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Goro Yamada, PhD, MHS, MHS, MMS

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Assistant Teaching Professor of Biostatistics
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of International Health
MHS, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Department of International Health
MHS, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics

MMS, University of Tsukuba, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences
BSc, University of Tsukuba, College of Biological Sciences


Dr. Goro Yamada teaches biostatistical methods with an interest in effective learning and teaching and applying analytical methods to research and public health practices. He also oversees the data and analytical aspects of the SALURBAL project, a multi-country collaborative research project on urban health in Latin America.

Before joining Drexel, Dr. Yamada served as an epidemiologist, biostatistician, and public health officer at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, WHO (World Health Organization), and JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). His fields of experience include data management and analysis, health information systems, disease control, maternal and child health, and project management and evaluation. He has worked in the US, Japan, Switzerland, Bolivia, Honduras, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, and Ghana.

Dr. Yamada earned a Ph.D. and a master's degree in international health and a Master of Health Science in biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University, and a Master of Medical Science from the University of Tsukuba, Japan.

Research Interests

  • Data Management
  • Analytical Methods for Research and Public Health Practice
  • Global Health


Baldovino-Chiquillo L, …, Yamada G, et al. Effects of an urban cable car intervention on physical activity: the TrUST natural experiment in Bogotá, Colombia. Lancet Glob Health. 2023 Aug;11(8):e1290-e1300. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(23)00274-7. PMID: 37474235

Tumas N, …, Yamada G, et al. Are Women's Empowerment and Income Inequality Associated with Excess Weight in Latin American Cities? J Urban Health. 2022 Dec;99(6):1091-1103. doi: 10.1007/s11524-022-00689-5. Epub 2022 Nov 10. PMID: 36357625; PMCID: PMC7613896.

Perner MS, ..., Yamada G, et al. Cesarean sections and social inequalities in 305 cities of Latin America. SSM Popul Health. 2022 Sep 27;19:101239. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2022.101239. PMID: 36203470; PMCID: PMC9529579.

Castillo-Riquelme M, Yamada G, et al. Aging and self-reported health in 114 Latin American cities: gender and socio-economic inequalities. BMC Public Health. 2022 Aug 5;22(1):1499. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-13752-2. PMID: 35932016; PMCID: PMC9356475.

Guimarães JMN, Yamada G, et al. Racial inequities in self-rated health across Brazilian cities: does residential segregation play a role? Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Mar 4:kwac001. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwac001. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35244147.

Sarosiek I, …, Yamada G, et al. Effect of Domperidone Therapy on Gastroparesis Symptoms: Results of a Dynamic Cohort Study by NIDDK Gastroparesis Consortium. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2022 Mar;20(3):e452-e464. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2021.05.063. Epub 2021 Jun 2. PMID: 34089855; PMCID: PMC8636553.

Yamada G, Castillo-Salgado C, Jones-Smith JC, Moulton LH. Obesity prediction by modelling BMI distributions: application to national survey data from Mexico, Colombia and Peru, 1988-2014. Int J Epidemiol. 2020 Jun 1;49(3):824-833. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyz195. PMID: 31665300.

Yamada G, Jones-Smith JC, Castillo-Salgado C, Moulton LH. Differences in magnitude and rates of change in BMI distributions by socioeconomic and geographic factors in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru, 2005-2010. Eur J Clin Nutr. 2020 Mar;74(3):472-480. doi: 10.1038/s41430-019-0479-9. Epub 2019 Aug 5. PMID: 31383977.

Abell TL, Yamada G, et al. Effectiveness of gastric electrical stimulation in gastroparesis: Results from a large prospectively collected database of national gastroparesis registries. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2019 Dec;31(12):e13714. doi: 10.1111/nmo.13714. Epub 2019 Oct 4. PMID: 31584238; PMCID: PMC6863164.

Siddiqui MS, Yamada G, et al. Diagnostic Accuracy of Noninvasive Fibrosis Models to Detect Change in Fibrosis Stage. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Aug;17(9):1877-1885.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.cgh.2018.12.031. Epub 2019 Jan 4. PMID: 30616027; PMCID: PMC6609497.

Melby MK, Yamada G, Schwartz DA, Surkan PJ. One size does not fit all: Examining ethnicity in gestational weight gain guidelines. Health Care Women Int. 2019 Apr;40(4):365-385. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2018.1531864. Epub 2019 Feb 11. PMID: 30742558.

Yamada G, Castillo-Salgado C, Jones-Smith JC, Moulton LH. Differences in magnitude and rate of change in adult obesity distribution by age and sex in Mexico, Colombia and Peru, 2005-2010. Public Health Nutr. 2019 Mar;22(4):757-763. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018002343. Epub 2018 Sep 26. PMID: 30253818.

Melby MK, Yamada G, Surkan PJ. Inadequate gestational weight gain increases risk of small-for-gestational-age term birth in girls in Japan: A population-based cohort study. Am J Hum Biol. 2016 Sep 10;28(5):714-20. doi: 10.1002/ajhb.22855. Epub 2016 May 6. PMID: 27153770; PMCID: PMC5234265.

Gupta S, Yamada G, Mpembeni R, Frumence G, Callaghan-Koru JA, Stevenson R, Brandes N, Baqui AH. Factors associated with four or more antenatal care visits and its decline among pregnant women in Tanzania between 1999 and 2010. PLoS One. 2014 Jul 18;9(7):e101893. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0101893. PMID: 25036291; PMCID: PMC4103803.

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