News and Highlights

July 2013

Faculty Promotions

Xi Kathy Zhou, PhD, MS, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Biostatistics in Public Health in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Dr. Zhou holds a B.S. degree in Astronomy from Nanjing University in China and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Statistics from Duke University. She joined the Weill Cornell Department of Public Health in 2004. The focus of her research has been to develop and apply novel statistical methods to better design and analyze biological and clinical studies related to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Specifically, her interest in statistical methodology covers hierarchical model development, variable selection, model averaging, predictive modeling and the analysis of large complex datasets. Her methodology research has been funded by NIH/NCI and the CTSC. She has also established strong collaborations with biomedical researchers and clinicians at WCMC and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, working with them on cancer-related laboratory and clinical studies. She has published 44 peer-reviewed research papers, co-edited a book, and co-authored a book chapter.

Andrew M. Ryan, PhD, MA, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Public Health in the Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research. Dr. Ryan joined the Weill Cornell Department of Public Health in 2009 after completing his PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship at Brandeis University. He previously received his BA and MA degrees from Boston University. Dr. Ryan’s work has focused primarily on the intended and unintended effects of policies designed to impact the incentives faced by hospitals and physicians, particularly pay-for-performance (P4P) and public quality reporting programs. He has also studied the relationship between process-of-care and outcome measures in the context of P4P and public quality reporting programs. He has conducted a variety of other policy analyses, evaluating the effects of electronic health record implementation on quality of care in underserved areas in New York City, the effects of prescription drug policy on costs, adherence, and the utilization of other health services, and the relationship between the structure and practice of physician organizations and the quality and costs of care. Dr. Ryan has received several national honors, including the John Eisenberg Article of the Year Award from Health Services Research; and the Dissertation of the Year Award, as well as four “Most Outstanding” abstracts, from AcademyHealth. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles, of which he was the solo or first author of more than 20.

Franklin G. Miller, PhD, has been promoted to Professor of Public Health (Courtesy) in the Division of Medical Ethics. Since 1994 Dr. Miller has had an ongoing collaborative relationship with Dr. Joseph Fins, the E. William Davis Jr., M.D. Professor of Medical Ethics, Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, and Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Medicine in Psychiatry. Together they formulated the concept of clinical pragmatism, a structured and disciplined method of addressing ethical problems in medical practice. He has been on the faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College since 2008, first in the Department of Psychiatry and since 2003 in the Departments of Public Health and Psychiatry, and has taught in seminars for members of the Ethics Committee and other interested professionals. He also co-led a series of seminars with Dr. Fins for the Faculty Scholars Program. Dr. Miller is a member of the senior faculty in the Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Special Expert, National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program. His principal current research interest is examination of ethical issues in clinical research, including study design, informed consent, and the ways in which clinical research differs from medical care. He was previously on the faculty of the University of Virginia. He has written numerous published articles in medical and bioethics journals on the ethics of clinical research, ethical issues concerning death and dying, professional integrity, pragmatism and bioethics, and the placebo effect. He is also a fellow of the Hastings Center and a Faculty Affiliate at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Dr. Miller received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Columbia University.

Andrew Vickers, PhD, has been promoted to Professor of Public Health in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Dr. Vickers is a Member in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Medicine at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and an Attending Research Methodologist in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Medicine at Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Disease. Since 2004 he has also been on the faculty of the Weill Cornell Department of Public Health. Dr. Vickers received his B.A. from the University of Cambridge, UK, and his D.Phil. (doctorate) from the University of Oxford, UK. He was recruited to MSKCC in 1999 to work in the center’s Integrative Medicine Service. In 2004 he joined MSKCC’s Urology Service. Since then, his work has focused on the detection and treatment of localized prostate cancer. In his research, Dr. Vickers has investigated questions concerning screening, biopsy, initial treatment, and surgical outcomes and has developed a program of methodologic research centering on the evaluation of prediction modeling. In addition to teaching and precepting in the statistics course for medical students at Weill Cornell Medical College and leading biostatistics courses at MSKCC, he has presented at numerous invited talks and conferences around the world. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed articles in cancer-specific as well as general journals.


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