Hanzhang Xu

Medical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
2200 West Main Street, Suite 600 Room 624, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 613-2196

My research interests center on social determinants of health and disparities in health care and outcomes in community settings and diverse populations. My current program of research falls under two themes: (i) the analysis of health disparities in a multinational context, with a particular focus on the cognitive function among older adults; and (ii) the integration of patient-reported social factors in cardiovascular outcome research.  As an interdisciplinary researcher, I am also interested in using digital technology to promote disease management in patients with cardiovascular disease.

Education and Training

  • Duke University School of Nursing, Ph.D. 2018

Selected Grants and Awards


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    Dupre ME, Xu H, Granger BB, Lynch SM, Nelson A, Churchill E, Willis JM, Curtis LH, Peterson ED. Access to routine care and risks for 30-day readmission in patients with cardiovascular disease. American Heart Journal. 2018 Feb;196:9-17. PubMed Central PMCID: 29421019.

    Xu H, Vorderstrasse AA, McConnell ES, Dupre ME, Østbye T, Wu B. Migration and cognitive function: a conceptual framework for Global Health Research. Global Health Research and Policy. 2018 Jan;3:34-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 30519639. (Review)

    Xu H, Ostbye T, Vorderstrasse AA, Dupre ME, Wu B. Place of Residence and Cognitive Function among the Adult Population in India. Neuroepidemiology. 2018 Jan;50(3-4):119-127. PubMed Central PMCID: 29514168.

    Xu H, Dupre ME, Østbye T, Vorderstrasse AA, Wu B. Residential Mobility and Cognitive Function Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in China. Research on Aging. 2018 Jan:164027518770780-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 29665751.

    Dupre ME, Nelson A, Lynch SM, Granger BB, Xu H, Churchill E, Willis JM, Curtis LH, Peterson ED. Socioeconomic, Psychosocial and Behavioral Characteristics of Patients Hospitalized With Cardiovascular Disease. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. 2017 Dec;354(6):565-572. PubMed Central PMCID: 29208253.

    Dupre ME, Gu D, Xu H, Willis J, Curtis LH, Peterson ED. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Trajectories of Hospitalization in US Men and Women With Heart Failure. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017 Nov 16;6(11). PubMed Central PMCID: 29146613.

    Xu H, Zhang Y, Wu B. Association between migration and cognitive status among middle-aged and older adults: a systematic review. Bmc Geriatrics. 2017 Aug 17;17(1):184-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 28818064. (Review)

    Luo J. The Relationship between Self-Treatment and Outpatient Visits: Findings from a National Survey in China. Journal of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. 2017 Jun 30;3(2).

    Dupre ME, Nelson A, Lynch SM, Granger BB, Xu H, Willis JM, Curtis LH, Peterson ED. Identifying Nonclinical Factors Associated With 30-Day Readmission in Patients with Cardiovascular Disease: Protocol for an Observational Study. Jmir Research Protocols. 2017 Jun 15;6(6):e118-null. PubMed Central PMCID: 28619703.

    Xian Y, Xu H, Xu H, Liang L, Hernandez AF, Wang TY, Peterson ED. An Initial Evaluation of the Impact of Pokémon GO on Physical Activity. Journal of the American Heart Association. 2017 May 16;6(5). PubMed Central PMCID: 28512111.