Rodney Sparapani, PhD

Rodney Sparapani, PhD

Associate Professor, Institute for Health and Equity, Biostatistics


  • Biostatistics

Contact Information


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


Dr. Rodney Sparapani is an Associate Professor, Institute for Health and Equity, Biostatistics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He joined the division in December 2013.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Experience

  • Administrative Claims, Healthcare
  • Clinical Trials Data Monitoring Committees
  • Electronic Health Records
  • Observational Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

Methodologies and Techniques

  • Bayesian Analysis
  • Biostatistics
  • Causality
  • Machine Learning
  • Medical Informatics
  • Statistics, Nonparametric
  • Survival Analysis

MCW Program / Core Facilities

  • Research Computing Center Faculty Advisory Committee

Educational Expertise

  • Education, Graduate
  • Teaching Biostatistics

Research Interests

Dr. Sparapani's research applies Bayesian methodology to modern biostatistical problems such as survival analysis, health services research, causal inference, comparative effectiveness research and big data/omics. Recently, he has focused on Bayesian machine learning, Bayesian nonparametrics and the surrounding challenges of efficient computation with large data sets. His collaborative research has involved the analysis of cancer treatments, cardiovascular disease and a wide variety of other conditions such as diabetes, osteoporosis, hepatitis, hip fracture, sinus surgery and spine surgery.