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 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, in progress

    Case Western Reserve University

  • BS in Public Health, 2016

    American University