Susan S. Jick, DSc

Adjunct Professor, Epidemiology - Boston University School of Public Health


Dr. Susan Jick has been in the field of pharmacoepidemiology for over 25 years working with the Boston Collaborative Drug Surveillance Program where she has conducted research in many areas of drug safety. She has been involved with the use and development of large automated databases including the General Practice Research Database which has become a major resource for conducting drug safety studies and has changed the way these studies are being conducted today. Her research activities range from the safety of drugs such as oral contraceptives in relation to venous thrombosis, hormone replacement therapy in relation to cancers, antibiotics in relation to various serious health outcomes, and statins in relation to autoimmune diseases and diabetes, to safety of drug use in the first trimester of pregnancy and use of folic acid to prevent neural tube defects. Dr Jick helps to run a workshop on methods in conducting drug safety studies that is held each year, she teaches the drug epidemiology class at BUSPH and she serves as an advisor to doctoral students in epidemiology.

Other Positions

  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research - Boston University


  • Boston University, DSc Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Boston University, MPH Field of Study: Epidemiology
  • Carleton College, BA Field of Study: Social Anthropology


  • Published on 4/6/2021

    Persson R, Hagberg KW, Qian Y, Vasilakis-Scaramozza C, Jick S. The risks of major cardiac events among patients with psoriatic arthritis treated with apremilast, biologics, DMARDs or corticosteroids. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2021 Apr 06; 60(4):1926-1931. PMID: 33159794.

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  • Published on 3/17/2021

    Burkard T, Rauch M, Jick SS, Meier CR. Validity of bariatric surgery codes in the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) GOLD compared with Hospital Episodes Statistics. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2021 Jul; 30(7):858-867. PMID: 33675245.

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  • Published on 3/9/2021

    Mueller AM, Liakoni E, Schneider C, Burkard T, Jick SS, Krähenbühl S, Meier CR, Spoendlin J. The Risk of Muscular Events Among New Users of Hydrophilic and Lipophilic Statins: an Observational Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2021 Mar 09. PMID: 33751411.

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  • Published on 2/20/2021

    Schneider R, Reinau D, Stoffel S, Jick SS, Meier CR, Spoendlin J. Risk of skin cancer in new users of thiazides and thiazide-like diuretics: a cohort study using an active comparator group. Br J Dermatol. 2021 Feb 20. PMID: 33609289.

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  • Published on 1/23/2021

    Charlier S, Vavanikunnel J, Becker C, Jick SS, Meier C, Meier CR. Antidiabetic Treatment, Level of Glycemic Control, and Risk of Fracture in Type 2 Diabetes: a Nested, Case-Control Study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2021 Jan 23; 106(2):554-566. PMID: 33141149.

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  • Published on 1/1/2021

    Troelsen FS, Farkas DK, Ording AG, Erichsen R, Jick S, Sørensen HT. Prevalence of Colorectal Neoplasms and Mortality in New Users of Low-Dose Aspirin With Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Am J Ther. 2021 Jan-Feb 01; 28(1):e19-e29. PMID: 31356342.

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  • Published on 11/19/2020

    Marxer CA, Frey N, Bodmer M, Bircher AJ, Jick SS, Meier CR, Spoendlin J. Survival after Stevens?Johnson Syndrome or Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis: A United Kingdom?Based Cohort Study. J Invest Dermatol. 2021 May; 141(5):1349-1351.e1. PMID: 33221338.

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  • Published on 9/28/2020

    Persson R, Vasilakis-Scaramozza C, Hagberg KW, Sponholtz T, Williams T, Myles P, Jick SS. CPRD Aurum database: Assessment of data quality and completeness of three important comorbidities. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2020 11; 29(11):1456-1464. PMID: 32986901.

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  • Published on 8/30/2020

    Leuppi-Taegtmeyer AB, Reinau D, Yilmaz S, Rüegg S, Krähenbühl S, Jick SS, Leuppi JD, Meier CR. Antiseizure drugs and risk of developing smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or lung cancer: A population-based case-control study. Br J Clin Pharmacol. 2021 Mar; 87(3):1253-1263. PMID: 32738070.

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  • Published on 6/8/2020

    Persson R, Lee S, Yood MU, Wagner MR, Minton N, Niemcryk S, Lindholm A, Evans AM, Jick S. Incident depression in patients diagnosed with multiple sclerosis: a multi-database study. Eur J Neurol. 2020 08; 27(8):1556-1560. PMID: 32397001.

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