Faculty Bio - Sheryl F. Kelsey, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology
Co-Director, Epidemiology Data Center
Department of Epidemiology
A525 Crabtree Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Dr. Kelsey's research interests are in the coordination of multicenter clinical trials and registries primarily in cardiology, but also in diabetes, women's health, neurology, and ophthalmology. She has served as Principal Investigator for coordinating centers for a number of National Institutes of Health-sponsored multicenter clinical trials and registries. She has served on over thirty Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for the National Institutes of Health, the Veteran's Administration and industry.
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University
, 1978, Statistics
Thesis: The measurement of air pollution emissions from coke oven doors
Thesis Advisor: Paul Shaman, Ph.D.
M.S. Carnegie Mellon University, 1973, Statistics
A.B. Mount Holyoke College
, 1967, cum laude
Major: Mathematics Minor: Chemistry
2008 - 2011
Professor, Clinical Translational Science Institute, Secondary Appointment, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh
1996 - Present
Professor (with tenure), Department of Epidemiology, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
1985 - Present
Deputy Director, Director, Co-Director, Epidemiology Data Center, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
1977 - 1996
Research Associate, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
2005 - Present
Cooperative Studies Scientific Merit Review Board (CSSMRB) Veterans Administration
1990 - Present
Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for National Institutes of Health, (NHLBI, NINDS, NIDDK, NEI, NIDA, NIMH) Veterans Administration and Industry
1984 - Present
NIH Reviewer (NHLBI, NINDS, NIDDK, NEI, NCCAM)
Pittsburgh Statistician of the Year (2009)
Fellow of the American Heart Association (elected 2001) Fellow of the American Statistical Association
(elected 1998) Delta Omega: Honor Society in Public Health (elected 1993)
Design of Clinical Trials, Epidemiology 2181, (1992-2008). Both clinical and statistical aspects of design addressed. Assignments included a critique of reports of clinical trials in the literature. Students worked in groups to design a randomized clinical.
Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation (BARI 2D) in Diabetic Patients, Principal Investigator, NHLBI Grant 1-R01 HL61744-01A1. This multicenter, two by two factorial, randomized, clinical trial tests two treatment strategies for diabetes as well as tests maximal medical therapy versus revascularization for patients with existing diabetes and heart disease. Five-year mortality is the primary outcome.
Dynamic Evaluation of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, NHLBI Grant HL33292, Principal Investigator. The NHLBI Dynamic Registry provides an objective assessment of the current practice of percutaneous coronary intervention. Reports from this multicenter, international registry provide the cardiology community with the fact s needed for selection of appropriate interventional therapies and for the design of clinical trials to evaluate competing devices in selected settings.
Women's Ischemia Syndrome (WISE) Coronary Vascular Dysfunction. Principal Investigator, Data Coordinating Center. Subcontract with Cedars Sinai Medical Center, R01 HL090957-02. This subcontract provides funding for the Epidemiology Data Center to serve as the Data Coordinating Center for the Women's Ischemia Stroke Evaluation (WISE) pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease project.
Cardiovascular events in Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE). Principal Investigator. Data Coordinating Center. NHLBI R03 AG032631-02.
Multi-center Randomized Clinical Trial on Wheeled Mobility for Preventing Pressure Ulcers. Co-Principal Investigator, NICHD R01 HD041490-06. RCT to determine the efficacy of pressure-reducing seat cushions in preventing sitting-acquired pressure ulcers in the elderly, long-term care population.
Myocardial Ischemia and Transfusion (MINT). Principal Investigator, Data Coordinating Center, NHLBI RC2 HL101458-01. MINT is a pilot, multicenter, randomized clinical trial to compare two thresholds for initiating blood transfusions in patients after a heart attack or other coronary event when hemoglobin is less than 10 g/dl.
Down Syndrome known as Pittsburgh Compound-B (PiB) Study, Principal Investigator, Data Coordinating Center, NIH/NIA. This study assesses amyloid deposition with PET PiB in functionally stable adults with Down Syndrome and examines the relationship of the findings to presence or absence of the apolipoprotein E4 allele.
