Susan S. Ellenberg, Ph.D.

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Emeritus Professor CE of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Department: Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Graduate Group Affiliations

Contact information
Division of Biostatistics
Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
611 Blockley Hall
423 Guardian Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6021
Office: 215-573-3904
Fax: 215-573-4865
A.B. (Social Relations/Mathematics)
Radcliffe College, 1967.
Ph.D. (Mathematical Statistics)
The George Washington University, 1980.
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Description of Research Expertise


Description of Clinical Expertise

Clinical Trial Methodology

Description of Other Expertise

Bioethics, Cancer, HIV/AIDS

Selected Publications

DeMets DL, Ellenberg SS: Data monitoring committees: expect the unexpected. New England Journal of Medicine 375(4): 1365-1371, Oct 2016.

Snyder PJ, Bhasin,S, Cunningham GR, Matsumoto AM, Stephens-Shields, AJ, Cauley JA, Gill TM, Barrett-Connor E, Swerdloff RS, Wang C, Ensrud KE, Lewis CE, Farrar JT, Cella D, Rosen RC, Pahor M, Crandall JP, Molitch, ME, Cifelli D, Dougar D, FluhartyL, Resnick SM, Storer TW, Anton S, Basaria S, Diem SJ, Hou X, Mohler ER, Parsons JK, Wenger NK, Zeldow B, Landis JR, Ellenberg SS; The Testosterone Trials: Effects of testosterone treatment of older men. New England Journal of Medicine 374(7): 611-624, Feb 2016.

Ellenberg SS, Keusch GT, Babiker AG, Edwards KM, Lewis RJ, Lundgren JD, Wells CD, Wabwire-Mangen F, McAdam KPWJ: Rigorous clinical trial design in public health emergencies is essential Clinical Infectious Diseases 66: 1467-1469, 2018.

Ellenberg SS, Culbertson R, Gillen DL, Goodman S, Schrandt S, Zirkle M: Data monitoring committees for pragmatic clinical trials. Clinical Trials 12(5): 530-536, Oct 2015.

Ellenberg SS, Temple R: Placebo-controlled trials and active-control trials in the evaluation of new treatments. Part 2: practical issues and specific cases. Annals of Internal Medicine 133(6): 464-470, Sep 2000.

Temple R, Ellenberg SS: Placebo-controlled trials and active-control trials in the evaluation of new treatments. Part 1: ethical and scientific issues. Annals of Internal Medicine 133(6): 455-563, Sep 2000.

Ellenberg SS, Chen RT: The complicated task of monitoring vaccine safety. Public Health Reports 112(1): 10-20; discussion 21, Jan 1997.

Marcus CL, Moore RH, Rosen CL, Giordani B, Garetz SL, Taylor HG, Mitchell RB, Amin R, Katz ES, Arens R, Paruthi S, Muzumdar H, Gozal D, Thomas NH, Ware J, Beebe D, Snyder K, Elden L, Sprecher RC, Willging P, Jones MD, Bent JP, Hoban T, Chervin RD, Ellenberg SS, Redline R.: A randomized trial of adenotonsillectomy for childhood sleep apnea. New England Journal of Medicine 268(25): 2366-2376, Jun 2013.

Sierra-Madero JG, Ellenberg SS, Rassool MS, Tierney A, Belaunzaran-Zamudio PF, Lopez-Martinez A, Pineirua-Menendez A, Montaner LJ, Azzoni L, Benitez CR, Sereti I, Andrade-Villanueva J, Mosqueda-Gomez JL, Rodriguez B, Sanne I, Lederman MM; CADIRIS Study Team: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial of a chemokine receptor 5 (CCR5) antagonist to decrease the occurrence of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome in HIV-Infection: The CADIRIS Study. Lancet HIV 1(2): e60-67, Nov 2014.

Wan H, Ellenberg SS, Anderson KM: Stepwise two-stage sample size adaptation. Statistics in Medicine 34(1): 27-38, Jan 2015.

Ellenberg SS, Morris JA: AIDS and COVID-19: A tale of two pandemics and the role of statisticians. Statistics in Medicine 40(11): 2499-2510, May 2021 Notes: doi: 10.1002/sim.8936.

Krause PR, Fleming T, Ellenberg SS, Henao-Restrepo AM, on behalf of the WHO Ad Hoc Clinical Trial Expert Group: Maintaining confidentiality of emerging results in COVID-19 vaccine trials is essential. Lancet 396(10263): 1611-1613, Nov 2020.

Ellenberg, SS: Clinical trials in the time of a pandemic. Clinical Trials 17(5): 467-471, Oct 2020 Notes: doi: 10.1177/1740774520939871.

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