Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D.

Olveen Carrasquillo, M.D.

Professor of Medicine

Description of Research

Dr. Carrasquillo’s research focuses in the areas of minority health, health disparities, health services research, and health policy. In particular, he is interested in community-based approaches to cancer prevention and control, with emphasis on approaches that employ principles of Community Based participatory Research. His work involves both health service research approaches such as analysis of large secondary datasets, as well as community-based interventions. He is also interested in work that involves use of lay health workers for outreach, and in educational and behavioral interventions.


  • Dr. Carrasquillo’s prior work has documented disparities in cancer screening among foreign-born people; showing the most vulnerable are recently-arrived immigrants.
  • Dr. Carrasquillo has shown the importance of health insurance as a mediator in health disparities in areas such as breast cancer screening. In addition, among Latino immigrants, factors related to acculturation are also important in some preventive measures such as cervical cancer screening.
  • Dr. Carrasquillo has worked in developing methodologies to recruit minorities into cancer clinical trials; and in particular he has been interested in use of community health workers to facilitate enrollment of vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in research databases.
  • Currently the PI of the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center's NCI U54 South Florida Center for Eliminating Cancer Health Disparities. As part of this project Dr. Carrasquillo is leading an RCT trial to examine the most optimal approach to effectively screen hard to reach minority women for cervical cancer.

Selected Cancer-Related Publications

  • Hsu A, Card A, Lin SX, Mota S, Carrasquillo O, Moran A. Changes in postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy use among women with high cardiovascular risk. Am J Public Health 99(12):2184-7, 2009 Read more »
  • Winston GJ, Barr RG, Carrasquillo O, Bertoni AG, Shea S. Sex and racial/ethnic differences in cardiovascular disease risk factor treatment and control among individuals with diabetes in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA). Diabetes Care 32(8):1467-9, 2009 Read more »
  • Kiefer EM, Shao T, Carrasquillo O, Nabeta P, Seas C. Knowledge and attitudes of tuberculosis management in San Juan de Lurigancho district of Lima, Peru. J Infect Dev Ctries 3(10):783-8, 2009 Read more »


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