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Elisabetta Patorno MD, DrPH

Elisabetta Patorno MD, DrPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Epidemiologist, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Elisabetta Patorno, MD, DrPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Epidemiologist in the Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her research focuses on the assessment of the safety and effectiveness of therapeutics as used in routine settings of care of real-world patients, including pregnant women and older adults. Her major clinical areas of interest include the pharmacoepidemiology of diabetes, neurological diseases, and the assessment of therapeutics and procedures in the setting of acute hospital care. She has also particular interest in the advancement of epidemiologic and statistical methods to improve causal inference in pharmacoepidemiological studies using large health care utilization databases, with a particular emphasis on study design and propensity score methodology for confounding adjustment. She has authored and co-authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications, several in top-tier medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association and the British Medical Journal, providing data for the ongoing assessments of the risk-benefit relationships of commonly used medications. She currently serves as Chair-elect of the Comparative Effectiveness Research Special Interest Group of the International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology and Therapeutic Risk Management.

Dr. Patorno graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy), where she also completed her training in Preventive Medicine. She earned a Master degree in Public Health and a doctorate in Pharmacoepidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health.


Dr. Patorno reports no disclosures.