Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
Assistant Professor, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
4420 Bayard Street, Suite 600, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa 15260
Primary Phone: 967-193-2543
My research interests focus on the many uses of statistics in public health. My devotion to statistics stems from the diversity of applications to which statistics can be applied. I came to public health after a career in telecommunications, where I was a reliability and quality engineer performing analyses analogous to “consumer reports” for telecommunication equipment.
My collaborative research currently focuses longitudinal, repeated measure and survival analysis methods in clinical trials and observational studies. Examples include:
My methodological research currently focuses Survey Sampling, Bayesian Analysis, Causal Inference, Adaptive Designs and methodology needed to support my collaborative research. This includes the following topics
My research support comes from the following sources.
Honors and Awards
Education & Training
My teaching focuses on statistical methods in epidemiology. In addition to mentoring students and participating on student committees, I teach the following courses:
To keep up to date with new teaching practices, I attend many of the CTL (center for teaching and learning) courses on good teaching practices. I specifically focus on using active learning techniques, and incorporating diversity within the classroom. I also participated in two programs to further my teaching education:
I currently advise one PhD student in epidemiology and am a committee member of three other PhD students in epidemiology. I have been primary advisor for:
In addition, I have served on 9 masters student committes (Epidemiology, Health Policy and Management, Biostatistics, and Clinical Research) and 6 PhD committees (Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Rehabilitation Science and Technology)
My service varies from reviewing journal articles, participating in grant reviews and serving on various local and national committees. I see service as an excuse to expose as many people as possible to the wonderful power of statistics.
Graduate School of Public Health and Department Service
I have participated in the following committees
I reviewed journal articles for the following journals in 2018-2019
I have participated as an ad-hoc member in the following NIH grant/contract reviews
First Author Publications, High Impact Publications and Publications between 2018-2019
Bon J, Zhang Y, Leader JK, Fuhrman C, Perera S, Chandra D, Bertolet M, Diergaarde B, Greenspan SL, Sciurba FC. Radiographic Emphysema, Circulating Bone Biomarkers, and Progressive Bone Mineral Density Loss in Smokers. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 May 1, 15(5). doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201709-743OC.PubMed PMID: 29328885.
Catov JM, Snyder GG, Fraser A, Lewis CE, Liu K, Althouse AD, Bertolet M, Gunderson EP. Blood Pressure Patterns and Subsequent Coronary Artery Calcification in Women Who Delivered Preterm Births. Hypertension. 2018 May 23. pii: hypertensionaha.117.10693. doi: 10.1161/hypertensionaha.117.10693. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29792302.
Geltzeiler M, Bertolet M, Albergotti W, Gleysteen J, Olson B, Persky M, Gross N, Li R, Andersen P, Kim S, Ferris RL, Duvvuri U, Clayburgh D. Staging HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer: Validation of AJCC-8 in a Surgical Cohort. Oral oncology. 2018 84:82-87. PubMed PMID: 30115841
Brienza DM, Karg PE, Bertolet M, Schmeler M, Poojary-Mazzotta P, Vlachos H, Wilkinson D. A randomized Clinical Trial on Wheeled Mobility for Pressure Injury Prevention and Improved Function. Journal of the American Geriatric Society. 2018; 66 (9): 1752-1759 PubMed PMID: 30094810.
Snyder GG, Holzman C, Sun T, Bullen B, Bertolet M, Catov JM. Breastfeeding Greater Than 6 Months Is Associated with Smaller Maternal Waist Circumference Up To One Decade After Delivery. Journal of Women’s Health. 2018 Nov 27. PubMed PMID 30481097
Borrero CG, Bertolet M, Costello J, Vyas D. Value of anterosuperior rotator cuff and labral tears at MRI for predicting long head of biceps tearing at arthroscopy. Clinical Radiology 2018; 73 (12) 1058 PubMed PMID: 30224185, PMCID: PMC6269187
Follansbee CW, Beerma LB, Wu L, Bertolet M, Arora G. Utility and Safety of Adenosine Challenge for Subtle Ventricular Preexcitation in the Pediatric Population. Journal of cardiovascular electrophysiology 2019: PubMed PMID:30938913.
Bertolet M, Brooks MM, Bittner V. Tree-based identification of subgroups for time-varying covariate survival data. Statistical methods in medical research. 2016 Feb; 25 (1):488-501. PMID: 23070595. PMCID: PMC5575747. doi: 10.1177/0962280212460442.
Jacobs AK, Kushner FG, Ettinger SM, Guyton RA, Anderson JL, Ohman EM, Albert NM, Antman EM, Arnett DK, Bertolet M, Bhatt DL, Brindis RG, Creager MA, DeMets DL, Dickersin K, Fonarow GC, Gibbons RJ, Halperin JL, Hochman JS, Koster MA, Normand SL, Ortiz E, Peterson ED, Roach WH Jr, Sacco RL, Smith SC Jr, Stevenson WG, Tomaselli GF, Yancy CW, Zoghbi WA, Harold JG, He Y, Mangu PB, Qaseem A, Sayre MR, Somerfield MR. ACCF/AHA clinical practice guideline methodology summit report: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Journal of The American College of Cardiology. 2013 Jan 15; 61 (2):213-65. PMID: 23238451. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2012.09.025.
Jacobs AK, Kushner FG, Ettinger SM, Guyton RA, Anderson JL, Ohman EM, Albert NM, Antman EM, Arnett DK, Bertolet M, Bhatt DL, Brindis RG, Creager MA, DeMets DL, Dickersin K, Fonarow GC, Gibbons RJ, Halperin JL, Hochman JS, Koster MA, Normand SL, Ortiz E, Peterson ED, Roach WH Jr, Sacco RL, Smith SC Jr, Stevenson WG, Tomaselli GF, Yancy CW, Zoghbi WA. ACCF/AHA clinical practice guideline methodology summit report: a report of the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines. Circulation. 2013 Jan 15; 127 (2):268-310. PMID: 23230312. doi: 10.1161/CIR.0b013e31827e8e5f.
A complete list of publications can be seen at - (both are clickable links)