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Biostatistics

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Biostatistics is the application of statistical techniques for scientific research in health-related fields, including medicine, biology and public health. It also encompasses development of novel methodologies that translate to better study design and analyses.

Biostatistics also contributes substantially to the area of Data Science through statistical learning techniques. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the field of biostatistics has become an indispensable tool in improving health and reducing illness. Epidemiology is concerned with the distribution, causation, and control of disease across time and space in human populations.

The Mission of the Division of Biostatistics is to:

  • Provide quality statistical support in research design and analysis developed by the clinical and laboratory investigators.
  • Train medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and other research staff in the use of statistical methods and software.
  • Train the next generation of biostatisticians and data scientists.
  • Develop innovative statistical research guided by and benefiting clinical and laboratory based research projects.
  • Create and/or assist with epidemiologic studies in the fields of hypertension, women's health, perioperative outcomes and anesthesia.

The division was formed in October 2004, under the Medical College’s Strategic Plan for further development and retention of research scholars by fostering collaborations with biostatisticians and epidemiologists to further enhance and advance WCM research.

Affiliated Education Program

Biostatistics & Data Science Master's Track

Current Research Highlights

Identifying Patients with Persistent Preventable Utilization Offers an Opportunity to Reduce Unnecessary Spending

July 30, 2020

In a new study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers from the Department of Population Health Sciences identified patients with persistent preventable utilization to compare their characteristics with high-cost patients. Together, Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH, senior associate dean for clinical research, chair of the...

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Finding Community With R-Ladies

July 13, 2020

Data science is one of the fastest-growing fields in the United States. Touted as a career of the future due to the increased demand for data-driven decision-making across all sectors, data science is dominating the job market. It boasts a ...

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Factors Associated With Lymphedema in Women With Node-Positive Breast Cancer Treated With Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy and Axillary Dissection

July 19, 2019

Study in JAMA Surgery investigate factors associated with breast cancer-related lymphedema following neoadjuvant chemotherapy and axillary dissection. Read more here

Scientific Breakthroughs

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Faculty & Staff

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Anjile An
  • Programmer Analyst II
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Gulce Askin , MPH
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-8025
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Karla Ballman, Ph.D.
Karla Ballman , Ph.D.
  • Vice Chair for Education
  • Chief of the Division of Biostatistics
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8023
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Samprit Banerjee, Ph.D., MStat
Samprit Banerjee , Ph.D., MStat
  • Program Director of the M.S. in Biostatistics and Data Science
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8014
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Colin B. Begg , Ph.D.
  • Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
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James G. Booth , Ph.D., M.S., M.Sc.
  • Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
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Zhengming Chen , Ph.D., MPH
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8015
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Jacky Choi
  • Programmer Analyst
Paul Christos, DrPH, MS
Paul Christos , Dr.P.H., M.S.
  • Associate Professor of Research in Population Health Sciences
  • Director of Biostatistics and Epidemiology Consulting Service
  • Director of Research Design and Biostatistics Core of the Weill Cornell Clinical and Translational Science Center
(646) 962-8018
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Jason Chua
  • Programmer Analyst I
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Victoria Cooley , M.S.
  • Research Biostatistician I
(646) 962-8008
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 Debra D'Angelo, MS
Debra D'Angelo
  • Research Biostatistician Manager
(646) 962-3091
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Ivan Diaz , Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8062
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Imaani Easthausen
  • Research Biostatistician I
(646) 962-8069
Linda Gerber, Ph.D., MA
Linda Gerber , Ph.D., M.A.
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences
  • Professor of Epidemiology in Medicine
(646) 962-8020
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Kaylee Ho , M.S.
  • Research Biostatistician I
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Katherine Hoffman , M.S.
  • Research Biostatistician I
(646) 962-8032
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Giles Hooker , Ph.D., M.Sc.
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
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Jihui Lee , Ph.D., M.S.
  • Instructor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8138
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Yao Lu, MS
Yao Lu
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-8033
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Xiaoyue Ma , M.Sc.
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-8029
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Elizabeth Mauer, MS
Elizabeth Mauer , M.S.
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-8026
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Valerie Mike
Valerie Mike , Ph.D., M.S.
  • Clinical Professor Emerita of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
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Eshani Pareek
  • Healthcare Data Specialist
Yuqing Qiu
  • Research Biostatistician
Ronald N. Riner
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences (Courtesy)
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 Arindam RoyChoudhury, Ph.D., M.Stat.
Arindam RoyChoudhury , Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8155
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Oleksandr Savenkov , Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-7639
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Will Simmons
  • Programmer Analyst
Robert L. Strawderman , Sc.D., M.Sc.
  • Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
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Elizabeth Sweeney , Ph.D.
  • Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Charlene Thomas , M.S.
  • Research Biostatistician I
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Andrew J. Vickers , D.Phil.
  • Professor of Population Health Sciences
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Martin T. Wells , Ph.D., M.A.
  • Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
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Nicholas Williams , MPH
  • Research Biostatistician I
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Alan Wu , M.S.
  • Research Biostatistician I
(646) 962-7592
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Yiyuan Wu , M.S.
  • Research Biostatistician III
(646) 962-8073
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Wenna Xi
  • Postdoctoral Associate in Population Health Sciences
Huaian Yu
  • Programmer Analyst
Hongzhe Zhang
  • Research Assistant
Kathy (Xi) Zhou, Ph.D., MS
Xi Kathy Zhou , Ph.D., M.S.
  • Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Population Health Sciences
(646) 962-8027
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Recent Faculty Publications

A.E. Merkler; N.S. Parikh; S. Mir; A. Gupta; H. Kamel; E. Lin; J. Lantos; E.J. Schenck; P. Goyal; S.S. Bruce; J. Kahan; K.N. Lansdale; N.M. LeMoss; S.B. Murthy; P.E. Stieg; M.E. Fink; C. Iadecola; A.Z. Segal; M. Cusick; T.R. Campion; I. Díaz; C. Zhang; B.B. Navi
2020
K.A. Jaeckle; K.V. Ballman; M. van den Bent; C. Giannini; E. Galanis; P.D. Brown; R.B. Jenkins; G. Cairncross; W. Wick; M. Weller; K.D. Aldape; J.G. Dixon; K. Anderson; J.H. Cerhan; J.S. Wefel; M. Klein; S.A. Grossman; D. Schiff; J.J. Raizer; F. Dhermain; D.G. Nordstrom; P.J. Flynn; M.A. Vogelbaum
2020
M. Gaudino; U. Benedetto; S. Fremes; K. Ballman; G. Biondi-Zoccai; A. Sedrakyan; G. Nasso; J. Raman; B. Buxton; P.A. Hayward; N. Moat; P. Collins; C. Webb; M. Peric; I. Petrovic; K.J. Yoo; I. Hameed; A. Di Franco; M. Moscarelli; G. Speziale; J.D. Puskas; L.N. Girardi; D.L. Hare; D.P. Taggart
2020

Contact Information:
Karla Ballman, Ph.D.
Chief, Division of Biostatistics 
Department of Population Health Sciences
Tel: (646) 962-8023
Fax: (646) 962-0281
kab2053@med.cornell.edu

Mailing Address:
Weill Cornell Medical College
Department of Population Health Sciences Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
402 East 67th Street, Box 74
New York, NY 10065

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