The Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award

This Year’s Award

We are extremely pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph W. Hogan, the Carole and Lawrence Sirovich Professor of Public Health, Professor of Biostatistics, and Deputy Director of Data Science at Brown University, will be the recipient of the 2020 Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award.

Please join us for his virtual lecture on:
Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 1-2pm
Lecture details and Zoom info will be available soon.

Dr. Hogan received his ScD from the Department in 1995. Nan Laird was the advisor for his dissertation, Mixture Models for Joint Distribution of Repeated Measures and Event Times. On completion of his degree, he joined the faculty of Brown University as Assistant Professor and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2003 and to Professor of Biostatistics in 2008. He has served as Chair of the Biostatistics Department and as Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Brown University School of Public Health.

Dr. Hogan has made major methodologic contributions in Bayesian methods, missing data, and causal inference. He has served on the editorial boards of Biometrics, Lifetime Data analysis, Biostatistics, JASA, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Observational Studies. He wrote a widely used textbook (jointly with Mike Daniels) on missing data. He has taught a wide variety of courses, and mentored numerous students, directing nine dissertations, six master’s theses and two post-doctoral fellows. He has also mentored numerous junior faculty on their K-series research grants.

Dr. Hogan’s collaborative work has focused primarily on HIV/AIDS and has had an impact both regionally and internationally. He co-directs the Biostatistics Program for the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare ( AMPATH), a partnership between Moi University in Kenya and North American academic medical centers. This collaboration has resulted in dozens of publications. He also Co-Director of the Biostatistics Core for the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research.

Reflecting the spirit of the award, Dr. Hogan’s trajectory has many similarities with Steve Lagakos’ time at Harvard: an academic career of leadership in both methodologic and collaborative work; excellence in teaching and mentorship; and a focus on in HIV/AIDS.

About the Award

300hThe annual Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award has been established in memory of Dr. Stephen Lagakos, a faculty member and former chair of the Department of Biostatistics who passed away in a tragic automobile accident in 2009.

Professor Lagakos was a leader in the Department, the School of Public Health, and more broadly, in the international community of quantitative biomedical researchers. Steve’s qualities of commitment, passion, intellectual brilliance, and personal generosity had a direct personal impact on our lives; and his contributions to biostatistics and to AIDS research were fundamental.

This award serves to honor Steve’s distinguished career, and to recognize Department alumni whose research in statistical theory and application, leadership in biomedical research, and commitment to teaching have had a major impact on the theory and practice of statistical science.  The award will be open to all who have an earned degree through the department, regardless of length of time since graduation or type of degree.

The award recipient will be invited to the school to deliver a lecture on their career and life beyond the Department.


Please send nominations via email

or by mail to:

Lagakos Alumni Award Committee
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Department of Biostatistics
Building 2, 4th Floor
655 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

Nominations should include contact information for yourself and your candidate, and the candidate’s curriculum vita, if available. Please include a letter describing the contributions of the candidate, specifically highlighting the criteria for the award. Supporting letters and materials would be extremely helpful to the committee, but are not required.

Nominations must be received by Friday, April 3, 2020.

Previous Award Winners

2019  Fong Wang Clow
2018  Amy Herring
2017  Nicholas Horton
2016  Judith Goldberg
2015  Victor DeGruttola
2014  Michael Daniels
2013  Jesse Berlin
2012  Melissa Begg
– renamed The Lagakos Distinguished Alumni Award –
2011  Manning Feinleib
2010  Daniel Scharfstein
2009  John Simes
2008  Robert Strawderman
2007  Takeuchi Masahiro
2006  Daniel Siegel
2005  Christl Donnelly
2004  Stuart Baker