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Huiwen Xu, Ph.D.

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Huiwen Xu, PhD, is a Research Assistant Professor at University of Rochester Department of Surgery, Cancer Control. He received his PhD in Health Services Research and Policy with training in Data Science from University of Rochester. Dr. Xu’s research focuses on long-term care, cancer survivorship, health disparities, and data sciences with large medical claims and clinical trials data. So far, Dr. Xu coauthored 35 peer-reviewed articles, including leading medical journals like JAMA Oncology, Medical Care, JAMDA, and JAGS; he also coauthored over 70 scientific abstracts and actively presented his work at national and international conferences.

Dr. Xu has been working as a statistician/data scientist for about 10 years, and actively participates in several NCI/PCORI funded projects at URCC NCORP. Dr. Xu currently serves on the Executive Committee of AcademyHealth Methods and Data Council and Board of Directors of China Health Policy and Management Society (CHPAMS). He has served the Advisory Committee of AcademyHealth LTSS Interest Group during 2017-2019. He is a SAS certified programmer with 3 certifications (Basic, Advanced, and Statistical Business Analyst) and cofounded the Rochester Data Science Society in 2016. He is an Associate Editor of BMC Health Services Research and also serves as an ad hoc reviewer for over 15 scientific journals or conferences such as Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAMA Network Open, American Journal of Public Health, Aging, Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, Journal of Applied Gerontology, and Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics.

He received several national and international awards, including the Poster Award from Denver Post-Acute Care Conference, Student Volunteer Award from AcademyHealth LTSS Interest Group, Travel Fellowship from China Health Policy and Management Society, and Dean’s Fellowship from University of Rochester etc.



BA | China - China University of Political Science and Law
Public Administration

MA | China - Beijing Normal University
Social Medicine and Health Administration

PhD | University of Rochester
Health Services Research and Policy


Best Oral Presentation
Sponsor: China Health Policy and Management Society

Travel Fellowship
Sponsor: Westlake Youth Forum

Best Poster Award
Sponsor: Denver Post-Acute Care Conference

Travel Award
Sponsor: Chinese Economists Society

Student Volunteer Award
Sponsor: Academy Health

Student Travel Award
Sponsor: China Health Policy and Management Society

2014 - 2016
Dean's Fellowship
Sponsor: University of Rochester

National Scholarship
Sponsor: Ministry of Education of China

Beijing Outstanding Graduates
Sponsor: Beijing Municipal Commission of Education

National Scholarship
Sponsor: Ministry of Education of China

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Journal Articles

Xu H, Kadambi S, Mohile SG, Yang S, Kehoe LA, Wells M, Culakova E, Kamen C, Obrecht S, Mohamed M, Gilmore NJ, Magnuson A, Grossman VA, Hopkins JO, Geer J, Berenberg J, Mustian K, Cupertino A, Mohile N, Loh KP. "Caregiving burden of informal caregivers of older adults with advanced cancer: The effects of rurality and education." Journal of geriatric oncology.. 2021 Apr 12; Epub 2021 Apr 12.

Ramsdale E, Snyder E, Culakova E, Xu H, Dziorny A, Yang S, Zand M, Anand A. "An introduction to machine learning for clinicians: How can machine learning augment knowledge in geriatric oncology?" Journal of geriatric oncology.. 2021 Mar 29; Epub 2021 Mar 29.

Loh KP, Mohamed MR, Kadambi S, Culakova E, Xu H, Magnuson A, Flannery M, Duberstein PR, Epstein RM, McHugh C, Nipp RD, Trevino KM, Sanapala C, Hall BA, Canin B, Gayle AA, Conlin A, Bearden J, Mohile SG. "Caregiver-oncologist prognostic concordance, caregiver mastery, and caregiver psychological health and quality of life." The oncologist.. 2021 Feb 1; Epub 2021 Feb 01.