Iva Miljkovic, MD, PhD, FAHA

Associate Professor, Epidemiology

The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Liaison, Epidemiology


A524 Public Health
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Primary Phone: 967-179-2870

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Personal Statement

Dr. Miljkovic's research focuses on the epidemiology of obesity, ectopic fat deposition, body composition, and associated metabolic disorders. In particular, Dr. Miljkovic studies skeletal muscle, changes in skeletal muscle and whole body composition with aging, their determinants, and associated metabolic disorders, with a special focus on high-risk minority, international, and elderly populations.


2000 / University of Novi Sad, School of Medicine, Novi Sad, Serbia /MD       

2004 / University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA / PhD       

2008 / University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA /  Post-Doctoral Degree


The Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) Director for the Department of Epidemiology

Chronic Disease Epidemiology (EPIDEM 2170)

Selected Grants (Past and Current) Received as Principal Investigator

2021-2025 Activity Levels, Myosteatosis and Insulin Resistance/Diabetes Mellitus "Activity Levels, Myosteatosis and Insulin Resistance/Diabetes Mellitus" (R01 HL152790-01A1), NIH/NHLBI


2018-2022 Research Project Grant "Epidemiology of Obesity, Diabetes, and Hypertension in African Caribbeans" (R01 HL143793), NIH/NHLBI


2013-2018 Research Project Grant “Ectopic adiposity in black men with high type 2 diabetes risk” (R01-DK097084), NIH/NIDDK

2011-2013 Small Grant Application “Association of Type 2 Diabetes with Liver and Muscle Adiposity in Black Men” (R03-DK092348), NIH/NIDDK

2008-2013 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award “Epidemiology and Genetics of Skeletal Muscle Composition” (K01-DK083029), NIH/NIDDK

2006-2008 NRSA Individual Postdoctoral Grant “Genetics of Lipoproteins in Afro-Caribbean Families” (F32-HL083641), NIH/NHLBI

Professional Affiliations

2005-present                 American Diabetes Association
2009-present                 American Heart Association (Epidemiology Council)

2010-present                 Obesity Society



2020 Delta Omega Honor Society Omicron Chapter, Pitt Public Health

2017    Nominee, Craig Award in Teaching, University of Pittsburgh

2015    Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA), Council on Epidemiology and Prevention

2013    American Heart Association’s Award for the top 10 percent of the accepted abstracts at AHA’s Scientific Meetings

2009    Special Commendation for Outstanding Research: The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Annual Scientific Meeting, April 22-25, 2009

2008    Mentored Research Scientist Development Award, NIDDK

2006    Individual Postdoctoral National Research Service Fellowship Award, NIH/NHLBI

2004    Institutional Pre-Doctoral National Research Service Fellowship Award, NIH/NIA

2004    Finalist for the Roger R. Williams Memorial Award for Genetic Epidemiology: American Heart Association’s Councils on Epidemiology & Prevention 2004 Scientific Sessions.


Media Appearances

"The Obesity Puzzle"https://pittsburghquarterly.com/articles/the-obesity-puzzle/- Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine

"People married into long-lived families share lower risk of type 2 diabetes" https://blog.frontiersin.org/2022/04/12/frontiers-clinical-diabetes-healthcare-long-life-family-study-longevity-healthy-aging/



Selected Publications

Tilves T. Kuipers AL. Zmuda JM. Carr JJ, Terry JG, Nair S, Sekikawa A, Bunker CH, Wheeler VW, and Miljkovic I. Associations of Thigh and Abdominal Adipose Tissue Radiodensity with Glucose and Insulin in Non-Diabetic African-Ancestry Men. Obesity. Obesity (Silver Spring)2020 Feb;28(2):404-411.

Zhao Q and Miljkovic I. Weight Loss and Blood Pressure Changes, Roles Played by Genetic Susceptibility and Macronutients. Hypertension. 2019 Dec;74(6):1300-1301.

Ali H, Cvejkus RK, Kershaw EE, Kuipers AL, Oczypok EA, Wheeler VW, Bunker CH, and Miljkovic I. Wnt Pathway Inhibitor DKK1: A Potential Novel Biomarker for Adiposity. . 2019 Jan 3; 3(2):488-495.

Kuipers AL, Zmuda JM, Carr JJ, Terry JG, Nair S, Cvejkus R, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Wassel CL, and  Miljkovic I. Association of Ectopic Fat with Abdominal Aorto-Illiac and Coronary Artery Calcification in African Ancestry Men. Atherosclerosis. 2017 Aug; 263:198-204. 

Zhao Q, Zmuda JM, Kuipers AL, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Youk AO, and Miljkovic I. Muscle Attenuation Is Associated With Newly Developed Hypertension in Men of African Ancestry. Hypertension. 2017 May; 69(5):957-963.

Tilves CM, Zmuda JM, Kuipers AL, Nestlerode CS, Evans RW, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Miljkovic I. Association of Lipopolysaccharide Binding Protein with Aging-Related Adiposity Change and Prediabetes among African Ancestry Men. Diabetes Care. 2016. Mar;39(3):385-91.

