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Christopher Sciamanna

TitleProfessor
InstitutionCollege of Medicine
DepartmentMedicine
Address500 University Drive Hershey PA 17033
Phone7175318161

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TITLE:

Chris N. Sciamanna, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine

EDUCATION:

Fellowship, General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine (1998)
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health (1996)
Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine (1995)
M.D., Jefferson Medical College (1992)

NARRATIVE:
The main focus of my research is to improve the management of overweight and obesity in primary care. My team has three lines of work to advance this aim: 1) Developing and testing web-based weight control programs that can be integrated into primary care, 2) Identifying the best practices of providers for motivating and assisting their patients to control their weight and 3) Creating weight control programs that can are free to end users and that be disseminated within primary care settings.


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  1. Thiboutot J, Sciamanna CN, Falkner B, Kephart DK, Stuckey HL, Adelman AM, Curry WJ, Lehman EB. Effects of a web-based patient activation intervention to overcome clinical inertia on blood pressure control: cluster randomized controlled trial. J Med Internet Res. 2013; 15(9):e158.
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  2. Rovniak LS, Sallis JF, Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Kiser EJ, Ray CA, Chinchilli VM, Ding D, Matthews SA, Bopp M, George DR, Hovell MF. Engineering online and in-person social networks to sustain physical activity: application of a conceptual model. BMC Public Health. 2013; 13:753.
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  3. Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Stuckey HL, Chuang CH, Lehman EB, Hwang KO, Sherwood LL, Nembhard HB. A silent response to the obesity epidemic: decline in US physician weight counseling. Med Care. 2013 Feb; 51(2):186-92.
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  4. Hwang KO, Ning J, Trickey AW, Sciamanna CN. Website usage and weight loss in a free commercial online weight loss program: retrospective cohort study. J Med Internet Res. 2013; 15(1):e11.
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  5. Wieland LS, Falzon L, Sciamanna CN, Trudeau KJ, Brodney S, Schwartz JE, Davidson KW. Interactive computer-based interventions for weight loss or weight maintenance in overweight or obese people. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012; 8:CD007675.
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  6. Kraschnewski JL, Sciamanna CN, Pollak KI, Stuckey HL, Sherwood NE. The epidemiology of weight counseling for adults in the United States: a case of positive deviance. Int J Obes (Lond). 2013 May; 37(5):751-3.
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  7. Hwang KO, Stuckey HL, Chen MC, Kraschnewski JL, Forjuoh SN, Poger JM, McTigue KM, Sciamanna CN. Primary care providers' perspectives on online weight-loss programs: a big wish list. J Med Internet Res. 2012; 14(1):e16.
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  8. Kraschnewski JL, Stuckey HL, Rovniak LS, Lehman EB, Reddy M, Poger JM, Kephart DK, Coups EJ, Sciamanna CN. Efficacy of a weight-loss website based on positive deviance. A randomized trial. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Dec; 41(6):610-4.
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  9. Swan BA, Becker J, Brawer R, Sciamanna CN. Factors influencing the implementation of a point-of-care screening tool for delirium. Medsurg Nurs. 2011 Nov-Dec; 20(6):318-22.
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  10. Sciamanna CN, Kiernan M, Rolls BJ, Boan J, Stuckey H, Kephart D, Miller CK, Jensen G, Hartmann TJ, Loken E, Hwang KO, Williams RJ, Clark MA, Schubart JR, Nezu AM, Lehman E, Dellasega C. Practices associated with weight loss versus weight-loss maintenance results of a national survey. Am J Prev Med. 2011 Aug; 41(2):159-66.
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  11. Beck MJ, Haidet P, Todoric K, Lehman E, Sciamanna C. Reliability of a point-based VTE risk assessment tool in the hands of medical residents. J Hosp Med. 2011 Apr; 6(4):195-201.
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  12. Schubart JR, Stuckey HL, Ganeshamoorthy A, Sciamanna CN. Chronic health conditions and internet behavioral interventions: a review of factors to enhance user engagement. Comput Inform Nurs. 2011 Feb; 29(2):81-92.
