Brian L. Strom, M.D.

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Emeritus Professor of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology

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237 John Morgan Building
3620 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: (215) 898-2368
Fax: (215)-573-5315
B.S. (Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry)
Yale University, 1971.
M.D. (Medicine)
Johns Hopkins University, 1975.
M.P.H. (Epidemiology)
University of California, Berkeley, 1980.
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Description of Research Expertise

Academic Experience:
Awards, Honors, and Membership in Honorary Societies:
1969 J. Willard Gibbs Society, Yale University;
1974 Second Prize, Alfred A. Richman Essay Contest, American College of Chest Physicians;
1983 Elected Fellow, American College of Physicians;
1985 Elected Fellow, American College of Epidemiology;
1988 M.A. (honoris causa), University of Pennsylvania;
1990 Elected Member, American Epidemiological Society;
1991 Elected Fellow, College of Physicians of Philadelphia;
1992 Elected Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation;
1992 Pfizer Visiting Professorship in Clinical Pharmacology, Georgetown University Medical Center;
1992 University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Class of 1992 Class Teaching Award
1999 Naomi M. Kanof Clinical Investigator Award, Society for Investigative Dermatology
2000 Elected Member, Association of American Physicians
2001 Samuel Martin Health Evaluation Sciences Research Award
2001 Elected Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences
2002 Commended Paper, ISPE - Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Best Article Award
2002 UPHS Quality Award for Reducing Antibiotic Use for Head Cold and Chest Cold
2002 Rawls-Palmer Progress in Medicine Award, American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
2002 George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
2003 Charles C. Shepard Science Award, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
2003 Elected Fellow, International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology
2003 Leonard M. Schumann Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 38th Graduate Summer Session in Epidemiology
2003 National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, National Associate
2003 The John M. Eisenberg Memorial Lecture, University of California at San Francisco
2004-05 Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer, Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
2004 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, The Lindback Society
2006 Best Paper Award, Circulation
2006 Sustained Scientific Excellence Award, International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology
2008 John Phillips Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Clinical Medicine, American College of Physicians
2008 Elected Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine
2008 Harry Guess Memorial Lecture, The University of North Carolina School of Public Health Chapter of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, Department of Epidemiology
2008 Winner, ISPE - Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Best Article Award
2008 Commended Paper, ISPE - Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Best Article Award
2009 UPHS Quality and Patient Safety Honorable Mention Award, University of Pennsylvania Health System
2011 National Associate of the National Academies

Hospital and Administrative Appointments:
1980- Attending staff of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
1980-91 Co-Director, Clinical Epidemiology Unit
1981-82 Director, Clinical Pharmacology Consultation Service
1989- Director, Drug Utilization and Adverse Drug Reaction Program
1989- Chairman, Drug Use and Effects Committee
1991-99 Director, Cancer Epidemiology Program, University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center
1991-00 Director, Clinical Epidemiology Unit
1993-12 Director, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
1995-12 Chair, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
1995-00 Director, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
1995-07 Chair, Graduate Group in Epidemiology and Biostatistics
2001- Member, University of Pennsylvania Hospital System Pharmacy Council
2004-07 Associate Vice Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
2004-07 Associate Vice President for Strategic Integration, University of Pennsylvania Health System
2006- Member, University of Pennsylvania, Master of Public Health Task Force
2006- Member, University of Pennsylvania, Classroom and Resources Review Committee
2007-12 Vice Dean for Institutional Affairs, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
2007-12 Senior Advisor to the Provost for Global Health Initiatives, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
2008-11 Member, Faculty Advisory Committee of the Center for Advanced Study of India (CASI), Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
2010- Member, University of Pennsylvania, Penn Medicine Biomedical Information Technology Governance Group
2011- Penn Medicine Senior Information Technology Council, Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Health System
2011 Information Technology Governance Committee, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
2011- Selection Committee, The William Shippen, Jr. Professorship of Human Reproduction Committee, Perelman School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania
2012- Executive Vice Dean for Institutional Affairs, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Editorial Positions:
1980- Editorial consultant to the Johns Hopkins University Press and J.B. Lippincott, and referee for the following journals: American Journal of Epidemiology, American Journal of Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Annals of Internal Medicine, Annals of Neurology, Archives of Internal Medicine, Cancer Causes and Control, Chest, Circulation, Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Digestive Diseases and Sciences, Gastroenterology, Iatrogenics, International Journal of Cancer, International Journal of Cardiology, International Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of General Internal Medicine, Medical Care, New England Journal of Medicine, Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials, Primary Care Technology, Science, Social Science and Medicine, Western Journal of Medicine.

