Ben Gerber, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Gerber is an associate professor of medicine in the Sections of Health Promotion Research and General Internal Medicine in the UIC College of Medicine. He is a principal investigator or co-investigator of research grants funded by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

His research focuses on the use of computer technology to provide education and support to underserved populations with chronic diseases. He has developed a low-literacy multimedia program for diabetes education and evaluated the program in a randomized controlled trial.

Research Interests

Diabetes education multimedia for vulnerable populations, public health informatics, mobile technology for health.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

Ruggiero L, Riley BB, Hernandez R, Quinn LT, Gerber BS, Castillo A, Day J, Ingram D, Wang Y, Butler P. Medical assistant coaching to support diabetes self-care among low-income racial/ethnic minority populations: randomized controlled trial. West J Nurs Res. 2014 Feb 25. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

Hernandez R, Ruggiero L, Riley BB, Wang Y, Chavez N, Quinn LT, Gerber BS, Choi YK. Correlates of self-care in low-income African American and Latino patients with diabetes. Health Psychol. 2013 Dec 23. [Epub ahead of print] [See abstract.]

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

IHRP Fellow
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