University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Mi-Ok Kim, PhD

Mi-Ok Kim, PhD

Director, Biostatistics Core, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor in Residence, Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Dr. Mi-Ok Kim has joined the HDFCCC as Director of the Biostatistics Core. The Core is responsible for providing support for protocol development, review and analysis for clinical studies, and statistical expertise for research collaborations with Cancer Center investigators in all disciplines across the spectrum of basic, clinical and population sciences. Dr. Kim will lead the Core and work directly with Cancer Center leadership on developing and implementing a strategic and integrated shared resource plan.

Dr. Kim joins us from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, OH, where she directed the Biostatistics Unit for the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. Notable collaborations included Children's Tumor Foundation’s Neurofibromatosis (NF) Therapeutic Consortium that builds up a preclinical pipeline for screening candidate drug therapies in animal model systems. Dr. Kim also developed a research program in novel clinical trial designs that incorporate biomarker information and aim to optimize patient benefits. With the expertise in the trial design she served on the faculty for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) sponsored 2015 Methods in Cancer Biostatistics Workshop.

Dr. Kim will also join the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics as Professor of Biostatistics, continuing academic contributions to the field of biostatistics and providing biostatistical support broadly on campus. Trained as a mathematical statistician, Dr. Kim is an independent statistical method researcher with research interest in non- and semi-parametric statistics, and longitudinal and survival data analysis. She has been supported by NIH and National Science Foundation (NSF) awards, and published in prestigious journals such as the Annals of Statistics and the Journal of the American Statistical Association. Her recent research focuses on causal inference using structured data for comparative effectiveness research (CER) and patient-centered outcome research (PCOR). Registries, network databases and Electronic Health Record (EHR) often impose a hierarchical structure where subjects or patients are clustered, for example, by geographical area of residence, health care provider or health plan. The data structure is often associated with unmeasured characteristics of individuals or health care providers. Supported by the Patient-Centered Outcome Research Institute (PCORI), Dr. Kim and her research team study optimal handling of the complex data structure both in the treatment selection decision process and the outcome analysis in order to minimize bias and maximize efficiency of the causal inference. Application studies of the project include pediatric Crohn’s disease (CD) and kidney transplant study.

Education

MS: Statistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2000
PhD: Statistics, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL, 2003


Professional Experience

  • 2003 - 2006
    University of Kentucky, Assistant Professor, Department of Statistics and Biostatistics
  • 2006 - 2010
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Department of Pediatrics/ Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • 2008 - 2010
    University of Cincinnati, Assistant Professor (Affiliated), Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • 2010 - 2016
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics/ Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
  • 2010 - 2016
    University of Cincinnati, Associate Professor (Affiliated), Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • 2016 - present
    Director, Biostatistics Core, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Honors & Awards

  • 1997
    Fellowship,University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2001
    First Prize,Capital One Financial Data Challenge Competition2002
    Norton Prize, Robert Bohrer Workshop for Student Papers in Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2004
    Junior Faculty Travel Award,International Conference on Robust Statistics (ICORS)
  • 2008
    Travel Award, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Biostatistics Workshop

