Last updated on: 2/2/2011 | Author: ProCon.org

Kathleen Fairfield, MD, PhD Biography

Title:
Research Scientist and Staff Physician at Maine Medical Center
Position:
Con to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
Reasoning:

“When we evaluated dairy foods, skim or low-fat milk consumption was modestly associated with overall ovarian cancer risk when cumulatively updated consumption was considered. For serous ovarian cancers, women consuming one or more servings of skim and low-fat milk daily had a 69% higher risk… Osteoporosis is [also] an important public health problem… Despite the hypothesized benefit of greater milk intake, several large studies have observed no association between dairy consumption and fracture risk in adult life.”

“A Prospective Study of Dietary Lactose and Ovarian Cancer,” International Journal of Cancer, Feb. 2004

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Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Research Scientist and Staff Physician, Maine Medical Center, 2002-present
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine, 2003-present
  • Associate Physician and Research Staff, Channing Laboratory, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, 2002-present
  • Generalist Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, Maine Medical Center, 2003
  • Harvard Macy Institute Scholar, 2000
  • Cancer Prevention Fellow, Harvard School of Public Health – Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 1999-2000
  • Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 1998-2002
  • Job E. Fuchs Award, Boston University School of Medicine, 1993
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Award, Boston University School of Medicine, 1993
  • Chair, Maine Medical Center Medical Research Committee
  • Member, American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, Society for General Internal Medicine, Maine Medical Association, and Massachusetts Medical Association
Education:
  • PhD, Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard University, 2000
  • MPH, Epidemiology, Harvard University, 1998
  • MD, Boston University School of Medicine, 1993
  • BS, Biology, Bowdoin College, 1989
Other:
  • None found