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Rena Moon

M.D., M.P.H.
Research Scientist

Dr. Rena Moon is a Research Scientist for Premier Applied Sciences®. With more than nine years of academic surgical research experience with an interest in evidence-based research and statistical programming. Her extensive list of peer-reviewed publications and national and international presentations include short- and long-term surgical outcomes related to bariatric procedures and childhood and adult obesity. Prior to joining Premier, Dr. Moon was a Research Scientist at Orlando Health where she led all research projects at the Department of Bariatric Surgery. She designed retrospective and prospective studies; wrote statistical analysis plans, manuscripts, abstracts, and oral and poster presentations; performed data management and analysis as well as secondary data analysis using national databases; and mentored undergraduates, medical students and surgical residents. Dr. Moon served as lead investigator for many single- and multi-center studies. She also conducted a post-hoc analysis of the Look AHEAD (Action for Health in Diabetes) randomized clinical trial, which resulted in the publication of whether exposures to obesogenic medication were associated with weight loss outcomes in overweight individuals with type 2 diabetes. Dr. Moon earned her MD from Korea University School of Medicine and her MPH in Applied Epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health where she was elected as a member of Phi chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health. She also is a Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 and uses both SAS and R for statistical analyses.

Featured Publications

Moon R. (2020). The Associations between Childhood Obesity, Academic Performance, and Perception of Teachers: From Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Childhood obesity (Print), 10.1089/chi.2019.0330. doi: 10.1089/chi.2019.0330. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32640890.

Moon R. (2020). Late Adiposity Rebound and the Probability of Developing and Reversing Childhood Obesity. Journal of Pediatrics, 216:128-135.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2019.09.065. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31676030.

Moon R., et al. (2019). Preoperative Transversus Abdominis Plane (TAP) Block with Liposomal Bupivacaine for Bariatric Patients to Reduce the Use of Opioid Analgesics. Obesity Surgery, 29(4):1099-1104. doi:10.1007/s11695-018-03668-5. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30661208.


Education

  • M.D., Korea University School of Medicine
  • M.P.H., Applied Epidemiology, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health
  • B.A., Harvard College

Certifications

Certified Base Programmer - SAS 9
SAS Institute Inc.

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