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Tor D Tosteson, Sc.D.

Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Professor of The Dartmouth Institute
Director, Division of Biostatistics, Department of Biomedical Data Science

Community and Family Medicine
The Dartmouth Institute

Biostatistics, Harvard University, SCD 1987
Biostatistics, Harvard University, MS 1980
Economics, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, BA 1975

Norris Cotton Cancer Center
The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


Contact Information:

Dartmouth Medical School
HB 7927
Hanover NH 03755

Office: Rubin 7927
Phone: 603-653-3677
Email: tor.tosteson@dartmouth.edu

Assistant: Lamar Moss
Asst. Phone: (603) 650-1763
Asst. Email: lamar.d.moss@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

My current research interests revolve around challenging methodological and statistical problems in biomedical data science. I collaborate extensively in the areas of cancer and musculoskeletal disease involving clinical, translational and outcomes research. I develop related statistical methodology in the areas of covariate measurement error for nonlinear regression models, clinical trials, and joint modeling of survival and longitudinal patient outcomes.

Grant Information:

2R25CA134286 Training Program for Quantitative Population Sciences in Cancer (T.Tosteson)
5P60AR062799 Methodology Core (T.Tosteson)
5P60AR062799 Outcomes Calculators For Informed Decision Making In Back Surgery (T.Tosteson)

Courses Taught:

QBS Fundamentals of Biostatistics I & II; SYNERGY Certificate Program.


Prior to coming to Dartmouth, I spent 5 years on the faculties of Harvard Medical School at the Channing Laboratory, and Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Biostatistics. I was elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association in 2014.

Selected Publications:


Poplack SP, Levine GM, Henry L, Wells WA, Heinemann FS, Hanna CM, Deneen DR, Tosteson TD, Barth RJ Jr
A Pilot Study of Ultrasound-Guided Cryoablation of Invasive Ductal Carcinomas up to 15 mm With MRI Follow-Up and Subsequent Surgical Resection.
AJR Am J Roentgenol 2015 May; 204(5):1100-8
PMID: 25905948

Lacson R, Harris K, Brawarsky P, Tosteson TD, Onega T, Tosteson AN, Kaye A, Gonzalez I, Birdwell R, Haas JS
Evaluation of an Automated Information Extraction Tool for Imaging Data Elements to Populate a Breast Cancer Screening Registry.
J Digit Imaging 2015 Jan 6;
PMID: 25561069

MacKenzie TA, Tosteson TD, Morden NE, Stukel TA, O'Malley AJ
Using instrumental variables to estimate a Cox's proportional hazards regression subject to additive confounding.
Health Serv Outcomes Res Methodol 2014 Jun; 14(1-2):54-68
PMID: 25506259

Lurie JD, Moses RA, Tosteson AN, Tosteson TD, Carragee EJ, Carrino JA, Kaiser JA, Herzog RJ
Magnetic resonance imaging predictors of surgical outcome in patients with lumbar intervertebral disc herniation.
Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2013 Jun 15; 38(14):1216-25
PMID: 23429684

Li Z, Tosteson TD, Bakitas MA
Joint modeling quality of life and survival using a terminal decline model in palliative care studies.
Stat Med 2013 Apr 15; 32(8):1394-406
PMID: 23001893

Onega T, Tosteson TD, Wang Q, Hillner BE, Song Y, Siegel BA, Tosteson AN
Geographic and sociodemographic disparities in PET use by Medicare beneficiaries with cancer.
J Am Coll Radiol 2012 Sep; 9(9):635-42
PMID: 22954545

Sitlani CM, Heagerty PJ, Blood EA, Tosteson TD
Longitudinal structural mixed models for the analysis of surgical trials with noncompliance.
Stat Med 2012 Jul 20; 31(16):1738-60
PMID: 22344923

Hillner BE, Tosteson AN, Song Y, Tosteson TD, Onega T, Goodman DC, Siegel BA
Growth in the use of PET for six cancer types after coverage by medicare: additive or replacement?
J Am Coll Radiol 2012 Jan; 9(1):33-41
PMID: 22221634

Desai A, Ball PA, Bekelis K, Lurie J, Mirza SK, Tosteson TD, Zhao W, Weinstein JN
Surgery for lumbar degenerative spondylolisthesis in Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial: does incidental durotomy affect outcome?
Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2012 Mar 1; 37(5):406-13
PMID: 21971123

Pakalniskis MG, Wells WA, Schwab MC, Froehlich HM, Jiang S, Li Z, Tosteson TD, Poplack SP, Kaufman PA, Pogue BW, Paulsen KD
Tumor angiogenesis change estimated by using diffuse optical spectroscopic tomography: demonstrated correlation in women undergoing neoadjuvant chemotherapy for invasive breast cancer?
Radiology 2011 May; 259(2):365-74
PMID: 21406632