S. Reza Jafarzadeh, DVM, MPVM, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Clinical Epi Research & Training

DVM, University of Tehran
MPVM, University of California, Davis
PhD, University of California, Davis

I am interested in the application of causal inference methods in observational studies, especially in the setting of longitudinal data, where time-varying exposures, time-dependent confounding, and selection bias are often present. In particular, I am interested in the application of the variety of modern analytical techniques for estimating causal effects as well as the concepts such as direct and indirect effect decomposition (causal mediation analysis), causal interactions and sufficient causes, and causal interference and spill-over effects. These analytical techniques can be applied to broad areas of health sciences research, but I am particularly interested in the application of causal inference for comparative effectiveness research and implementation science. The methods are very useful for the development and assessment of strategies to improve population health using non-experimental data.

I am also interested in the application of Bayesian methods for evaluation of diagnostic tests and prevalence estimation in the absence of a perfect reference standard. These methods have broad applications in diagnosis and screening, and can be used to estimate true prevalence using imperfect tests.

2018 Arthritis & Rheumatology: Editor’s Choice Article
2014 American College of Epidemiology (ACE): Travel Award
2013 American College of Epidemiology (ACE): Travel Award
2009-2010 University of California, Davis: Graduate Student Support Program (GSSP)
2007-2008 University of California, Davis: Epidemiology Graduate Group Fellowship
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  1. Durkin MJ, Jafarzadeh SR, Hsueh K, Sallah YH, Munshi KD, Henderson RR, Fraser VJ. Outpatient Antibiotic Prescription Trends in the United States: A National Cohort Study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Feb 27; 1-6. PMID: 29485018.
  2. Munigala S, Jackups RR, Poirier RF, Liang SY, Wood H, Jafarzadeh SR, Warren DK. Impact of order set design on urine culturing practices at an academic medical centre emergency department. BMJ Qual Saf. 2018 Jan 20. PMID: 29353243.
  3. Jafarzadeh SR, Felson DT. Updated Estimates Suggest a Much Higher Prevalence of Arthritis in United States Adults Than Previous Ones. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018 Feb; 70(2):185-192.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29178176; DOI: 10.1002/art.40355;.
  4. Durkin MJ, Hsueh K, Sallah YH, Feng Q, Jafarzadeh SR, Munshi KD, Lockhart PB, Thornhill MH, Henderson RR, Fraser VJ. An evaluation of dental antibiotic prescribing practices in the United States. J Am Dent Assoc. 2017 Dec; 148(12):878-886.e1. PMID: 28941554.
  5. Jinno S, Lu N, Jafarzadeh SR, Dubreuil M. Trends in Hospitalizations for Serious Infections in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis in the US Between 1993 and 2013. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 Jul 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28732148.
  6. Jafarzadeh SR, Felson DT. Corrected Estimates for the Prevalence of Self-Reported Doctor-Diagnosed Arthritis Among US Adults: Comment on the Article by Hootman et al. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 Aug; 69(8):1701-1702.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28482138; DOI: 10.1002/art.40144;.
  7. Munigala S, McMullen KM, Russo AJ, Jafarzadeh SR, Hoppe-Bauer J, Burnham CD, Warren DK. Reinstatement of Reflex Testing of Stool Samples for Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE) Resulted in Decreased Incidence of Hospital-Associated VRE. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 05; 38(5):619-621. PMID: 28219459; DOI: 10.1017/ice.2017.19;.
  8. Hsueh K, Reyes M, Krekel T, Casabar E, Ritchie DJ, Jafarzadeh SR, Hays AJ, Lane MA, Durkin MJ. Effective Antibiotic Conservation by Emergency Antimicrobial Stewardship During a Drug Shortage. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 Mar; 38(3):356-359. PMID: 27917734; DOI: 10.1017/ice.2016.289;.
  9. Jafarzadeh SR, Thomas BS, Gill J, Fraser VJ, Marschall J, Warren DK. Sepsis surveillance from administrative data in the absence of a perfect verification. Ann Epidemiol. 2016 Oct; 26(10):717-722.e1. PMID: 27600804; DOI: 10.1016/j.annepidem.2016.08.002;.
  10. Jafarzadeh SR, Thomas BS, Warren DK, Gill J, Fraser VJ. Longitudinal Study of the Effects of Bacteremia and Sepsis on 5-year Risk of Cardiovascular Events. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Aug 15; 63(4):495-500. PMID: 27193746; PMCID: PMC4967600; DOI: 10.1093/cid/ciw320;.
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