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  13. Schubart JR, Stuckey HL, Ganeshamoorthy A, Sciamanna CN. Chronic health conditions and internet behavioral interventions: a review of factors to enhance user engagement. Comput Inform Nurs. 2011 Feb; 29(2 Suppl):TC9-20.
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  14. Stuckey HL, Boan J, Kraschnewski JL, Miller-Day M, Lehman EB, Sciamanna CN. Using positive deviance for determining successful weight-control practices. Qual Health Res. 2011 Apr; 21(4):563-79.
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  15. Thiboutot J, Stuckey H, Binette A, Kephart D, Curry W, Falkner B, Sciamanna C. A web-based patient activation intervention to improve hypertension care: study design and baseline characteristics in the web hypertension study. Contemp Clin Trials. 2010 Nov; 31(6):634-46.
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  16. Napolitano MA, Borradaile KE, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Longval JL, Parisi AF, Albrecht AE, Sciamanna CN, Jakicic JM, Papandonatos GD, Marcus BH. Accelerometer use in a physical activity intervention trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2010 Nov; 31(6):514-23.
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  17. Carroll JK, Lewis BA, Marcus BH, Lehman EB, Shaffer ML, Sciamanna CN. Computerized tailored physical activity reports. A randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med. 2010 Aug; 39(2):148-56.
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  18. Kraschnewski JL, Boan J, Esposito J, Sherwood NE, Lehman EB, Kephart DK, Sciamanna CN. Long-term weight loss maintenance in the United States. Int J Obes (Lond). 2010 Nov; 34(11):1644-54.
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  19. Jones L, Sciamanna C, Lehman E. Are those who use specific complementary and alternative medicine therapies less likely to be immunized? Prev Med. 2010 Mar; 50(3):148-54.
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  20. Adams SY, Crawford AG, Rimal RN, Lee JS, Janneck LM, Sciamanna CN. The effects of a computer-tailored message on secondary prevention in type 2 diabetes: a randomized trial. Popul Health Manag. 2009 Aug; 12(4):197-204.
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  21. Politi MC, Clark MA, Armstrong G, McGarry KA, Sciamanna CN. Patient-provider communication about sexual health among unmarried middle-aged and older women. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Apr; 24(4):511-6.
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  22. Marcus BH, Ciccolo JT, Sciamanna CN. Using electronic/computer interventions to promote physical activity. Br J Sports Med. 2009 Feb; 43(2):102-5.
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  23. Weston CM, Sciamanna CN, Nash DB. Evaluating online continuing medical education seminars: evidence for improving clinical practices. Am J Med Qual. 2008 Nov-Dec; 23(6):475-83.
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  24. Politi MC, Clark MA, Rogers ML, McGarry K, Sciamanna CN. Patient-provider communication and cancer screening among unmarried women. Patient Educ Couns. 2008 Nov; 73(2):251-5.
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  25. Lewis B, Williams D, Dunsiger S, Sciamanna C, Whiteley J, Napolitano M, Bock B, Jakicic J, Getz M, Marcus B. User attitudes towards physical activity websites in a randomized controlled trial. Prev Med. 2008 Nov; 47(5):508-13.
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  26. Carroll JK, Fiscella K, Meldrum SC, Williams GC, Sciamanna CN, Jean-Pierre P, Morrow GR, Epstein RM. Clinician-patient communication about physical activity in an underserved population. J Am Board Fam Med. 2008 Mar-Apr; 21(2):118-27.
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  27. Whiteley JA, Napolitano MA, Lewis BA, Williams DM, Albrecht A, Neighbors CJ, Sciamanna CN, Marcus BH. Commit to Quit in the YMCAs: translating an evidence-based quit smoking program for women into a community setting. Nicotine Tob Res. 2007 Nov; 9(11):1227-35.
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  28. Marcus BH, Napolitano MA, King AC, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Albrecht A, Parisi A, Bock B, Pinto B, Sciamanna C, Jakicic J, Papandonatos GD. Telephone versus print delivery of an individualized motivationally tailored physical activity intervention: Project STRIDE. Health Psychol. 2007 Jul; 26(4):401-9.
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  29. Neighbors CJ, Rogers ML, Shenassa ED, Sciamanna CN, Clark MA, Novak SP. Ethnic/racial disparities in hospital procedure volume for lung resection for lung cancer. Med Care. 2007 Jul; 45(7):655-63.
