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Irene Tami-Maury

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Science, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Irene Tami-Maury, DMD, DrPH, MSc, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Tami-Maury conducts research on four specific areas: 1) tobacco prevention and control in vulnerable populations (e.g., people living with HIV/AIDS, individuals infected with tuberculosis, cancer patients, immigrants, LGBT individuals); 2) non-cigarette tobacco product use; 3) dentistry's role in cancer prevention, specifically tobacco control; and 4) web-based research and e-learning/training.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1155 Pressler Street
Department of Behavioral Science
Unit Number: 1330
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: CPB3.3202
Fax: 713-794-4730
Email: itami@mdanderson,org

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2010 University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, DrPH, Public Health (Epidemiology and International Health)
1999 Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela, Venezuela, MSc, Oral Medicine
1994 Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela, Venezuela, DMD, Dentistry

Postgraduate Training

5/2014 Summer Workshop, Social Media: New Media Training Institute, 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality, Houston, TX
1/2014-2/2014 Conference Workshop, Advancing LGBT Health - Strategies for Achieving Affordable and Effective Health Care, 26th National Conference on LGBT Equality, Houston, TX
6/2013 eHealth Research Institute Workshop, eHealth Research Institute: Organization Development, Rice University, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
6/2013 11th Annual Disparities in Health in America Workshop, 11th Annual Disparities in Health in America Workshop: Celebrating Social Entrepreneurs Working Towards Social Justice, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
6/2013 Summer Workshop, Community-Based Participatory Research Summer Institute, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
7/2012 Summer Workshop, Methods in Community-Based Participatory Research, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI
6/2011-8/2011 Graduate Course, Tools and Methods for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses, University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, TX
2/2011-2016 Latinos contra el Cancer Training Program, Community-Based Participatory Research (Community-Based Participatory Research, The University of Texas School of Public Health & the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
2/2011-3/2011 Tobacco Specialist, ACT Center for Tobacco Treatment, Education and Research, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS
1/2011-3/2013 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Dr. Ellen R. Gritz


Academic Appointments

Instructor, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 3/2013-2/2015
Population Science Fellow, Department of Behavioral Science, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1/2011-2/2013
Program Coordinator, World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on International Nursing, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2/2009-12/2010
Teaching/Research Assistant, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 8/2006-1/2009
Graduate Assistant, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 10/2005-7/2006
Instructor, Department of Clinical Stomatology, School of Dentistry, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, 6/1998-5/2000
Aggregate Professor, Department of Oral Medicine, Oral Surgery and Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, Universidad Santa Maria, Caracas, Venezuela, 8/1997-5/2005


World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization, Washington, DC, 2007-present
V Jornadas Nacionales de Bioseguridad, Panama, 2007

Honors and Awards

2010 Volker International Student Scholarship, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
2005-2007 Fulbright Scholarship, Federal Government, United States of America

