David Page, PhD named Chair of Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics

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Mar. 20, 2019

C. David Page, PhD, has been named the new chair of the Department of Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, effective June 15, 2019. Dr. Page is currently a Kellett and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Medicine and Public Health.  “I’m originally from North Carolina and it means a lot to return and plug into exciting initiatives here aimed at improving the health of everyone in the region and beyond," Dr. Page said.  

At UW-Madison, Dr. Page also teaches machine learning and supervises PhD students in the Department of Computer Sciences. He directs the Informatics Core of the Carbone Cancer Center. He has served on scientific advisory or leadership committees for the Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership focused on methodologies to identify adverse drug events, the International Warfarin Pharmacogenetics Consortium, the Wisconsin Genomics Initiative, the Carbone Cancer Center, and UW-Madison's Institute for Clinical and Translational Science.

Dr. Page received his PhD in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied theoretical aspects of machine learning. He became involved in biomedical applications of machine learning while a post-doc working with Stephen Muggleton at Oxford University.

Dr. Page emphasized pushing the department ahead in its discipline. "Very simply, I want Duke to be the world leader in data science for health. This includes maintaining a department-wide balance of new algorithm development and engagement with clinical and health researchers who need data science applications," Page wrote. "I am excited about what the future holds.”  “This decision was made after a national search,” said Mary E. Klotman, MD, dean, Duke University School of Medicine. “I want to thank members of the search committee, led by Matt Barber, MD, chair of the Department of OB-GYN, for all of their efforts to ensure that we recruited an outstanding leader who will play a critical role in advancing the future of data science across our institution.”  Welcome to the Department, Dr. Page!