Selected Publications

  1. Fletcher JS, Wu J, Jessen WJ, Pundavela J, Miller JA, Dombi E, Kim MO, Rizvi TA, Chetal K, Salomonis N, Ratner N. Cxcr3-expressing leukocytes are necessary for neurofibroma formation in mice. JCI Insight. 2019 Feb 07; 4(3).
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  2. Hedberg ML, Peyser ND, Bauman JE, Gooding WE, Li H, Bhola NE, Zhu TR, Zeng Y, Brand TM, Kim MO, Jordan RCK, VandenBerg S, Olivas V, Bivona TG, Chiosea SI, Wang L, Mills GB, Johnson JT, Duvvuri U, Ferris RL, Ha P, Johnson DE, Grandis JR. Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs predicts improved patient survival for PIK3CA-altered head and neck cancer. J Exp Med. 2019 Feb 04; 216(2):419-427.
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  3. Krishnakumar C, Ballengee CR, Liu C, Kim MO, Baker SS, Baldassano RN, Cohen SA, Crandall WV, Denson LA, Dubinsky MC, Evans J, Gokhale R, Griffiths A, Guthery SL, Oliva-Hemker M, Heyman MB, Keljo D, Kellermayer R, Leleiko NS, Mack DR, Markowitz JF, Moulton DE, Noe JD, Otley AR, Patel AS, Pfefferkorn M, Rabizadeh S, Rosh JR, Snapper S, Walters TD, Ziring D, Mondal K, Kappelman MD, Hyams JS, Kugathasan S. Variation in Care in the Management of Children With Crohn's Disease: Data From a Multicenter Inception Cohort Study. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2019 Jan 02.
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  4. Kim MO, Zhou M. Size and Shape of Confidence Regions from Extended Empirical Likelihood Tests. Statistica Sinica. 2019; (29):371-386.
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  5. Haberman Y, Schirmer M, Dexheimer PJ, Karns R, Braun T, Kim MO, Walters TD, Baldassano RN, Noe JD, Rosh J, Markowitz J, Crandall WV, Mack DR, Griffiths AM, Heyman MB, Baker SS, Kellermayer R, Moulton D, Patel AS, Gulati AS, Steiner SJ, LeLeiko N, Otley A, Oliva-Hemker M, Ziring D, Kirschner BS, Keljo DJ, Guthery SL, Cohen SA, Snapper S, Evans J, Dubinsky M, Aronow B, Hyams JS, Kugathasan S, Huttenhower C, Xavier RJ, Denson LA. Age-of-diagnosis dependent ileal immune intensification and reduced alpha-defensin in older versus younger pediatric Crohn Disease patients despite already established dysbiosis. Mucosal Immunol. 2019 03; 12(2):491-502.
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  6. Fletcher JS, Springer MG, Choi K, Jousma E, Rizvi TA, Dombi E, Kim MO, Wu J, Ratner N. STAT3 inhibition reduces macrophage number and tumor growth in neurofibroma. Oncogene. 2019 04; 38(15):2876-2884.
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  7. Sayles LC, Breese MR, Koehne AL, Leung SG, Lee AG, Liu HY, Spillinger A, Shah AT, Tanasa B, Straessler K, Hazard FK, Spunt SL, Marina N, Kim GE, Cho SJ, Avedian RS, Mohler DG, Kim MO, DuBois SG, Hawkins DS, Sweet-Cordero EA. Genome-Informed Targeted Therapy for Osteosarcoma. Cancer Discov. 2019 01; 9(1):46-63.
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  8. Kim HJ, Lu B, Nehus EJ, Kim MO. Estimating heterogeneous treatment effects for latent subgroups in observational studies. Stat Med. 2019 Feb 10; 38(3):339-353.
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  9. Chandradevan R, Hofmekler T, Mondal K, Harun N, Venkateswaran S, Somineni HK, Ballengee CR, Kim MO, Griffiths A, Noe JD, Crandall WV, Snapper S, Rabizadeh S, Rosh JR, Walters TD, Bertha M, Dubinsky MC, Denson LA, Sauer CG, Markowitz JF, LeLeiko NS, Hyams JS, Kugathasan S. Evolution of Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Unclassified (IBD-U): Incorporated With Serological and Gene Expression Profiles. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018 Sep 15; 24(10):2285-2290.
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  10. Ballengee CR, Stidham RW, Liu C, Kim MO, Prince J, Mondal K, Baldassano R, Dubinsky M, Markowitz J, Leleiko N, Hyams J, Denson L, Kugathasan S. Association Between Plasma Level of Collagen Type III alpha 1 Chain and Development of Strictures in Pediatric Patients With Crohn's Disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2018 Sep 10.
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  11. Kim MO, Harun N, Liu C, Khoury JC, Broderick JP. Bayesian selective response-adaptive design using the historical control. Stat Med. 2018 Nov 20; 37(26):3709-3722.
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  12. Wright SS, Trauernicht A, Bonkowski E, McCall CA, Maier EA, Bezold R, Lake K, Chalk C, Trapnell BC, Kim MO, Kugathasan S, Denson LA. Familial Association of Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor Autoantibodies in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 05; 66(5):767-772.
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  13. Marigorta UM, Denson LA, Hyams JS, Mondal K, Prince J, Walters TD, Griffiths A, Noe JD, Crandall WV, Rosh JR, Mack DR, Kellermayer R, Heyman MB, Baker SS, Stephens MC, Baldassano RN, Markowitz JF, Kim MO, Dubinsky MC, Cho J, Aronow BJ, Kugathasan S, Gibson G. Transcriptional risk scores link GWAS to eQTLs and predict complications in Crohn's disease. Nat Genet. 2017 Oct; 49(10):1517-1521.
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  14. Chien AJ, Chambers J, Mcauley F, Kaplan T, Letourneau J, Hwang J, Kim MO, Melisko ME, Rugo HS, Esserman LJ, Rosen MP. Erratum to: Fertility preservation with ovarian stimulation and time to treatment in women with stage II-III breast cancer receiving neoadjuvant therapy. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 08; 165(1):161.
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  15. Nehus EJ, Liu C, Lu B, Macaluso M, Kim MO. Graft survival of pediatric kidney transplant recipients selected for de novo steroid avoidance-a propensity score-matched study. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2017 Aug 01; 32(8):1424-1431.
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  16. Chien AJ, Chambers J, Mcauley F, Kaplan T, Letourneau J, Hwang J, Kim MO, Melisko ME, Rugo HS, Esserman LJ, Rosen MP. Fertility preservation with ovarian stimulation and time to treatment in women with stage II-III breast cancer receiving neoadjuvant therapy. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017 Aug; 165(1):151-159.
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  17. Kugathasan S, Denson LA, Walters TD, Kim MO, Marigorta UM, Schirmer M, Mondal K, Liu C, Griffiths A, Noe JD, Crandall WV, Snapper S, Rabizadeh S, Rosh JR, Shapiro JM, Guthery S, Mack DR, Kellermayer R, Kappelman MD, Steiner S, Moulton DE, Keljo D, Cohen S, Oliva-Hemker M, Heyman MB, Otley AR, Baker SS, Evans JS, Kirschner BS, Patel AS, Ziring D, Trapnell BC, Sylvester FA, Stephens MC, Baldassano RN, Markowitz JF, Cho J, Xavier RJ, Huttenhower C, Aronow BJ, Gibson G, Hyams JS, Dubinsky MC. Prediction of complicated disease course for children newly diagnosed with Crohn's disease: a multicentre inception cohort study. Lancet. 2017 04 29; 389(10080):1710-1718.
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  18. Cho H, Kim S, Kim MO. Multiple quantile regression analysis of longitudinal data: Heteroscedasticity and efficient estimation. Journal of Multivariate Analysis. 2017; 155:334-343.
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  19. Müller LU, Milsom MD, Kim MO, Schambach A, Schuesler T, Williams DA. Rapid Lentiviral Transduction Preserves the Engraftment Potential of Fanca-/- Hematopoietic Stem Cells. Mol Ther. 2008 Jun; 16(6):1154-1160.
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  20. Dorris K, Liu C, Li D, Hummel TR, Wang X, Perentesis J, Kim MO, Fouladi M. A comparison of safety and efficacy of cytotoxic versus molecularly targeted drugs in pediatric phase I solid tumor oncology trials. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2017 03; 64(3).
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