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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 has been working as a statistician/data scientist for about 10 years, and actively participates in several NCI/PCORI funded projects at URCC NCORP. He received his PhD in Health Services Research and Policy with training in Data Science from University of Rochester.

As a data scientist, Dr. Xu brings state-of-the-art machine learning methods into cancer and aging research. He focuses on applying advanced statistical methods and machine learning to improve quality of life among older patients with cancer, to examine quality of care in long term care setting, and to reduce rural-urban disparities in the U.S. and China. Dr. Xu is a SAS-certified Basic programmer, Advanced programmer, and Statistical Business Analyst and co-founded the Rochester Data Science Society in 2016. Dr. Xu coauthored 25 peer-reviewed articles, including leading medical journals like JAMA Oncology, Medical Care, Journal of American Medical Directors Association, and Journal of American Geriatric Society; he also coauthored more than 50 scientific abstracts and actively presented his work at national and international conferences. His work has been cited for more than 260 times.

Dr. Xu currently serves on the Executive Committee of AcademyHealth Methods and Data Council and Board of Directors of the China Health Policy and Management Society. During 2017-2019, he served the Advisory Committee of AcademyHealth LTSS Interest Group. He serves as Associated Director of BMC Health Services Research and as a reviewer for a few medical journals and scientific conferences such as JAMA Network Open, Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, and Academy Health.

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, Bowblis JR, Li Y, Caprio TV, Intrator O. "Medicaid Nursing Home Policies and Risk-Adjusted Rates of Emergency Department Visits: Does Rural Location Matter?" Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.. 2020 Jul 10; Epub 2020 Jul 10.

Cobian J, González MG, Cao YJ, Xu H, Li R, Mendis M, Noyes K, Becerra AZ. "Changes in Health Insurance Coverage Over Time by Immigration Status Among US Older Adults, 1992-2016." JAMA network open.. 2020 Mar 2; 3(3):e200731. Epub 2020 Mar 02.

Loh KP, Xu H, Epstein RM, Mohile SG, Prigerson HG, Plumb S, Ladwig S, Kadambi S, Wong ML, McHugh C, An A, Trevino K, Saeed F, Duberstein PR. "Associations of caregiver-oncologist discordance in prognostic understanding with caregiver-reported therapeutic alliance and anxiety." Journal of pain and symptom management.. 2020 Feb 13; Epub 2020 Feb 13.