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Wilson L, Zarate-Grajales R, Moran L, Warren N, Ventura CA, Tamí-Maury I, Mendes IA. Qualitative description of global health nursing competencies by nursing faculty in Africa and the Americas. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem. In Press.
2. Tamí-Maury I, Lin MT, Lapham HL, Hong JH, Cage C, Shete S, Gritz ER. A pilot study to assess tobacco use among sexual minorities in Houston, Texas. Am J Addict. e-Pub 5/2015. PMID: 26009978.
3. Vidrine DJ, Kypriotakis G, Li L, Arduino RC, Fletcher FE, Tamí-Maury I, Gritz ER. Mediators of a smoking cessation intervention for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Drug Alcohol Depend 147:76-80, 2/2015. e-Pub 12/2014. PMID: 25542824.
4. Tamí-Maury I, Aigner CJ, Hong J, Strom S, Chambers MS, Gritz ER. Perception of tobacco use prevention and cessation among faculty members in Latin American and Caribbean dental schools. J Cancer Educ. e-Pub 1/2014. PMCID: PMC4082477.
5. Ventura CA, Mendes IA, Wilson L, de Godoy S, Tami-Maury I, Zarate-Grajales R, Salas-Segura S. Competencias em saude global na visao de docentes de enfermagem de instituicoes de ensino superior brasileiras [Global Health Competencies according to nursing faculty from Brazilian higher education institutions]. Revista Latino-Americana de Enfermagem 22(2):179-186, 2014. PMCID: PMCPMC4292604.
6. Tami-Maury I, Oliveira A, Foushee R, Kohler C, Michael M. Use of dental services among diabetic in rural Alabama Black Belt. Open Journal of Preventive Medicine 4:129-137, 2014.
7. Tamí-Maury I, Vidrine DJ, Fletcher FE, Danysh H, Arduino R, Gritz ER. Poly-Tobacco Use Among HIV-Positive Smokers: Implications for Smoking Cessation Efforts. Nicotine & Tobacco Research 15(12):2100-2106, 12/2013. PMCID: PMC3819982.
8. Fletcher FE, Vidrine DJ, Tami-Maury I, Danysh HE, King RM, Buchberg M, Arduino RC, Gritz ER. Cervical Cancer Screening Adherence among HIV-Positive Female Smokers from a Comprehensive HIV Clinic. AIDS Behavior. e-Pub 4/2013. PMID: 23605155.
9. Gritz ER, Danysh HE, Fletcher FE, Tami-Maury I, Cororve-Fingeret M, Marks-King R, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. Long-term Outcomes of a Cell Phone-Delivered Intervention for Smokers Living With HIV/AIDS. Clin Infect Dis 57(4):608-615, 2013. PMCID: PMC3719892.
10. Tami-Maury I, Willig J, Jolly P, Vermund S, Aban I, Hill J, Wilson C. Oral Lesions: Poor Markers of Virologic Failure in HIV-Infected Patients on Antiretroviral Therapy. International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN) Infectious Diseases 2013(Article ID 269728), 2013.
11. Wilson L, Harper DC, Tami-Maury I, Zarate R, Salas S, Farley J, Warren N, Mendes I, Ventura C. Global health competencies for nurses in the Americas. J Prof Nurs 28(4):213-222, Jul-Aug, 7/2012. PMID: 22818191.
12. Tamí-Maury I, Coulibaly YI, Cissoko SS, Dao S, Kristensen S. First report of HIV-related oral manifestations in Mali. Pan Afr Med J 11:18, 2012. e-Pub 1/2012. PMCID: PMC3283017.
13. Tamí-Maury I, Willig J, Vermund S, Jolly P, Aban I, Hill J, Wilson CM. Contemporary profile of oral manifestations of HIV/AIDS and associated risk factors in a Southeastern US clinic. J Public Health Dent 71(4):257-264, 2011. e-Pub 5/2011. PMID: 22320283.
14. Tamí-Maury I, Willig JH, Jolly PE, Vermund S, Aban I, Hill J, Wilson C, Kempf MC. Prevalence, Incidence, and Recurrence of Oral Lesions among HIV-infected Patients on ART in Alabama: a two-year longitudinal study. The Southern Medical Journal 104(8):561-566, 2011. PMID: 21886064.
15. Vasquez M, Mesa L, Almandarez O, Santos A, Matute R, Diaz L, Cruz A, Acosta S, Garcia M, Wilson L, Azuero A, Tamí-Maury I, Holcomb L., Saenz K.. Evaluation of a Strengthening Families (Familias Fuertes) Intervention for Parents and Adolescents in Honduras. The Southern Online Journal of Nursing Research (SOJNR) 10(3):1-25, 2010.
16. Tami-Maury I, Aguero M, Estupinan-Day S. Estudio piloto sobre politicas de salud bucal y VIH [Pilot study on oral health policy and HIV]. Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica/Pan American Journal of Public Health 26(6):536-540, 2009. PMID: 201077058.
17. Tami-Maury I. Laser de CO2 en tejidos blandos bucales [CO2 laser on oral soft tissues]. Revista Odontologica Universidad Santa Maria 1(1):12-20, 2005.
