I am delighted to be the director of the Center for Health Statistics (CHS) at The University of Chicago (U of C). As you can see from this site, we have a richness of statistical talent that is rarely found in a single department, let alone a Center.
I came to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 1981 after completing my training at The University of Chicago where I had the great fortune to work with Darrell Bock, David Wallace, and Jim Heckman. In many ways, the precursor to this Center was founded by my rich collaboration over the years with friend and colleague Don Hedeker, the products of which include the many advanced computer programs for linear and non-linear mixed-effects regression models which we have distributed freely over the Internet for many years. Over the years, my interests have included non-linear mixed-effects models, item response theory, environmental regulatory statistics, laboratory calibration, and statistical issues in health services research. The CHS has received continuous funding from the NIH since its inception.
I have also been very fortunate to have become a fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA), to have received two ASA Youden Prizes for inter-laboratory calibration with friend and colleague Dulal Bhaumik, the 2009 Outstanding Statistical Application Award from the ASA, and to have become a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Working with Andy Pope and others at the IOM has taught me the tremendous value of applying statistical principles and methods in solving some of the leading health policy questions of our time.
My recent move to The University of Chicago in 2010 marks the next phase of the development of the CHS at the U of C, where I am confident that the interdisciplinary nature of both the University and the Center will lead to continued success and accomplishment.