Dr. Gabriel S. Tajeu received his Doctorate of Public Health with a concentration in outcomes and econometrics research from the Department of Health Care Organization and Policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Dr. Tajeu then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in hypertension and cardiovascular disease (CVD) epidemiology in the Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology at UAB.

His research focuses on hypertension and CVD outcomes, disparities, costs, quality of care at the population and health systems level. He is also interested in the cost-effectiveness of antihypertensive medication and statins and has conducted research on antihypertensive medication adherence. Dr. Tajeu utilizes secondary datasets including Medicare, American Hospital Association Survey, and Hospital Compare, as well as cohort data from the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke study, the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, and the Jackson Heart Study, in his research. He has also engaged in the collection of primary data on implicit and explicit racial bias among health care workers and participated in the development of an intervention to decrease perceived discrimination and improve patient satisfaction in primary care clinics in Alabama.


  • PhD, Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • MPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • BA, Political Science, Swarthmore College

Curriculum Vitae 

Courses Taught




HPM 8013

Research Methods in Health Policy


Selected Publications

  • Tajeu, G.S., Juarez, L., Williams, J.H., Halanych, J., Stepanikova, I., Agne, A.A., Stone, J., & Cherrington, A.L. (2022). Development of a Multicomponent Intervention to Decrease Racial Bias Among Healthcare Staff. J Gen Intern Med, 37(8), pp. 1970-1979. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07464-x

  • Tajeu, G.S., Johnson, E., Buccilla, M., Gadegbeku, C.A., Janick, S., Rubin, D., Soans, R., Eddy, V.J., & Sarwer, D.B. (2022). Changes in Antihypertensive Medication Following Bariatric Surgery. Obes Surg, 32(4), pp. 1312-1324. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11695-022-05893-5

  • Cavagna, P., Ikama, M.S., Kramoh, K.E., Takombe, J.L., Diop, I.B., Toure, I.A., Balde, D.M., Dzudie, A., Ferreira, B., Houenassi, M.D., Hounkponou, M., Kane, A., Kimbally-Kaki, S.G., Kingue, S., Kouam, C.K., Limbole, E., Kuate, L.M., Mipinda, J.B., N'guetta, R., Nhavoto, C., Damorou, J.M., Ali, A.S., Gaye, B., Tajeu, G.S., Terline, D.M.d.e., Perier, M.C., Azizi, M., Jouven, X., & Antignac, M. (2021). Antihypertensive strategies and hypertension control in Sub-Saharan Africa. Eur J Prev Cardiol, 28(11), pp. e21-e25. England. doi: 10.1177/2047487320937492

  • Kazi, D.S., Wei, P.C., Penko, J., Bellows, B.K., Coxson, P., Bryant, K.B., Fontil, V., Blyler, C.A., Lyles, C., Lynch, K., Ebinger, J., Zhang, Y., Tajeu, G.S., Boylan, R., Pletcher, M.J., Rader, F., Moran, A.E., & Bibbins-Domingo, K. (2021). Scaling Up Pharmacist-Led Blood Pressure Control Programs in Black Barbershops: Projected Population Health Impact and Value. Circulation, 143(24), pp. 2406-2408. United States. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.051782

  • Bryant, K.B., Moran, A.E., Kazi, D.S., Zhang, Y., Penko, J., Ruiz-Negrón, N., Coxson, P., Blyler, C.A., Lynch, K., Cohen, L.P., Tajeu, G.S., Fontil, V., Moy, N.B., Ebinger, J.E., Rader, F., Bibbins-Domingo, K., & Bellows, B.K. (2021). Cost-Effectiveness of Hypertension Treatment by Pharmacists in Black Barbershops. Circulation, 143(24), pp. 2384-2394. United States. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.051683

  • Hardy, S.T., Sakhuja, S., Jaeger, B.C., Oparil, S., Akinyelure, O.P., Spruill, T.M., Kalinowski, J., Butler, M., Anstey, D.E., Elfassy, T., Tajeu, G.S., Allen, N.B., Reges, O., Sims, M., Shimbo, D., & Muntner, P. (2021). Maintaining Normal Blood Pressure Across the Life Course: The JHS. Hypertension, 77(5), pp. 1490-1499. United States. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.16278

  • Sarwer, D.B., Wadden, T.A., Ashare, R.L., Spitzer, J.C., McCuen-Wurst, C., LaGrotte, C., Williams, N.N., Edwards, M., Tewksbury, C., Wu, J., Tajeu, G., & Allison, K.C. (2021). Psychopathology, disordered eating, and impulsivity in patients seeking bariatric surgery. Surg Obes Relat Dis, 17(3), pp. 516-524. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2020.11.005

  • Langford, A.T., Akinyelure, O.P., Moore, T.L., Howard, G., Min, Y., Hillegass, W.B., Bress, A.P., Tajeu, G.S., Butler, M., Jaeger, B.C., Yano, Y., Shimbo, D., Ogedegbe, G., Calhoun, D., Booth, J.N., & Muntner, P. (2020). Underutilization of Treatment for Black Adults With Apparent Treatment-Resistant Hypertension: JHS and the REGARDS Study. Hypertension, 76(5), pp. 1600-1607. United States. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.120.14836

