University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Lydia B. Zablotska, MD, MPA, PhD

Lydia B. Zablotska, MD, MPA, PhD

Professor in Residence, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Hematopoietic Malignancies


Minsk State Medical School, Belarus, MD, May 1993, Medicine
Askew School of Public Administration, Florida State University, MPA, August 1997, Public Policy and Health Administration/Policy
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, PhD, May 2003, Epidemiology

Professional Experience

  • 1993-1995
    National Medical Residency, Internal Medicine, Lviv State Medical School, Ukraine
  • 1996
    Administrative and Research Internship, Center for Clinical Effectiveness, Ford Health System
  • 1997-2000
    Graduate Research Assistant, Project "Effects of the Chornobyl Accident on Thyroid Cancer and Leukemia," Dr. G. Howe (PI), Department of Epidemiology, MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2000-2003
    Staff Associate, Project "Effects of the Chornobyl Accident on Thyroid Cancer and Leukemia," Dr. G. Howe (PI), Department of Epidemiology, MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2003-2006
    Epidemiologist, Project "Effects of the Chornobyl Accident on Thyroid Cancer and Leukemia," Dr. G. Howe (PI), Department of Epidemiology, MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2003-2004
    Instructor, Department of Epidemiology, Dr. E.Susser (Chairman), MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2004-2005
    Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Dr. E.Susser (Chairman), MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2005-2008
    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Dr. E.Susser (Chairman), MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2008-2010
    Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (DEB), School of Medicine (SOM), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), San Francisco, CA
  • 2010-2012
    Associate Professor, DEB, SOM, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2012-2016
    Associate Professor, In Residence series (tenured), DEB, SOM, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2013-present
    Head, Occupational and Environmental Area of Concentration, DEB, SOM, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2016-present
    Professor, In Residence series (tenured), DEB, SOM, UCSF, San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 1993
    Graduation with Distinction (Summa Cum Laude), Minsk State Medical School, Minsk, Belarus
  • 1995
    Senator E. Muskie Scholarship for Graduate Studies for Outstanding Students from the Commonwealth of Independent States, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • 2003
    Sydney Kark Award in Epidemiology for doctoral students committed to work in international health, MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2003
    Young Investigator Award, 12th International Congress of Radiation Research, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2004
    Calderone Junior Faculty Research Prize, MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2005
    Dean's Award for Innovation in the Curriculum, MSPH, Columbia University
  • 2006
    New Investigator's Award, American Statistical Association's Conference on Radiation and Health, Monterey Beach, CA
  • 2006
    Item Writing Committee, National Board of Public Health Examiners
  • 2007
    Young Investigator Award, 13th International Congress of Radiation Research, San Francisco, CA
  • 2007
    Invited Participant, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Workshop on Monoclonal B-cell Lymphocytosis and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Etiologic Factors, Precursors, and Disease, Washington, DC
  • 2008
    Invited Speaker, American Statistical Association's Conference on Radiation and Health, Vail, CO
  • 2010
    Academic Career Development Award, National Cancer Institute
  • 2012
    Symposium Chair, Radiation Research Society 58th annual meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • 2012
    Keynote Speaker, International Symposium for 50th Anniversary of RIRBM, Hiroshima University, “Support for Restoration from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Disaster,” Hiroshima, Japan
  • 2012
    Session Chair, Invited Speaker, American Statistical Association’s Conference on Radiation and Health, Kennebunkport, ME
  • 2013
    Keynote Speaker, 11th International Conference on the Health Effects of Incorporated Radionuclides (HEIR 2013), Berkeley, CA
  • 2014
    Symposium Chair, Invited Speaker, 47th annual meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research, Seattle, WA
  • 2014
    Member of the Organizing Committee, Chair of the Workshop for Early Stage Radiation Investigators (ESRI), Invited Speaker, Conference on Radiation and Health, Las Vegas, NV
  • 2016
    Stephen B. Hulley Award for Excellence In Teaching, UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Lobach I, Sheng Y, Lobach S, Zablotska L, Huang CY. Case-control versus case-only estimates of gene-environment interactions with common and misclassified clinical diagnosis. Genet Epidemiol. 2019 Oct 30.
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  2. Borrego D, Apostoaei AI, Thomas BA, Hoffman FO, Simon SL, Zablotska LB, Lee C. Organ-specific dose coefficients derived from Monte Carlo simulations for historical (1930s to 1960s) fluoroscopic and radiographic examinations of tuberculosis patients. J Radiol Prot. 2019 Sep; 39(3):950-965.
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  3. Afshar AR, Damato BE, Stewart JM, Zablotska LB, Roy R, Olshen AB, Joseph NM, Bastian BC. Next-Generation Sequencing of Uveal Melanoma for Detection of Genetic Alterations Predicting Metastasis. Transl Vis Sci Technol. 2019 Mar; 8(2):18.
