Dr. Faina Linkov is an Associate Professor of Ob/Gyn and Epidemiology in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences, Magee-Womens Research Institute. She is also affiliated with the Biobehavioral Oncology Program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and holds a secondary appointment as an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Linkov also has a secondary appointment in the Department of Biomedical Informatics where she collaborates with the Text Information Extraction System (TIES) project.
Dr. Linkov received her BS (magna cum laude), MPH, and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. She also completed her post-doctoral training at Pitt in the School of Rehabilitation Science.
Dr. Linkov's primary area of interest is gynecologic malignancies. Concentrating on obesity and weight loss studies, current research focuses on the use of biological tumor markers to monitor interventions intended to reduce the risk of cancer. The overarching idea of this research is that endometrial cancer, as well as some other malignancies that are sensitive to obesity, can potentially be prevented with weight loss. She is also interested in studies of healthcare efficiency in the fields of general gynecology and gynecologic oncology and in treatment pathways.
Dr. Linkov has participated in multiple studies on the use of biologic markers for the early detection of malignancies, as well as in a large project investigating temporal reliability of biologic markers in healthy people. She conducted a study investigating biomarker levels in healthy people involved in different types of exercise activities. She is also interested in evaluating adipose tissues of obese endometrial cancer patients.
Dr. Linkov’s current specific research interests include:
Mechanisms involved in endometrial cancer development
Adipose derived stem cells and endometrial cancer
Prevention of endometrial cancer through weight loss
Gynecologic tumor microenvironment
Inflammatory changes in malignant and premalignant states
Patient-centered outcomes research in the area of gynecologic malignancies
Global variation in cancer epidemiology
Dr. Linkov is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and Delta Omega, Public Health Honor Society. In 2012, she received the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Scholar Award for meritorious biobehavioral research. She is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Central Asian Journal of Global Health, Associate Editor of Cancer Causes and Control, and serves on the editorial board of the Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases (SOARD), the official journal of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).
View a list of Dr. Linkov’s publications here.