Su-Hsin Chang, PhD

Associate Professor

Biomedical Informatics and Data Science Program
Computational and Systems Biology Program

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  • Health and economic burden of obesity and surgical treatments of obesity, transplant outcomes, multiple myeloma prevention and control, and health disparities.

Research Abstract:

My research program is to integrate novel approaches in decision science, data science, simulation
modeling, health econometrics and economics to address emerging clinical and public health problems
with goals to inform timely systematic decisions at the intersection of obesity, cancer, and health
disparities. My current research agenda has focused on five different areas: 1) health and economic
burden of obesity and obesity-related multimorbidity, including cancers; 2) surgical treatment of obesity; 3)
multiple myeloma prevention; 4) transplant outcomes; and 5) health disparities.

Mentorship and Commitment to Diversity Statement:
I am committed to building a work environment that is inviting towards women, socioeconomically underprivileged, and underrepresented minority trainees.

Selected Publications:

Chang S-H, Stoll CR, Colditz GA. Cost-effectiveness of bariatric surgery: should it be universally available? Maturitas. Jul 2011;69(3):230-238. PubMed PMID: 21570782 (selected for the Editor’s Corner).

Chang S-H, Stoll CR, Song J, Varela JE, Eagon CJ, Colditz GA. The effectiveness and risks of bariatric surgery: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis, 2003-2012. JAMA Surgery. Mar 2014; 149(3):275-287. PubMed PMID: 24352617. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3962512.

Leung M, Pollack LM, Colditz GA, Chang S-H. Life years lost and lifetime healthcare expenditures associated with diabetes in the U.S., National Health Interview Survey, 1997-2000. Diabetes Care. 2015 Mar;38(3):460-8. PubMed PMID: 25552420. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4338508.

Chang S-H, Luo S, O’Brian KK, Thomas TS, Colditz GA, Carlsson NP, Carson KR. Association between metformin use and progression of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance to multiple myeloma in US veterans with diabetes mellitus: a population-based retrospective cohort study. The Lancet Haematology. 2015;2:30-36. PubMed PMID: 26034780. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4448731.

Leung M, Carlsson NP, Colditz GA, Chang S-H. The burden of obesity on diabetes in the United States: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2008-2012. Value in Health. 2017 Jul 20;1:77-84. PubMed PMID: 28212973. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5319814 (selected for the Editor’s Choice).

Chang S-H, Luo S, Thomas TS, O’Brian KK, Colditz GA, Carlsson NP, Carson KR. Obesity and the transformation of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance to multiple myeloma: a population-based cohort study. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2016 Dec 31;109(5):djw264. Print 2017 May. PubMed PMID: 28040690. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5203718.

Chang S-H, Yu Y, Liu X, Carlsson NP, Colditz GA. Racial disparity in life expectancies and life years lost associated with multiple obesity-related chronic conditions: a simulation study. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 May;25(5):950-957. PubMed PMID: 28329429. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5404943.

Chang S-H, Wang M, Liu X, Alhamad T, Lentine KL, Schnitzler MA, Colditz GA, Park Y, Chapman WC. Racial/ethnic disparities in access and outcomes of simultaneous liver-kidney transplant among liver transplant candidates with renal dysfunction in the United States. Transplantation. 2019 Aug;103(8):1663-1674. PubMed PMID: 30720678. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6779036.

Chang S-H, Merzkani M, Murad H, Wang M, Bowe B, Lentine KL, Al-Aly Z, Alhamad T. Association of ambient fine particulate matter air pollution with kidney transplant outcomes. JAMA Network Open. 2021;4(10):e2128190. PubMed PMID: 34618038. PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8498852.

Last Updated: 11/7/2022 1:15:44 PM

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