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October 20, 2017

Roger Vaughan, MS, DrPH, Joins the Center for Clinical and Translational Science as Director of Biostatistics
By Barry Coller, MD

We welcome Dr. Roger Vaughan to The Rockefeller University as Director of Biostatistics in the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS). Dr. Vaughan comes to us from Columbia University where he held several leadership positions, including Professor and Chairman of the Department of Biostatistics, Vice Dean for Academic Advancement, and Director of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design Core for Columbia’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Dr. Vaughan received his MS in Mathematical Statistics and his doctorate in Biostatistics from Columbia University.  He has won numerous awards for outstanding teaching, including awards from the American Statistical Association, the American Public Health Association, and The Mailman School of Public Health, as well as Columbia University’s Presidential Teaching Award. He is an active member in many professional organizations, including the New York Academy of Medicine, the American Statistical Association, and the Association for Clinical and Translational Science. He has been a leader in the American Public Health Association and currently serves as Associate Editor and Editor for Statistics and Evaluation for their flagship journal, the American Journal of Public Health. Dr. Vaughan’s biostatistical expertise lies in methods for the analysis of clustered and Group- or Cluster-randomized trials.  He is an author of more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in both Biostatistical methodological development and the application of statistical methods in medicine and public health.
Dr. Coller commented, “Dr. Vaughan has joined the CCTS in this very important leadership position.  As an award winning educator, he has led the biostatistics education of Clinical Scholars on a part-time basis for nearly a decade, and now we will benefit greatly on a full-time basis from his vast senior leadership experience and deep Biostatistical expertise.  When asked about future developments he envisions for the Biostatistics department, Dr. Vaughan replied, “It is a pleasure and privilege to join the Rockefeller research community, and I am thrilled to help create and lead the next generation Biostatistics at the University.  The Biostatistical needs here are enormous, and the level of research and science is clearly outstanding, so the challenge is to build capacity across the collaboration, service, education, and methods reserch arms, while supporting that level of excellence.  With the terrific support of collegues across the University, I’m looking forward to getting started, and meeting those goals.”

Please join me in welcoming Dr. Vaughn to Rockefeller.