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School of Public Health

Ruth B. Etzioni

Affiliate Professor, Health Services
Affiliate Professor, Biostatistics (primary appt.)

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


PhD   Carnegie Mellon University, 1990   (Statistics)
MS   Carnegie Mellon University, 1987   (Statistics)
BS   University of Cape Town (South Africa), 1985   (Mathematics)

Contact Info


1100 Fairview Ave N, M2-B230
Seattle, WA 98109

voice:   206-667-6561
fax:   206-667-7264

Statistical methods in cancer screening, Bayesian methods in biostatistics, design issues in clinical trials.

  • HSERV 523
    Advanced Health Services Research Methods I - Large Public Databases; Big Data

Birnbaum J, Gadi VK, Markowitz E, Etzioni R. The Effect of Treatment Advances on the Mortality Results of Breast Cancer Screening Trials: A Microsimulation Model. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Feb 16;164(4):236-43. doi: 10.7326/M15-0754. Epub 2016 Jan 12.  PMID: 26756332

Loggers ET, Buist DS, Gold LS, Zeliadt S, Hunter Merrill R, Etzioni R, Ramsey SD, Sullivan SD, Kessler L. Advanced Imaging and Receipt of Guideline Concordant Care in Women with Early Stage Breast Cancer. Int J Breast Cancer. 2016;2016:2182985. doi: 10.1155/2016/2182985. Epub 2016 Jul 25.  PMID: 27525122

Loggers ET, Gao H, Gold LS, Kessler L, Etzioni R, Buist DS; ADVICE Investigators. Predictors of preoperative MRI for breast cancer: differences by data source. J Comp Eff Res. 2015 May 11:1-12. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 25960128    PMCID: PMC4641841

Birnbaum JK, Feng Z, Gulati R, Fan J, Lotan Y, Wei JT, Etzioni R. Projecting Benefits and Harms of Novel Cancer Screening Biomarkers: A Study of PCA3 and Prostate Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Apr;24(4):677-82. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-14-1224. Epub 2015 Jan 22.  PMID: 25613117    PMCID: PMC4383671

Zeliadt SB, Buist DS, Reid RJ, Grossman DC, Ma J, Etzioni R. Biopsy follow-up of prostate-specific antigen tests. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Jan;42(1):37-43.  PMID: 22176844

Chair, dissertation committee for Jeanette Birnbaum
Simulation modeling to enhance comparative effectiveness research in cancer

Member, dissertation committee for Alison Brenner
Development and assessment of algorithms for delivering tailored or targeted patient decision support in two disease models

Member, dissertation committee for Joseph Unger
Representativeness, generalizability, and diffusion of cancer clinical trial treatments

Mechanisms and Markers of Prostate Cancer Metastases
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Vessella           Dates:    8/1/2013 - 7/31/2014

Mechanisms and Markers of Prostate Cancer Metastases
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
PI:   Vessella           Dates:    7/1/2009 - 6/30/2014