Miljkovic I, Kuipers AL, Cvejkus R, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Gordon CL, Zmuda, JM. Myosteatosis increases with aging and is associated with incident diabetes in African ancestry men. Obesity 2016 Feb;24(2):476-82.

Miljkovic I, Kuipers AL, Cauley JA, Prasad T, Lee CG, Ensrud KE, Cawthon PM, Hoffman AR, Dam T, Gordon CL, Zmuda JM. Greater Skeletal Muscle Fat Infiltration is associated with Higher All-Cause and Cardiovascular Mortality in Older Men. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2015 Sep; 70(9):1133-40.

Miljkovic N, Lim JY, Miljkovic I, Frontera WR. Aging of skeletal muscle fibers. Ann Rehabil Med. 2015 Apr; 39(2):155-62.

Miljkovic I, Cauley JA, Wang P, Holton K, Lee CG, Sheu Y, Barrett-Connor E, Hoffman AR, Lewis CB, ES Orwoll ES, ML Stefanick ML, Strotmeyer ES, Marshall LS for the MrOS Research Group. Abdominal Myosteatosis is Independently Associated to Hyperinsulinemia and Insulin Resistance among Older Men. Obesity. 2013. Oct;21(10):2118-25

Miljkovic I, Kuipers AL, Kuller LH, Sheu Y, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Wheeler VW, Evans RW, Zmuda JM. Skeletal Muscle Adiposity is associated with Serum Lipid and Lipoprotein Levels in Afro-Caribbean Men. Obesity. 2013. Sep; 21(9):1900-7.

MiljkovicI, Kuipers AL, Kammerer CM, Wang X, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Wheeler VW, Kuller LH, Evans RW, Zmuda JM. Markers of inflammation are heritable and associated with subcutaneous and skeletal muscle adiposity in African ancestry families.Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2011. 9(4):319-26.

Miljkovic I, Cauley JA, Dressen AS, Gordon CL, Goodpaster BH, Kuller LH,  Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Wheeler VW, Orwoll ES, Zmuda JM. Bioactive Androgens and Glucuronidated Androgen Metabolites are Associated with Skeletal Muscle Fat Infiltration among Older Black Men. Metabolism. 2011. 60(8):1178-85.

Miljkovic I, Bodnar LM, Cauley JA, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Wheeler VW Kuller LH, Zmuda JM. Low Prevalence of Vitamin D Deficiency in Elderly Afro-Caribbean Men. Ethnicity and Disease. Ethn Dis. 2011. 21(1):79-84.

Miljkovic I, Yerges-Armstrong LM, Kuller LH, Kuipers AL, Wang X, Kammerer CM, Nestlerode CS, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Wheeler VW, Evans RW, Zmuda JM. Association analysis of 33 lipoprotein candidate genes in multi-generational families of African ancestry. J Lipid Res. 2010; 51(7):1823-31.

Miljkovic I and Zmuda JM. Epidemiology of Myosteatosis. Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care. 2010; 13(3):260-4.

Miljkovic I, Yerges LM, Hu L, Gordon CL, Goodpaster BH, Kuller LH, Nestlerode CS, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Wheeler VW,  Zmuda JM. Association of the CPT1B Gene with Skeletal Muscle Fat Infiltration in Afro-Caribbean Men. Obesity. 2009; 17(7):1396-401.

Miljkovic-Gacic I, Wang XJ, Kammerer  CM, Gordon CL, Bunker CH, Kuller LH, Patrick AL, Wheeler VW, Evans RW, Zmuda JM. Fat Infiltration in Muscle: New Evidence for Familial Clustering and Associations with Diabetes. Obesity 2008; 16(8): 1854-60.

Miljkovic-Gacic I, Gordon CJ, Goodpaster BH, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Kuller LH, Wheeler VW, Evans RW, Zmuda JM. Adipose tissue infiltration in skeletal muscle: age patterns and association with diabetes among men of African ancestry. Am J Clin Nutr. 2008; 87(6):1590-5.

Miljkovic-Gacic I, Wang XJ, Kammerer  CM, Bunker CH, Patrick AL, Wheeler VW, Kuller LH, Evans RW, Zmuda JM. Gender and Genetic Effects on Upper and Lower Body Fat and Associations with Diabetes inMultigenerational Families of African Heritage. Metabolism 2008; 57(6):819-23.

Miljkovic-Gacic I, Wang XJ, Kammerer CM, Bunker CH, Wheeler VW, Patrick AL, Kuller LH, Zmuda JM. Genetic determination of Adiponectin and its Relationship with Body Fat Topography in Multigenerational Families of African Heritage. Metabolism 2007; 56 (2): 234-238.

Miljkovic-Gacic I, Bunker CH, Ferrell RE, Kammerer CM, Evans RW, Patrick AL, Kuller LH. Lipoprotein Subclass and Particle Size Differences in Afro-Caribbeans, African-Americans and Caucasian-Americans: Associations with Hepatic Lipase Gene Variation. Metabolism 2006; 55 (1): 96-102.

Miljkovic-Gacic I, Ferrell RE, Patrick AL, Kammerer CM, Bunker CH. Estimates of African, European and Native American Ancestry in Afro-Caribbean Men on the Island of Tobago. Human Heredity 2005; 60(3):129-133.

Iva  Miljkovic