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Theodore Colton, ScD

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentEpidemiology
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-5174
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-6329-0955
Other Positions
TitleChairman Emeritus of Epidemiology
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentEpidemiology

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentSociomedical Sciences

TitleProfessor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentBiostatistics

TitleGraduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

InstitutionBoston Medical Center

 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Colton has more than 50 years of experience in biostatistical and epidemiologic collaboration and consultation with health professionals. He was chair of the former BUSPH Epidemiology and Biostatistics department, 1980-99. He is a prominent biostatistical and epidemiologic educator of clinicians and other medical researchers. At BUSPH, he initiated the Epidemiology Doctoral Program, the first doctoral degree program at the School. He is a founding editor of the journal Statistics in Medicine, and has served on numerous editorial boards, including that for the New England Journal of Medicine. He is co-editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Biostatistics, a widely used reference work now in its second edition and available in hard copy and online. Dr. Colton also authored the textbook Statistics in Medicine, a widely used text in medical schools and schools of public health. Dr. Colton’s specific interests include clinical trials. He is co-investigator on several ongoing trials at Boston Medical Center and serves on numerous Data and Safety Monitoring boards for government-sponsored as well as industrial-sponsored trials. He is co-editor of Biostatistics in Clinical Trials, a volume derived from the Encyclopedia of Biostatistics.  In epidemiology, his research interests are in cancer, infants and children, and vision research.

 Publications
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  1. Berk JL, Suhr OB, Obici L, Sekijima Y, Zeldenrust SR, Yamashita T, Heneghan MA, Gorevic PD, Litchy WJ, Wiesman JF, Nordh E, Corato M, Lozza A, Cortese A, Robinson-Papp J, Colton T, Rybin DV, Bisbee AB, Ando Y, Ikeda S, Seldin DC, Merlini G, Skinner M, Kelly JW, Dyck PJ. Repurposing diflunisal for familial amyloid polyneuropathy: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA. 2013 Dec 25; 310(24):2658-67.
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  2. Lister G, Rybin DV, Colton T, Heeren TC, Hunt CE, Colson ER, Willinger M, Corwin MJ. Relationship between sleep position and risk of extreme cardiorespiratory events. J Pediatr. 2012 Jul; 161(1):22-5.e1.
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  3. Hoover RN, Hyer M, Pfeiffer RM, Adam E, Bond B, Cheville AL, Colton T, Hartge P, Hatch EE, Herbst AL, Karlan BY, Kaufman R, Noller KL, Palmer JR, Robboy SJ, Saal RC, Strohsnitter W, Titus-Ernstoff L, Troisi R. Adverse health outcomes in women exposed in utero to diethylstilbestrol. N Engl J Med. 2011 Oct 6; 365(14):1304-14.
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  4. Smith LA, Colson ER, Rybin D, Margolis A, Colton T, Lister G, Corwin MJ. Maternal assessment of physician qualification to give advice on AAP-recommended infant sleep practices related to SIDS. Acad Pediatr. 2010 Nov-Dec; 10(6):383-8.
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  5. Colson ER, Rybin D, Smith LA, Colton T, Lister G, Corwin MJ. Trends and factors associated with infant sleeping position: the national infant sleep position study, 1993-2007. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009 Dec; 163(12):1122-8.
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  6. Fernandez WG, Winter MR, Mitchell PM, Bullock H, Donovan J, St George J, Feldman JA, Gallagher SS, McKay MP, Bernstein E, Colton T. Six-month follow-up of a brief intervention on self-reported safety belt use among emergency department patients. Acad Emerg Med. 2009 Nov; 16(11):1221-4.
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  7. Colson ER, Levenson S, Rybin D, Calianos C, Margolis A, Colton T, Lister G, Corwin MJ. Barriers to following the supine sleep recommendation among mothers at four centers for the Women, Infants, and Children Program. Pediatrics. 2006 Aug; 118(2):e243-50.
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  8. Brinton LA, Lubin JH, Murray MC, Colton T, Hoover RN. Mortality rates among augmentation mammoplasty patients: an update. Epidemiology. 2006 Mar; 17(2):162-9.
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  9. Colson ER, McCabe LK, Fox K, Levenson S, Colton T, Lister G, Corwin MJ. Barriers to following the back-to-sleep recommendations: insights from focus groups with inner-city caregivers. Ambul Pediatr. 2005 Nov-Dec; 5(6):349-54.
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  10. Brinton LA, Buckley LM, Dvorkina O, Lubin JH, Colton T, Murray MC, Hoover R. Risk of connective tissue disorders among breast implant patients. Am J Epidemiol. 2004 Oct 1; 160(7):619-27.
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  11. Corwin HL, Gettinger A, Pearl RG, Fink MP, Levy MM, Shapiro MJ, Corwin MJ, Colton T. Efficacy of recombinant human erythropoietin in critically ill patients: a randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2002 Dec 11; 288(22):2827-35.
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  12. Palmer JR, Hatch EE, Rosenberg CL, Hartge P, Kaufman RH, Titus-Ernstoff L, Noller KL, Herbst AL, Rao RS, Troisi R, Colton T, Hoover RN. Risk of breast cancer in women exposed to diethylstilbestrol in utero: prelimiinary results (United States). Cancer Causes Control. 2002 Oct; 13(8):753-8.
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