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Rodney Sparapani, PhD


Rodney Sparapani, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • Biostatistics

Contact Information


Dr. Rodney Sparapani is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biostatistics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He joined the division in the winter of 2013.

Curriculum Vitae


PhD, Biostatistics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 2011
MS, Mathematics, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, 1991
BS, Mathematics, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, 1989

Research Interests

Dr. Sparapani's research focuses on applying Bayesian methodology to modern biostatistical problems such as survival analysis, health services research, causal inference, comparative effectiveness research and big data/omics. Recently, his research has taken me in the direction of Bayesian nonparametrics and the surrounding challenges of efficient computation with large data sets. A large part of his collaborative research has involved the analysis of cancer treatments, mainly breast cancer, lung cancer, lymphoma and chronic leukemia; however, over the years, he has worked on a wide variety of non-cancer conditions and their treatments: cardiovascular disease, chronic pain management, depression, diabetes, osteoporosis, hepatitis, hip fracture, sinus surgery and spine surgery.