Whitney R Robinson
Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

I design studies and interpret results from big datasets to figure out why rates of health and disease vary across groups.  More generally, I love thinking up new ways to draw causal inference from observational data.

Non-cancerous gynecologic conditions, like endometriosis, fibroids, and PCOS, are my particular focus.  They affect the well-being of a huge number of people but can be difficult to diagnose and treat.  And treatment often involves complex trade-offs regarding quality of life, fertility, and permanence of treatment effectiveness.  I typically investigate these questions using health care data that were not originally intended for research, such as electronic health records, state physician licensing data, etc.

As a Faculty Epidemiologist in the OB-GYN Department, I genuinely love seeing others thrive in their research.  I have a gift for identifying where people can add the most value on a research team. 

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Wednesdays: Office hours for in-person and Zoom meetings at Duke campus

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