Professor Erick Suarez Perez
For the last 32 years, I have been an academic Biostatistician at the University of Puerto Rico Graduate School of Public Health. During this period, I have been involved in different research projects, where I have developed the experience to apply statistical analysis and rigorous methodologies in solving Public Health problems in population-based studies and secondary data analysis. I have the experience to design and analyze population-based data from health surveys using complex sampling designs at national or local level in Puerto Rico. As former Co-Leader of the Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Core, of the UPRCC/MDACC Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research during 2007-2013, I led our team to develop a large-scale research and publication infrastructure, using the data from the Puerto Rico Central Cancer Registry (PRCCR) and SEER. My research interest using the cancer registry was the assessment of health disparities in incidence and mortality for different types of cancers in Puerto Rico as compared with other racial/ethnic groups in the US, and the effect of a socioeconomic position index at municipality level using the US Census Bureau data in cancer incidence and mortality in Puerto Rico. During this period, 13 research manuscripts were published in peer-review journals describing cancer health disparities in Puerto Rico. Important part of the team involved in this publication effort were Dr. Marievelisse Soto Salgado, which are part of the research team for this proposal. Recently, I have been involved with colleagues of the University of George Washington (UGW) to assess the mortality excess after the hurricane María in Puerto Rico; this effort is part of the collaborative agreement between the Department of Global Health of the UGW Milken Institute School of Public Health and the School of Public Health of the University of Puerto Rico.
Recently, I have being working with the estimation of the excess mortality in Puerto Rico due to the COVID-19 pandemic using the GAM models. In addition, I am working with the mortality projections of COVID-19 using non-linear models to estimate the epidemiological curves in the short term.
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