5841 S. Maryland Ave., MC 2007
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone: 773-834-1242 (Assistant: Sara Horn)
Last modified 2006-04-07
Ph.D. (Statistics) 1977, Stanford University
M.S. (Statistics) 1973, Stanford University
B.A. (Philosophy, Mathematics) 1972, Pomona College
Ronald Thisted's major research interests are in the areas of biostatistics
and epidemiology, statistical computation, and effectiveness of medical
Study regression methods for paired data with ordered categorical
outcomes, problems of multiple inference in clinical trials, methods
for combining information (meta-analysis) concerning diagnostic tests
such as those used in nuclear medicine, and assessment of causal
relationships associated with rare but catastrophic events such as
sudden death in children.
Current work in statistical computation includes data structures
for bibliographic databases, electronic publishing, computational
aspects of meta-analysis, and improved design of Monte Carlo
Works related to health outcomes include comparative assessment of
prognoses that result from different treatments for prostate cancer;
assessment of effectiveness for prostate-specific antigen tests for
screening, diagnosis, and follow-up of prostate cancer; short- and
long-term effectiveness of treatments for degenerative disease of the
lumbar spine; and relative benefits of SPECT imaging relative to
standard diagnostics in epilepsy and dementia.
Gulati, Martha, Henry R. Black, Leslee J. Shaw, Morton F.
Arnsdorf, C. Noel Bairey Merz, Michael S. Lauer, Thomas H. Marwick,
Dilip K. Pandey, Roxanne H. Wicklund, and Ronald A. Thisted. "The
Prognostic Value of a Nomogram for Exercise Capacity in Women."
New England Journal of Medicine 353, no. 5 (2005): 468--75.
Gulati, M, MF Arnsdorf, LJ Shaw, DK Pandey, RA Thisted, D
Lauderdale, R Wicklund, AJ Al-Hani, and HR Black. "Prognostic Value
of the Duke Treadmill Score in Asymptomatic Women." American
Journal of Cardiology 96 (2005): 369--75.
Levinson, Wendy, Audiey Kao, Alma M Kuby, and Ronald A Thisted.
"The Effect of Physician Disclosure of Financial Incentives on
Trust." Archives of Internal Medicine 165, no. 6 (2005):
Levinson, Wendy, Audiey Kao, Alma Kuby, and Ronald A Thisted.
"Not All Patients Want to Participate in Decision-Making. A
National Study of Public Preferences." Journal of General
Internal Medicine 20, no. 6 (2005): 531--35.
Marona-Lewicka, Danuta, Ronald A. Thisted, and David E. Nichols.
"Distinct Temporal Phases in the Behavioral Pharmacology of Lsd:
Dopamine D(2) Receptor-Mediated Effects in the Rat and Implications for
Psychosis." Psychopharmacology 180 (2005): 427--35.
Brooks, BR, RA Thisted, SH Appel, WG Bradley, RK Olney, JE Berg, LE
Pope, and RA Smith. "Treatment of Pseudobulbar Affect in Als with
Dextromethorphan/Quinidine: A Randomized Trial." Neurology
63 (2004): 1364-70.
Smith, Richard A, James E Berg, Laura E Pope, and Ronald A Thisted.
"Measuring Pseudobulbar Affect in Als." Amyotrophic
Lateral Sclerosis and Other Motor Neuron Disorders Sep;5 Suppl 1
Smith, Richard A, James E Berg, Laura E Pope, JD Callahan, D Wynn,
and Ronald A Thisted. "Validation of the Cns Emotional Lability
Scale for Pseudobulbar Affect (Pathological Laughing and Crying) in
Multiple Sclerosis Patients." Multiple Sclerosis 10 (2004):
Thisted, R. A. "Are There Social Determinants of Health and
Disease?" Perspect Biol Med 46, no. 3 Suppl (2003): S65-73.
Worcester, E., J. H. Parks, M. A. Josephson, R. A. Thisted, and F. L.
Coe. "Causes and Consequences of Kidney Loss in Patients with
Nephrolithiasis." Kidney Int 64, no. 6 (2003): 2204-13.
Gulati M, Pandey DK, Arnsdorf MF, Lauderdale DS, Thisted RA,
Wicklund RH, Al-Hani AJ, Black. Exercise capacity and the risk of death
in women: the St James Women Take Heart Project. Circulation,
108(13): 1554-9 (2003).
Smith AD and Borys N. SPECT perfusion imaging in the diagnosis of
Alzheimer's disease: a clinical-pathologic study. Neurology,
56(7): 950-956 (2001).
Lauderdale, D. S., R. A. Thisted, M. Wen, and M. J. Favus.
"Bone Mineral Density and Fracture among Prevalent Kidney Stone
Cases in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination
Survey." J Bone Miner Res 16, no. 10 (2001): 1893-8.
Sacks SL, Thisted RA, Jones TM, Barbarash RA, Mikolich DJ, Ruoff
GE, Jorizzo JL, Gunnill LB, Katz DH, et al. Clinical efficacy of
topical docosanol 10% cream for herpes simplex labialis: A multicenter,
randomized, placebo-controlled trial. J Am Acad Dermatol, 45(2):
Lauderdale, D. S., R. A. Thisted, and J. Goldberg. "Is
Geographic Variation in Hip Fracture Rates Related to Current or Former
Region of Residence?" Epidemiology 9, no. 5 (1998): 574-7.
Devous MD Sr, Thisted RA, Leroy RF, and Rowe CC. SPECT brain
imaging in epilepsy: a meta-analysis. Journal of Nuclear
Medicine, 39(2): 295-293 (1998).
Gerber, G. S., R. A. Thisted, P. T. Scardino, H. G. Frohmuller, F.
H. Schroeder, D. F. Paulson, A. W. Middleton, D. B. Rukstalis, J. A.
Smith, P. F. Schellhammer, M. Ohori, and G. W. Chodak. "Results of
Radical Prostatectomy in Men with Clinically Localized Prostate
Cancer." JAMA 276, no. 8 (1996): 615-9.
Biederman J, Thisted RA, Greenhill L, Ryan ND. Estimation the
association between desipramine and the risk for sudden death in 5 to
14-year old children. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 87-93
Chodak, G. W., R. A. Thisted, G. S. Gerber, J. E. Johansson, J.
Adolfsson, G. W. Jones, G. D. Chisholm, B. Moskovitz, P. M. Livne, and
J. Warner. "Results of Conservative Management of Clinically
Localized Prostate Cancer." N Engl J Med 330, no. 4 (1994):
Benca, R. M., W. H. Obermeyer, R. A. Thisted, and J. C. Gillin.
"Sleep and Psychiatric Disorders. A Meta-Analysis." Arch
Gen Psychiatry 49, no. 8 (1992): 651-68; discussion 69-70.
Thisted, R, and B Efron. "Did Shakespeare Write a
Newly-Discovered Poem?" Biometrika 74 (1987): 445-55.
Efron, B, and R A Thisted. "Estimating the Number of Unseen
Species: How Many Words Did Shakespeare Know?" Biometrika
63 (1976): 435-47.
Statistical Methods (Stat 343)
Analysis (HS 326/Stat 226)
Essentials of Patient Oriented Research
Epidemiology and Clinical Investigation (HS 541)
Professor, Department of Statistics and the College
Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Critical Care
Professor, Committee on Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacogenomics
Member, Institute for Mind and Biology
Co-Director, Clinical Research Training Program
Scientific Director, Biostatistics Core Facility, University of
Chicago Cancer Research Center