American Statistical Association
New York City
Metropolitan Area Chapter

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Biostatistics Seminar

Howard T. Thaler, Ph.D.
Associate Attending Biostatistician
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Memorial Sloan-Kettering (MSK) has maintained an Institutional Data Base (IDB) for several years that contains a very large amount of up-to-date information about patient activity within the MSK network. The data include basic patient demographics (age, gender, zip code, etc.), cancer diagnosis, as well as details and date/time stamps for virtually every clinic visit, surgical procedure, chemo- or radiation therapy administration, diagnostic test, hospital admission, discharge status, survival status, and so on. The primary intent of the IDB is for administrative purposes, although the potential for clinical and outcomes research is apparent. With the goal of informing Hospital Administrations proposals regarding the MSK network of regional sites, the Office of Strategic Planning and Innovation has embarked on developing a quantitative model of patient flow, from initial contact through active treatment and follow-up. The project entails large-scale data retrieval, statistical analysis and systems dynamics modeling, the latter requiring expert consultants from Lexidyne, LLC. The purpose of this talk is to present an overview and some preliminary results.

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 P.M.
Location: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
307 East 63rd Street
(between First and Second Avenues)
3rd Floor Conference Room
New York, New York
Note: To gain access to the building, please follow the directions by the telephone in the foyer.


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