Reena B Oza-Frank, PhD, RD :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Reena B Oza-Frank, PhD, RD

Reena B Oza-Frank, PhD, RD

Center for Perinatal Research
Principal Investigator

Contact Information

700 Children's Drive
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
Assistant: (614) 355-3530
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Dr. Oza-Frank is an epidemiologist whose research is broadly focused on nutrition as it relates to developmental origins of disease from infancy through early childhood.


  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English
  • Gujarati

Research Interests

Research Center:

Areas of Interest:

  • Dr. Oza-Frank is an epidemiologist and dietitian interested in clinical and translational research as it relates to childhood diabetes, obesity, growth; gestational diabetes; breastfeeding; prematurity; and preconception health.

Education and Training

Undergraduate School

  • The Ohio State University
    Date Completed: 06/30/1999

Graduate School

  • The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Date Completed: 05/30/2003

Graduate School

  • Emory University
    Date Completed: 08/30/2009


  • The Ohio Department of Health
    Date Completed: 06/16/2011


  • Center for Perinatal Research

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 06/27/2011

Professional Experience


  • Principal Investigator, The Center for Perinatal Research, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH


  • Research Assistant Professor; Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine


  • Adjunct Faculty, Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA


  • Diabetes Nutrition Educator, Central Ohio Diabetes Association, Columbus, OH


  • Research Bionutritionist, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


  • Moorehead PA, Klebanoff MA, Nelin LD, Oza-Frank R. 2014. Representativeness of study enrollment into a perinatal research repository.  Journal of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Vol. 12, no. August: 1-5.
  • Detty AM, Oza-Frank R. 2014. Oral Health Status and Academic Performance among Ohio Third Graders, 2009-10.  Journal of Public Health Dentistry. Vol. Epub, no. June: eEpub.
  • Oza-Frank R, Chertok I, Bartley A. 2014. Differences in breastfeeding initiation and continuation by maternal diabetes status.  Public Health Nutrition. Vol. 8, no. May: 1-9.
  • Oza-Frank,Reena; Bhatia,Anisha; Smith,Christine. 2013. Combined Peer Counselor and Lactation Consultant Support Increases Breastfeeding in the NICU.  BREASTFEEDING MEDICINE. Vol. 8, no. 6. (December): 509-510.
  • Rogers,Lynette,K; Graf,Amanda,E; Bhatia,Anisha; Leonhart,Karen,L; Oza-Frank,Reena. 2013. Associations between Maternal and Infant Morbidities and sRAGE within the First Week of Life in Extremely Preterm Infants.  PLOS ONE. Vol. 8, no. 12. (December): ee82537.
  • Staimez,Lisa,R; Weber,Mary,Beth; Narayan,K,MVenkat; Oza-Frank,Reena. 2013. A systematic review of overweight, obesity, and type 2 diabetes among Asian American subgroups.  Current diabetes reviews. Vol. 9, no. 4. (July): 312-331.
  • Oza-Frank R, Hade EM, Conrey EJ. 2012. Inter-rater reliability of Ohio school-based overweight and obesity surveillance data.  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Vol. 112, no. September: 1410-4.
  • Weber MB, Oza-Frank R, Staimez LR, Ali MK, Narayan KMV. 2012. Type 2 Diabetes in Asians: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Effectiveness of Behavioral Intervention at Individual and Population Levels.  Annual Review of Nutrition. Vol. 21, no. August: 417-39.
  • Oza-Frank R, Chan C, Liu K, Burke G, Kanaya AM. 2012. Incidence of Type 2 Diabetes by Nativity Status in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA).  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Vol. epub, no. July: eepub.
  • Oza-Frank R, Zavodny M, Cunningham SA. 2012. Beverage displacement between elementary to middle school, 2004-2007.  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Vol. epub, no. July: eepub.
  • Oza-Frank, R. 2012. Postpartum diabetes testing among women with recent gestational diabetes mellitus history. In American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions
  • Oza-Frank, R. 2012. Resources to improve care among women with a history of gestational diabetes: A provider perspective. In American Diabetes Association 72nd Scientific Sessions
  • Jaacks LM, Oza-Frank R, et al. 2012. Migration status in relation to clinical characteristics and barriers to care among youth with diabetes in the US.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Vol. epub, no. April: eepub.
  • Oza-Frank R, Cunningham SA. 2012. Highlighting Resources to Study Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes in U.S. Immigrants.  ISRN Public Health. Vol. 2012, no. January: 1-9.
  • Oza-Frank,Reena; Siegal,Mark,D. 2011. Body mass index measurement in schools: partnering with oral health.  JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DENTISTRY. Vol. 71, no. 4. (October): 301-307.
  • Oza-Frank R; Stephenson R; Narayan KM. 2011. Diabetes prevalence by length of residence among US immigrants.  Journal Of Immigrant And Minority Health / Center For Minority Public Health. Vol. 13, no. 1. (February): e1.
  • Oza-Frank R; Narayan KM. 2010. Effect of length of residence on overweight by region of birth and age at arrival among US immigrants.  Public Health Nutrition. Vol. 13, no. 6. (June): e868.
  • Luo M; Oza-Frank R; Narayan KM; Gokulakrishnan K; Mohan V. 2010. Serum total adiponectin is associated with impaired glucose tolerance in Asian Indian females but not in males.  Journal Of Diabetes Science And Technology. Vol. 4, no. 3. (May): e645.
