Sonia Hernandez-Diaz, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

MD, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
DPH/DrPH, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health

Dr. Hernandez-Diaz is a Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Pharmacoepidemiology Program at the Harvard School of Public Health and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Her main area of research has been drug safety evaluation from observational data, with a special emphasis on the analysis of patterns of use and safety of drugs during pregnancy. She has also studied the gastrointestinal and cardiovascular safety of steroidal and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and this work triggered her involvement with newly introduced COX-2 inhibitors. Her third group of research activities concerns the application of innovative methodologic concepts to pharmacoepidemiologic studies, including the use of causal structural approaches to define confounding and selection biases that might facilitate the identification, communication, and resolution of common analytical problems.

2017 Poulsson medal/award by the Norwegian Society of Pharmacology and Toxicology
2015 Alumni Award Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
2015 Clinical Research Forum: Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award
2014 Elected President of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology
2013 Elected President of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research
2012 Elected Fellow of the European Academy of Cancer Sciences
2010-2012 International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology: Elected Chair of the Pregnancy Special Interest Group
2008-Pres Elected Fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology
2006 Kenneth Rothman Prize Award
2004 Kenneth Rothman Prize Award
2004-2010 Kenneth Rothman Prize Award
2000 Lilienfeld Student Prize
1999 15th Annual Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology – Oral Presentation Prize


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2020 Comparative Safety of Non-Insulin Agents in Pregnant Women with Pregestational Diabetes 5R01HD097778-02 1
2020 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-03 1
2020 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-03 1
2020 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-03 1
2019 Comparative Safety of Non-Insulin Agents in Pregnant Women with Pregestational Diabetes 1R01HD097778-01A1 1
2018 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 5R01HD088393-02 1
2018 Pregnancy Registries Nested in International Pooled Health Care Databases 5R21HD092879-02 6
2017 Long-term Impact of Fertility Treatment Study 1R01HD088393-01A1 1
2017 Pregnancy Registries Nested in International Pooled Health Care Databases 1R21HD092879-01 6
2016 Comparative Safety of commonly prescribed Psychotropic Drugs in pregnant Women 5R01MH100216-03 24
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  1. Moura LMVR, Smith JR, Yan Z, Blacker D, Schwamm LH, Newhouse JP, Hernandez-Diaz S, Hsu J. Patterns of anticonvulsant use and adverse drug events in older adults. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2020 Oct 02. PMID: 33009718
  2. Huybrechts KF, Bateman BT, Zhu Y, Straub L, Mogun H, Kim SC, Desai RJ, Hernandez-Diaz S. Hydroxychloroquine early in pregnancy and risk of birth defects. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2020 Sep 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32961123
  3. Patorno E, Hernandez-Diaz S, Huybrechts KF, Desai RJ, Cohen JM, Mogun H, Bateman BT. Gabapentin in pregnancy and the risk of adverse neonatal and maternal outcomes: A population-based cohort study nested in the US Medicaid Analytic eXtract dataset. PLoS Med. 2020 09; 17(9):e1003322.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32870921
  4. Mahic M, Hernandez-Diaz S, Wood M, Kieler H, Odsbu I, Nørgaard M, Öztürk B, Bateman BT, Hjellvik V, Skurtveit S, Handal M. In utero opioid exposure and risk of infections in childhood: A multinational Nordic cohort study. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2020 Aug 07. PMID: 32767610
  5. Labuda SM, Huo Y, Kacanek D, Patel K, Huybrechts K, Jao J, Smith C, Hernandez-Diaz S, Scott G, Burchett S, Kakkar F, Chadwick EG, Van Dyke RB. Rates of Hospitalization and Infection-Related Hospitalization Among Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-Exposed Uninfected Children Compared to HIV-Unexposed Uninfected Children in the United States, 2007-2016. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Jul 11; 71(2):332-339.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31504291
  6. Cohen JM, Cesta CE, Furu K, Einarsdóttir K, Gissler M, Havard A, Hernandez-Diaz S, Huybrechts KF, Kieler H, Leinonen MK, Li J, Reutfors J, Schaffer A, Selmer R, Yu Y, Zoega H, Karlstad Ø. Prevalence trends and individual patterns of antiepileptic drug use in pregnancy 2006-2016: A study in the five Nordic countries, United States, and Australia. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2020 08; 29(8):913-922.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32492755
  7. Wood ME, Cohen JM, Ystrom E, Nordeng HME, Hernandez-Diaz S. Response to: Modelling paternal exposure as a negative control. Int J Epidemiol. 2020 06 01; 49(3):1054-1055. PMID: 32330933
  8. Huybrechts KF, Hernandez-Diaz S, Bateman BT. Ondansetron Use in Pregnancy and Congenital Malformations-Reply. JAMA. 2020 05 26; 323(20):2097-2098.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32453362
  9. Zhu Y, Bateman BT, Gray KJ, Hernandez-Diaz S, Mogun H, Straub L, Huybrechts KF. Oral fluconazole use in the first trimester and risk of congenital malformations: population based cohort study. BMJ. 2020 May 20; 369:m1494.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32434758
  10. Reutfors J, Cesta CE, Cohen JM, Bateman BT, Brauer R, Einarsdóttir K, Engeland A, Furu K, Gissler M, Havard A, Hernandez-Diaz S, Huybrechts KF, Karlstad Ø, Leinonen MK, Li J, Man KKC, Pazzagli L, Schaffer A, Schink T, Wang Z, Yu Y, Zoega H, Bröms G. Antipsychotic drug use in pregnancy: A multinational study from ten countries. Schizophr Res. 2020 06; 220:106-115.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32295750
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