18. Tami-Maury I, Martinez L, Laforest S, Lovino M. Tratamiento de leucoplasia vellosa con resina de podofilo al 25% [Oral hairy leucoplakia treatment with 25% podofiline resin]. Rev Cubana Estomatol 42(3), 2005.
19. Tami IC, Tami-Maury I. Identificacion morfologica de Ehrlichia sp. en las plaquetas de pacientes con infeccion por VIH en Venezuela [Morphologic identification of Ehrlichia sp. in the platelets of HIV infected patients in Venezuela]. Revista Panamericana de Salud Publica/Pan American Journal of Public Health 16(5):345-349, 2004. PMID: 15729984.
20. Tami-Maury I, Perrone M, Tami IC, Mata M, Sanchez M. Determinacion de inmunoglobulina A en saliva de un grupo de pacientes VIH positivos en Venezuela (Immunoglobulin A in saliva of HIV positive patients in Venezuela). Revista Farmacia al Dia 13(4), 2002.
21. Tami-Maury I, Lopez T, Moustarih Y, Moretta N, Montilla G, Rivera H. Quiste dentigero: revision bibliografica y presentacion de un caso (Dentigerous cyst: Bibliographic review and clinical case presentation). Revista Acta Odontologica 38(2):61-67, 2000.
22. Tami-Maury I, Tinoco PJ. Carcinoma verrugoso de Ackerman: revision bibliografica y presentacion de un caso (Ackerman Tumor: Bibliographic review and clinic case presentation). Revista Acta Odontologica 36(2):6-10, 1998.
23. Tami-Maury I, Tami I, Portillo M, Sanchez M. La saliva: una alternativa para el diagnostico de la infeccion por virus de Inmunodeficiencia Humana (Saliva: an alternative for HIV infection diagnosis). Revista Acta Odontologica 36(3):68-73, 1998.
24. Kypriotakis G, Gritz ER, Tami-Maury I, Buchberg M, Danysh HE, Aigner C, Arduino RC, Vidrine DJ. A longitudinal mediation model of smoking abstinence in people living with HIV/AIDS. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Submitted.
25. Tamí-Maury I, Aigner C, Rush S, Hong J, Strom S, Prokhorov AV, Gritz ER. A multi-dimensional approach for assessing acculturation and its impact on cigarette smoking among Mexican Americans. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Submitted.
26. Tamí-Maury I, Brown L, Lapham H, Chang S. Community based participatory research through virtual communities. Progress in Community Health Partnerships. Submitted.
27. Tamí-Maury I, Wagh AJ, Abou N, Gritz ER. Dental care in Texas: An opportunity for implementing a comprehensive and patient-centric approach during and after cancer treatment. Texas Dental Journal. Submitted.
28. Tami-Maury I, Chambers M, Gritz ER. Dental education in oncology settings: Teaching oral-self examination and providing smoking cessation counseling to cancer patients. Submitted.
29. Tami-Maury I, Calabro C, Shete S, Prokhorov A. Disparities in tobacco use: The intersection of race, poverty, and place. Submitted.
30. Khalik GE, Mahesh Adavni S, Tami-Maury I, Prokhorov AV. Measuring cancer risk perception among young adults: A perceived temporal susceptibility to cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Submitted.
31. Marcano M, Basch A, Mejia JL, Tami-Maury I. Names for cigars or cigarettes used by the Latino consumer. Tobacco Control. Submitted.
32. Swartz M, Aigner C, Fellman B, Urbauer D, Rush S, Ester C, Ba F, Lipizzi EL, Tami-Maury I. No association between acculturation with breast and cervicalcancer screening practices among Mexican Americans in Houston, TX. Submitted.
33. Tami-Maury U, Lam C, Lin MT, Ma WF, Li CI, Lu IY, Li TC, Liu CS, Lin CC, Chiu CF, Tsai MH, Gritz ER. Perception of impact of betel quid use on dental and oral health in Taiwan. Submitted.
34. Calabro C, Israel C, Tami-Maury I, Prokhorov A. Psychometric testing and calidation of survey designed for assessing perceptions of parents about harms of second-hand smoking. Submitted.
35. Lin CC, Tamí-Maury I, MA WF, Cho L, Tsai MH Lin MT, Li CI, Liu CS, Li TC, Chiu CF, Lu IY, Gritz ER. Social and cultural content of betel quid consumption and its potential health consequences. Health Psychology. Submitted.
36. Gritz ER, Shete S, Talluri, Tami-Maury I. Tobacco use among cancer survivors using the 2013 National health Interview Survey. Submitted.
37. Tami-Maury I, Lin MT, Lapham H, Hong J, Cage C, Shete S, Gritz ER. Tobacco use among sexual minorities in Texas. LGBT Health. Submitted.
38. Tami-Maury I, Gritz ER. Tobacco Use and tuberculosis in high HIV-prevalence states in India. Journal of Infection in Developing Countries. Submitted.


