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Bruce Barton_14 April 2010Bruce Barton, Ph.D., M.S. (Hyg.), M.A.

Team Leader, Research Methods, Center for Health Policy and Research
Research Professor, Department of Quantitative Health Science

Dr. Bruce A. Barton’s years of experience as a biostatistician and high-level administrator make him a versatile Team Leader for the Research Methods group at UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research. In this role, he is responsible for providing statistical leadership and oversight of biostatistical analysis efforts throughout the Center. In addition to helping each project group with project design and development of analysis plans, he also works with the biostatistics team to oversee actual analysis.

Prior to joining the Center for Health Policy and Research in 2010, Dr. Barton served in various capacities during his 30 years as a statistician at the Maryland Medical Research Institute in Baltimore, including Senior Statistician for 20 years and Principal Statistican for four years. From 1998 to 2009, he also held multiple leadership roles at the Institute. After serving as Vice President for six years, he became President and Chief Executive Officer. During the last two years of his tenure at the Institute, he served as Chairman of the Board.

Dr. Barton was named Research Professor in UMass Medical School’s Department of Quantitative Health Sciences in 2010. From 1999 to 2003, he taught biostatistics courses at Johns Hopkins University, both in class and online; in 2010, he resumed teaching biostatistics online at Johns Hopkins.

His research interests include pain control in pre-term neonates and sickle cell patients, development of obesity in children, and prevention of hip fractures in the elderly. He has published widely on growth and development in children, including measures of anthropometry and cardiovascular disease risk factors, and the relationship of nutrition, physical activity, and psychosocial factors to anthropometry. He has also been involved in studies of Transcendental Meditation and its effect on both cardiovascular disease risk factors and cardiovascular disease itself.

Dr. Barton holds both a doctorate and a master’s degree in biostatistics from the University of Pittsburgh. He also has a master’s in classical languages (Latin and Greek) from The Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s in classical languages from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


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