Erika Moen, PhD, ms

Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Data Science and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

University of Chicago - PhD in Cancer Biology and MS in Translational Science, 2010-2014

Brown University - BA in Biology, 2005-2009

I completed postdoctoral training at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and I joined the faculty in the Department of Biomedical Data Science at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth in 2018. The underlying motivation behind my research program is to evaluate and optimize the process of translating exciting and novel biomedical innovations from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside.


Ronnie zipkin

MD/PhD candidate in the Geisel School of Medicine and Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Program, 2014-present

Tufts University – BA in Biology/German, 2006-2009

My research interests center on studying variation in care delivery and its impacts on patient outcomes. In my work with Dr. Moen, I work to develop statistical approaches for examining the association between adoption of new therapies and physician patient-sharing network characteristics. As a clinician, my interests are in making care accessible, equitable, coordinated, community-conscious, and true to the spirit of the shared decision-making model.


andrew schaefer, phd, MA

Senior Programmer / Analyst at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI)

University of New Hampshire - PhD and MA in Sociology, 2009-2017

Keene State College - BA in Sociology, 2005-2009

On Dr. Moen’s team, I am currently working on a project aimed at understanding cancer care delivery. In this project, I provide programming and analytic support in Medicare claims data to create a cohort of breast cancer patients and physician network datasets. Before coming to TDI, I worked as a Research Scientist at the Carsey School of Public Policy where I used US Census data to investigate rural-urban disparities in various economic, educational, and social outcomes as a member of the Vulnerable Families Research Team.


Thomas Schwedhelm, MD

MS candidate in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences Program, 2018-present

Albert Einstein College of Medicine - MD, 2011-2015

University of Nevada - BA, 2003-2007

As a clinical physician, I understand many of the uncertainties involved in patient care in the healthcare system. With the wealth of data, improving patient outcomes and physician functionality is possible. In joining Dr. Moen's lab, I seek to understand how physicians utilize new technology and guidelines. With this knowledge, medical advances can be realized in practice more quickly.