Vivian Colón-López, PhD, MPH

Vivian Colón-López, PhD, MPH

Vivian Colón-López, PhD, MPH
787-522-9034 ext. 1403
Assistant Professor

Dr. Vivian Colón-López is an Investigator at the Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center (PRCCC) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Puerto Rico, Graduate School of Public Health. She received her MPH in Epidemiological Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus and her Ph.D in Epidemiology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research investigates the relationship between infectious and chronic diseases, particularly Human papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV-related cancers, and cancer prevention and control among vulnerable and underserved populations. Dr. Colón-Lopez is the Co-Leader of the Puerto Rico Cancer Control Community Outreach Project (PR CCCOP), along with Maria E. Fernandez (UT-Houston). Dr. Colón-López is also the co-leader in the U54 supplement study “Capacity Building for HIV-HPV Clinical Trials Recruitment among Minority Underserved Populations of Hispanic Origin”, along with Dr. Ana P. Ortiz (UPR-Medical Sciences Campus). During the past years, Dr. Colón-López has been the PI of several NIH funded studies and author on peer-reviewed publications on HPV infection in high-risk men as well as epidemiological studies on HPV-related cancers on HIV positive men and women in Puerto Rico.

1. Pérez CM, Suarez E, Torres EA, Román K, Colón López V. Seroprevalence of hepatitis C virus and associated risk behaviors: a population-based study in San Juan, Puerto Rico. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2005 Jun; 34(3): 593- 599.

2. Colón-López V, Haan MN, Aiello AE, Ghosh D. The effect of age at migration on cardiovascular mortality among elderly Mexican immigrants. Ann Epidemiol. 2009  Jan;19(1):8-14.

3. Colón López, V, Haan MN, Aiello AE, Ghosh D. Fasting Total Homocysteine  (tHcy) and Mortality in Older Mexican Americans. Journal of Nutrition and Aging:  Medical Sciences, July 2007

4. Clatts M, Giang le M, Goldsamt L, Colón-López V. Nonmedical use of promethazine hydrochloride among heroin  injectors in Vietnam: unrecognized risks and unintended consequences. Subst Use Misuse. 2010 Mar;45(4):515-27.

5. Clatts MC, Colón-López V, Giang le M, Goldsamt LA. Prevalence and incidence of HCV infection among  Vietnam heroin users with recent onset of injection. J Urban  Health. 2010 Mar;87(2):278-91.

6. Colón-López V and Ortiz AP. Burden of Human Papilloma Virus infection and related co-morbidities in men: implications for disease prevention and research among Hispanics. For submission. Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal. 2010.

7. Colón-López V, Ortiz AP, Soto-Salgado M. Incidence and Mortality Rates for Penile Cancer in Puerto Rico and among Hispanics, non Hispanics Whites and Non-Hispanics Blacks in the United States 1998-2002. Submitted BMC Cancer. January 2011.

8. Diaz Cortijo F, Colón-López V. Polifarmacy among the Puerto Rican Elderly. Submitted Medicina y Salud Pública PR.

9. Colón-López V, Ortiz AP, Pérez N, Soto-Salgado M. Epidemiological Profile of Genital Warts in Puerto Rico.

12. Ortiz AP, Colón-López V, Girona-Lozada G, Botello-Harbaum MT, Sheon N, Guiot HM, Román-Torres L, Díaz-Santana MV, Miranda-De LS, Palefsky JM. Report of the 2012 capacity building for HIV-HPV clinical trials recruitment among minority underserved populations of Hispanic origin in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2012 Sep;31(3):185-7. PubMed PMID: 23038895.

13. Colón-López V, Ortiz AP, Del Toro-Mejías LM, García H, Clatts MC, Palefsky J. Awareness and knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection among high-risk men of Hispanic origin attending a sexually transmitted infection (STI) clinic. BMC Infect Dis. 2012 Dec 12;12:346. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-12-346. PubMed PMID: 23231727; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3529119.

