Wyatt P. Bensken, PhD

Health Disparities Investigator



I joined OCHIN, Inc. as a Health Disparities Investigator after receiving my PhD 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 health care data, paired with traditional statistical techniques and novel machine-learning and data mining approaches to understand disparities and inequities in health, health care, and health outcomes.

I’ve also created the multimorbidity and socialrisk R packages. The multimorbidity package aims to provide a uniform and simple approach to generate comorbidity, multimorbidity, and frailty measures based on claims or other administrative data while the socialrisk package has a similar approach but to identify social risks in these data. You can see an overview of the packages and their features here: multimorbidity and socialrisk.

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, 2022

    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 – Jun 2022 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


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 - socialrisk

Identifying Patient Social Risk from Administrative Health Care Data

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 …