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Wyatt P. Bensken

PhD Candidate

Case Western Reserve University

Welcome

I’m a PhD candidate in Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. My dissertation, funded by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities via an F31 Predoctoral Fellowship, focuses on applying traditional and novel statistical, machine learning, and data mining techniques to identify disparities in health and health outcomes for people with epilepsy. More broadly, my work involves the use of complex claims and administrative health care data, including Medicare, Medicaid, Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey, and cancer surveillance databases for a myriad of complex chronic conditions. The hope is that my work can identify opportunities for both policy- and individual-level interventions to improve health outcomes. Below you’ll find a brief summary of my experiences, but please see my CV for full details.

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. The links to the package components are: documentation and download on CRAN, vignette, PDF presentation of the package, and GitHub.

When I’m not knee-deep in health services and population health research, I am probably out taking photographs. You can see some of my photography here.

Interests

  • Health disparities
  • Social determinants of health
  • Complex chronic conditions
  • Multimorbidity
  • Methodological issues in the use of large health care data

Education

  • PhD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in progress

    Case Western Reserve University

  • BS in Public Health, 2016

    American University

Research Experience

See my CV for a full list

 
 
 
 
 

PhD Candidate

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

R/RStudio

SAS

Linux/Unix Servers

Recent Publications

For the full list including middle author, 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 …

Basic Introduction to Statistics in Medicine, Part 2: Comparing Data

Background: Comparison of parameters between two or more groups forms the basis of hypothesis testing. Statistical tests (and …

Projects

Navigate to a project to see associated manuscripts, talks, and posters

multimorbidity R Package

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

Disparities in Outcomes for People with Epilepsy (PWE)

Under the guidance of epileptologists, psychiatrists, family medicine physicians, health equity experts, and mathematicians, my …

Health-Related Social Needs and Social Determinants of Health

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

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 General Surgery (EGS)

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

Recent Awards and Honors

See my CV for a full list

National Research Service Award Predoctoral Fellowship (F31)

PhD Student Leadership Award

Dissertation Workshop and Travel Awardee

Trainee Stipend & Invitation to Rising Star Research Training Program

Graduate Student Travel Award

Travel Award & Poster Presentation Award

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