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Sitaram Vangala

Principal Statistician, Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research


M.S. Statistics, George Washington University, 2011
B.S. Applied Mathematics, Columbia University, 2009


Work Email Address: svangala@mednet.ucla.edu


Sitaram Vangala is a Principal Statistician in the UCLA Department of Medicine Statistics Core. His research interests include biomedical and social scientific applications of Bayesian methods, causal inference in observational studies, and statistical learning with high-dimensional data. He has experience collaborating with researchers throughout the School of Medicine on study design, data management, and statistical analysis.


Shen JI, Hercz D, Barba LM, Wilhalme H, Lum EL, Huang E, Reddy U, Salas L, Vangala S, Norris KC. Association of citizenship status with kidney transplantation in Medicaid patients. Am J Kidney Dis. 2017.

Dowling EP, Namavar AA, Vangala S, Busuttil A, Afsar-manesh N. Using decisional conflict to evaluate patient engagement during hospital discharge. Am J Med Qual. 2017.

Nourian A, Dhaliwal S, Vangala S, Vezeridis PS. Midshaft fracures of the clavicle: a meta-analysis comparing surgical fixation via anteroinferior plating versus superior plating. J Orthop Trauma. 2017.

Kamdar BB, Kadden DJ, Vangala S, Elashoff DA, Ong MK, Martin JL, Needham DM. Feasibility of continuous actigraphy in patients in a medical intensive care unit. Am J Crit Care. 2017.

Shen JI, Saxena AB, Vangala S, Dhaliwal SK, Winkelmayer WC. Renin-angiotensin system blockers and residual kidney function loss in patients initiating peritoneal dialysis: an observational cohort study. BMC Nephrol. 2017.

Weiss SA, Asadi-Pooya AA, Vangala S, Moy S, Wyeth DH, Orosz I, Gibbs M, Schrader L, Lerner J, Cheng CK, Chang E, Rajaraman R, Keselman I, Churchman P, Bower-Baca C, Numis AL, Ho MG, Rao L, Bhat A, Suski J, Asadollahi M, Ambrose T, Fernandez A, Nei M, Skidmore C, Mintzer S, Eliashiv DS, Mathern GW, Nuwer MR, Sperling M, Engel J Jr, Stern JM. AR2, a novel automatic muscle artifact reduction software method for ictal EEG interpretation: validation and comparison of performance with commercially available software. F1000Res. 2017.

Bauer EM, Ben-Artzi A, Duffy EL, Elashoff D, Vangala S, Fitzgerald J, Ranganath VK. Joint-specific assessment of swelling and power Doppler in obese rheumatoid arthritis patients. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017.

Guerrero AD, Flores M, Vangala S, Chung PJ. Differences in the association of physical activity and children's overweight and obesity status among the major racial and ethnic groups of U.S. children. Health Educ Behav. 2016.

Eisenman DP, Wilhalme H, Tseng CH, Chester M, English P, Pincetl S, Fraser A, Vangala S, Dhaliwal SK. Heat death associations with the built environment, social vulnerability and their interactions with rising temperature. Health Place. 2016.

Schooley AL, Kamudumuli PS, Vangala S, Tseng CH, Soko C, Parent J, Phiri K, Jahn A, Namarika D, Hoffman RM. CD4 variability in Malawi: implications for use of a CD4 threshold of 500 cells/mm(3) versus universal eligibility for antiretroviral therapy. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016.

Taira BR, Orue A, Stapleton E, Lovato L, Vangala S, Tinoco LS, Morales O. Impact of a novel, resource appropriate resuscitation curriculum on Nicaraguan resident physician's management of cardiac arrest. J Educ Eval Health Prof. 2016.

McKinnell JA, Kunz DF, Moser SA, Vangala S, Tseng CH, Shapiro M, Miller LG. Patient-level analysis of incident vancomycin-resistant enterococci colonization and antibiotic days of therapy. Epidemiol Infect. 2016.

Howard-Anderson J, Busuttil A, Lonowski S, Vangala S, Afsar-Manesh N. From discharge to readmission: understanding the process from the patient perspective. J Hosp Med. 2016.

Chak EW, Govindarajan S, Vangala S, Runyon BA. Is intracranial hemorrhage increased in cirrhosis? An autopsy-based case control study. Cogent Medicine. 2016.

Sheen V, Nguyen H, Jimenez M, Agopian V, Vangala S, Elashoff D, Saab S. Routine laboratory blood tests may diagnose significant fibrosis in liver transplant recipients with chronic hepatitis C: a 10 year experience. J Clin Transl Hepatol. 2016.

Escaron AL, Chang Weir R, Stanton P, Vangala S, Grogan TR, Clarke RM. Testing an adapted modified Delphi method: synthesizing multiple stakeholder ratings of health care service effectiveness. Health Promot Pract. 2016.

