Wyatt P. Bensken

PhD Candidate

Case Western Reserve University


I’m a PhD candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. Broadly, I specialize in the use of complex claims and administrative health care data, paired with traditional statistical techniques and novel machine-learning and data mining approaches to understand health, health care, and outcomes, and associated disparities and inequities, across a wide range of complex chronic conditions. I have extensive experience with Medicare, Medicaid, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, and cancer surveillance databases.

My dissertation is funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities F31 National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship and uses these approaches to identify disparities in health and health outcomes for people with epilepsy.

I’ve also created the multimorbidity R package, which aims to provide a uniform and simple approach to generate comorbidity, multimorbidity, and frailty measures based on claims or other administrative data. You can see an overview of the package and its features here.

Below you’ll find a brief summary of my experiences, but please see my CV for full details.


  • Health disparities and inequities
  • Social determinants of health, social risk, and social needs
  • Complex chronic conditions
  • Multimorbidity


  • PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in progress

    Case Western Reserve University

  • BS in Public Health, 2016

    American University

Recent Research Experience


Research Analyst, Population Health Outcomes Research Core and Population Cancer Analytics Shared Resource

Case Western Reserve University

Aug 2018 – Present Cleveland, OH

Research Collaborator

National Institutes of Health

Jul 2018 – Jul 2019 Bethesda, MD

Research Fellow

National Institutes of Health

May 2016 – Jul 2018 Bethesda, MD

Software and Skills



Linux/Unix Servers

Recent Publications

For a full list, including under review and in-press publications, please see my CV

Basic Introduction to Statistics in Medicine, Part 1: Describing Data

Background: Standardized and concise data presentation forms the base for subsequent analysis and interpretation. This article reviews …


Disparities in Health and Outcomes for People with Epilepsy

Working with a team of varied expertise, my dissertation work focuses on identifying disparities in health and outcomes for people with …

Social Determinants of Health, Social Risks, and Social Needs

Using a myriad of data sources, I lead projects to examine the use and impact of health-related social needs on care and outcomes

R Package - multimorbidity

Harmonizing various comorbidity, multimorbidity, and frailty measures for health services and population health research

Cancer Related Outcomes and Disparities

As an analyst in the Population Cancer Analytics Shared Resource of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, I work with a broad team of …

Predictors and Outcomes of Emergency Surgery

Our work focuses on understanding complex multimorbidity, utilization, and outcomes for patients who undergo emergency surgery.