Huiwen Xu, PhD, MHA
Assistant Professor
Department of Population Health & Health Disparities

Physical address:
UHC, Suite 4.208
1005 Harborside Drive
Galveston, TX

Mailing address:
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77555-1150

Phone: (409) 772-1128
Fax: (409) 772-5272

  • Huiwen Xu, PhD is a Tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Population Health at University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Xu’s research focuses on aging, long-term care, cancer survivorship, and machine learning. His previous work has examined the hospitalization and emergency department (ED) visits of nursing home residents using national Medicare claims and Minimum Data Set data. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Xu evaluated the staffing shortage in nursing homes. He was selected as a Pepper Scholar by the UTMB Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) to study cancer rehabilitation in nursing homes. More recently, Dr. Xu received a 4-year R01 award on nursing home visitation bans with $1.35 million in funding from the National Institute on Aging (R01AG081282, 2023-2027). Dr. Xu is also interested in applying machine learning to aging research and has built various supervised and unsupervised machine learning models. He participated in multiple NIH funded projects in cancer survivorship prior to joining UTMB.

    Dr. Xu has published almost 60 peer-reviewed articles in leading medical and policy journals including The Lancet, JAMA Oncology, JAMA Network Open, Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAGS, JAMDA, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and Medical Care; he coauthored one book chapter and over 80 scientific abstracts. His work has been cited for over 1,900 times. Dr. Xu hold national and international leadership positions, including the President-elect of China Health Policy and Management Society, the Executive Committee of AcademyHealth Methods and Data Council, the Webinar Planning Committee and Pilot Grant Selection Committee of the NIA AWARD Network for Dementia Workforce Research, and Analytical Core of Cancer and Aging Research Group (CARG). He has served the Advisory Committee of AcademyHealth LTSS Interest Group during 2017-2019. Dr. Xu also serves as a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, AWARD Network, and CARG, as well as 20 scientific journals. Dr. Xu received several national or international awards, including the Best Abstract Award from CHPAMS 2021 Annual Symposium, Best Poster Award from Denver Post-Acute Care Conference, Student Volunteer Award from AcademyHealth LTSS Interest Group, etc.

    Curriculum Vitae (CV)

    • PhD - Health Services Research & Policy, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY 
    • MA - Social Medicine and Health Administration, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China 
    • BA - Public Administration, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, China
    • Aging
    • Long Term Care
    • Longitudinal data analysis
    • Machine Learning
    • Health Services Research
    • Population Health and Health Disparities
    • Sealy Center on Aging
    • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences