Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine

Director BBSF

Contact Information:

Medical Towers 647A
1717 11th Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35205
Phone: (205) 975-5121
Fax: (205) 934-4262

Research Interests

Clinical Trials, Health Disparities, Survival Analysis; Statistical Computing; Multistate Cancer Modeling; Biomarker Discovery; Outcomes Research, Chronic Disease Modeling;

Educational Background

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, PhD, 1999, Biostatistics
  • University of Georgia, Athens, GA, MS, 1993, Statistics
  • University of Georgia, Athens, GA, BS, 1990, Computer Science

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Member or Ad-hoc Member of Scientific Review Panels/Special Emphasis Study Sections of Funding Agencies (Past and Present)
    • NIH
    • Patient Centered Outcome Research Institute
    • VA Merit Review
    • DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)
    • Susan G. Komen for the Cure Grants Program
    • National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research
    • CDC Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers
    • Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality
    • Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology (OCAST)
    • American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants Review UAB CCC
  • Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) and Observational Study Monitoring Board (OSMB):
    • NHLBI Observational Study Monitoring Board (OSMB) for the nuMoM2b Heart Health Study, 2020-Present
    • DSMB (2010-2014), Data Coordinating Center, Randomized Trial of  Physical Activity Self-management Intervention for Patients with COPD
    • Chair, DSMB (2009-2012), A randomized controlled trial of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) and Ultrasound physical therapy for chronic low back pain, NIH-NCCAM
    • DSMB (2009-2012), Charter Member, NIH-NCCAM “Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in Pregnancy: Physiologic and Clinical Effects”
    • Data DSMB (2009-2011), Charter Member, NIH-NCCAM, “A Study of the Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome”
  • Organizer / chair-scientific sessions in conferences/congresses (Selected)
    • Chair, American Statistical Association, Conference on Statistical Practice
      2020 - Increasing Business Impact through Automated Reporting in R, Sacramento, CA
    • Discussant, Staying Cool in a Hot Profession: Career Development of Staff Biostatisticians
      2020 Statistical Practice in Cancer Conference Program, Tampa, FL
    • Organizer/Session Chair, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation
      2019 - Modelling cancer, chronic disease, and safety data in translational research, Adleide, Australia
    • Chair, Society of Clinical Trials, 40th Annual Meeting
      2019 - Innovative Early Phase Clinical Trial Designs for Cancer Immunotherapy, New Orleans, LAa
    • Chair - Conference on Statistical Practice, 2019 “Parametric-independent Methods”
    • Chair - Conference on Statistical Practice, 2018, “LeadWithStatistics”
    • Organizer/Session Chair- International Congress on Modeling and Simulation, 2017 - Modeling cancer and chronic disease data in translational and clinical research
    • Organizer/Session Chair- International Congress on Modeling and Simulation, 2015 - Modeling Data in Health Sciences
    • Co-Chair, Statistical Consulting at Medical Centers: Opportunities and Challenges. Ordered Data Analysis, Models and Health Research Methods: An International Conference in Honor of H.N. Nagaraja for his 60th Birthday, University of Texas-Dallas, Texas, March 7-9, 2014.
    • Organizer/Session Chair- International Congress on Modeling and Simulation, 2013 Modeling Data in Health Sciences
    • Organizer/Session Chair- International Congress on Modeling and Simulation, 2011 Modeling Data in Health Sciences

  • Referee for journals/conferences:
    PLoS ONE, Cancer, JAMA, Clinical Cancer Care, Urology, Statistical Modeling, Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Californian Journal of Health Promotion, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Modeling and Simulation-MODSIM, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, Journal of Hazardous Materials, Journal of British Nutrition, Journal of the National Medical Association, International Journal of Health Geographic, International Conference on Information Quality, Psychiatric Services, International Symposium on Knowledge Communication and Conferences, Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics, Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, Pediatrics, Ethnicity and Disease, Topics in Integrative Health Care, International Journal of Intelligent Technologies and Applied Statistics
  • Editorial Board:
    • International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health, Emerging Themes in Epidemiology, Public Health International Bulletin
    • Scientific Journals International
  • Service to professional organizations:
    • Senior Scientist, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education, Comprehensive Diabetes Center, and Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center
    • Department of Medicine Trainee Research Symposium, UAB (2013-Present)
    • UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Research Retreat, Poster Presentations Judge (2013-Present)
    • UAB CCC New Faculty Development Award in Cancer Research Grant Review (2012-Present)
    • Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (2012), Pilot Grant Review
    • Health Disparities Research Training Program (HDRTP), Grant Writing Retreat Panel Member (2012-Present)
    • UAB Health Disparities Research Grant Workshop (2012-Present), Panel member
    • Health Disparities Research Symposium (2012-Present), Oral and Poster presentations Judge
    • 5th Texas Health Disparities conference (2010, 2011), Poster Presentations Judge
    • Advisory Committee, Texas Cancer Registry, 2008-2012
    • Advisory Committee, Texas Cancer Registry, Data Sharing and Access to Texas Health Care Information Collection Data, 2008-2012
    • Cook Children’s Network/NorTex Interdisciplinary Research Team (CIRT), 2007-2012
    • North Texas Healthy Heart Study, 2007-2012
  • Professional Societies:
    • International Biometric Society
    • American Statistical Association
    • International Statistical Institute
    • Modeling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand
    • American Association for Cancer Research
    • American Society of Clinical Oncology


  • Unsung Hero, Department of Medicine, UAB, 2017
  • Elected Fellow, Modeling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand (MSSANZ), 2017
  • Elected member - International Statistical Institute (ISI) member, 2009
  • Outstanding Public Health Faculty Advisor, UNTHSC, 2009
  • Keynote Presentation, Career Workshop Oct. 7, 2008; Chungju National University
  • Who's Who in America 2008
  • Best Paper award – Issues in Healthcare: Business and Health Administration Association, 2008
  • Elected member- Alpha Sigma Chapter of Delta Omega – National Honor Society for Public Health, 2007
  • Best Paper award - Issues in Healthcare: Business and Health Administration Association, 2007
  • Outstanding Research Faculty, UNTHSC, 2004