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.


  • Efstathia Polychronopoulou, MPH, PhDBiostatistician I

    Efstathia Polychronopoulou is from Athens, Greece. Efstathia obtained a PhD in Population Health and an MPH in Biostatistics from the University of Texas Medical Branch. She has a broad background and experience in statistics, public health, and preventive medicine with a specialized training in pharmacoepidemiology. Efstathia has worked on multiple projects focused on geriatrics, population health, pharmacovigilance and cancer prevention and control. Efstathia currently works as a Biostatistician I in the UTMB School of Public and Population Health, Department of Biostatistics and Data Science.




October 3, 2023
12:30 PM - 1 PM



1:00 – 1:20 PMKouOverview of Data Management and Analysis Core for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) on Cancer in Texas
1:20 – 2:20 PM
LopezOverview of Texas Cancer Registry (TCR) data, and TCR-Medicare linkage data
2:20 – 2:50 PM
KouOverview of Texas Medicare data
2:50 – 3:00 PM
3:00 – 3:30 PM
PolychronopoulouOverview of TCR-Medicaid and TCR-MCBS data
3:30 – 4:00 PM
PolychronopoulouInformed consent, privacy (HIPAA), reporting and analytic constraints, data use agreements in claims database research
4:00 – 5:00 PM
 Bring your project to discuss source of data, design, and analyses.
October 4, 2023OptionalBy Appointment: For investigators who would like to get consultation for specific projects, DMAC team members will be available to work with them.


October 3rd, 2023
12:30pm -5pm
Moody Gardens Convention Center
Room: Viewfinder Terrace
7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

October 4th, 2023 - By Appointment
UTMB 301 University Blvd, Galveston, TX 77555
For Investigators who would like to get consultations for specific projects

Please contact:
Monica Cline
Phone: (409) 772-6355