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Jerry Tsai is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Biostatistics of the Harvard School of Public Health, concentrating in Health Decision Sciences.

He conducts research for (1) the Center for Outcomes and Policy Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and (2) the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis.

Jerry received his master's degree in biostatistics from the Department of Biostatistics of the School of Public Health of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Jerry maintains a library of SAS® macros that are free for downloading.

Core Competencies: Health Care Research and Consulting

Professional Experience

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - Boston, MA
Medical Oncology / Population Sciences / Center for Outcomes and Policy Research
Statistician II, September 1999 to present
  • Serve as consulting and day-to-day statistician.
  • Determine the components of cost in the treatment of lung cancer.
  • Help create cost-utility model of chemotherapy in lung cancer.

SAS Institute - Cary, NC
Department of Multivariate, Numerical, and Data Mining Research
Technical Student, May 1999 to August 1999
  • Tested the accuracy of the classification tree procedure in data mining product SAS Enterprise Miner.
  • Created novel data sets for use in simulations.
  • Examined the effect that attributes of data sets have on tree size and classification accuracy.

Rho, Inc. - Chapel Hill, NC
Statistical Programmer, June 1998 to January 1999
  • Created analysis data sets as per specifications.
  • Developed materials for Short Course in Data Management presented to FDA medical reviewers and professional biostatisticians.
  • Generated tables and listings for Phase III studies.
  • Summer and part-time work: averaged 8 hours a week.

Medco Research, Inc. (now King Research and Development, a division of King Pharmaceuticals, Inc. - Research Triangle Park, NC
Graduate Research Assistant, September 1997 to March 1998
  • Generated data listings and tables for FDA-mandated post-marketing study of cardiovascular drug.
  • Part-time work: averaged 12 hours a week.

Technology Assessment Group (now completely subsumed in The Lewin Group of Quintiles Transnational) - San Francisco, CA
Statistical Analyst, June 1996 to August 1997
  • Performed various statistical analyses to ascertain medical outcomes, to help:
    • Conduct a meta-analysis of postmenopausal hormone use to improve lipid profile.
    • Assess resource-utilization due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), deep venous thromboses (DVTs), and systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) using insurance claims data and government secondary databases.
    • Analyze the cost-benefit of certain cardiovascular drugs.
    • Conduct exploratory analyses in Q-TWiST (quality-of-life time without symptoms) for treatments of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
    • Validate various quality-of-life questionnaires.
  • Designed relational databases for data capture, validation, and export of data using SQL and Visual Basic in Microsoft Access.
  • Created sections of and edited reports presented to clients.

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Teaching Experience

Received a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching for school year 2000-2001

Harvard School of Public Health - Boston, MA
Department of Health Policy and Management
Teaching Assistant, "Decision Analysis in Clinical Research," July 2001
  • Explained concepts in decision science to students in help sessions.
  • Created summary materials for exam review sessions.
  • Helped create exam questions and also grade exams.

Harvard School of Public Health - Boston, MA
Department of Biostatistics
Teaching Assistant, "Regression and ANOVA in Experimental Research," February 2001 to May 2001
  • Prepared and present explanations of concepts in linear modeling in weekly hour-long section.
  • Created homework solutions and graded homeworks.

Harvard School of Public Health - Boston, MA
Tutor, "Analysis of Rates and Proportions," February 2001 to May 2001
  • Tutored student in the methods and implementation of categorical data analysis.

Harvard School of Public Health - Boston, MA
Department of Biostatistics
Teaching Assistant, Grading Assistant, "Principles of Biostatistics," July 2000 to August 2000
  • Prepared and presented explanations of statistical concepts.
  • Reviewed homework solutions and graded homeworks.

Harvard School of Public Health - Boston, MA
Department of Biostatistics
Teaching Assistant, "Statistical Methods in Health Policy and Management," September 1999 to January 2000
  • Prepared exercises in and explanations of statistical concepts.
  • Tutored students in weekly 90-minute lab.
  • Graded homeworks and tests.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health - Chapel Hill, NC
Department of Biostatistics
Instructional Assistant, "Probability and Statistical Inference II," January 1999 to May 1999
  • Tutored statistical concepts for first-year graduate course in statistical inference.
  • Created solutions for and graded homework.

University of California, Berkeley Extension - San Francisco, CA
Instructor, "Introduction to the SAS System," June 1997 to August 1997
Class Tutor, September 1996 to August 1997
  • Co-instructed and tutored a class in data management using the SAS programming language.
  • Developed lecture notes and homework.

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