A photo of Bin Huang.

Biostatistician, Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Environmental Health; UC Department of Mathematical Sciences


Biography & Affiliation


My research interests are statistical causal inference involving understanding the treatment effect using non-randomized study data and comparative effectiveness research. My lab research goal is to find the best overall therapy approach for patients with chronic conditions and who often spend considerable time in medical practices.

I was inspired to follow this research by the clinical and medical research colleagues at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I’m driven and passionate about finding out what works and doesn’t work for patients, and which therapies have better outcomes for certain types of patients and when to apply a particular treatment.

My colleagues and I have attained several notable findings in our lab. For example, we have designed a novel data analytical process specifically for looking at comparative effectiveness research questions by examining real-world data. Our method surpasses other multiple existing tactics in a real-world data setting. This approach is somewhat groundbreaking and provides strong, precise, effective and multipurpose factors that are especially useful for real-world data, including electronic medical records.

I believe in high-quality data and data analytical approaches being essential for high-quality research studies. These studies would boost the outcomes of the patients we serve.

My lab team and I were granted funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to design and review our data analytical method. Our method was chosen as one of the top-ranked approaches in an international data competition. The patent is pending.

I have more than 20 years of experience in biostatistics and began working at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1999. My research has been published in numerous journals, including JAMA Pediatrics, Thorax, Annals of translational medicine and Statistics in Medicine.

Research Interests

Statistics Causal Inference; Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER); causal mediational analyses; statistics modeling of electronic medical records and clinical registry data

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of PediatricsUC Department of Environmental Health; UC Department of Mathematical Sciences




BS: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, 1991.

MS: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1995.

PhD: Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2000.


Selected Publication

Timing matters: Real-world effectiveness of early combination of biologic and conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for treating newly diagnosed polyarticular course juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Huang, B; Qiu, T; Chen, C; Zhang, Y; Seid, M; Lovell, D; Brunner, HI; Morgan, EM; PCATS, . RMD Open. 2020; 6:e001091-e001091.

Can't see the wood for the trees: confounders, colliders and causal inference - a statistician's approach. Huang, B; Szczesniak, R. Thorax. 2019; 74:323-325.

New Method, Same Answer: We Do Not Know if Hypertonic Saline Helps Bronchiolitis. Auger, KA; Parker, MW; Huang, B. Pediatrics. 2018; 142:e20181868-e20181868.

Opening the black box of neural networks: methods for interpreting neural network models in clinical applications. Zhang, Z; Beck, MW; Winkler, DA; Huang, B; Sibanda, W; Goyal, H; Tria, WA M E B-D C. Annals of translational medicine. 2018; 6:216-216.

Subgroup finding via Bayesian additive regression trees. Sivaganesan, S; Mueller, P; Huang, B. Statistics in Medicine. 2017; 36:2391-2403.

Explaining Racial Disparities in Child Asthma Readmission Using a Causal Inference Approach. Beck, AF; Huang, B; Auger, KA; Ryan, PH; Chen, C; Kahn, RS. JAMA Pediatrics. 2016; 170:695-703.

Rilonacept for Colchicine-Resistant or -Intolerant Familial Mediterranean Fever A Randomized Trial. Hashkes, PJ; Spalding, SJ; Giannini, EH; Huang, B; Johnson, A; Park, G; Barron, KS; Weisman, MH; Pashinian, N; Reiff, AO; et al. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2012; 157:533-541.

Trial of early aggressive therapy in polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Wallace, CA; Giannini, EH; Spalding, SJ; Hashkes, PJ; O'Neil, KM; Zeft, AS; Szer, IS; Ringold, S; Brunner, HI; Schanberg, LE; et al. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2012; 64:2012-2021.

American College of Rheumatology Provisional Criteria for Defining Clinical Inactive Disease in Select Categories of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Wallace, CA; Giannini, EH; Huang, B; Itert, L; Ruperto, N; Res, CA R; Collaborative, PR; Or, PR I T. Arthritis Care and Research. 2011; 63:929-936.

Biomechanical Measures During Landing and Postural Stability Predict Second Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Return to Sport. Paterno, MV; Schmitt, LC; Ford, KR; Rauh, MJ; Myer, GD; Huang, B; Hewett, TE. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2010; 38:1968-1978.