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Thomas D. Koepsell

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My interests are broad, with one focus on application of epidemiologic methods in health services research, including program and policy evaluation using randomized and observational designs.

Professor Emeritus, Health Services
Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology (primary appt.)


MPH   University of Washington, 1979   (Epidemiology)
MD   Harvard Medical School, 1972
BA   University of Michigan, 1968   (Sociology)

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Dr. Koepsell is also Professor and former chair of the Department of Epidemiology. He co-teaches a course sequence in epidemiologic methods and advises students on thesis and dissertation research. His interests in health services research focus chiefly on evaluation of community-based health promotion and disease prevention programs, including community trials.

Epidemiologic methods, Injury epidemiology, neuroepidemiology, veterans health, application of epidemiology to evaluation of health services

Quistberg DA, Koepsell TD, Johnston BD, Boyle LN, Miranda JJ, Ebel BE. Bus stops and pedestrian-motor vehicle collisions in Lima, Peru: a matched case-control study. Inj Prev. 2013 Dec 19. doi: 10.1136/injuryprev-2013-041023. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24357516    PMCID: PMC4321968

Zonfrillo MR, Durbin DR, Koepsell TD, Wang J, Temkin NR, Dorsch AM, Vavilala MS, Jaffe KM, Rivara FP. Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Poor Functioning after Isolated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children. J Neurotrauma. 2014 Jan 9. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 24294826    PMCID: PMC3967417

Koepsell TD, Gill DP, Chen B. Stability of clinical etiologic diagnosis in dementia and mild cognitive impairment: results from a multicenter longitudinal database. Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2013 Dec;28(8):750-8. doi: 10.1177/1533317513504611.  PMID: 24363072    PMCID: PMC3876285

Gill DP, Hubbard RA, Koepsell TD, Borrie MJ, Petrella RJ, Knopman DS, Kukull WA. Differences in rate of functional decline across three dementia types. Alzheimers Dement. 2013 Oct;9(5 Suppl):S63-71. doi: 10.1016/j.jalz.2012.10.010. Epub 2013 May 2.  PMID: 23643459    PMCID: PMC3766452

Harris LT, Koepsell TD, Haneuse SJ, Martin DP, Ralston JD. Glycemic control associated with secure patient-provider messaging within a shared electronic medical record: a longitudinal analysis. Diabetes Care. 2013 Sep;36(9):2726-33. doi: 10.2337/dc12-2003. Epub 2013 Apr 29.  PMID: 23628618    PMCID: PMC3747898

Epidemiologic Research and Information Center

Epidemiologic Research and Information Center
A VA-funded center to conduct research, provide education, and provide technical assistance on epidemiologic concepts and methods within the Veterans Health Administration.

Case-control study of footwear and falls in older adults

Evaluates the role of shoe style and biomechanical characteristics on risk of falling in older adults.

Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

A program for residency-trained physicians that provides training in non-biological disciplines and research methods in preparation for leadership careers in the U.S. health care system.