Leonelo E. Bautista

Position title: Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences

Email: lebautista@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-6176

703 WARF Building
610 Walnut Street

Department of Population Health Sciences
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Curriculum Vitae


I am a physician epidemiologist, and Associate Professor at the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison. I maintain a regular, strong, and productive collaboration with investigators around the world. For over a decade my research has been focused in the epidemiology of cardiovascular diseases. More specifically, I am interested in the identification of factors that influence the risk of developing arterial hypertension and barriers for hypertension control. Early in my career, I conducted epidemiologic studies that led to the recognition of chronic inflammation as a risk factor for the development of hypertension. I have also conducted studies on the role of genetic polymorphisms of the RAS and found that only the ACE DD genotype seems to be associated to hypertension among Hispanics.

I am currently the leader and PI of the consortium of Latin American Studies of Obesity (LASO), which includes data on more than 30,000 adults from 11 Latin American countries. We have also shown that combination pharmacotherapy (as a polypill) could be highly cost-effective in Latin America if targeted to high risk groups. I was also the principal investigator and secured national funding for INTERHEART, a seminal global study of risk factors for acute myocardial infarction (Circulation. 2007;115: 1067-1074) and developed and validated the first tool to assess nutritional intake in the Colombian population (Public Health Nutrition. 2005; 8: 181–188). I have conducted a cohort study of hypertensive patients (UW-Family Medicine) starting drug treatment and found that patients with symptoms of anxiety or depression are at increased risk of becoming non-adherent to their treatment during the following three months. Also, I have recently completed a pilot study in SHOW and found that high hair cortisol independently increases the risk of hypertension by 100%. In summary, I have a solid record of productive research and teaching and my expertise and experience in cardiovascular epidemiology qualifies me to lead the proposed research on psychosocial stress and risk of cardiometabolic risk factors.

CDE research theme area affiliation

Health and the Life Course

Selected Publications

Tedla, Yacob, and Leonelo Bautista. “Factors Associated with False-Positive Self-Reported Adherence to Antihypertensive Drugs.” Journal of Human Hypertension 31, no. 5 (2017): 320-26. PubMed Central ID 6062205.

Tedla, Yacob, and Leonelo Bautista. “Drug Side Effect Symptoms and Adherence to Antihypertensive Medication.” American Journal of Hypertension 29, no. 6 (2016): 772-79. PubMed Central ID 5863783.

Shin, Jung-Im, Leonelo Bautista, Matthew Walsh, Kristen Malecki, and Javier Nieto. “Food Insecurity and Dyslipidemia in a Representative Population-Based Sample in the Us.” Preventive Medicine 77 (2015): 186-90. PubMed Central ID 4608370.