Title and Department
Research Professor of Medicine
Professional bio

Loren Lipworth, ScD, is a Research Professor of Medicine in the Division of Epidemiology within the Department of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. 

Her research focuses on the role of metabolic traits and lifestyle and socioeconomic characteristics in relation to cardiovascular disease and chronic kidney disease, as well as breast and kidney cancers, including their interactions with genetic factors and their contributions to racial disparity.

Dr. Lipworth'a research utilizes both large-scale population-based cohorts and electronic medical record databases. She is a co-investigator of the Southern Community Cohort Study (SCCS), a large prospective cohort study of over 86,000 primarily low income black and white participants from the southeastern United States, whose extensive data and biospecimen repository provide a unique resource for the study of chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and kidney disease, including unexplained racial disparities.

She is a co-investigator of several ongoing studies of obesity-related biomarkers and metabolite profiles associated with diabetes, cardiometabolic and renal traits, and cancer, as well as studies of lifestyle and genetic factors that contribute to the high incidence of end-stage renal disease in blacks and whites in the SCCS.