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Sean C. Lucan, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Sean C. Lucan

Professional Interests

Sean C. Lucan, MD, MPH, MS - Dr. Lucan completed his MD and MPH degrees at Yale before entering residency in Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN).  He stayed at PENN to complete a research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program, where he earned an MS in Health Policy Research.  Dr. Lucan’s research foucses on how different aspects of urban food environments may influence dietary behaviors, and risks for obesity and chronic disease, particularly for low-income and minority communities.  Dr. Lucan is a recipient of NIH Loan Repayment for Health Disparities Research.  His current work involves measuring, modeling, and mapping neighborhood food environments in the Bronx.  He is a practicing family physician through Montefiore.


Research Interests - Nutrition, Obesity, Diet-related diseases, Food Environments, Food Deserts, Dietary disparities, Mapping, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Multi-level modeling, Farmers' Markets, Street vendors, Mobile food vendors, Non-intuitive food sources, Grocery quality, Supermarket accessibility, Produce availability, Fruit-and-vegetable consumption, Fast-food consumption, Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, Calories, Snacking, Sugars, Sugar-sweetened beverages, Fructose, Red Meat, Total Fat, Saturated fat, Sodium, Cholesterol ... and debunking nutritional myths and unsubstantiated dietary dogma.


Selected Publications


Lucan SC, Barg FK, Long JA. Promoters and barriers to fruit, vegetable, and fast-food consumption among urban, low-income African Americans--a qualitative approach. Am J Public Health. Apr 2010;100(4):631-635,  PMID 20167885

Lucan SC, Karpyn A, Sherman S. Storing empty calories and chronic disease risk: snack-food products, nutritive content, and manufacturers in Philadelphia corner stores. J Urban Health. May 2010;87(3):394-409, PMCID: 2871092

Lucan SC, Maroko A, Shanker R, Jordan WB. Green Carts (Mobile Produce Vendors) in the Bronx-Optimally Positioned to Meet Neighborhood Fruit-and-Vegetable Needs? J Urban Health. Oct 2011;88(5):977-981,  PMID 21691925

Lucan SC, Mitra N. Perceptions of the food environment are associated with fast-food (not fruit-and-vegetable) consumption: findings from multi-level models. Int J Public Health. Jul 20 2011,  PMID 21773839

Lucan SC, Barg FK, Karasz A, Palmer C, Long J. Lucan SC, Barg FK, Karasz A, Palmer CS, Long JA. Concepts of Healthy Diet Among Urban, Low-Income, African Americans. J Community Health. Nov 19 2011,  PMID 22101636

Lucan SC, Mitra N. The food environment and dietary intake: demonstrating a method for GIS-mapping and policy-relevant research. Journal of Public Health 2011 (DOI: 10.1007/s10389-011-0470-y)

Lucan SC, Barg FK, Karasz A, Palmer C, Long J. Perceived influences on diet among urban, low-income, African Americans. Am J Health Behav. Sep 2012;36(5):700-710,  PMID 22584097

Lucan SC, Varona M, Maroko AR, Bumol J, Torrens L, Wylie-Rosett J. Assessing mobile food vendors (a.k.a. street food vendors)-methods, challenges, and lessons learned for future food-environment research. Public Health. Jul 25 2013,  PMID 23891280

Lucan SC, Maroko AR, Bumol J, Torrens L, Varona M, Berke EM. Business List vs Ground Observation for Measuring a Food Environment: Saving Time or Waste of Time (or Worse)? Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Jul 16 2013,  PMID 23871107

O'Keefe JH, Bhatti SK, Patil HR, Dinicolantonio JJ, Lucan SC, Lavie CJ. Effects of Habitual Coffee Consumption on Cardiometabolic Disease, Cardiovascular Health, and All-cause Mortality. J Am Coll Cardiol. Jul 3 2013,  PMID 23871889

Dinicolantonio JJ, Niazi AK, Sadaf R, JH OK, Lucan SC, Lavie CJ. Dietary sodium restriction: take it with a grain of salt. The American Journal of Medicine 2013;126:951-5. PMID 24054177

Lucan SC, Maroko AR, Bumol J, Varona M, Torrens L, Schechter CB. Mobile food vendors in urban neighborhoods-Implications for diet and diet-related health by weather and season. Health Place. Mar 11 2014;27C:171-175,  PMID 24631725

Lucan SC, Hillier A, Schechter CB, Glanz K. Objective and self-reported factors associated with food-environment perceptions and fruit-and-vegetable consumption: a multilevel analysis. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014;11,  PMID 24674635



Katz DL, Elmore JG, Wild DMG, Lucan SC. Epidemiology, biostatistics, preventive medicine, and public health. Philadelphia, PA, Saunders/Elsevier. 4th edition.  Publication Date: February 25, 2013 | ISBN-10: 1455706582 | ISBN-13: 978-1455706587

Katz DL with Friedman R and Lucan SC. Nutrition in Clinical Practice: A Comprehensive, Evidence-Based Manual for the Practitioner, 3rd Edition. Philadelphia, PA. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (In Press)



Lucan SC. Coronary artery disease prevention: as easy as 1, 2, 3? Am Fam Physician. Nov 15 2010;82(10):1167,  PMID 21121526

Lucan SC. Patients eat food, not food categories or constituents. Am Fam Physician. Jan 15 2011;83(2):107-108, PMID 21243984

Lucan SC. Which "placebo effect"? (and why it matters). Fam Med. Feb 2011;43(2):125,  PMID 21305431

Lucan SC. Lower CVD mortality and alcohol: Is it what’s in the drinks? Or something else? BMJ, May 28, 2011 (

Lucan SC. Fruit-and-vegetable consumption may not be “inadequate”. Am J Pub Health, Aug 16, 2012, PMID 22897535

Lucan SC. That it’s red? Or what it’s fed/how it’s bred? The risk of meat, Am J Clin Nutr. 2012 Aug;96(2):446, PMID 22821371

Lucan SC, Gustafson A, Jilcott Pitts SB. The concept of "rural food deserts" is still meaningful. Child Obes. Oct 2012;8(5):484-485; author reply 486-487,  PMID 23061503

Lucan SC. Egg on their faces (probably not in their necks); The yolk of the tenuous cholesterol-to-plaque conclusion. Atherosclerosis. Nov 12 2012,  PMID 23182841

Lucan SC. Attempting to reduce sodium intake might do harm and distract from a greater enemy. Am J Public Health. Feb 2013;103(2):e3,  PMID 23237159

Lucan SC, Chambers EC. Better measurement needed to move food-environment research forward. Obesity (Silver Spring). Jan 2013;21(1):2-3,  PMID 23401317

Lesser LI, Lucan SC. The ethics of hospital cafeteria food. The virtual mentor : VM. 2013;15(4):299-305,  PMID 23566778 




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