  • Oza-Frank R; Cunningham SA. 2010. The weight of US residence among immigrants: a systematic review.  Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal Of The International Association For The Study Of Obesity. Vol. 11, no. 4. (April): e271.
  • Oza-Frank R; Narayan KM. 2010. Overweight and diabetes prevalence among US immigrants.  American Journal Of Public Health. Vol. 100, no. 4. (April): e661.
  • Oza-Frank R, Cunningham SA. The weight of US residence among immigrants: a systematic review. Obes Rev. 2010 Apr;11(4):271-80. Epub 2009 Jun 16. Review. PubMed ID: 19538440
  • Narayan KM; Aviles-Santa L; Oza-Frank R; Pandey M; Curb JD; McNeely M; Araneta MR; Palaniappan L; Rajpathak S; Barrett-Connor E. 2010. Report of a National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute Workshop: heterogeneity in cardiometabolic risk in Asian Americans In the U.S. Opportunities for research.  Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology. Vol. 55, no. 10. (March): e966.
  • Oza-Frank R; Ali MK; Vaccarino V; Narayan KM. 2009. Asian Americans: diabetes prevalence across U.S. and World Health Organization weight classifications.  Diabetes Care. Vol. 32, no. 9. (September): e1644.
  • Oza-Frank R; Cheng YJ; Narayan KM; Gregg EW. 2009. Trends in nutrient intake among adults with diabetes in the United States: 1988-2004.  Journal Of The American Dietetic Association. Vol. 109, no. 7. (July): e1173.
  • Roshania R; Narayan KM; Oza-Frank R. 2008. Age at arrival and risk of obesity among US immigrants.  Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). Vol. 16, no. 12. (December): e2669.
  • Oza-Frank,Reena; Narayan,KM Venkat. 2008. Masked heterogeneity in obesity between immigrant subgroups.  AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH. Vol. 98, no. 6. (June): 967-968.
  • Oza-Frank R, Zhang P, Imperatore G, Narayan KM. 2008. Health Care Cost and Utilization. In The Epidemiology of Diabetes in Youth. Edited by Dabelea D, Klingensmith G. New York City: Informa Healthcare.
  • Dasari SR, Oza-Frank R, Venkat Narayan KM. 2008. Diabetes Mellitus Prevention. In International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Edited by Kris Heggenhougen and Stella Quah. San Diego: Academic Press.
  • Kachoria R, Oza-Frank R. Postpartum Glucose Testing and Healthy Behaviors Before, During, and After Pregnancy among Women with Recent Gestational Diabetes. In American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions
  • Muhammad RD, Oza-Frank R, et al. Opportunities for the prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease among high-risk adults.  Clinical Infectious Diseases.
  • Oza-Frank R, Kachoria R, Keim SA, Lynch CD, Klebanoff MA. Receipt and timing of pregnancy-related health messages vary by message type and maternal characteristics.  American Journal of Health Promotion.
  • Weber MB, Bouchard J, Conrey E, Shellhaas C, Oza-Frank R. Type 2 Diabetes Screening, Risk and Prevention among Low-income Women with a History of Gestational Diabetes. In American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions
  • Short V, Oza-Frank R, Conrey EJ. Pre-conception Health Indicators among Appalachian women: 1997-2005.  Maternal and Child Health Journal.
  • Kachoria R, Oza-Frank R. Predictors of breastfeeding initiation by maternal diabetes status, Ohio 2006-2011.  Diabetic Medicine.
  • Oza-Frank R. Postpartum diabetes screening among women with recent gestational diabetes mellitus: PRAMS 2009-2010.  Maternal and Child Health Journal.
  • Kachoria R, Moreland JJ, Cordero L, Oza-Frank R. Trends in breastfeeding initiation, continuation, and exclusivity by maternal prepregnancy weight: 2004 — 2011.  Obesity.
  • Rodgers LE, Conrey EJ, Wapner A, Ko JY, Dietz PM, Oza-Frank R. Ohio Primary Health Care Providers’ Practices and Attitudes Regarding Screening for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Among Women with Prior Gestational Diabetes — 2010.  Preventing Chronic Disease.
  • Stephenson R, Argeseanu S, Oza-Frank R, Hutcheson M, Narayan KM. Cardiometabolic risk among the foreign-born population in the United States: new pathways for innovative research and health policy. Ethn Dis. 2008 Summer;18(3):277. PubMed ID: 18785438
  • Oza-Frank R, Hade EM, Norton A, Scarpitti H, Conrey EJ. Trends in body mass index among Ohio’s 3rd grade children: 2004-2010.  Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic.
  • Oza-Frank R, Kachoria R, Keim SA, Klebanoff MA. Provision of specific preconception care messages and associated maternal health behaviors before and during pregnancy.  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
  • Oza-Frank R, Siegal M. Body Mass Index Measurement in Schools: Partnering with Oral Health. Journal of Public Health Dentistry. In press.
  • Enger R, Oza-Frank R, Cunningham SA. The School Breakfast Program: A view of the present and considerations for the future.  Journal of School Health.
  • Kachoria R, Oza-Frank R. Trends in Breastfeeding Initiation in the NICU by Gestational Age in Ohio, 2006-2012.  Birth.
  • Oza-Frank R, Bouchard J, Conrey E, Shellhaas C, Weber MB. Health Care Experiences of Low-Income Women with Gestational Diabetes and Suggestions for Improving Care. In American Diabetes Association 75th Scientific Sessions
  • Oza-Frank R, Ko JY, Wapner A, Rodgers L, Bouchard JM, Conrey EJ. Improving care for women with a history of gestational diabetes — a provider perspective.  Maternal and Child Health Journal.

Awards, Honors and Organizations

  • Research Dietitian Award, Ohio Dietetic Association, 2011
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