Brown AF, Morris DM, Kahn KL, Sankaré IC, King KM, Vargas R, Lucas-Wright A, Jones LF, Flowers A, Jones FU, Bross R, Banner D, Del Pino HE, Pitts OL, Zhang L, Porter C, Madrigal SK, Vassar SD, Vangala S, Liang LJ, Martinez AB, Norris KC. The healthy community neighborhood initiative: rationale and design. Ethn Dis. 2016.

Chung B, Brown AF, Moreno G, Cuen P, Uy V, Vangala S, Bell DS, Washington AE, Norris KC, Mangione CM. Implementing community engagement as a mission at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016.

Khalsa SS, Craske MG, Li W, Vangala S, Strober M, Feusner JD. Altered interoceptive awareness in anorexia nervosa: effects of meal anticipation, consumption and bodily arousal. Int J Eat Disord. 2015.

Chung B, Norris K, Mangione C, Del Pino HE, Jones L, Castro D, Wang C, Bell D, Vangala S, Kahn K, Brown AF. Faculty participation in and needs around community engagement within a large multiinstitutional clinical and translational science awardee. Clin Transl Sci. 2015.

Tung R, Vaseghi M, Frankel DS, Vergara P, Di Biase L, Nagashima K, Yu R, Vangala S, Tseng CH, Choi EK, Khurshid S, Patel M, Mathuria N, Nakahara S, Tzou WS, Sauer WH, Vakil K, Tedrow U, Burkhardt JD, Tholakanahalli VN, Saliaris A, Dickfeld T, Weiss JP, Bunch TJ, Reddy M, Kanmanthareddy A, Callans DJ, Lakkireddy D, Natale A, Marchlinski F, Stevenson WG, Della Bella P, Shivkumar K. Freedom from recurrent ventricular tachycardia after catheter ablation is associated with improved survival in patients with structural heart disease: an international VT ablation center collaborative group study. Heart Rhythm. 2015.

Thomas SS, Borazan N, Barroso N, Duan L, Taroumian S, Kretzmann B, Bardales R, Elashoff D, Vangala S, Furst DE. Comparative immunogenicity of TNF inhibitors: impact on clinical efficacy and tolerability in the management of autoimmune diseases. A systematic review and meta-analysis. BioDrugs. 2015.

Oh AS, Arnold CW, Vangala S, Wallace WD, Genshaft SJ, Sarma K, Aberle DR. Imaging-histologic discordance at percutaneous biopsy of the lung. Acad Radiol. 2015.

Ringman JM, Liang LJ, Zhou Y, Vangala S, Teng E, Kremen S, Wharton D, Goate A, Marcus DS, Farlow M, Ghetti B, McDade E, Masters CL, Mayeux RP, Rossor M, Salloway S, Schofield PR, Cummings JL, Buckles V, Bateman R, Morris JC, Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network. Early behavioural changes in familial Alzheimer's disease in the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network. Brain. 2015.

Purdy IB, Singh N, Brown WL, Vangala S, Devaskar UP. Revisiting early hypothyroidism screening in infants with Down syndrome. J Perinatol. 2014.

Howard-Anderson J, Lonowski S, Vangala S, Tseng CH, Busuttil A, Afsar-Manesh N. Readmissions in the era of patient engagement. JAMA Intern Med. 2014.

Ho VM, Dallalzadeh LO, Karathanasis N, Keles MF, Vangala S, Grogan T, Poirazi P, Martin KC. GluA2 mRNA distribution and regulation by miR-124 in hippocampal neurons. Mol Cell Neurosci. 2014.

Injean P, McKinnell JA, Hsiue PP, Vangala S, Miller LG, Benharash P, Brindis RG, Gregson AL. Survey of preoperative infection prevention for coronary artery bypass graft procedures. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014.

Hsiue PP, Gregson AL, Injean P, Vangala S, Brindis RG, Shemin RJ, Shahian DM, Miller LG, Shapiro MF, Benharash P, McKinnell JA. Variation in antibiotic prophylaxis selection for coronary artery bypass graft procedures in an era of increasing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus prevalence. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014.

Liang LJ, Tseng CH, Vangala S, Hser YH. A Bayesian joint hierarchical model for long-term multiple substance use and recovery from substance use. JSM Proceedings. 2013.

Hochman ME, Asch S, Jibilian A, Chaudry B, Ben-Ari R, Hsieh E, Berumen M, Mokhtari S, Raad M, Hicks E, Sanford C, Aguirre N, Tseng CH, Vangala S, Mangione CM, Goldstein DA. Patient-centered medical home intervention at an internal medicine resident safety-net clinic. JAMA Intern Med. 2013.

Basak SK, Veena MS, Oh S, Lai C, Vangala S, Elashoff D, Fishbein MC, Sharma S, Rao NP, Rao D, Phan R, Srivatsan ES, Batra RK. The CD44(high) tumorigenic subsets in lung cancer biospecimens are enriched for low miR-34a expression. PLoS One. 2013.