Suzanne L. West

Suzanne L. West

Fellow, Epidemiology

Suzanne L. West, PhD, MPH, is an internationally recognized pharmacoepidemiologist with more than 30 years of research experience in the conduct of systematic reviews, managing complex data analyses, developing and using quality-of-care measures, and enhancing systematic review methods. She is best known for her work assessing the validity of electronic data such as claims and electronic health records (EHRs) for their use in drug safety research and has experience using administrative databases, EHRs, paper medical records, and questionnaires. Dr. West joined RTI in 1996 and was director of pharmacoepidemiology, playing a key role in the creation of RTI Health Solutions. She has served as project director and task leader for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) DEcIDE and other large-scale projects funded by AHRQ, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and commercial clients. Dr. West is the former associate and interim director of the University of North Carolina's Center of Excellence in Pharmacoepidemiology and Public Health from inception in 2003 until 2008, when she returned to RTI. She is currently an adjunct associate professor in the UNC-CH Department of Epidemiology, a member of RTI's Institutional Review Board, and a Fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology, for which she was on the board of directors from 2001 to 2004.


PhD, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MPH, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota; BS, Microbiology, Cornell University.

Latest Publications

West, S.L., Lefebvre, C., McCormack, L.A., Taylor, O., & Rausch, P. (2015). Qualitative Research with Primary Care Clinicians and Neurologists Regarding Drug Safety Communications (Meeting Abstract 816), Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 24 ( Supplement: 1):466-467.
Boudewyns, V., O'Donoghue, A.C., O'Donoghue, A.C., Kelly, B., Kelly, B., West, S.L., West, S.L., Oguntimein, O., Oguntimein, O., Bann, C.M., Bann, C.M., McCormack, L.A., & McCormack, L.A. (2015). Influence of patient medication information format on comprehension and application of medication information: A randomized, controlled experiment. Patient Education and Counseling, Advance Online Publication .
Andrews, E.B., Margulis, A.V., Tennis, P., & West, S.L. (2014). Opportunities and challenges in using epidemiologic methods to monitor drug safety in the era of large automated health databases. Current Epidemiology Reports, 1 (4):194-205.
West, S.L., Eggleston, B.S., Kluckman, M., Hansen, A., Solano, E., LaBresh, K., et al. (2014). Investigating Time-Varying Factors Associated with Lipid Lowering Medications for Primary CVD Prevention Using Multistate Markov Modeling, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 23 (Suppl. 1):141-142.
Kish-Doto, J., Scales, M., Eguino-Medina, P., Fitzgerald, T., Tzeng, J.P., McCormack, L.A., O'Donoghue, A., Oguntimein, O., & West, S.L. (2014). Preferences for patient medication information: What do patients want?. Journal of Health Communication, 19 (Suppl 2):77-88.
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  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Health Information Technology
  • Quality-of-Care Measurement