Yong-Fang Kuo, PhD

Director, Office of Biostatistics Professor

f.   409-772-9127
Mailing address:
301 University Blvd, Galveston, Texas United States
Physical address:
Ewing Hall, Suite 1.134B, 700 Harborside Drive, Galveston, Texas United States

Affiliations: Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Office of Biostatistics


B.S.      Taipei Medical College, Taipei, Taiwan (Nursing) 1984
M.Ed.    National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan (Health Education) 1986
M.A.S    The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Applied Statistics) 1994
Ph.D.     The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH (Biostatistics) 1997

Academic Activities:

Dr. Kuo has studied patterns of care, treatment toxicities, and health outcomes using a variety of large administrative data sets in the past 10 years. She has applied analytical methods in her previous studies to model changes in continuous and discrete outcomes over time (autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA) models, piece-wise regression models, spline regression models), to study the effect of covariates in longitudinal data (generalized estimated equation models, linear mixed models), to assess the variation of care across different levels of health care providers and different geographic levels (hierarchical linear models, hierarchical generalized linear mix models), and to examine the impact of covariates changes on time-to-event data (proportional hazard model with time-dependent covariates). For comparative effectiveness studies using observational data, she has also used different matching and analytical methods (conditional logit models, propensity models, instrumental variable analyses, sensitivity analyses) in various studies. Dr. Kuo has developed an independent research focus that evolved from collaborative studies requiring new statistical methodology.

Since 2008, she has developed a particular interest in studying health care delivery systems. In the past four years, her research has focused on the study of hospitalist care and its impact. With her nursing background, she extends her research to examine the use and effectiveness of primary care provided by nurse practitioners in communities and nursing homes. She is currently the PI of an R01 funded by AHRQ to study nurse practitioner cares.

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