Suzanne L. West

Fellow, Epidemiology


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

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Suzanne L. West, PhD, MPH, is an internationally recognized pharmacoepidemiologist with more than 35 years of research experience. Best known for her work assessing the validity of electronic health record (EHR) data for their use in drug safety research, she has led quantitative and qualitative projects on patient-centered outcomes research, assessment of health reform, health informatics, and patient engagement.

Dr. West is an expert in conducting systematic reviews, managing complex data analyses, and developing and using quality-of-care measures. She has extensive experience using administrative databases, EHRs, paper medical records, and questionnaires for epidemiologic research.

She is currently leading an evaluation of data infrastructure building projects for the Department of Health and Human Services. She is also a state lead for RTI’s federal evaluation of the State Innovation Model initiative for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) which is being implemented in six states. Dr. West is also co-principal investigator on a project to understand the limitations of data linkage software for linking EHR and claims data. She provides pharmacoepidemiologic expertise for several federally funded projects on perceptions of medication risk and for several projects to stem the opioid epidemic.

Dr. West is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a member of the institutional review board at RTI International, and a fellow and former board director of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology.