Misha Eliasziw, PhD, MSc, HBSc

Position:

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine

Contact:

Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.0954
Fax: 617.636.4017
Email: Misha.Eliasziw@tufts.edu

Education:

Degrees: PhD, Epidemiology and Biostatistics; MSc, Statistics; HBSc, Statistics
Institutions: University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

Research Focus:

I am a biostatistician who seeks out opportunities to apply mathematical and probabilistic methods to solve clinical and public health questions through numbers.  My theoretical research is focused on advancing methodology in the areas of interrater agreement and intrarater reliability studies, which include inferences for the kappa statistic and intraclass correlation coefficient.  Methods arising from my research have been applied in clinical areas such as physiotherapy, epilepsy, advanced brain imaging, and nutrition.  Over the years, I have collaborated on numerous research projects, including stroke, multiple sclerosis, kidney disease, mental health, sexual assault, oncology, and nutrition.  I am currently collaborating in several studies that are assessing the benefits of healthy eating and vitamin supplementation in school-age children.  As an educator, I am developing blended learning teaching methods to provide a sound understanding of biostatistics that is accessible to all students.

Select Publications:

1.   Eliasziw M, Donner A.  A cost-function approach to the design of reliability studies.  Statistics in Medicine 1987;6:647-655.

2.   Eliasziw M, Young SL, Woodbury G, Fryday-Field K.  Statistical methodology for concurrent assessment of interrater and intrarater reliability: using goniometric measurements as an example.  Physical Therapy 1994;74:777-788.

3.   Eliasziw M, Rankin RN, Fox AJ, Haynes RB, Barnett HJM.  Accuracy and prognostic consequences of ultrasonography in identifying severe carotid artery stenosis.  Stroke 1995;26:1747-1752.

4.   Barnett HJM, Taylor DW, Eliasziw M, Fox AJ, Ferguson GG, Haynes RB, Rankin RN, Clagett GP, Hachinski VC, Sackett DL, Thorpe KE, Meldrum HE.  Benefit of carotid endarterectomy in patients with symptomatic moderate or severe stenosis.  New England Journal of Medicine 1998;339:1415-1425.

5.   Wiebe S, Blume WT, Girvin JP, Eliasziw M.  A randomized controlled trial of surgery for temporal-lobe epilepsy.  New England Journal of Medicine 2001;345:311-318.

6.   Rothwell PM, Eliasziw M, Gutnikov SA, Fox AJ, Taylor DW, Mayberg R, Warlow CP, Barnett HJM.  Analysis of pooled data from the randomised controlled trials of endarterectomy for symptomatic carotid stenosis.  The Lancet 2003;361:107-116.

7.   Eliasziw M, Kennedy J, Hill MD, Buchan AM, Barnett HJM.  Early risk of stroke after a transient ischemic attack in patients with internal carotid artery disease.  Canadian Medical Association Journal 2004;170:1105-1109.

8.   House AA, Eliasziw M, Cattran DC, Churchill DN, Oliver MJ, Fine A, Dresser GK, Spence JD.  Effect of B-vitamin therapy on progression of diabetic nephropathy: a randomized controlled trial.  Journal of the American Medical Association 2010;303:1603-1609.

9.   Slaughter SE, Eliasziw M, Morgan D, Drummond N.  Incidence and predictors of eating disability among nursing home residents with middle-stage dementia.  Clinical Nutrition 2011;30:172-177.

10.   Williamson T, Eliasziw M, Fick GH.  Log-binomial models: exploring failed convergence.  Emerging Themes in Epidemiology 2013;10:14.

11.    Goldberg J, Folta SC, Eliasziw M, Koch-Weser S, Economos CD, Hubbard KL, Peterson LA, Wright CM, Must A.  Great Taste, Less Waste: A cluster-randomized trial using a communications campaign to improve the quality of foods brought from home to school by elementary school children.  Preventive Medicine 2015;74:103-110.

12.   Senn CY, Eliasziw M, Barata PC, Thurston WE, Newby-Clark IR, Radtke HL, Hobden KL.  Efficacy of a sexual assault resistance program for university women.  New England Journal of Medicine 2015;372:2326-2335.