Dr. Constantine Gatsonis honored with Long-Term Excellence Award

Biostatistics Chair and Center for Statistical Sciences founding Director, Dr. Constantine Gatsonis, was honored by the American Statistical Association’s (ASA) Health Policy Statistics Section (HPSS) with the Long-Term Excellence award during the 2015 International Conference of Health Policy Statistics (ICHPS) which has been held at the Providence Biltmore this week.

The Annual ICHPS Conference is organized through the ASA’s HPSS, which was formed in 1994 through the combined efforts of Gatsonis and Dr. Jimmy Efird.   Gatsonis co-chaired the first ICHPS conference in 1995, and was the polarizing force behind the establishment and publication of one of the industry’s top journals, Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, for which he was the editor-in-chief for 15 years.

Gatsonis is a leading author on the evaluation of diagnostic and screening tests and has made major contributions to the development of methods for medical technology assessment and health services and outcomes research. He is a world leader in methods for applying and synthesizing evidence on diagnostic tests in medicine and currently works on comparative effectiveness research in diagnosis and prediction.

Gatsonis is the Network statistician and co-founder of the American College of Radiological Imaging Network, now teamed with the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, forming the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group.  He currently chairs the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics of the National Academies and is a member of the Committee on National Statistics and the Committee to Evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs Mental Health Services. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and Association for Health Services Research.

In presenting Gatsonis with this award in excellence, Dr. Susan Paddock of the RAND Corporation and incoming Chair of ASA-HPSS, commented on the importance of Gatsonis’s impact on diagnostic imaging in health care, specifically through his work with the Cochrane Collaboration’s Steering Group of the Standards for Reporting of Diagnostic Accuracy project, noting “this committee published widely-adopted reporting guidelines that are used by all major clinical journals.”  Paddock went on to comment that “[Gatsonis] has mentored several people who have gone on to be leaders in health services research and statistics, themselves, and has played a crucial role in the creation of the Biostatistics Department at Brown’s new School of Public Health.”

Dr. Gatsonis’s full bio can be found here.