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Kristin Kostka

Director of the OHDSI Center at the Roux Institute

Kristin Kostka is the inaugural director of the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) Center at the Roux Institute. She is pioneering educational and research programs to advance the emerging discipline of real world evidence use in regulatory science. A computational epidemiologist with accolades from industry and academia, Kostka’s distinguished resumes includes prior roles at IQVIA, ConvergeHEALTH (a division of Deloitte Consulting), Commonwealth Care Alliance and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She is a sought after domain expert in real world data science and data standards.

In April 2020, Kostka was tapped by the US National Institutes of Health to design and maintain the country’s largest centralized data repository, the National COVID Cohort Collaborative, for COVID-19 surveillance. Kostka has over 30 publications on the natural history of disease in COVID-19, safety and efficacy of potential treatments and prediction models to assess individual risk.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Elon University, a Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology from Boston University School of Public Health and is working on her DPhil part-time at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine at the University of Oxford Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) Medical Sciences Division.

Kostka is a lifelong New Englander, splitting time between Northeastern’s Portland and Boston campuses. She has a penchant for mid-century design, long distance running and hanging out with her husband, Philip, and trusty pup, Maslow.