The DCRI welcomes two new faculty members

Oct. 1, 2018 – The new faculty members come from Duke’s Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics and Department of Population Health Sciences.

Hwanhee Hong, PhD

Hwanhee Hong, PhD, joined the DCRI on August 1 as an assistant professor in the Duke Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics. Most recently, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Hong received her master’s degree in biostatistics at Harvard University and her PhD in biostatistics at the University of Minnesota. She is a K99/R00 NIH grant recipient and serves as the principal investigator for “Estimating Population Effects in Mental Health Research Using Meta-Analysis.”

At the interface of statistical method development and biomedical application, Hong’s research aims to answer clinical and scientific questions in public health and medicine. She is interested in developing statistical methodologies for comparative effectiveness research, network meta-analysis, causal inference with error-prone covariates, borrowing information adaptively across different data sources, and generalizability of clinical study findings to target populations. Hong also enjoys developing and applying various methods directly motivated by real-world problems.

Keith Marsolo, PhD

Keith Marsolo, PhD, joined the DCRI on September 1 as an instructor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. He was most recently an associate professor in the Division of Biomedical Informatics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).

Marsolo received his PhD in Computer Science from Ohio State University, where his research focus was data mining, specifically the modeling and classification of biomedical data. His current research interests include electronic health records, common data models, distributed research queries, and multi-center learning health systems.

While at CCHMC, Marsolo served as faculty advisor for the Data Services Shared Facility housed within Biomedical Informatics. He and the Data Services team supported a number of quality improvement and research networks affiliated with CCHMC, including ImproveCareNow, a 106-center quality improvement and research network that focuses on improving the care and outcomes of children with inflammatory bowel disease. With funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the team also developed an EHR-linked registry for ImproveCareNow that has now been extended to support a pragmatic clinical trial that is being funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Marsolo has also been heavily involved in PCORI’s National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet). He served as a co-investigator in the PEDSnet Clinical Data Research Network and ImproveCareNow Patient Powered Research Network, and has worked with the DCRI team as part of the Distributed Research Network Operations Center (DRN OC) of the PCORnet Coordinating Center for several years. Marsolo currently works on activities related to the PCORnet Common Data Model and data curation (quality assessment) through his role on the leadership of the DRN OC. He was a co-chair of the PCORnet’s Data Standards, Security and Network Infrastructure (DSSNI) Task Force during Phase I of PCORnet, and a member of the Data Committee as part of Phase II, becoming chair in 2018. He also serves as a member of the Data Quality Subcommittee of the National Evaluation System for health Technology Coordinating Center (NESTcc).