Carla J. Herman, MD, MPH - Geriatrics

Dr. Carla Herman reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Herman is an internist who is board-certified in geriatric medicine. She is a Professor of Medicine in both the Divisions of Geriatrics and Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. She has been at UNM since 1994.

Dr. Herman graduated with both an MPH and MD degree from the University of Minnesota. She went on to obtain her Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Minnesota and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where she also completed her fellowship in Geriatrics.

Dr. Herman is an accomplished author, reviewer, and speaker. She has written several abstracts and numerous articles for a variety of peer-reviewed journals.

Board Certifications

American Board of Internal Medicine—1989
Subspecialty, Added Qualifications Certification in Geriatric Medicine—1992, 2002
Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners—1986

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Bone Mineral Density


MD: University of Minnesota, 1985
Internship: Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota Hospitals
Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota Hospitals
Fellowship: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, Cleveland, OH

Academic Appointments

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM:

  • Division Chief, Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, 1999–present
  • Secondary Appointment, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 1999–present
  • Professor, 2006–present
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, 1998–2006
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Division of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, 1994–present

Professional Affiliations

Fellow in the American College of Physicians
American Geriatrics Society
American Public Health Association

Selected Publications

  1. Allen P, Thompson JL, Herman CJ, Qualls C, Helitzer DL, Whyte AN, et. al. (2008). Impact of periodic follow-up testing among urban American Indian women with impaired fasting glucose. Preventing Chronic Disease, 5(3): A76. Also available online:
  2. Thompson JL, Allen P, Helitzer DL, Qualls C, Shyte AN, Wolfe VK, Herman CJ (2008). Reducing diabetes risk in American Indian women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 34(3):192–201.
  3. Thompson JL, Herman CJ, Allen MP, Helitzer DL, Wilson ND, Whyte AN, et al. (2007). Associations between body mass index, cardiorespiratory fitness, metabolic syndrome, and impaired fasting glucose in young, urban American Indian women. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, 5(1): 45–54.
  4. Dente JM, Herman CJ, Allen P, Hunt WC (2006). Ethnic differences in the use of complementary and alternative therapies among adults with osteoarthritis. Preventing Chronic Disease, 3(3): A80. Cited in Currents, the newsletter of the American Academy of Pain Management, July 2006.
  5. Hoffman RM, Stone SN, Herman C, Jung AM, Cotner J, Espey D, et al. (2005). New Mexico’s capacity for increasing the prevalence of colorectal cancer screening with screening colonoscopies. Preventing Chronic Disease, 2(4): A19. Also available online:
  6. Herman CJ, Allen P, Hunt WC, Prasad A, Brady TJ (2004). Use of complementary therapies among primary care clinic patients with arthritis. Preventing Chronic Disease, 1(4): A12. Also available online:
  7. Herman CJ, Minton D, Kalishman S (2004). Introduction of geriatrics into the undergraduate curriculum. Academic Medicine, 79(7 suppl): S131–S134.
  8. Cherrington A, Lewis CE, McCreath HE, Herman CJ, Richter DL, Byrd T. (2003). Association of complementary and alternative medicine use, demographic factors, and perimenopausal symptoms in a multiethnic sample of women. The ENDOW study. Family and Community Health, 26(1): 74–83.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

Last Updated: January 27, 2010

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