Bruce Levin, PhD

Director, Statistics, Epidemiology and Data Management Core
Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

Email: bl6@cumc.columbia.edu
Phone: (212) 305-9401

Bruce Levin, PhD, is Professor Biostatistics at the Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and Director of the HIV Center's Statistics, Epidemiology, and Data Management Core. Dr. Levin has served as the senior statistical consultant on several multicenter randomized clinical trials in the field of stroke neurology and cardiology, including the WARCEF trial funded by NINDS (Warfarin versus Aspirin in Reduced Cardiac Ejection Fraction), the WARSS trial (Warfarin versus Aspirin in Recurrent Stroke Study), the GAIN Americas trial, and the CABG Patch trial.

Dr. Levin has a long-standing interest in statistical methodology for clinical trials, public health, and the law. Using sequential statistical methods, he has published on innovative trial designs, e.g., designs that minimize ethical costs, designs that emphasize the selection paradigm rather than the hypothesis test paradigm, and phase II trials that combine a selection phase with a non-superiority (futility) phase utilizing the same data, such as the QALS trial (high-dose coenzyme Q10 in ALS disease).

Dr. Levin is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an Award Winner of the Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association "for his contributions to the development of innovative designs for clinical trials of medical interventions and HIV, for his success in promoting a focus on participant safety in behavioral trials, and for his commitment to educating public health students through clear exposition of fundamental biostatistical principles."

Dr. Levin co-authored the 3rd edition of Statistical Methods for Rates and Proportions with Myunghee Cho Paik and the late Joseph L. Fleiss. Dr. Levin served as an expert statistical witness in many court cases, and is co-author with Michael O. Finkelstein of Statistics for Lawyers, now in its third edition. 

EDUCATION

Columbia University, New York, NY
BA - 1968 - Mathematics

Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
MA - 1972 - Mathematics
PhD - 1974 - Applied Mathematics & Statistics

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

1967-68: Teaching Assistant, Columbia University, New York, NY

1967-72:  Computer Programmer and Statistical Consultant, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

1969-73:  Teaching Fellow, Harvard University

1973-74:  Research Assistant, Harvard University

1974-79:  Assistant Professor, Mathematical Statistics, Columbia University, New York, NY

1974-79: Statistical Consulting Service, Department of Mathematical Statistics, Columbia University, New York, NY

1976-79: Assistant Professor, Mathematical Statistics and Public Health (Biostatistics), Columbia University New York, NY

1979-82: Assistant Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics), Columbia University, New York, NY

1979-97: Senior Research Scientist, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

1979-present: Statistician, Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center of Columbia University, New York, NY

1982-83: Assistant Professor of Clinical Public Health (Biostatistics), New York, NY

1983-85:  Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health (Biostatistics), New York, NY

1985-92:  Associate Professor of Clinical Public Health (Biostatistics) (with Tenure of Title), Columbia University, New York, NY

1991: Consultant to NINDS program staff regarding preparation of a workscope for RFP/BAA #NIH- NINDS-90-06, establishing two Clinical Research Centers for Neonatal Seizure
IRG member for Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Study Section AHR (TMP-AHR-F1) (February and October sections).

1992-94: Associate Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics) (with Tenure), New York, NY

1993-98:  Deputy Head, Division of Biostatistics, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY

1994-2000:  Professor of Public Health (Biostatistics), Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY (Tenured)

1996-present: Director, Data Coordinating Center, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, NY

1998-2009: Research Scientist V, NYSPI, New York, NY

1999-present: Co-Director, Research Information Services Consortium, New York State Psychiatric Institute
Head, Data Management, Statistics & Modeling Core, Columbia Center for Child Environmental Health

1999: Consultant to National Advisory Mental Health Council's Clinical Treatment and Services Research Workgroup, National Institute of Mental Health.

2000: National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Committee on the Design and Analysis of Small Clinical Trials

2000-2010: Chair, Division of Biostatistics, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY

2003-present: Head, Biostatistics and Data Management Core, Specialized Programs of Translational Research in Acute Stroke

2005-2009: Member of Federal Advisory Committee for The National Children's Study, NICHD

2006-2009: Scientific Review Committee, Parkinson’s Study Group

2009-present: Scientific Review Committee, Huntington's Study Group
Research Scientist V, Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene, New York, NY

HONORS

1964-1968 Pulitzer Free Scholarship

1968-1974: New York State Regents Scholarship and College Teaching Fellowship

1968: Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
B.A. degree summa cum laude, Columbia College
Phi Beta Kappa

1998-1999: Program Chair for 1999 Spring Meetings of the International Biometrics Society, ENAR, Atlanta, GA

2001: Fellow of the American Statistical Association

2008: Award Winner of the Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association