Michael P. LaValley, PhD

Professor, Biostatistics
Michael LaValley
(617) 638-5186mlava@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT322
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Michael LaValley, PhD. is a Professor of Biostatistics at the Boston University School of Public Health, where he teaches courses on logistic regression, survival analysis and meta-analysis. Mike’s research efforts are focused on meta-analysis of study results, analysis of ordered categorical data, survival analysis, clinical trials, and outcome assessment in arthritis studies. He has also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer math and science teacher in Nepal in the late 1980s. He has a BA in Mathematics from American International College, a MA in Mathematics from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in Statistics from Penn State University. He joined the faculty at Boston University after completing a postdoctoral fellowship in Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Mike also serves as the Research Direction for the BU Center for Enhancing Activity and Participation among Persons with Arthritis (ENACT) and is an Associate Editor for the journal Arthritis Care & Research.

Other Positions:

  • Boston Medical Center


  • American International College, BA
  • Ohio State University, MS
  • Pennsylvania State University, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHBS810
  • SPHBS820


  • Published on 5/23/2014

    Hua N, Chen Z, Phinikaridou A, Pham T, Qiao Y, LaValley MP, Bigornia SJ, Ruth MR, Apovian CM, Ruberg FL, Hamilton JA. The influence of pericardial fat upon left ventricular function in obese females: evidence of a site-specific effect. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson. 2014; 16(1):37.

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  • Published on 5/1/2014

    White D, Neogi T, King WC, Lavalley M, Kritchevsky SB, Nevitt MC, Harris TB, Ferrucci L, Simonsick EM, Satterfield S, Strotmeyer ES, Zhang YQ. Can Change in Prolonged Walking Be Inferred From a Short Test of Gait Speed Among Older Adults Who Are Initially Well-Functioning? Phys Ther. 2014 May 1.

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  • Published on 4/17/2014

    Bigornia SJ, LaValley MP, Moore LL, Northstone K, Emmett P, Ness AR, Newby PK. Dairy intakes at age 10 years do not adversely affect risk of excess adiposity at 13 years. J Nutr. 2014 Jul; 144(7):1081-90.

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  • Published on 1/3/2014

    Felson DT, Lavalley MP. The ACR20 and defining a threshold for response in rheumatic diseases: too much of a good thing. Arthritis Res Ther. 2014 Jan 3; 16(1):101.

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  • Published on 9/4/2013

    Bigornia SJ, Farb MG, Tiwari S, Karki S, Hamburg NM, Vita JA, Hess DT, Lavalley MP, Apovian CM, Gokce N. Insulin status and vascular responses to weight loss in obesity. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013 Dec 17; 62(24):2297-305.

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  • Published on 8/21/2013

    Parkes MJ, Maricar N, Lunt M, LaValley MP, Jones RK, Segal NA, Takahashi-Narita K, Felson DT. Lateral wedge insoles as a conservative treatment for pain in patients with medial knee osteoarthritis: a meta-analysis. JAMA. 2013 Aug 21; 310(7):722-30.

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  • Published on 6/12/2013

    Applebaum KM, Ray RM, Astrakianakis G, Gao DL, Thomas DB, Christiani DC, LaValley MP, Li W, Checkoway H, Eisen EA. Evidence of a paradoxical relationship between endotoxin and lung cancer after accounting for left truncation in a study of Chinese female textile workers. Occup Environ Med. 2013 Oct; 70(10):709-15.

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  • Published on 6/11/2013

    Bigornia SJ, LaValley MP, Benfield LL, Ness AR, Newby PK. Relationships between direct and indirect measures of central and total adiposity in children: what are we measuring? Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Oct; 21(10):2055-62.

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  • Published on 5/1/2013

    Li S, Rosenberg L, Wise LA, Boggs DA, LaValley M, Palmer JR. Age at natural menopause in relation to all-cause and cause-specific mortality in a follow-up study of US black women. Maturitas. 2013 Jul; 75(3):246-52.

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  • Published on 4/17/2013

    McAlindon T, LaValley M, Dawson-Hughes B. Vitamin D supplementation in patients with osteoarthritis--reply. JAMA. 2013 Apr 17; 309(15):1583-4.

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