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Esther Lu, PhD

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Graduate School

1993-1997 B.S. Computational Mathematics, NanKai University, Tianjin, P. R. China

1999-2001 M.S. Financial Mathematics, National University of Singapore, Singapore  

2001-2007 Ph.D. Biostatistics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Teaching Appointments

Master of Population Health Sciences (MPHS) degree program:
M19-550 Randomized Controlled Trials
M19-527 Development, Validation, and Application of Risk Prediction Models

Master of Science in Biostatistics (MSIBS) degree program:
M21-617 Study Design and Clinical Trials

Honors and Awards

2004-2005 Honor Student, Division of Biostatistics, Medical College of Wisconsin

Research Interests

Dr. Lu’s research interests include propensity score methodology, survival data analysis, study design and clinical trials, and missing data methods. She is also interested in cost effective analysis and methodological issues in observational studies. The specific goal of her PhD dissertation was to study a treatment effect of time-to-event data using propensity score in observational studies. She was involved in many projects from small to large size and provided statistical consulting on Phase I-IV clinical trials across different functional departments at the Pharmaceutical Product Development (PPD) Inc., which has ensured meeting the regulatory demands of FDA and submission deadlines of pharmaceutical companies. She is a member of the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Research Design and Biostatistics Group (RDBG) and is currently providing statistical support for the projects of the Siteman Cancer Center and the ICTS.

Contact Information
(314) 362-0387

Selected Publications

Dr. Liu on PubMed

Lee YS, Liu J, Fricano KA, Webb EM, Toolsie DR, Jones S, Rhoads JA, Vij R, Cashen AF, Abboud CN, Westervelt P, Bartlett NL, Dipersio JF, Kreisel FH, Lim KH. Lack of Prognostic Impact of MyD88 L265P Mutation for DLBCL Patients Undergoing Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation. (Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation Brief Article, In press).

Khan AS, Williams G, Woolsey C, Liu J, Fields RC, Doyle MMB, Hawkins WG, Strasberg SM. Flange Gastroenterostomy Results in Reduction in Delayed Gastric Emptying (DGE) After Standard Pancreatoduodenectomy – A Prospective Cohort Study. (Journal of the American College of Surgeons, In press).

Liu J, Colditz GA. Optimal design of longitudinal data analysis using generalized estimating equation models. Biometrical Journal 2017; 59(2):315-30. PMID: 27878852

Ferguson VL, Pradhan K, Shih CS, Gauvain KM, Kane JR, Liu J, Haase JE. Pilot Evaluation of a Palliative and End-of-Life Communication Intervention for Parents of Children with a Brain Tumor. (Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, in press, 2017 APHON Writing Award) PMID: 27920233 

Dominguez-Rosado I, Sanford DE, Liu J, Hawkins WG, Mercado MA. Timing of Surgical Repair after Bile Duct Injury Impacts Postoperative Complications but not Anastomotic Patency. Annals of Surgery 2016; 264(3):544-53. PMID: 27433902

Ghobadi A, Choi J, Fiala MA, Fletcher T, Liu J, Eissenberg LG, Abboud C, Cashen AF, Vij R, Schroeder MA, Pusic I, Stockerl-Goldstein K, Jacoby M, Uy G, Dipersio J, Westervelt P. Phase I Study of Azacitidine following Donor Lymphocyte Infusion for Relapsed Acute Myeloid Leukemia Post Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation. Leukemia Research 2016; 49:1-6. PMID: 27505705

Tuuli MG, Liu J, Stout MJ, Martin S, Cahill AG, Odibo AO, Colditz GA, Macones GA. A randomized trial comparing skin antiseptic agents at cesarean delivery. New England Journal of Medicine 2016 Feb 18; 374 (7):647-55. PMID: 26844840.

Pakiz B, Ganz PA, Sedjo RL, Flatt SW, Demark-Wahnefried W, Liu J, Wolin KY, Rock CL. Correlates of quality of life in overweight or obese breast cancer survivors at enrollment into a weight loss trial. Psycho-Oncology 2016; 25(2): 142-9. PMCID: PMC4626439

Toriola AT, Liu J, Ganz PA, Colditz GA, Yang L, Izadi S, Naughton MJ, Schwartz AL, Wolin KY. Effect of weight loss on bone health in overweight/obese postmenopausal breast cancer survivors. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment 2015; 152(3): 637-43. PMCID: PMC4521978

Rock CL, Flatt SW, Byers TE, Colditz GA, Demark-Wahnefried W, Ganz PA, Wolin KY, Elias A, Krontiras H, Liu J, Naughton M, Pakiz B, Parker BA, Sedjo RL, Wyatt H, for the Exercise and Nutrition to Enhance Recovery and Good Health for You (ENERGY) Trial Group. Results of the Exercise and Nutrition to Enhance Recovery and Good Health for You (ENERGY) Trial: A Behavioral Weight Loss Intervention in Overweight or Obese Breast Cancer Survivors. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 2015, 33(28):3169-76.

Lawton J, Liu J, Kulshrestha K, Moon M, Damiano R, Maniar H, Pasque M. The Impact of Surgical Strategy on Survival Following Repair of Type A Aortic Dissection. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, 2015, 150(2): 294-301.

Gay HA*, Liu J* (Co-first authors), Spencer CR, Lewis JS, Diaz J, Nussenbaum B,  Piccirillo JF, Ferraro DJ, Wildes TM, Sinha P, Adkins DR, Haughey BH, and Thorstad WL. Outcomes of p16 positive oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma treated with surgery and adjuvant IMRT. Hiram Gay and Jingxia Liu contributed equally to this work. Journal of Radiation Oncology, 2015: 4(1): 37-46.

Crabtree TD, Puri V, Robinson C, Bradley J, Broderick S, Patterson A, Liu J, Musick J, Bell J, Chang M, Meyers BF. Analysis of first recurrence and survival in patients with stage i non-small cell lung cancer treated with surgical resection or stereotactic radiation therapy. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery 2014; 147(4): 1183-92. PMCID: PMC4113038

Fernandez FG, Crabtree TD, Liu J, Meyers BF. Incremental Risk of Prior Coronary Arterial Stents for Pulmonary Resection. Annals of Thoracic Surgery 2013; 95(4): 1212-1220.

Carson KR, Bartlett NL, McDonald JR, Luo S, Zeringuie A, Liu J, Fu J, Chang S-H, Colditz GA. Increased Body Mass Index is associated with improved survival in United States veterans with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2012; 30(26): 3217-3222.

Editorial Positions

2013-Current: Reviewer, Journal of Clinical Oncology