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Room 707C WARF
610 Walnut Street
Madison, WI 53726

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F. Javier Nieto, MD, PhD, MPH

  • Helfaer Professor of Public Health
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences and Family Medicine


Dr. Nieto completed his MD degree and a residency in Family and Community Medicine in Spain. His graduate training includes an MPH degree from University of Havana, Cuba, as well as a Master in Health Science (MHS) and a PhD degree in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. From 1991 to 2001 he was a faculty member of the Department of Epidemiology in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Between 1993 and 2001, he served on the editorial board of the American Journal of Epidemiology. In 2002 he joined the University of Wisconsin to become Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences in the School of Medicine and Public Health, and the inaugural Helfaer Professor of Public Health.

Dr. Nieto’s main areas of research interest are survey research, epidemiologic methods, cardiovascular disease epidemiology, and epidemiology and health consequences of sleep disorders. Specific areas of research interest include the relationship between sleep breathing disorders and inadequate sleep on chronic diseases (including clinical and subclinical cardiovascular disease, cancer, and mood disorders) as well as furthering our understanding of upstream determinants of health. He was the founding director of the Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW) and is author or co-author of nearly 250 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

In 2003, Javier Nieto joined the Madison Symphony Orchestra Choir, where he sings with the bass section.


  • American College of Epidemiology
  • American Academy of Sleep Medicine
  • American Society of Epidemiology
  • American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention
  • American Public Health Association
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research
  • Sociedad Española de Epidemiología (Spanish Epidemiologic Society)
  • Sociedad Española de Salud Pública y Administración Sanitaria (Spanish Society of Public Health and Health Services Administration)
  • Wisconsin Public Health Association

Recent Honors/Awards

  • Inaugural Helfaer Professor of Public Health, University of Wisconsin
  • Elected member of the American Society of Epidemiology
  • Elected fellow of the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology
  • Dean's Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, 2008
  • Ludwig Engel Visiting Professor, University of Sidney, Australia, 2014

Select Publications

Nieto FJ. Siesta by Decree or Sound Policy to Promote Sleep Health? Lessons From a Municipal Proclamation in a Rural Spanish Town. Sleep Health 2016; 1: 227-8.

Gozal D, Farré R, Nieto FJ. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cancer: Epidemiologic Links and Theoretical Biological Constructs. Sleep Med Rev 2015; 27: 43-55.

Shin JI, Bautista LE, Walsh MC, Malecki KC, Nieto FJ. Food Insecurity and Dyslipidemia in a Representative Population-Based Sample in the US. Prev Med 2015; 77: 186-90.

Korcarz CE, Stein JH, Peppard, PE, Young TB, Barnet JH, Nieto FJ. Combined Effects of Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Metabolic Syndrome on Endothelial Function: The Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study. Sleep 2014; 37: 1707-13.

Nieto FJ, Peppard PE, Young T, Klein BEK, Finn L, Farré R. Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Cancer Mortality: Results from the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2012; 186: 190-4.

Massad S, Nieto FJ, Palta M, Smith M, Clark R, Thabet A. Health-Related Quality of Life of Palestinian Preschoolers in the Gaza Strip: A Cross-Sectional Study. BMC Public Health 2011; 11: 253.

Brown RT, Allison PA, Nieto FJ. Impact of Jail Sanctions During Drug Court Participation Upon Substance Abuse Treatment Completion. Addiction 2011; 106: 135-42.

Nieto FJ, Peppard PE, Engelman CD, McElroy JA, Galvao LW, Friedman EM, Bersch AJ, Malecki KC. The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin (SHOW), A Novel Infrastructure for Population Health Research: Rationale and Methods. BMC Public Health 2010; 10: 785.

Morgan BJ, Reichmuth KJ, Peppard PE, Finn L, Barczi SR, Young T, Nieto FJ. Effects of Sleep Disordered Breathing on Cerebrovascular Regulation: A Population-Based Study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2010; 182: 1445-52.

Massad S, Nieto FJ, Palta M, Smith M, Clark R, Thabet A. Mental Health of Children in Palestinian Kindergartens: Resilience and Vulnerability. Child Adolesc Ment Health 2009; 14: 89-96.

Nieto FJ. Advancing the Science of Understanding and Improving the Health of the Population. WMJ 2009; 108: 221-3.

Young T, Finn L, Peppard PE, Szklo-Coxe M, Austin D, Nieto FJ, Stubbs R, Hla KM. Sleep Disordered Breathing and Mortality: Eighteen-year Follow-up of the Wisconsin Sleep Cohort. Sleep 2008; 31: 1079-85.

Nieto FJ, Herrington DM, Redline S, Benjamin E, Robbins JA. Sleep Apnea and Markers of Endothelial Function in a Large Community Sample of Elderly Adults. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2004; 164: 354-60.