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  4. Wu Y, Hoffman FO, Apostoaei AI, Kwon D, Thomas BA, Glass R, Zablotska LB. Methods to account for uncertainties in exposure assessment in studies of environmental exposures. Environ Health. 2019 04 08; 18(1):31.
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  5. Venado A, McCulloch C, Greenland JR, Katz P, Soong A, Shrestha P, Hays S, Golden J, Shah R, Leard LE, Kleinhenz ME, Kukreja J, Zablotska L, Allen IE, Covinsky K, Blanc P, Singer JP. Frailty trajectories in adult lung transplantation: A cohort study. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2019 Jul; 38(7):699-707.
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  6. Lane RSD, Tomášek L, Zablotska LB, Rage E, Momoli F, Little J. Low radon exposures and lung cancer risk: joint analysis of the Czech, French, and Beaverlodge cohorts of uranium miners. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2019 07; 92(5):747-762.
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  7. Boice JD, Ellis ED, Golden AP, Zablotska LB, Mumma MT, Cohen SS. Sex-specific lung cancer risk among radiation workers in the million-person study and patients TB-Fluoroscopy. Int J Radiat Biol. 2019 Jan 07; 1-12.
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  8. Thompson LM, Zablotska LB, Chen JL, Jong S, Alkon A, Lee SJ, Vlahov D. Development of Quantitative Research Skills Competencies to Improve Doctor of Philosophy Nursing Student Training. J Nurs Educ. 2018 Aug 01; 57(8):483-488.
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  9. Little MP, Wakeford R, Borrego D, French B, Zablotska LB, Adams MJ, Allodji R, de Vathaire F, Lee C, Brenner AV, Miller JS, Campbell D, Pearce MS, Doody MM, Holmberg E, Lundell M, Sadetzki S, Linet MS, Berrington de González A. Leukaemia and myeloid malignancy among people exposed to low doses (<100 mSv) of ionising radiation during childhood: a pooled analysis of nine historical cohort studies. Lancet Haematol. 2018 Aug; 5(8):e346-e358.
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  10. Ojha J, Dyagil I, Finch SC, Reiss RF, de Smith AJ, Gonseth S, Zhou M, Hansen HM, Sherborne AL, Nakamura J, Bracci PM, Gudzenko N, Hatch M, Babkina N, Little MP, Chumak VV, Walsh KM, Bazyka D, Wiemels JL, Zablotska LB. Genomic characterization of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in radiation-exposed Chornobyl cleanup workers. Environ Health. 2018 05 02; 17(1):43.
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  11. Zhivin S, Guseva Canu I, Davesne E, Blanchardon E, Garsi JP, Samson E, Niogret C, Zablotska LB, Laurier D. Circulatory disease in French nuclear fuel cycle workers chronically exposed to uranium: a nested case-control study. Occup Environ Med. 2018 04; 75(4):270-276.
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  12. Zablotska LB, Fenske N, Schnelzer M, Zhivin S, Laurier D, Kreuzer M. Analysis of mortality in a pooled cohort of Canadian and German uranium processing workers with no mining experience. Int Arch Occup Environ Health. 2018 01; 91(1):91-103.
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  13. Cahoon EK, Nadyrov EA, Polyanskaya ON, Yauseyenka VV, Veyalkin IV, Yeudachkova TI, Maskvicheva TI, Minenko VF, Liu W, Drozdovitch V, Mabuchi K, Little MP, Zablotska LB, McConnell RJ, Hatch M, Peters KO, Rozhko AV, Brenner AV. Risk of Thyroid Nodules in Residents of Belarus Exposed to Chernobyl Fallout as Children and Adolescents. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2017 07 01; 102(7):2207-2217.
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  14. Bazyka D, Finch SC, Ilienko IM, Lyaskivska O, Dyagil I, Trotsiuk N, Gudzenko N, Chumak VV, Walsh KM, Wiemels J, Little MP, Zablotska LB. Buccal mucosa micronuclei counts in relation to exposure to low dose-rate radiation from the Chornobyl nuclear accident and other medical and occupational radiation exposures. Environ Health. 2017 06 23; 16(1):70.
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  15. Peters KO, Tronko M, Hatch M, Oliynyk V, Terekhova G, Pfeiffer RM, Shpak VM, McConnell RJ, Drozdovitch V, Little MP, Zablotska LB, Mabuchi K, Brenner AV, Cahoon EK. Factors associated with serum thyroglobulin in a Ukrainian cohort exposed to iodine-131 from the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant. Environ Res. 2017 07; 156:801-809.
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  16. Tran V, Zablotska LB, Brenner AV, Little MP. Radiation-associated circulatory disease mortality in a pooled analysis of 77,275 patients from the Massachusetts and Canadian tuberculosis fluoroscopy cohorts. Sci Rep. 2017 03 13; 7:44147.
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  17. Zablotska LB. 30 years After the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident: Time for Reflection and Re-evaluation of Current Disaster Preparedness Plans. J Urban Health. 2016 06; 93(3):407-13.
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  18. Ostroumova E, Hatch M, Brenner A, Nadyrov E, Veyalkin I, Polyanskaya O, Yauseyenka V, Polyakov S, Levin L, Zablotska L, Rozhko A, Mabuchi K. Non-thyroid cancer incidence in Belarusian residents exposed to Chernobyl fallout in childhood and adolescence: Standardized Incidence Ratio analysis, 1997-2011. Environ Res. 2016 May; 147:44-9.
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  19. Finch SC, Dyagil I, Reiss RF, Gudzenko N, Babkina N, Lyubarets T, Bebeshko V, Romanenko A, Chumak VV, Bouville A, Hatch M, Little MP, Bazyka D, Zablotska LB. Clinical characteristics of chronic lymphocytic leukemia occurring in chornobyl cleanup workers. Hematol Oncol. 2017 Jun; 35(2):215-224.
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  20. Zhivin S, Guseva Canu I, Samson E, Laurent O, Grellier J, Collomb P, Zablotska LB, Laurier D. Mortality (1968-2008) in a French cohort of uranium enrichment workers potentially exposed to rapidly soluble uranium compounds. Occup Environ Med. 2016 Mar; 73(3):167-74.
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