  • Gaye, B., Tajeu, G.S., Vasan, R.S., Lassale, C., Allen, N.B., Singh-Manoux, A., & Jouven, X. (2020). Association of Changes in Cardiovascular Health Metrics and Risk of Subsequent Cardiovascular Disease and Mortality. J Am Heart Assoc, 9(19), p. e017458. England. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.120.017458

  • Tajeu, G.S. & Muntner, P. (2020). Cost-Related Antihypertensive Medication Nonadherence: Action in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond. Am J Hypertens, 33(9), pp. 816-818. United States. doi: 10.1093/ajh/hpaa085

  • Tajeu, G.S., Safford, M.M., Howard, G., Howard, V.J., Chen, L., Long, D.L., Tanner, R.M., & Muntner, P. (2020). Black-White Differences in Cardiovascular Disease Mortality: A Prospective US Study, 2003-2017. Am J Public Health, 110(5), pp. 696-703. United States. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2019.305543

  • Gaye, B., Tajeu, G.S., Offredo, L., Vignac, M., Johnson, S., Thomas, F., & Jouven, X. (2020). Temporal trends of cardiovascular health factors among 366 270 French adults. Eur Heart J Qual Care Clin Outcomes, 6(2), pp. 138-146. England. doi: 10.1093/ehjqcco/qcz038

  • Tajeu, G.S., Kent, S.T., Huang, L., Bress, A.P., Cuffee, Y., Halpern, M.T., Kronish, I.M., Krousel-Wood, M., Mefford, M.T., Shimbo, D., & Muntner, P. (2019). Antihypertensive Medication Nonpersistence and Low Adherence for Adults Hypertension, 74(1), pp. 35-46. United States. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.118.12495

  • Gasoyan, H., Tajeu, G., Halpern, M.T., & Sarwer, D.B. (2019). Reasons for underutilization of bariatric surgery: The role of insurance benefit design. Surg Obes Relat Dis, 15(1), pp. 146-151. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.soard.2018.10.005

  • Krousel-Wood, M., Peacock, E., Joyce, C., Li, S., Frohlich, E., Re, R., Mills, K., Chen, J., Stefanescu, A., Whelton, P., Tajeu, G., Kronish, I., & Muntner, P. (2018). A hybrid 4-item Krousel-Wood Medication Adherence Scale predicts cardiovascular events in older hypertensive adults. J Hypertens. England. doi: 10.1097/HJH.0000000000001955

  • Tajeu, G.S., Halanych, J., Juarez, L., Stone, J., Stepanikova, I., Green, A., & Cherrington, A.L. (2018). Exploring the Association of Healthcare Worker Race and Occupation with Implicit and Explicit Racial Bias. J Natl Med Assoc, 110(5), pp. 464-472. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.jnma.2017.12.001

  • Mefford, M.T., Tajeu, G.S., Tanner, R.M., Colantonio, L.D., Monda, K.L., Dent, R., Farkouh, M.E., Rosenson, R.S., Safford, M.M., & Muntner, P. (2018). Willingness to be Reinitiated on a Statin (from the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Study). Am J Cardiol, 122(5), pp. 768-774. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.amjcard.2018.05.016

  • Tajeu, G., Kent, S.T., Huang, L., Shimbo, D., Krousel-Wood, M., Kronish, I.M., Bress, A.P., Cuffee, Y., Halpern, M.T., & Muntner, P. (2018). Trends in Antihypertensive Medication Nonadherence Among US Adults With Commercial Health Insurance Initiating Treatment Between 2007 and 2014. CIRCULATION, 137. Retrieved from

  • Tajeu, G.S., Booth, J.N., Colantonio, L.D., Gottesman, R.F., Howard, G., Lackland, D.T., O'Brien, E.C., Oparil, S., Ravenell, J., Safford, M.M., Seals, S.R., Shimbo, D., Shea, S., Spruill, T.M., Tanner, R.M., & Muntner, P. (2017). Incident Cardiovascular Disease Among Adults With Blood Pressure Circulation, 136(9), pp. 798-812. United States. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.027362

  • Booth, J.N., Abdalla, M., Tanner, R.M., Diaz, K.M., Bromfield, S.G., Tajeu, G.S., Correa, A., Sims, M., Ogedegbe, G., Bress, A.P., Spruill, T.M., Shimbo, D., & Muntner, P. (2017). Cardiovascular Health and Incident Hypertension in Blacks: JHS (The Jackson Heart Study). Hypertension, 70(2), pp. 285-292. United States. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.117.09278

  • Tajeu, G.S., Mennemeyer, S., Menachemi, N., Weech-Maldonado, R., & Kilgore, M. (2017). Cost-effectiveness of Antihypertensive Medication: Exploring Race and Sex Differences Using Data From the REasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Study. Med Care, 55(6), pp. 552-560. United States. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000719

