Alan Hutson, MA, PhD

Chair and Professor of Oncology
Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Special Interests: 
Clinical trial design, computational methods and order statistics


Dr. Hutson is Chair of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at RPCI and Associate Director of the Biostatistics Shared Resource. He received his B.A. (1988) and M.A. (1990) in Statistics from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. He then worked for Otsuka America Pharmaceuticals for two years as a biostatistician. Dr. Hutson then received his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1996) in Statistics from the University of Rochester. His Ph.D. advisor was Professor Govind Mudholkar, a world-renown researcher in Statistics and Biostatistics. Dr. Hutson was hired as a biostatistician at the University of Florida in 1996 as a Research Assistant Professor and worked his way to a tenured Associate Professor. He had several roles at the University of Florida including Interim Director of the Division of Biostatistics and Director of the General Clinical Research Informatics Core. Dr. Hutson moved to the University at Buffalo in 2002 as an Associate Professor and Chief of the Division of Biostatistics. He was the founding chair of the new Department of Biostatistics in 2003 and became a full professor in 2007. Dr. Hutson’s accomplishments as Chair included the implementation of several new undergraduate and graduate degree programs and a substantial growth in the size and quality of the department faculty and students. In 2005 Dr. Hutson also became Chair of Biostatistics (now Biostatistics and Bioinformatics) at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (RPCI), was appointed to Professor of Oncology and was the Director of the Core Cancer Center Biostatistics Core. Dr. Hutson helped implement the new Bioinformatics Core at RPCI. Dr. Hutson is Fellow of the American Statistical Association. He is Associate Editor of Communications in Statistics, Associate Editor of the Sri Lankan Journal of Applied Statistics and is a New York State NYSTAR Distinguished Professor. Dr. Hutson’s has membership on several data safety and monitoring boards and has served on several high level scientific review panels. He has over 200 peer reviewed publications. In 2013 Dr. Hutson was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society, Gamma Lambda Chapter. Dr. Hutson’s methodological work focuses on nonparametric methods for biostatistical applications as it pertains to statistical functionals. He has several years of experience in the design and analysis of clinical trials.


Education and Training: 
1996 - PhD - Statistics - University of Rochester
1993 - MA - Statistics - University of Rochester
1993 - MA - Statistics - State University of New York at Buffalo
1988 - BA - Statistics - State University of New York at Buffalo
Professional Memberships: 
Member American Statistical Association
Institute for Mathematical Statistics
American Public Health Association
Society for Controlled Clinical Trials