Aetion.Schneew.Head2Sebastian Schneeweiss, M.D., Sc.D.

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Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Department of Medicine
Division of Pharmacoepidemiology & Pharmacoeconomics
1620 Tremont Street, Suite 3030,
Boston, MA 02120

sschneeweiss@partners.org
Phone: 617-278-0930 | Fax: 617-232-8602

Assistant: Ms. Paula Cole, pcole1@partners.org


Sebastian Schneeweiss is Vice Chief of the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Department of Medicine of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Professor in Epidemiology at the Harvard  School of Public Health.

Dr. Schneeweiss works on the comparative effectiveness and safety of biopharmaceuticals and developing methods to reach causal conclusions from analyzing complex healthcare databases. He focuses on newly marketed medications and how real-world evidence can be generated expeditiously at highest quality without compromising the accuracy of findings. He applies data-adaptive algorithms to large healthcare databases to improve confounding control supporting causal inference.  Automatization of these analytics in order to generate new evidence in rapid cycles is part of his focus. Disease areas of interest include cardiovascular, antithrombotic therapy, rheumatology, mental health, and others. He teaches courses in principled database analytics in pharmacoepidemiology at Harvard and in Europe.

He is Principal Investigator of the Harvard-Brigham Drug Safety Research Center funded by FDA/CDER. His research is funded by multiple NIH grants. Dr. Schneeweiss is Past President of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology and is Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, the American College of Clinical Pharmacology, and the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. He is voting consultant to the FDA Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee and past inaugural member of the Methods Committee of the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

He received his medical training at the University of Munich Medical School and his doctoral degree in Pharmacoepidemiology from Harvard.

Current Courses Taught

EPI286 Database Analytics in Pharmacoepidemiology (Fall 2016) – This course is intended primarily for graduate students considering a career in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry, pharmaceutical benefits management, or in national regulatory bodies. Students will learn to design, implement and interpret pharmacoepidemiologic studies using longitudinal healthcare databases. (Dr. Schneeweiss, Dr. Gagne)

EPI253 Effectiveness Research with Longitudinal Healthcare Databases (Summer 2016) – The target audience consists of researchers working in academia, medical product industry, health plans, government institutions, regulatory agencies, who have access to large longitudinal healthcare databases. They may use healthcare databases to evaluate the effectiveness of medical interventions and care patterns, to understand the comparative effectiveness and safety of medical products, to test the impact of coverage changes, or to monitor the outcome of risk-sharing arrangements. (Dr. Schneeweiss, Dr. Fischer, Dr. Hernandez-Diaz)

Effectiveness Research with Longitudinal Healthcare Databases (Summer 2016) – As part of the Summer School on Modern Methods In Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Treviso, Italy, Dr. Schneeweiss teaches the analysis of complex longitudinal healthcare databases. Participants from academia, medical product industry, health plans, government institutions, regulatory agencies will design, implement and interpret their own database analysis using the Aetion platform to assess the value of a medical intervention. (Dr. Schneeweiss, Dr. Patorno)

EPI235 Epi Methods in Health Services Research (Spring 2014) – The course is designed to introduce students to the application of standard epidemiologic methods to Health Services Research. Students will learn to recognize the principles of Epidemiology in Health Services Research and understand the terminology and methods specific to the field. (Dr. Polinski, Dr. Schneeweiss)

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