Department of Biostatistics & Data Science


Presented by:

  • Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Biostatistics & Data Science

    Dr. Kuo is the Don W. and Frances Powell Professor in Aging Research and the director of the Office Biostatistics in the UTMB School of Public and Population Health. She is the principal investigator of Data Management and Analysis Core for Comparative Effectiveness Research on Cancer in Texas. Her research assesses patterns of care, treatment toxicities, and health outcomes using a variety of large data sets. She also examines health care delivery focused on hospitalist care and its impact, and the use and effectiveness of primary care provided by nurse practitioners in communities and nursing homes. Her research is widely published in medical and health services research journals. Dr. Kuo’s research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. As a biostatistician, she serves as the director of Biostatistics and Analysis Core for several center grants funded by NIH and Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. She has been a biostatistics mentor for more than 80 trainees including junior faculty, pre-doc and post-doc fellows. Her expertise is in the analyses for comparative effectiveness research, pharmacoepidemiology, and health outcome studies.

  • David S. Lopez, MS, MPH, DrPH
    Associate Professor

    Dr. Lopez is an Associate Professor of Epidemiology in the UTMB- School of Public and Population Health. He is a cancer epidemiologist with a research focus on cancer health disparities (risk, progression and survivorship of prostate cancer and hormone- and obesity-related cancers) and men’s health research (endogenous and exogenous testosterone, erectile dysfunction and lower urinary tract symptoms). He also studies the role of modifiable factors that influence the risk, progression and survivorship of prostate, hormone- and obesity-related cancers, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome and dietary patterns. A key interest in the research program of Dr. Lopez is to determine the role of race and ethnicity in the interplay between endogenous and exogenous testosterone, obesity, dietary patterns and the risk, progression and survivorship of prostate cancer, hormone- and obesity related cancers. He is an active member of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SEC), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and American Urological Association (AUA). He is Section Editor of Urological Cancers in the American Journal of Men’s Health.  Dr. Lopez has also taught introduction to epidemiology and epidemiologic methods courses for the last seven years.

  • Biai Digbeu, MPH
    Biostatistician I

    Biai Digbeu is from Cote d'Ivoire, Western Africa. Biai obtained a BS in Mathematics-Statistics from the University of Central Oklahoma, and a MPH in Biostatistics from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Biai has experience working as a data analyst and programmer in various hospitals located in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Biai’s research focuses on preventive medicine and population health, geriatrics, chronic diseases and oncology. Biai currently works as a Biostatistician I in the UTMB School of Public and Population Health, Department of Biostatistics and Data Science.


  • Lu Chen, MS
    Biostatistician I

    Lu Chen is a Biostatistician in the Office of Biostatistics at UTMB. Lu graduated from the Ohio State University with a MS degree in Public Health with a specialization in Biostatistics and has more than 5 years of experience in data management and analysis, study design, statistical consultation, and collaboration.





December 7, 2022
1 pm – 4 pm

Overview of Data Management and Analysis Core for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) on Cancer in Texas (1 hour)


Study designs for population-based CER studies (2 hours)


December 8, 2022
9 am – 4 pm
Noon -1 pm Lunch



Overview of Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) data, and TCR-Medicare linkage data (2 hours)



Overview of Texas Medicare data (1 hour)


Overview of TCR-Medicaid and TCR-MCBS data (1 hour)


Multiple variable, propensity score & instrumental variable analysis (2 hours)


December 9, 2022
9 am – 12 Noon

Informed consent, privacy (HIPAA), reporting and analytic constraints, data use agreements in claims database research (1 hour)


Hand-on practice and Q & A (2 hours)


Chen, Lopez, Kuo


Paul L. Foster School of Medicine
Medical Education Building
5001 El Paso Dr.
El Paso, TX 79905