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  30. Marcus BH, Lewis BA, Williams DM, Dunsiger S, Jakicic JM, Whiteley JA, Albrecht AE, Napolitano MA, Bock BC, Tate DF, Sciamanna CN, Parisi AF. A comparison of Internet and print-based physical activity interventions. Arch Intern Med. 2007 May 14; 167(9):944-9.
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  31. Sciamanna CN, Rogers ML, Shenassa ED, Houston TK. Patient access to U.S. physicians who conduct internet or e-mail consults. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Mar; 22(3):378-81.
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  32. Hartmann CW, Sciamanna CN, Blanch DC, Mui S, Lawless H, Manocchia M, Rosen RK, Pietropaoli A. A website to improve asthma care by suggesting patient questions for physicians: qualitative analysis of user experiences. J Med Internet Res. 2007; 9(1):e3.
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  33. Sciamanna CN, Alvarez K, Miller J, Gary T, Bowen M. Attitudes toward nurse practitioner-led chronic disease management to improve outpatient quality of care. Am J Med Qual. 2006 Nov-Dec; 21(6):375-81.
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  34. Napolitano MA, Whiteley JA, Papandonatos G, Dutton G, Farrell NC, Albrecht A, Bock B, Bazzarre T, Sciamanna C, Dunn AL, Marcus BH. Outcomes from the women's wellness project: a community-focused physical activity trial for women. Prev Med. 2006 Dec; 43(6):447-53.
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  35. Marcus BH, Napolitano MA, King AC, Lewis BA, Whiteley JA, Albrecht AE, Parisi AF, Bock BC, Pinto BM, Sciamanna CA, Jakicic JM, Papandonatos GD. Examination of print and telephone channels for physical activity promotion: Rationale, design, and baseline data from Project STRIDE. Contemp Clin Trials. 2007 Jan; 28(1):90-104.
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  36. Sciamanna CN, Nicholson RA, Lofland JH, Manocchia M, Mui S, Hartman CW. Effects of a Website designed to improve the management of migraines. Headache. 2006 Jan; 46(1):92-100.
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  37. Alvarez K, Sciamanna CN. Empowering patients to improve safety. Am J Med Qual. 2006 Jan-Feb; 21(1):5-6.
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  38. Pinto BM, Goldstein MG, Ashba J, Sciamanna CN, Jette A. Randomized controlled trial of physical activity counseling for older primary care patients. Am J Prev Med. 2005 Nov; 29(4):247-55.
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  39. Roumm AR, Sciamanna CN, Nash DB. Health care provider use of private sector internal error-reporting systems. Am J Med Qual. 2005 Nov-Dec; 20(6):304-12.
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  40. Diaz JA, Sciamanna CN, Evangelou E, Stamp MJ, Ferguson T. Brief report: What types of Internet guidance do patients want from their physicians? J Gen Intern Med. 2005 Aug; 20(8):683-5.
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  41. Sciamanna CN, Harrold LR, Manocchia M, Walker NJ, Mui S. The effect of web-based, personalized, osteoarthritis quality improvement feedback on patient satisfaction with osteoarthritis care. Am J Med Qual. 2005 May-Jun; 20(3):127-37.
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  42. Sciamanna CN, Novak SP, Marcus BH. Effects of using a computer in a doctor's office on patient attitudes toward using computerized prompts in routine care. Int J Med Inform. 2005 Jun; 74(5):357-65.
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  43. Robbins JM, Webb DA, Sciamanna CN. Cardiovascular comorbidities among public health clinic patients with diabetes: the Urban Diabetics Study. BMC Public Health. 2005 Feb 8; 5:15.
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  44. Sciamanna CN. Will high-quality care be the norm by the time I need it? Am J Med Qual. 2005 Jan-Feb; 20(1):5-6.
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  45. Sciamanna CN, Goldstein MG, Marcus BH, Lawrence K, Pinto BM. Accuracy of recall of exercise counseling among primary care patients. Prev Med. 2004 Dec; 39(6):1063-7.
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  46. Gramling R, Irvin JE, Nash J, Sciamanna C, Culpepper L. Numeracy and medicine: key family physician attitudes about communicating probability with patients. J Am Board Fam Pract. 2004 Nov-Dec; 17(6):473.
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  47. Babor TF, Sciamanna CN, Pronk NP. Assessing multiple risk behaviors in primary care. Screening issues and related concepts. Am J Prev Med. 2004 Aug; 27(2 Suppl):42-53.
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  48. Sciamanna CN, Novak SP, Houston TK, Gramling R, Marcus BH. Visit satisfaction and tailored health behavior communications in primary care. Am J Prev Med. 2004 Jun; 26(5):426-30.
