Monica Ospina-Romero

Credentials: MD MAS, Chief Resident

Position title: Resident (PGY-3)


Phone: (608) 262-7158


Monica completed her medical training in Colombia. She subsequently pursued a Master’s degree in clinical research at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), followed by a postdoctoral scholarship with the UCSF Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Research interests include examining the trajectory of cognitive function change in older adults pre and post cancer diagnosis. She has worked with the SF BUILD program mentoring undergrad students from minority groups at San Francisco State University. Interests swimming, dancing, hiking, and biking.


Universidad del Valle Escuela de Medicina, Cali-Colombia
Masters in Clinical Research-University of California San Francisco

  • Hayes-Larson E, Ackley SF, Zimmerman SC, Ospina-Romero M, Glymour MM, Graff RE, Witte JS, Kobayashi LC, Mayeda ER. The competing risk of death and selective survival cannot fully explain the inverse cancer-dementia association. Alzheimers & Dementia. 2020 (In press)
  • Ospina-Romero M, Brenowitz WD, Glymour MM, Mayeda ER, Graff RE, Witte JS, Ackley S, Lu KP, Kobayashi LC. The association between cancer and spousal rate of memory decline: a negative control study to evaluate (unmeasured) social confounding of the cancer-memory relationship. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2020 Jun 19. doi: 10.1097/WAD.0000000000000398.
  • Ospina-Romero M, Abdiwahab E, Kobayashi L, Filshtein T, Mayeda ER, Glymour MM. Rate of memory change before and after cancer diagnosis. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 June 5; 2 (6): e196160.
  • Ospina-Romero M, Cannegieter SC, den Heijer M, Doggen CJM, Rosendaal FR, Lijferin WM. Hyperhomocysteinemia and risk of first venous thrombosis: The influence of (unmeasured) confounding factors. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 July;187(7): 1392-1400.
  • Ospina-Romero M, Portilla CA, Bravo LE, Ramirez O. Caregivers’ self-reported absence of social support networks is related to treatment abandonment in children with cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2016 May;63(5):825-31