1. Ogundeji O, Tami-Maury I, Saroha E, Warriner A, Bachmann LH, Sturdevant M, Kempf MC. Challenges in Caring for HIV Pregnant Women in the Birmingham Metropolitan Area, 8/2008.
2. Tami-Maury I, Ucar MA, Zamora C, Rangel R, Blanco L, Marin M, Santos J, Marin JO. HIV/AIDS in the Dental Office: A Multi-Focal Problem Between Dental Care Workers and Patients (#CDD0743), 2006.
3. Cuevas M, Tami-Maury I, Perez M, Viamonte M, Gonzales I, Buisse A, Viloria C, Amanau C, Berecivar D. Chewing Xylitol and Sorbitol Gum to Reduce Oral Candiddiasis Risk in Diabetics. Focus on Fungal Infection (#34), 3/2005.
4. Tami-Maury I, Zamora MA. Dental Attention Program for HIV Patients in Venezuela (#F12342), 7/2002.
5. Tami-Maury I. HIV Infection and Visual Oral Self Examination (#F12220), 7/2002.
6. Tami-Maury I, Mata M. Most Common Oral Manifestations of HIV Infection in Venezuela. International Dental Journal 50(6), 2000.
7. Lazarde J, Tami-Maury I. Candida Species and Candida Albacans in Saliva of Erythematous Candidisis. International Dental Journal 49(5), 10/1999.
8. Guevara L, Tami-Maury I. Chlorhexidine: An Alternative Treatment for Denture Stomatitis. International Dental Journal 49(5), 10/1999.
9. Tami-Maury I, Tami I, Perrone M, Mata, M; Wally V, Sanchez M. Immunoglobulin A in Saliva from HIV Infected Patients in Venezuela. International Dental Journal 49(5), 10/1999.
10. Tami-Maury I, Tami I, Portillo M, Sanchez M. Test in Saliva for HIV Infection. International Dental Journal 48(5), 10/1998.
11. Tami-Maury I, Aigner JA, Rush S, Hong J, Strom S, Gritz ER. The association of acculturation with smoking status among Mexican Americans using a multidimensional approach for assessing English and Spanish language. International Journal of Epidemiology. Submitted.

Book Chapters

1. Graham W, Toll B, Tamí-Maury I, Gritz ER. Cancer prevention: Tobacco dependence and its treatment. In: DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg’s Cancer: Principles & Practice of Oncology, 10th. Ed(s) VT DeVita, Jr., TS Lawrence, SA Rosenberg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia. Submitted.

Books (edited and written)

1. Martin KA, Celliti A, Tami-Maury I. Libros y Aprendizaje [Books and Learning]. University of Alabama at Birmingham: Birmingham, AL, 2006.

Last updated: 11/17/2015