welcome! I retired officially from the regular University
of Washington faculty at the end of 2011 and am now Professor
Emeritus of Epidemiology and Health Services. I no longer
have an active research program or classroom teaching
duties. My main professional activities in retirement are:
- Co-authoring the second edition of Epidemiologic
Research: Studying the Occurrence of Illness with
colleague Noel Weiss, with a target publication date of
- Serving as a statistical / methodological reviewer for JAMA
and doing occasional manuscript peer reviews for other
- Co-authoring scientific papers from projects on which I
was an investigator before retiring.
Before retiring, my main research areas were injury
epidemiology, neuroepidemiology, veterans health, application of
epidemiology to evaluation of health services, and epidemiologic
methods. See my curriculum vitae
Noel Weiss and I co-created the EPI 512-513
course series, Epidemiologic Methods I and II, in the mid-1980s,
and I co-taught it through 2011. Victoria Holt joined us
as a co-instructor several years ago and is now the lead
instructor for EPI 512. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar has now joined
the UW Epidemiology faculty and is the lead instructor for EPI
513. Noel and I co-authored Epidemiologic Methods: Studying the Occurrence of
, published by Oxford University Press in 2003.
It is the main textbook for the EPI 512-513 series and is used
in similar courses elsewhere.
I have used computers extensively throughout my
career since working as a professional computer programmer
before and during medical school. As a researcher and
classroom teacher, I developed my own preferences for favorite software
, most of
which is open-source and in the public domain.
- I am one member of a 6-person book club, now in its 28th
year, for which I serve as club historian. A list of
books we have read is available here.
- I have a more-than-casual interest in art history. I
completed a 6-year project from 2002-2007, spending one year
studying Western art from each century from the 15th century
through the 20th. One spin-off from the project was a
series of art cover
commentaries for Archives
of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine (now JAMA
Pediatrics) about different art works related to the
lives of children. Another by-product was a
companion to Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Painters,
which was one of our book club selections. Yet another
was a special seminar, An
Epidemiologist Looks at Art, presented by
invitation to the UW Department of Epidemiology in early
2012. The text
and a slightly sanitized version of the slides
are available for viewing.
- In early 2011, I began trying to learn how to play the
viola. It has become a continuing source of both
challenge and enjoyment. I am grateful for the
patience and help of two good teachers.
- Update Noel's and my textbook on epidemiologic methods
- Spend time with my lovely wife, Kathie
- Travel: India, Antarctica, New Zealand, Norway, Italy...
- Attend performing arts and visual arts events
- Stay healthy
- Do volunteer work
- Keep learning how to play the viola
- Attend selected classes at UW: music, economics,
mathematics, art history
- Work on overdue house projects
- Read good books
Regular mail: 116 NW 60th Street, Seattle, WA
I no longer have an office on the UW campus.