  • Tajeu, G.S. & Sen, B. (2017). New Pathways From Short Sleep to Obesity? Associations Between Short Sleep and "Secondary" Eating and Drinking Behavior. Am J Health Promot, 31(3), pp. 181-188. United States. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.140509-QUAN-198

  • Tajeu, G.S., Kent, S.T., Kronish, I.M., Huang, L., Krousel-Wood, M., Bress, A.P., Shimbo, D., & Muntner, P. (2016). Trends in Antihypertensive Medication Discontinuation and Low Adherence Among Medicare Beneficiaries Initiating Treatment From 2007 to 2012. Hypertension, 68(3), pp. 565-575. United States. doi: 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.116.07720

  • Kent, S.T., Burkholder, G.A., Tajeu, G.S., Overton, E.T., & Muntner, P. (2015). Mechanisms Influencing Circadian Blood Pressure Patterns Among Individuals with HIV. Curr Hypertens Rep, 17(11), p. 88. United States. doi: 10.1007/s11906-015-0598-1

  • Tajeu, G.S., Cherrington, A.L., Andreae, L., Prince, C., Holt, C.L., & Halanych, J.H. (2015). "We'll Get to You When We Get to You": Exploring Potential Contributions of Health Care Staff Behaviors to Patient Perceptions of Discrimination and Satisfaction. Am J Public Health, 105(10), pp. 2076-2082. United States. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302721

  • MCCormick, L.C., Tajeu, G.S., & Klapow, J. (2015). Mental health consequences of chemical and radiologic emergencies: a systematic review. Emerg Med Clin North Am, 33(1), pp. 197-211. United States. doi: 10.1016/j.emc.2014.09.012

  • Tajeu, G.S., Kazley, A.S., & Menachemi, N. (2015). LOWER SATISFACTION AMONG HOSPITALS THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY TREAT BLACK PATIENTS. J Health Hum Serv Adm, 38(3), pp. 290-316. United States. Retrieved from

  • Tajeu, G.S., Kazley, A.S., & Menachemi, N. (2015). Do hospitals that do the right thing have more satisfied patients? Health Care Manage Rev, 40(4), pp. 348-355. United States. doi: 10.1097/HMR.0000000000000034

  • Tajeu, G.S., Delzell, E., Smith, W., Arora, T., Curtis, J.R., Saag, K.G., Morrisey, M.A., Yun, H., & Kilgore, M.L. (2014). Death, debility, and destitution following hip fracture. J Gerontol a Biol Sci Med Sci, 69(3), pp. 346-353. United States. doi: 10.1093/gerona/glt105

  • Menachemi, N., Tajeu, G., Sen, B., Ferdinand, A.O., Singleton, C., Utley, J., Affuso, O., & Allison, D.B. (2013). Overstatement of results in the nutrition and obesity peer-reviewed literature. Am J Prev Med, 45(5), pp. 615-621. Netherlands. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2013.06.019

  • Locher, J.L., Bonner, J.A., Carroll, W.R., Caudell, J.J., Allison, J.J., Kilgore, M.L., Ritchie, C.S., Tajeu, G.S., Yuan, Y.a., & Roth, D.L. (2013). Patterns of prophylactic gastrostomy tube placement in head and neck cancer patients: a consideration of the significance of social support and practice variation. Laryngoscope, 123(8), pp. 1918-1925. United States. doi: 10.1002/lary.24022

  • Tajeu, G.S., Sen, B., Allison, D.B., & Menachemi, N. (2012). Misuse of odds ratios in obesity literature: an empirical analysis of published studies. Obesity (Silver Spring), 20(8), pp. 1726-1731. United States. doi: 10.1038/oby.2012.71

  • Locher, J.L., Bonner, J.A., Carroll, W.R., Caudell, J.J., Kilgore, M.L., Ritchie, C.S., Roth, D.L., Tajeu, G.S., Yuan, Y.a., & Allison, J.J. (2012). Gastrostomy tube placement and use in patients with head and neck cancer. Head Neck, 34(3), pp. 422-428. United States. doi: 10.1002/hed.21753

  • Locher, J.L., Bonner, J.A., Carroll, W.R., Caudell, J.J., Keith, J.N., Kilgore, M.L., Ritchie, C.S., Roth, D.L., Tajeu, G.S., & Allison, J.J. (2011). Prophylactic percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube placement in treatment of head and neck cancer: a comprehensive review and call for evidence-based medicine. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 35(3), pp. 365-374. United States. doi: 10.1177/0148607110377097

  • Locher, J.L., Robinson, C.O., Bailey, F.A., Carroll, W.R., Heimburger, D.C., Saif, M.W., Tajeu, G., & Ritchie, C.S. (2010). Disruptions in the organization of meal preparation and consumption among older cancer patients and their family caregivers. Psychooncology, 19(9), pp. 967-974. England. doi: 10.1002/pon.1656