1988- Editorial Board, Journal of Pharmacoepidemiology;
1989- Editorial Board, ACP Journal Club;
1990-93 Editorial Board, Iatrogenics;
1990-94 Editorial Board, PMS: An International Journal Devoted to Pharmacoepidemiology;
1991- Editorial Board, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety;
1991- Editorial Board, P&T: A Peer-Reviewed Journal for Formulary Management;
1994- Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Rheumatology;
1994- Associate Editor, Journal of General Internal Medicine

Academic Committees at the University of Pennsylvania:
1981 Admissions Committee of the Epidemiology Graduate Group;
1981-88 Subcommittee on Graduate Medical Education of the School of Medicine's Long Range Planning Committee
1983 Subcommittee on Mini-Course Development of the School of Medicine's Curriculum Committee;
1986-90 School of Medicine Biostatistician Search Committee;
1990-91 School of Medicine Ad Hoc Committee on Biostatistics;
1990-92 Department of Pediatrics Biostatistician Search Committee;
1992-94 Chairman, Task Force on Social, Preventive, and Community Medicine;
1992- School of Medicine West Philadelphia Administrative Group;
1993- Senior Council on Education, School of Medicine;
1994- Council on International Medical Programs, School of Medicine;
1995- Steering Committee on Curriculum Reform, School of Medicine;
1995- Task Force on Patient-Oriented Research, School of Medicine;
1996- Committee on Faculty Research Incentives, School of Medicine

Other positions:
I have been a member of many grant review committees, including being a standing member of the NIH Epidemiology and Disease Control Study Section.

Business Experience:
I serve as a consultant in pharmacoepidemiology to most major pharmaceutical corporations, many United States and international governmental bodies, and many law firms. I have testified on many occasions in product liability suits, as well as at FDA. I am also on the Board of Directors of a few private companies, and on multiple different advisory committees for governments and industry.

Selected Publications

Gabler NB, French B, Strom BL, Liu Z, Palevsky HI, Taichman DB, Kawut SM, Halpern SD. : Race and sex differences in response to endothelin receptor antagonists for pulmonary arterial hypertension. Chest 141: 20-6, 2012.

Marchbanks PA, Curtis KM, Mandel MG, Wilson HG, Jeng G, Folger SG, McDonald JA, Daling JR, Bernstein L, Malone KE, Wingo PA, Simon MS, Norman SA, Strom BL, Ursin G, Weiss LK, Burkman RT, Spirtas R.: Oral contraceptive formulation and risk of breast cancer. Contraception Page: [Epub ahead of print]. In press. Sep 2011.

Schelleman Hedi, Bilker Warren B, Strom Brian L, Kimmel Stephen E, Newcomb Craig, Guevara James P, Daniel Gregory W, Cziraky Mark J, Hennessy Sean: Cardiovascular events and death in children exposed and unexposed to ADHD agents. Pediatrics 127(6): 1102-10, Jun 2011.

Ferrara Assiamira, Lewis James D, Quesenberry Charles P, Peng Tiffany, Strom Brian L, Van Den Eeden Stephen K, Ehrlich Samantha F, Habel Laurel A: Cohort study of pioglitazone and cancer incidence in patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care 34(4): 923-9, Apr 2011.

Lewis James D, Ferrara Assiamira, Peng Tiffany, Hedderson Monique, Bilker Warren B, Quesenberry Charles P, Vaughn David J, Nessel Lisa, Selby Joseph, Strom Brian L: Risk of bladder cancer among diabetic patients treated with pioglitazone: interim report of a longitudinal cohort study. Diabetes care 34(4): 916-22, Apr 2011.

Haynes Kevin, Linkin Darren R, Fishman Neil O, Bilker Warren B, Strom Brian L, Pifer Eric A, Hennessy Sean: Effectiveness of an information technology intervention to improve prophylactic antibacterial use in the postoperative period. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA 18(2): 164-8, Mar 2011.

Strom Brian L, Eng Sybil M, Faich Gerald, Reynolds Robert F, D'Agostino Ralph B, Ruskin Jeremy, Kane John M: Comparative mortality associated with ziprasidone and olanzapine in real-world use among 18,154 patients with schizophrenia: The Ziprasidone Observational Study of Cardiac Outcomes (ZODIAC). The American journal of psychiatry 168(2): 193-201, Feb 2011.

Strom Brian L, Schinnar Rita, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics : Evaluating health information technology's clinical effects. LDI issue brief 16(4): 1-4, Feb 2011.

Press David J, Sullivan-Halley Jane, Ursin Giske, Deapen Dennis, McDonald Jill A, Strom Brian L, Norman Sandra A, Simon Michael S, Marchbanks Polly A, Folger Suzanne G, Liff Jonathan M, Burkman Ronald T, Malone Kathleen E, Weiss Linda K, Spirtas Robert, Bernstein Leslie: Breast cancer risk and ovariectomy, hysterectomy, and tubal sterilization in the women's contraceptive and reproductive experiences study. American journal of epidemiology 173(1): 38-47, Jan 2011.

Lu Y, Ma H, Malone KE, Norman SA, Sullivan-Halley J, Strom BL, Simon MS, Marchbanks P, McDonald JA, West DW, Henderson KD, Deapen D, Ursin G, Bernstein L.: Oral contraceptive use and survival in women with invasive breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention 20: 1391-7, 2011.

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