JP. Progression of chronic kidney disease in Hispanics: Potential roles of health literacy, acculturation, and social support. Am J Kidney Dis. 2011 Aug;58(2):282-290. [See abstract.]
Houston TK, Cherrington A, Coley HL, Robinson KM, Trobaughe JF, Williams JH, Foster PH, Ford DE, Gerber BS, Shewchuk RM, Allison JJ. The art and science of patient storytelling-harnessing narrative communication for behavioral interventions: The ACCE Project. J Health Commun. 2011 Aug;16(7):686-97. [See abstract.]
Gordon HS, Gerber BS. What we've got here is a failure to communicate. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Feb;26(2):104-6. Editorial.
Rimmer JH, Hsieh K, Graham BC, Gerber BS, Gray-Stanley JA. Barrier removal in increasing physical activity levels in obese African American women with disabilities. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2010 Oct;19(10):1869-76. [See abstract.]
Kositsawat J, Freeman VL, Gerber BS, Geraci S. Association of A1c levels with vitamin D status in U.S. adults: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Diabetes Care. 2010 Jun;33(6):1236-8. [See abstract.]
Gerber BS, Cho YI, Arozullah AM, Lee SY. Racial differences in medication adherence: a cross-sectional study of Medicare enrollees. Am J Geriatr Pharmacother. 2010 Apr;8(2):136-45. [See abstract]
Gerber BS, Cano AI, Caceres ML, Smith DE, Wilken LA, Michaud JB, Ruggiero LA, Sharp LK. A pharmacist and health promoter team to improve medication adherence among Latinos with diabetes. Ann Pharmacother. 2010 Jan;44(1):70-9. [See abstract.]
Gerber BS, Stolley MR, Thompson AL, Sharp LK, Fitzgibbon ML. Mobile phone text messaging to promote healthy behaviors and weight loss maintenance: a feasibility study. Health Informatics J. 2009 Mar;15(1):17-25. [See abstract.]
Rimmer JH, Rauworth A, Wang E, Heckerling PS, Gerber BS. A randomized controlled trial to increase physical activity and reduce obesity in a predominantly African American group of women with mobility disabilities and severe obesity. Prev Med. 2009;48(5):473-479.
Heckerling PS, Canaris GJ, Flach SD, Tape TG, Wigton RS, Gerber BS. Predictors of urinary tract infection based on artificial neural networks and genetic algorithms. Int J Med Inform. 2007 Apr;76(4):289-96.
Gerber BS, Solomon MC, Shaffer TL, Quinn MT, Lipton RB. Evaluation of an internet diabetes self-management training program for adolescents and young adults. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2007 Feb;9(1):60-7.
Heckerling PS, Gerber BS, Weiner SJ. The "resident's dilemma"? Values and strategies of medical residents for education interactions: a cellular automata simulation. Methods Inf Med. 2006;45(4):455-61.
Gerber BS, Brodsky IG, Lawless KA, Smolin LI, Arozullah AM, Smith EV, Berbaum ML, Heckerling PS, Eiser AR. Implementation and evaluation of a low-literacy diabetes education computer multimedia application. Diabetes Care. 2005; 28(7):1574-1580.
Cashen M, Dykes P, Gerber B. eHealth technology and internet resources: barriers for vulnerable populations. J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2004;19(3):209-214.
Honors and Awards
Health Disparities Scholar, National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2002
University of Michigan Internal Medicine Senior Research Project Award, 1998
Catherine Dobson Prize for Clinical Research Presentation, 1995
Finalist, American Medical Informatics Association Student Competition, 1993
Faulkner Award, Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation, 2013Z
UIC Hispanic Center of Excellence Research Mentor of the Year, 2011
Alpha Omega Alpha Faculty Teaching Award, 2010
Phone: (312) 996-8872
Fax: (312) 413-8950
Institute for Health Research and Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago (MC 275)
454 Westside Research Office Bldg.
1747 West Roosevelt Road
Chicago, IL 60608
Member, UI Cancer Center Population Health, Behavior and Outcomes Program
Current IHRP Research Studies (PI)
Current IHRP Research Studies (Co-I)
Other Research (Non-IHRP)
Hispanic Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) Study;
Personalized Physical Activity and Nutrition Intervention for Overweight/Obese Adults with Mobility Disabilities: PEP II;
Polestriding versus Walking for PAD Rehabilitation
Recently Completed Research
- Diabetes Education Multimedia for Vulnerable Populations
- Diabetes Second Life: A Virtual World to Support an Underserved Population
- Health Promoter/Pharmacist Case Management of Latinos with Diabetes
- Improving Diabetes Self-Management in Minorities
- Obesity Reduction Black Intervention Trial
- Physician Guided Approach to Increasing Awareness and Sustainability for Physical Activity for Overweight Adults with Mobility Limitations: Project PEP
- Telehealth for Weight Management of African American Women