14. Colón-López V, Ortiz AP, Soto-Salgado M, Torres-Cintrón M, Pettaway CA, Puras-Báez A, Martínez-Ferrer M, Suárez E. Penile cancer disparities in Puerto Rican men as compared to the United States population. Int Braz J Urol. 2012 Nov-Dec;38(6):728-38. PubMed PMID: 23302411.

15. Clatts MC, Rodríguez-Díaz CE, García H, Vargas-Molina RL, Colón-López V, Pérez-Rios N, Goldsamt L, Jovet-Toledo GG. Sexually transmitted infections clinics as strategic venues for targeting high risk populations for HIV research and sexual health interventions. P R Health Sci J. 2011 Sep;30(3):101-8. PubMed PMID: 21932709.

16. Colón-López V, Rodríguez-Díaz CE, Ortiz AP, Soto-Salgado M, Suárez E, Pérez CM. HIV-related risk behaviors among a sample of men who have sex with men in Puerto Rico: an overview of substance use and sexual practices. P R Health Sci J. 2011 Jun;30(2):65-8. PubMed PMID: 21682148; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3119669.

17. Soto-Salgado M, Suárez E, Torres-Cintrón M, Pettaway CA, Colón V, Ortiz AP. Prostate cancer incidence and mortality among Puerto Ricans: an updated analysis comparing men in Puerto Rico with US racial/ethnic groups. PR Health Sci J. 2012 Sep;31(3):107-13.

18. Colón-López V . Virus del papiloma humano en hombres: Investigaciones y próximos pasos en investigación y prevención del cáncer. Galenus, Revista para los Médicos de Puerto Rico. 2012 Oct 18. Available at:

19. Colón-López V, Del Toro-Mejías LM, Ortiz AP, Tortolero G, Palefsky JM. HPV awareness and willingness to HPV vaccination among high-risk men attending an STI clinic in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J 2012;31(4): 227-231.

20. Colón-López V, Ortiz AP, Soto-Salgado M, Torres-Cintrón M, Mercado-Acosta JJ, Suárez E. Anal cancer incidence and mortality in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Jun;32(2):76-81.

21. Colón-López V, Ortiz AP, Banerjee G, Gertz AM, García H. HIV and syphilis infection among men attending a sexually transmitted infection clinic in Puerto Rico. PR Health Sci J. 2013 Mar;32(1):8-13. Erratum in: P R Health Sci. 2013 Jun;32(2):110.

22. Colón-López V, Soto-Salgado M, Rodriguez-Diaz C, Suarez E, Perez CM. Addressing Health Disparities Among Men: Demographic, Behavioral, and Clinical Characteristics of Men Who Have Sex with Men in Puerto Rico. Sexuality Research and Social Policy. 2013. DOI: 10.1007/s13178-013-0130-9

23. Colón-López V, Ortiz AP, Del Toro-Mejías L, Clatts MC, Palefsky JM. Epidemiology of Anal HPV Infection in High-Risk Men Attending a Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic in Puerto Rico. PLoS One. 2014 Jan 6;9(1):e83209.

24. Ortiz AP, Guiot HM, Díaz-Miranda OL, Román L, Palefsky J, Colón-López V. Recognizing and treating anal cancer: training medical students and physicians in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Dec;32(4):209-12.

25. Colón-López V, Banerjee G, Gertz AM, Ortiz AP, Calo W, Finney-Rutten LJ, Colón-Ramos U, Hesse BW, Tortolero G. Behavioral correlates of fruit and vegetable intake in Puerto Rico: results from the Health Information National Trends Survey. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Dec;32(4):194-9.

26. Calo WA, Fernández ME, Fernández-Espada N, Colón-López V. Exploring the Role of Ethnic Identity on the Attitudes Towards HPV Vaccine Advertising Among Puerto Ricans: A Qualitative Analysis. J Immigr Minor Health. 2013 Sep 20.