Elena Losina, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Biostatistics

PhD, Boston University
MSc, Odessa I. I. Mechnikov National University

For nearly two decades I have been dedicated to bringing rigorous research methods to bear on pressing clinical and policy questions. I enjoy working closely with clinical investigators in two spheres – rheumatology and orthopaedics. I serve as the principal investigator on several NIH-funded projects and
as the collaborating methodologist on several others. My work focuses on: application of decision analytic models to the analysis of long-term clinical and economic implications of treatment or prevention strategies; statistical analysis of data collected longitudinally or via complex hierarchical surveys; design
and conduct of non-pharmacologic clinical trials.

I am the principal investigator of a multidisciplinary team that has developed the Osteoarthritis (OA) Policy Model, a computer simulation model of prevention, natural history and treatment for knee OA. This model is supported by an RO1 from NIAMS. I am also the Analytic Core Director of a multidisciplinary, international project assessing the prognostic value of serum and imaging biomarkers in knee OA.

Studies of surgery raise especially challenging methodologic problems. I serve as the principal statistician of a NIAMS-funded multicenter RCT of the efficacy of arthroscopic partial meniscectomy in persons with meniscal tear and knee osteoarthritis; principal investigator of an RCT that investigates the efficacy of a patient navigator intervention to enhance recovery following total knee replacement; and principal statistician on a multidimensional population-based study examining the association of hospital volume and outcomes of total hip and knee replacement.

I am a passionate, dedicated educator. Since 2007 I have served as a Core faculty member of EPI 208, the keystone course of the Harvard School of Public Health Program in Clinical Effectiveness. As a core faculty member I lead workshops and seminars and help students to shape research ideas into feasible
research projects. I am also a co-Director of a T32 funded training program in musculoskeletal clinical research based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

For more than a decade I have served as Principal Investigator of the Methodology Core of the NIAMSfunded P60 Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The core provides direction and support for study design, data management, programming, statistical analysis, psychometric testing, training and education of post-doctoral fellows and other trainees.

In recent years I became interested in implementing methods of behavior economics into workplace wellness programs and to increase physical activity in persons with arthritis. I led the R21 supported pilot RCT and currently work on planning a multicenter RCT to examine the efficacy of two interventions –
financial incentives and telephonic coaching to improve physical activity post total knee replacements.

I spend about a quarter of my time providing methodological mentorship to fellows, medical and doctoral students, and junior faculty. This work is funded in part by a NIAMS K24 Mentoring award. I co-founded and co-directed a short course “Essentials of Clinical Research in Orthopaedics” for orthopaedic fellows. I lead monthly research seminars and co-direct the PRIDE (Pilot Research Incubation and Development) Program in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. This innovative program creates collaborations between clinical investigators and our methodology team to move the clinicians’ research ideas toward feasible projects and publications. I also serve as a Deputy Editor for Methodology and Biostatistics for the premier orthopaedic journal, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

The breadth of clinical and methodological topics encompassed in my research and mentoring has enabled me to translate methods and concepts across disciplines and cultures.

2016 Osteoarthritis Research Society International: Clinical Research Award
2012 Association for Rheumatology Health Professionals, Division of American College of Rheumatology: Distinguished Scholar Award
2011 Harvard Medical School: Young Mentor Award
2010-Pres National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: Midcareer Mentoring Award
2008 Arthritis Foundation: Innovative Research Grant
2002 American College of Rheumatology (ACR): Arthritis Health Professional Investigator Award
2001 National Institutes of Health (NIH): Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award

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  1. Ahonkhai AA, Regan S, Idigbe I, Adeniyi O, Aliyu MH, Okonkwo P, Adeola J, Losina E, Musa Z, Ezechi O, Freedberg KA. The impact of user fees on uptake of HIV services and adherence to HIV treatment: Findings from a large HIV program in Nigeria. PLoS One. 2020; 15(10):e0238720. PMID: 33031440
  2. Lenhard NK, Williams EE, Lape EC, MacFarlane LA, Losina E, Katz JN. Patient perspectives surrounding intra-articular injections for knee osteoarthritis: A qualitative study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 Oct 07. PMID: 33026694
  3. Losina E, Silva GS, Smith KC, Collins JE, Hunter DJ, Shrestha S, Messier SP, Yelin EH, Suter LG, Paltiel AD, Katz JN. Quality-Adjusted Life-Years Lost Due to Physical Inactivity in a US Population With Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 Oct; 72(10):1349-1357. PMID: 31350803
  4. Platt L, Xu A, Giddy J, Bogart LM, Boulle A, Parker RA, Losina E, Bassett IV. Identifying and predicting longitudinal trajectories of care for people newly diagnosed with HIV in South Africa. PLoS One. 2020; 15(9):e0238975. PMID: 32956380
  5. Neilan AM, Losina E, Bangs AC, Flanagan C, Panella C, Eskibozkurt GE, Mohareb A, Hyle EP, Scott JA, Weinstein MC, Siedner MJ, Reddy KP, Harling G, Freedberg KA, Shebl FM, Kazemian P, Ciaranello AL. Clinical Impact, Costs, and Cost-Effectiveness of Expanded SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Massachusetts. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 18. PMID: 32945845
  6. Li L, Chang Y, Song S, Losina E, Costenbader KH, Laidlaw TM. Impact of reported NSAID "allergies" on opioid use disorder in back pain. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2020 Sep 09. PMID: 32916184
  7. Losina E, Leifer V, Millham L, Panella C, Hyle EP, Mohareb AM, Neilan AM, Ciaranello AL, Kazemian P, Freedberg KA. College campuses and COVID-19 mitigation: clinical and economic value. medRxiv. 2020 Sep 05. PMID: 32908989
  8. Freedberg KA, Baggett TP, Scott JA, Le MH, Shebl FM, Panella C, Losina E, Flanagan C, Gaeta J, Neilan AM, Hyle EP, Mohareb AM, Reddy KP, Siedner MP, Harling G, Weinstein MC, Ciaranello A, Kazemian P. Management Strategies for People Experiencing Sheltered Homelessness during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Clinical Outcomes and Costs. medRxiv. 2020 Aug 11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32817967
  9. Heckman JD, Swiontkowski M, Katz JN, Losina E, Schoenfeld AJ, Bedard NA, Bono CM, Carey JL, Graham B, Hensinger RN, Gebhardt MC, Mallon WJ, Rossi MJ, Matzkin E, Pinzur MS. Pain management research. Spine J. 2020 Aug; 20(8):1165-1166. PMID: 32713513
  10. Neilan AM, Losina E, Bangs AC, Flanagan C, Panella C, Eskibozkurt GE, Mohareb AM, Hyle EP, Scott JA, Weinstein MC, Siedner MJ, Reddy KP, Harling G, Freedberg KA, Shebl FM, Kazemian P, Ciaranello AL. Clinical Impact, Costs, and Cost-Effectiveness of Expanded SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Massachusetts. medRxiv. 2020 Jul 24. PMID: 32743604
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