Past Projects Include:
- International Registry of Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (IEPR), Vasomedical, Inc. Contract. Principal Investigator.
- Heart Failure Home Care Demonstration Project (HFHC) (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (MCS), Coordinating Center, Principal Investigator.
- Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) NHLBI Contract 1HV68162, Coordinating Center, Principal Investigator.
- Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation (BARI) (Coordinating Center, Co Principal Investigator)
- Encophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study (EVS) (Coordinating Center, Principal Investigator)
- Brain Trauma Research Center (Biostatistics Core, Principal Investigator)
- Epidemiology of Diabetic Complications
- Epidemiology of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Women
- Brain Resuscitation Clinical Trials (BRCT I, II, & III)
- NHLBI Type II Coronary Intervention Study
- Liver Transplantation Database, Pilot Phase (Co-Principal Investigator)
- NHLBI PTCA Registry (Co-Principal Investigator)
- Aerobic Exercise Intervention in Cystic Fibrosis
- Treatment of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PEACH)
McClure CK, Patrick TE, Katz KD, Kelsey SF
, Weiss HB. Birth Outcomes Following Self-Inflicted Poisoning During Pregnancy, California, 2000 to 2004. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs
. 2011 May;40(3):292-301. PMID:21585527; PMCID: N/A
Soran OZ, Feldman AM, Piña IL, Lamas GA, Kelsey SF
, Selzer F, Pilotte J, Lave JR. Cost of Medical Services in Older Patients With Heart Failure: Those Receiving Enhanced Monitoring Using A Computer-Based Telephonic Monitoring System Compared With Those in Usual Care: The Heart Failure Home Care Trial. J Card Fail
. 2010 Nov;16(11):859-66. PMID: 21055649; PMCID: N/A
Merz CN, Olson MB, McClure C, Yang YC, Symons J, Sopko G, Kelsey SF
, Handberg E, Johnson BD, Cooper-DeHoff RM, Sharaf B, Rogers WJ, Pepine CJ. A Randomized Controlled Trial of Low-Dose Hormone Therapy on Myocardial Ischemia in Postmenopausal Women with no Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease: Results From The National Institutes Of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-Sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE). Am Heart J
. 2010 Jun;159(6):987.e1-7. PMID: 20569710; PMCID: PMC2918903
Wolf WM, Vlachos HA, Marroquin OC, Lee JS, Smith C, Anderson WD, Schindler JT, Holper EM, Abbott JD, Williams DO, Laskey WK, Kip KE, Kelsey SF
, Mulukutla SR. Paclitaxel-eluting versus sirolimus-eluting stents in diabetes mellitus: a report from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Dynamic Registry. Circ Cardiovasc Interv
. 2010 Feb 1;3(1):42-9. Epub 2010 Jan 26. PMID: 20118153; PMCID: PMC2947208
Venkitachalam L, Kip KE, Mulukutla SR, Selzer F, Laskey WK, Slater J, Cohen HA, Wilensky RL, Williams DO, Marroquin OC, Sutton-Tyrrell K, Bunker CH, Kelsey SF
. Temporal Trends in Patient-Reported Angina at 1 Year After Percutaneous Coronary Revascularization in the Stent Era: A Report From the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-Sponsored 1997-2006 Dynamic Registry. Circulation Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes
2009; 2:607-615; PMCID: PMC3014456
Arant CB, Wessel TR, Ridker PM, Olson MB, Reis SE, Johnson BD, Sharaf BL, Pauly DF, Handberg E, Zineh I, Sopko G, Kelsey SF
, Bairey Merz CN, Pepine CJ. Multimarker Approach Predicts Adverse Cardiovascular Events in Women Evaluated for Suspected Ischemia: Results from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-Sponsored Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation. Clin Cardiol
