Earl F. Cook
Professor

Earl F. Cook

Professor of Epidemiology

Epidemiology

Other Positions

Professor of Medicine

Medicine

Brigham and Women's Hospital


Overview

I am a Co-Directors of the Program in Clinical Effectiveness. This is an intensive seven-week summer program sponsored by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) that has trained over 2500 physicians with the quantitative research skills that are needed for Patient-Centered Outcomes Research. I also am the Principal Instructor and Co-Instructor for the two main epidemiology methods courses for that program. I am the Deputy Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the HSPH and the head of the Clinical Epidemiology Area of Excellence within that Department. I am also the head of the Concentration in Clinical Effectiveness within the Masters of Public Health (MPH) Degree Program at HSPH. This is the largest of all MPH concentrations at HSPH. I developed two summer-only degree programs at HSPH: the summer-only Masters of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program and the summer-only Masters of Public Health Degree Program. I oversee and often directly supervise the master’s theses for students in the summer-only Master of Science in Epidemiology Degree Program and have the same role for the MPH Practica for students in the summer-only Masters of Public Health Degree Program. I am a member of the Biostatistics Core for the Dana Farber-Harvard Cancer Center. My particular responsibilities are for projects that are performed within the Center for Outcomes and Policy Research and the Division of Community Based Research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. I am the Director of the Methodology Core for the Center of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice within the Division of General Medicine at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. I am a member of the Advisory Boards for the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program at Children's Hospital Boston, and the Cancer Outcomes Research Training Program (PCORT) at Massachusetts General Hospital. I am a member of the External Advisory Board for the Center for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Health Disparities Research at the John A Burns School of Medicine in Hawaii. My major research interests include the development and evaluation of instruments to measure health status and quality of care, data mining and the development and validation of clinical prediction rules, and the application of multivariable methods to control confounding. I teach courses on all of these topics at the Harvard School of Public Health, where I have won numerous teaching awards including the prestigious Alumni Award of Merit for my years of teaching at HSPH.


Bibliography

Prognostic value of quantitative contrast-enhanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance for the evaluation of sudden death risk in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Chan RH, Maron BJ, Olivotto I, Pencina MJ, Assenza GE, Haas T, Lesser JR, Gruner C, Crean AM, Rakowski H, Udelson JE, Rowin E, Lombardi M, Cecchi F, Tomberli B, Spirito P, Formisano F, Biagini E, Rapezzi C, De Cecco CN, Autore C, Cook EF, Hong SN, Gibson CM, Manning WJ, Appelbaum E, Maron MS.

Circulation. 2014 Aug 05. 130(6):484-95. PMID: 25092278


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