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The Children's Research Institute

Faculty

Bob McCarter 2017 

Robert McCarter, Sc.D
mccarte@childrensnational.org

Professor at Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • ScD in Epidemiology, The Johns Hopkins University

Dr. McCarter has extensive experience and expertise in study design and in the application of diverse research methods to address challenges in the conduct of research and the analysis of research data. His experience includes research in rare diseases, brain development, metabolic disorders, especially diabetes mellitus, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of medical interventions.  His special interests include public health and prevention. 

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James Bost, Ph.D.
jbost@childrensnational.org

Research Division Chief of Biostatistics and Study Methodology at Children’s National Medical Center

  • PhD in Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh
  • MS in Statistics, The Ohio State University

 

Dr. Bost’s research goal is to use primary and secondary data, combined with existing and innovative methodologies, to improve the value of healthcare. Whether it is clinical trial data, EMR data, registry data or patient satisfaction and quality of life data, the goal is to use the information to make better treatment decisions, to improve the efficiency of care delivery and to improve patient outcomes. He is a trained psychometrician with additional expertise in meta-analysis, protocol design, and predictive modeling.  Dr. Bost also has a history of managing technical teams.

 

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Heather Gordish, Ph.D.
hgordish@childrensnational.org

Assistant Professor at Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • PhD in Environmental and Occupational Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • MS in Epidemiology and Applied Statistics, University of Southern California

 

Dr. Gordish-Dressman's research focuses on neuromuscular diseases where she studies genetic modifiers of disease, biomarkers of disease, and natural history and interventional clinical trials.  She works in both human studies and in animal models of neuromuscular disease.

 

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Jichuan Wang, Ph.D.
jiwang@childrensnational.org

Professor at Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • PhD in Sociology, Cornell University
  • MA in Sociology, Cornell University

Dr. Wang has decades of experience working with investigators on refining research questions and writing statistical analysis plans for research proposals and grant applications.  He has worked on experimental designs, probability sampling designs, RDS sampling designs, treatment/intervention evaluations, behavior studies, outcome disparity studies, outcome growth trajectory assessments, symptom cluster identification and measurement development/evaluation. His expertise include structural equation modeling (SEM), multilevel modeling, survival/event history analysis, longitudinal data analysis, mixture modeling (e.g., LCA, LPA, LTA, GMM), and missing data imputations.

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Marni Jacobs, Ph.D.
mjacobs@childrensnational.org

Assistant Professor at Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • PhD in Public Health (Epidemiology), University of California, San Diego
  • MPH in Epidemiology, Columbia University

Dr. Jacobs specializes in study design and methodology, with a particular focus on data acquisition and collection tools.  Her main area of interest is reproductive health and fertility, especially within the realm of public health and community-level impacts. 


Rima Izem, Ph.D.
rizem@childrensnational.org

Associate Professor at Children’s National Medical Center in Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • PhD in Statistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Maitrise de mathematiques, Université de Montpellier II, Montpellier, France

Dr. Izem’s research goals are to develop and apply best study design and statistical analysis practices to answer public health questions. Her research interests include statistical methods in rare events settings, causal inference in public health, signal detection and analysis of medical data from multiple sources including clinical trials, surveys and large electronic health records, claims or registries. She has a decade of experience design and analysis of studies supporting safety or effectiveness of medical products. 

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Dongkyu Kim, Ph.D.
dkkim@childrensnational.org

Assistant Professor at Children’s National Medical Center and the George Washington University Department of Pediatrics

  • PhD in Computer Science, Seoul National University
  • MS in Computer Science, Seoul National University

Dr. Kim has been a core member of various biomedical informatics projects. Dr. Kim has a unique scholarly training and extensive hands-on experience in the field of data and knowledge engineering, and he has been conducting research experiments toward the enhancement of biomedical data integration software using ontology technologies.


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