2009;32(5):244-50. PMCID: PMC2811492
Frye RL, August P, Brooks MM, Hardison RM, Kelsey SF
, MacGregor JM, Orchard TJ, Chaitman BR, Genuth SM, Goldberg SH, Hlatky MA, Jones TL, Molitch ME, Nesto RW, Sako EY, Sobel BE, the BARI 2D Study Group. A Randomized Trial of Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease. N Engl J Med
2009;236(24):2503-15. PMCID: N/A
Hlatky MA, Boothroyd DB, Bravata DM, Boersma E, Booth J, Brooks MM, Carri? D, Clayton TC, Danchin N, Flather M, Hamm CW, Hueb WA, Kahler J, Kelsey SF
, King SB, Kosinski AS, Lopes N, McDonald KM, Rodriguez A, Serruys P, Sigwart U, Stables RH, Owens DK, Pocock SJ. Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery Compared with Percutaneous Coronary Interventions for Multivessel Disease: a Collaborative Analysis of Individual Patient Data from Ten Randomized Trials. Lancet
. 2009;373:1190-7. PMCID: N/A
Venkitachalam L, Kip KE, Selzer F, Wilensky RL, Slater JN, Mulukutla SR, Marroquin OC, Block PC, Williams DO, Kelsey SF
. Twenty-year evolution of Percutaneous coronary Intervention and its impact on clinical outcomes – A Report from the NHLBI-Sponsored 1985-86 PTCA and 1997-2006 Dynamic Registries. Circulation Cardiovasc Intervent
2009;2:6-13. PMCID: PMC3024012
Soran OZ, Piña IL, Lamas GA, Kelsey SF
, Selzer F, Pilotte J, Lave JR, Feldman AM. A Randomized Clinical Trial of the Clinical Effects of Enhanced Heart Failure Monitoring Using a Computer-based Telephonic Monitoring System in Older Minorities and Women. J Card Fail
Marroquin OC, Selzer F, Mulukutla SR, Williams DO, Vlachos HA, Wilensky RL, Tanguay JF, Holper E, Abbott JD, Lee JS, Smith C, Anderson WD, Kelsey SF
, Kip KE. A Comparison of Bare Metal and Drug-Eluting Stents for Off-Label Indications: Findings from the NHLBI Dynamic Registry. N Engl J Med
. 2008;358:342-52.PMCID: PMC2761092
The Final Ten-Year Follow-up Results from the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation (BARI) Randomized Trial - The BARI Investigators. J Am Coll Cardiol
Lawson WE, Silver MA, Hui JCK, Kennard ED, Kelsey SF
, for the IEPR Investigators. Angina Patients with Diastolic Versus Systolic Heart Failure Demonstrated Comparable Immediate and One Year Benefit from Enhanced External Counterpulsation. J of Cardiac Failure
Wessel TR, Arant CB, Olson MB, Johnson BD, Reis SE, Sharaf BL, Shaw LJ, Handberg E, Sopko G, Kelsey SF
, Peopine CJ, Bairey Merz CN. Relationships of Physical Fitness versus Body Mass Index with Coronary Artery Disease and Cardiovascular Events in Women. JAMA
Orenstein DM, Hovell MF, Mulvihill M, Keating KK, Hofstetter CR, Kelsey S
, Morris K, Nixon PS. Strength Versus Aerobic Training in Children with Cystic Fibrosis: A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Chest
Johnson DB, Shaw LJ, Buchthal SD, Bairey Merz CN, Kim HW, Scott KN, Doyle M, Olson MB, Pepine CJ, Den Hollander J, Sharaf B, Rogers WJ, Mankad S, Forder JR, Kelsey SF
, Pohost GM. Prognosis in Women with Myocardial Ischemia in the Absence of Obstructive Coronary Disease: Results from the NHLBI-sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study. Circulation
Kip KE, Marroquin OC, Kelley DE, Johnson BD, Kelsey SF
, Shaw LJ, Rogers WJ, Reis SE. Clinical Importance of Obesity Versus the Metabolic Syndrome in Cardiovascular Risk in Women. A Report From the Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study. Circulation
Barsness G, Feldman AM, Holmes DR, Holubkov R, Kelsey SF
, Kennard ED, and the International EECP Patient Registry Investigators, “The International EECP Patient Registry (IEPR): Design, Methods, Baseline Characteristics, and Acute Results.” Clin Cardio
Buchthal SD, den Hollander JA, Bairey Merz CN, Rogers WJ, Pepine CJ, Reichek N, Reis S, Kelsey SF