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  49. Sciamanna CN, Gifford DR, Smith RJ. Design and acceptability of patient-oriented computerized diabetes care reminders for use at the point of care. Med Inform Internet Med. 2004 Jun; 29(2):157-68.
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  50. Bock B, Graham A, Sciamanna C, Krishnamoorthy J, Whiteley J, Carmona-Barros R, Niaura R, Abrams D. Smoking cessation treatment on the Internet: content, quality, and usability. Nicotine Tob Res. 2004 Apr; 6(2):207-19.
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  51. Sciamanna CN, Marcus BH, Goldstein MG, Lawrence K, Swartz S, Bock B, Graham AL, Ahern DK. Feasibility of incorporating computer-tailored health behaviour communications in primary care settings. Inform Prim Care. 2004; 12(1):40-8.
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  52. Sciamanna CN, Clark MA, Diaz JA, Newton S. Filling the gaps in physician communication. The role of the Internet among primary care patients. Int J Med Inform. 2003 Dec; 72(1-3):1-8.
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  53. Flynn M, Sciamanna C, Vigilante K. Inadequate physician knowledge of the effects of diet on blood lipids and lipoproteins. Nutr J. 2003 Dec 1; 2:19.
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  54. Fagan MJ, Diaz JA, Reinert SE, Sciamanna CN, Fagan DM. Impact of interpretation method on clinic visit length. J Gen Intern Med. 2003 Aug; 18(8):634-8.
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  55. Sciamanna CN, Clark MA. Effects of a fingerprint reader on survey responses of primary care patients. J Health Psychol. 2003 Jan; 8(1):187-92.
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  56. Napolitano MA, Fotheringham M, Tate D, Sciamanna C, Leslie E, Owen N, Bauman A, Marcus B. Evaluation of an internet-based physical activity intervention: a preliminary investigation. Ann Behav Med. 2003; 25(2):92-9.
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  57. Sciamanna CN, Lewis B, Tate D, Napolitano MA, Fotheringham M, Marcus BH. User attitudes toward a physical activity promotion website. Prev Med. 2002 Dec; 35(6):612-5.
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  58. DePue JD, Goldstein MG, Schilling A, Reiss P, Papandonatos G, Sciamanna C, Kazura A. Dissemination of the AHCPR clinical practice guideline in community health centres. Tob Control. 2002 Dec; 11(4):329-35.
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  59. Sciamanna CN, Clark MA, Houston TK, Diaz JA. Unmet needs of primary care patients in using the Internet for health-related activities. J Med Internet Res. 2002 Dec; 4(3):E19.
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  60. Sciamanna CN, DePue JD, Goldstein MG, Park ER, Gans KM, Monroe AD, Reiss PT. Nutrition counseling in the promoting cancer prevention in primary care study. Prev Med. 2002 Nov; 35(5):437-46.
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  61. Sciamanna CN, Diaz J, Myne P. Patient attitudes toward using computers to improve health services delivery. BMC Health Serv Res. 2002 Sep 11; 2(1):19.
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  62. Sciamanna CN, Zampi A, Weinstock MA. Comparison of sun protection behaviors among physicians and patients. Am J Health Promot. 2002 Jul-Aug; 16(6):319-22, ii.
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  63. Sciamanna C, Gans KM, Goldstein MG. Physician-delivered nutrition counseling: why and how? Med Health R I. 2000 Nov; 83(11):351-5.
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  64. Sciamanna CN, Tate DF, Lang W, Wing RR. Who reports receiving advice to lose weight? Results from a multistate survey. Arch Intern Med. 2000 Aug 14-28; 160(15):2334-9.
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  65. Sciamanna CN, Stillman FA, Hoch JS, Butler JH, Gass KG, Ford DE. Opportunities for improving inpatient smoking cessation programs: a community hospital experience. Prev Med. 2000 Jun; 30(6):496-503.
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  66. Sciamanna CN, Hoch JS, Duke GC, Fogle MN, Ford DE. Comparison of five measures of motivation to quit smoking among a sample of hospitalized smokers. J Gen Intern Med. 2000 Jan; 15(1):16-23.
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  67. Sciamanna CN, Ford DE, Flynn JA, Langford C. An evidence-based interactive computer program to assist physicians in counseling smokers to quit. MD Comput. 1999 Sep-Oct; 16(5):54-60.
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  68. Ford DE, Sciamanna C. Nutritional counseling in community office practices. Arch Intern Med. 1997 Feb 10; 157(3):361-2.
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