Ding J, Eigenbrodt ML, Mosley TH, Hutchinson RG, Folsom AR, Harris TB; Nieto FJ. Alcohol Intake and Cerebral Abnormalities on Magnetic Resonance Imaging in a Community-Based Population of Middle-aged Adults: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Stroke 2004; 35: 16-21.

Chambless LE, Folsom AR, Sharrett AR, Sorlie PD, Couper D, Szklo M, Nieto FJ. Coronary Heart Disease Risk Prediction in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. J Clin Epidemiol 2003; 56: 880-90.

Nieto FJ. The Epidemiology of Self-Deprecation. Int J Epidemiol 2002; 31: 1124-7.

Diez Roux AV, Merkin SS, Arnett D, Chambless LD, Massing M, Nieto FJ, et al. Neighborhood of Residence and Incidence of Coronary Heart Disease. N Engl J Med 2001; 345: 99-106.

Nieto FJ, Iribarren C, Gross MD, Comstock GW, Cutler RG. Uric Acid and Serum Antioxidant Capacity: A Reaction to Atherosclerosis? Atherosclerosis 2000; 148: 131-9.

Nieto FJ, Young T, Lind B, Shahar E, Samet JM, Redline S, D'Agostino RB, Newman AB, Lebowitz MD, Pickering TG. Association of Sleep-Disordered Breathing, Sleep Apnea, and Hypertension in a Large Community-Based Study. JAMA 2000; 283: 1829-36.

Nieto FJ, Folsom AR, Sorlie P, Grayston JT, Wang SP, Chambless LE. Chlamydia Pneumoniae Infection and Incident Coronary Heart Disease: The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study. Am J Epidemiol 1999; 150: 149-56.

Nieto FJ, Diez-Roux A, Szklo M, Comstock GW, Sharrett AR. Short and Long Term Predictors of Clinical and Subclinical Atherosclerosis by Traditional Risk Factors. J Clin Epidemiol 1999; 52: 559-67.

Nieto FJ. Viruses and Atherosclerosis: A Critical Review of the Epidemiologic Evidence. Am Heart J 1999; 138: S453-60.

Nieto FJ. Cardiovascular Disease and Risk Factor Epidemiology: A Look Back at the Epidemic of the 20th Century. Am J Public Health 1999; 89: 292-4.

Nieto FJ. Infections and Atherosclerosis: New Clues from an Old Hypothesis? Am J Epidemiol 1998; 148: 937-48.

Nieto FJ, Sorlie P, Comstock GW, Wu K, Adam E, Melnick JL, Szklo M. Cytomegalovirus Infection, Lipoprotein(a), and Hypercoagulability: An Atherogenic Link? Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol 1997; 17: 1780-5.

Nieto FJ, Comstock GW, Chambless LE, Malinow MR. Coffee Consumption and Plasma Homocyst(e)ine: Results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Am J Clin Nutr 1997; 66: 1475-6.

Nieto FJ, Coresh J. Adjusted Survival Curves: A Review and a New Method. Am J Epidemiol 1996; 143: 1059-68.

Nieto FJ, Adam E, Sorlie P, Farzadegan H, Melnick JL, Comstock GW, Szklo M. Cohort Study of Cytomegalovirus Infection as a Risk Factor for Carotid Intimal-Medial Thickening, a Measure of Subclinical Atherosclerosis. Circulation 1996; 94: 922-7.

Nieto FJ, Alonso J, Chambless LE, Zhong M, Ceraso M, Romm FJ, Cooper L, Folsom AR, Szklo M. Population Awareness and Control of Hypertension and Hypercholesterolemia. The Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study. Arch Int Med 1995; 155: 677-84.

Recent Books and Book Chapters

Nieto FJ. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Cancer: An Epidemiologic Perspective. In Sleep Apnea, Barbe F. and Pepin JL, eds. ERS Monogr 2015; 67: 211-26.

Nieto FJ, Young T, Peppard PW, Javaheri S. Systemic and Pulmonary Hypertension in Obstructive Sleep Apnea. In Kryger MH, Roth T, Dement WC, eds. Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, 6th edition. New York, NY, Sounders, 2015, in press.

Szklo M, Nieto, FJ. Epidemiology: Beyond the Basics, 3rd edition. Sudbury, Mass, Joes & Bartlett Publishers, 2013.

Nieto FJ. History of the Inflammation Hypothesis of Atherogenesis. In: Wick G and Grundtman C, eds. Inflammation and Atherosclerosis, Springer Verlag GmbH, Vienna, Austria, 2012.

Muñoz A, Nieto, FJ. Cohort Studies. In: Detels R, Beaglehole R, Lansang MA, Gulliford M, eds. Oxford Textbook of Public Health, 6th edition, Oxford, England, Oxford University Press, in press.

Nieto FJ, Farré R. Association of sleep apnea and cancer: from animal studies to human epidemiologic data. In: Berger N & Redline S, Impact of Sleep and Sleep Disturbances on Obesity and Cancer, New York, NY, Springer, 2014.