, Pohost GM. “Metabolic Evidence of Myocardial Ischemia by 31P NMR Spectroscopy in Women with Chest Pain but No Significant Coronary Stenoses: Pilot Phase Results from NHLBI-sponsored WISE Study.” N Eng J Med
Williams DO, Holubkov R, Yeh W, Bourassa MG, Al-Bassam M, Block PC, Cohen H, Cowley M, Dorros G, Faxon D, Holmes DR, Jacobs A, Kelsey SF
, King SB, Myler R, Slater J, Stanek V, Vlachos HA, Detre KM, “Percutaneous Coronary Intervention in the Current Era Compared With 1985-1986: The NHLBI Registries.” Circulation
, “Patients with diabetes did better with coronary bypass graft surgery than with percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty: Was this BARI finding real?” Am Heart J
Bairey-Merz CN, Kelsey SF
, Pepine CJ, Reichek N, Reis SE, Rogers WJ, Sharaf BL, Sopko G, for the WISE Study Group, “The Women’s Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE) Study: Protocol Design, Methodology and Feasibility Report.” J Am Coll Cardiol
Jacobs AK, Kelsey SF
, Brooks MM, Faxon DP, Chaitman BR, Bittner V, Mock MB, Weiner BH, Dean L, Winston C, Drew L, Sopko G. “A Better Outcome for Women as Compared to Men Undergoing Coronary Revascularization: A Report from the Bypass Angioplasty Revascularization Investigation (BARI).” Circulation
Marion DW, Penrod LE, Kelsey SF
, Obrist WD, Kochanek PM, Palmer AM, Wisniewski SP, DeKosky ST. "Improved Outcome After Traumatic Brain Injury WithThe Use of Moderate Hypothermia." N Eng J Med
Detre K, Yeh W, Kelsey S
, Williams D, Desvigne-Nickens P, Holmes Jr. D, Bourassa M, King III S, Faxon D, Kent K for the Investigators of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty Registry. "Has Improvement in PTCA Intervention Affected Long-Term Prognosis? The NHLBI PTCA Registry Experience." Circulation
Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study Group. "Results of the Endophthalmitis Vitrectomy Study: A Randomized Trial of Immediate Vitrectomy and of Intravenous Antibiotics for the Treatment of Post-Operative Bacterial Endophthalmitis." Arch Ophthalmol
, James M, Holubkov AL, Holubkov R, Cowley MJ, Detre KM, and Investigators from the NHLBI PTCA Registry. "Results of Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty in Women. (From the 1985-86 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's Coronary Angioplasty Registry)." Circulation
Nixon PA, Orenstein DM, Kelsey SF
, Doershuk CF. “The Prognostic Value of Exercise Testing in Patients with Cystic Fibrosis.” N Engl J Med
for the BRCT Study Group. "A Randomized Clinical Trial of Calcium Entry Blocker Administration to Comatose Survivors of Cardiac Arrest: Design, Methods and Patient Characteristics." Controlled Clin Trials
BRCT II Study Group. "Randomized clinical study of calcium entry blocker (Lidoflazine) therapy in comatose survivors of cardiac arrest." N Engl J Med
, 3 1991;24:1225-31.
. "Strategies for Statistical Analysis of Angiographic Data: Individual Lesions Versus Individual Patients." In Workshop on the Patholobiology of the Human Atherosclerotic Plaque, Glagov S, Newman WP, Schaffer SA (eds.). Springer-Verlag, New York, NY, 1990; pp525-533.
, Miller DP, Holubkov R, Lu AS, Cowley MJ, Faxon DP, Detre KM and Investigators from the NHLBI PTCA Registry: "Results of Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty in Patients >65 Years of Age (From the 1985-86 National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Coronary Angioplasty Registry." Am J Cardiol
Matthews KA, Meilahn E, Kuller LH, Kelsey SF
, Caggiula AW, and Wing R. “Menopause and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Women.” N Engl J Med
. 1989; 321 (10):641-646.