Maureen A. Murtaugh, PhD

Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Epidemiology
  • Nutrition
  • Nutrition Surveys
  • Nutrition and Metabolism Statistics
  • Nutritional and Metabolic Diseases


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Internal Medicine - Professor, Nutrition and Integrative Physiology - Adjunct Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences - Adjunct Associate Professor
  • Divisions: Epidemiology
  • Cancer Center Programs: Affiliate, non-programmatically aligned

Academic Office Information

  • 801-585-9216
  • Williams Building
    Division of Epidemiology
    295 Chipeta Way, Room: 1N402
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Academic Bio

Maureen Murtaugh, PhD, RD, is a Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology in the School of Medicine at the University of Utah and an investigator of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

As an Nutrition Epidemiologist, her research interests include diet and dietary patterns as they influence chronic diseases, such as cancer. Dr. Murtaugh received her doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences from The University of Connecticut and received training in epidemiology in the Division of Epidemiology the University of Minnesota. In the past, Dr. Murtaugh served as Director of the Dietetic Internship and Associate Professor at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center · Rush University. This combination of clinical, and research experience is useful in her collaborations with clinicians regarding the relationship of diet to diseases including cancer, systemic sclerosis, kidney and heart disease, and obesity.

Education History

Type School Degree
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Minnesota, Division of Epidemiology
Cardiovascular Epidemiology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Connecticut
Nutritional Sciences
Undergraduate Syracuse University

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Yang D, Baumgartner RN, Slattery ML, Wang C, Giuliano AR, Murtaugh MA, Risendal BC, Byers T, Baumgartner KB (2013). Dietary intake of folate, B-vitamins and methionine and breast cancer risk among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women. PLoS One, 8(2), e54495.
  2. Redwood DG, Lanier AP, Johnston JM, Murphy N, Murtaugh MA (2012). Reproductive cancer risk factors among Alaska Native women: the Alaska Education and Research Towards Health (EARTH) Study. Womens Health Issues, 22(4), e387-93.
  3. Krishnamurthy VM, Wei G, Baird BC, Murtaugh M, Chonchol MB, Raphael KL, Greene T, Beddhu S (2012). High dietary fiber intake is associated with decreased inflammation and all-cause mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease. Kidney Int, 81(3), 300-6.
  4. Murtaugh MA, Filipowicz R, Baird BC, Wei G, Greene T, Beddhu S (2012). Dietary phosphorus intake and mortality in moderate chronic kidney disease: NHANES III. Nephrol Dial Transplant, 27(3), 990-6.
  5. Frech T, Novak K, Revelo MP, Murtaugh M, Markewitz B, Hatton N, Scholand MB, Frech E, Markewitz D, Sawitzke AD (2011). Low-dose naltrexone for pruritus in systemic sclerosis. Int J Rheumatol, 2011, 804296.
  6. Frech TM, Khanna D, Maranian P, Frech EJ, Sawitzke AD, Murtaugh MA (2011). Probiotics for the treatment of systemic sclerosis-associated gastrointestinal bloating/ distention. Clin Exp Rheumatol, 29(2 Suppl 65), S22-5.
  7. Murtaugh MA, Herrick J, Sweeney C, Guiliano A, Baumgartner K, Byers T, Slattery M (2011). Macronutrient composition influence on breast cancer risk in Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women: the 4-Corners Breast Cancer Study. Nutr Cancer, 63(2), 185-95.
  8. Slattery ML, Murtaugh MA, Lanier AP, Ma KN, Ferucci ED, Etzel RA, Edwards S (2009). Family health history and health behaviors in Alaska native and American Indian people. J Health Care Poor Underserved, 20(3), 678-94.
  9. Sweeney C, Baumgartner KB, Byers T, Giuliano AR, Herrick JS, Murtaugh MA, Slattery ML (2008). Reproductive history in relation to breast cancer risk among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women. Cancer Causes Control, 19(4), 391-401.
  10. Murtaugh MA, Herrick JS, Sweeney C, Baumgartner KB, Guiliano AR, Byers T, Slattery ML (2007). Diet composition and risk of overweight and obesity in women living in the southwestern United States. J Am Diet Assoc, 107(8), 1311-21.
  11. Murtaugh MA, Ma KN, Caan BJ, Sweeney C, Wolff R, Samowitz WS, Potter JD, Slattery ML (2005). Interactions of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor {gamma} and diet in etiology of colorectal cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 14(5), 1224-9.


  1. Frech T, Gordon L, Chung L, Bolster M, Segal B, Impens A, Goldberg A, Hsu V, Derk CT, Khanna D, Hinchcliff M, Murtaugh MA, Steen V (2012). Vasodilatory therapeutics in the Pulmonary Hypertension Assessment and Recognition of Outcomes in Scleroderma (PHAROS) Cohort. [Review]. Rheumatology, S1, 007.


  1. Jacobs DR Jr, Murtaugh MA (2000). It's more than an apple a day: an appropriately processed, plant-centered dietary pattern may be good for your health. Am J Clin Nutr, 72(4), 899-900.


  1. Murtaugh MA, Frech TM (November 2011). Nutrition in Systemic Sclerosis [Abstract]. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 63.
  2. Murtaugh MA, Herrick JS, Sweeney C, Baumgartner KB, Guiliano AR, Byers T, Slattery ML (2007). Diet composition and breast cancer risk in Hispanic and WNH women from the Four Corners States [Abstract]. American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting: Proceedings.