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Faculty and Staff Profile

Moonseong Heo


Office: Clemson Nursing, Suite 205

Phone: 864-455-1132


Educational Background

PhD Statistics
University of Rochester 1996

MA Statistics
University of Rochester 1991

MA Applied Statistics in Economics
Yonsei University 1987

BA Economics
Yonsei University 1985

Courses Taught

HLTH 8290: Epidemiological Study Design and Analysis

Research Interests

The areas of my research interest include clinical trial design and analysis, obesity epidemiology, opioid use disorder epidemiology and associated infectious diseases, and pediatric quality improvement.

Research Publications

Since 2018 (Updated August 2019)
Rinke ML, Singh H, Heo M, Adelman J, O’Donnel H, Choi SJ, Norton A, Stein REK, Brady TM, Lehmann CU, Kairys S, Rice-Conboy E, Theissen K, Bundy DG. (2018) Diagnostic errors in primary care pediatrics: Project RedDE. Academic Pediatrics, 18, 220-227.
Heo M, Kim N, Rinke ML, Wylie-Rosett J. (2018) Sample size determinations for stepped wedge clinical trials from a three-level data hierarchy perspective. Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 27, 480-489.
Heo M, Gonzalez CC, Lim J, Isasi CR, Blank AE, Lounsbury DW, Fredericks L, Bouchard M, Faith MS, Wylie-Rosett J. (2018) Effective nationwide school-based participatory extramural program on adolescent body mass index, health knowledge and behaviors. BMC Pediatrics, January 18, 7. PubMed PMID: 29338731; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5771213
Akiyama MJ, Agyemang L, Arnsten JH, Heo M, Norton BL, Schackman BR, Linas BP, Litwin AH. (2018) Rationale, design and methodology of a trial evaluating three models of care for HCV treatment among injection drug users on opioid agonist therapy. BMC Infectious Diseases, February 18, 74. PubMed PMID: 29426304; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5807730.
Barmettler A, Heo M. (2018) A prospective, randomized comparison of lower eyelid retraction repair with autologous auricular cartilage, bovine acellular dermal matrix (Surgimend), and porcine acellular dermal matrix (Enduragen) spacer grafts. Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, May 34, 266-273. PMID: 28658181
Chocron IM, Rai DK, Kwon JW, Bernstein N, Hu J, Heo M, Lee JK, Gore PK, McCartney MD, Chuck RS. (2018) Effect of diabetes mellitus and metformin on central corneal endothelial cell density in eye bank eyes. Cornea, August 37, 964-966. PMID: 29746333
Crouch E, Bonham Jr. V, Buscetta A, Vinces G, Heo M, Minniti C. (2018) Nutritional supplement profile of adults with sickle cell disease American Journal of Hematology, May E187-188, PMID: 29726579; PMCID: PMC6215738
Bachhuber MA, Nash D, Southern WN, Heo M, Berger M, Schepis M, Cunningham CO. (2018) Reducing the default dispense quantity for new opioid analgesic prescriptions: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. BMJ Open, Apr 8, e019559. PMID: 28658181.
Heo M, Nair S, Wylie-Rosett J, Faith MS, Pietrobelli A, Glassman NR, Martin SN, Dickinson S, Allison DB. (2018) Trial characteristics and appropriateness of statistical methods applied for design and analysis of randomized school-based studies addressing weight-related issues: A literature review. Journal of Obesity, June 8767315. PMID: 30046468; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6036807
Heo M, Pietrobelli A, Faith MS, Wylie-Rosett J. (2018) School-based interventions and programs to address weight issues, Journal of Obesity, 3538964, PMID: 30510797; PMCID: PMC6230380
Johnson CM, Tripicchio G, Rozin P, Heo M, Pietrobelli A, Berkowitz RI, Keller KL, Faith MS. (2018) Observed parent-child feeding dynamics in relation to child body mass index and adiposity. Pediatric Obesity, March 13, 222-231. PMID 28296242
Barmettler A, Wang J, Heo M, Gladstone GJ. (2018) Upper eyelid blepharoplasty: A novel method to predict and improve outcomes. Aesthetic Surgery Journal, Oct 38, NP156-NP164. PMID: 30007317
Mian U, Tang J, Allende APM, Heo M, Bernstein N, Vattappally L, Schoenfeld D, Minniti CP. (2018) Elevated fetal hemoglobin levels protect adults with sickle cell disease from retinopathy. British Journal of Hematology, December 183, 807-811. PMID: 30417925
Heo M, Meissner P, Litwin AH, Arnsten JH, McKee MD, Karasz A, McKinley P, Rehm CD, Chambers EC, Yeh MC, Wylie-Rosett J. (2019) Preference option randomized design (PORD) for comparative effectiveness research: Statistical power for testing comparative effect, preference effect, selection effect, intent-to-treat effect, and overall effect. Statistical Methods in Medical Research, Feb 28, 626-640. PMID: 29121828; NIHMSID: NIHMS945956.
Heo M, Meissner P, Litwin AH, McKee MD, Karasz A, Chambers EC, Yeh MC, Wylie-Rosett J. Reply to Walter et al’s letter to the Editor. (2019) Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 28, 1600-1602. PMID: 29633630
Bundy DG, Singh H, Stein REK, Brady TM, Lehmann CU, Heo M, O'Donnell HC, Rice-Conboy E, Rinke ML. (2019) The design and conduct of Project RedDE: A cluster-randomized trial to reduce diagnostic errors in pediatric primary care. Clinical Trials, April 16, 154-164, PMID: 30720339
Rinke ML, German M, Azera B, Heo M, Brown N, Gross R. Bundy DG, Racine A, Duonnolo C, Briggs R. (2019) Effect of mental health screening and integrated mental health on adolescent depression diagnoses. Clinical Pediatrics, April 58, 437-445. PMID: 30623684
Ding ME, Mbekeani JN, Ahmed Y, Conigliaro R, Delphin E, Durstenfeld A, Jagannath Am, Masters-Israilov A, Milstein M, Rabin M, Ramachandran S, Vlismas P, Yang D, Heo M, Rosenberg JB. (2019) Assessment of neurocognitive consequences of call duty in residents using saccadic eye movements. Journal of the Neurological Sciences, February 397, 117-122. PMID: 30612084.
Hwang P, Heo M, Bourgeois B, Kennedy S, Shepherd J, Heymsfield SB. (2019) Greater height is associated with a larger carotid lumen diameter. Medicines, May 14; 6(2) PMID: 31091706
Akiyama MJ, Norton BL, Arnsten JH, Agyemang L, Heo M, Litwin AH. (2019) The PREVAIL Study: A randomized controlled trial of intensive models of Hepatitis C care for people who inject drugs. Annals of Internal Medicine, April 170, 594-603. PMID: 31346609
Heymsfield SB, Hwaung P, Ferreyro-Bravo F, Heo M, Thomas DM, Schuna Jr. J. (2019) Scaling of Adult Human Bone and Skeletal Muscle Mass to Height in the United States Population. American Journal of Human Biology, Jul; 31(4): e23252, PMID: 31087593; PMCID: PMC6634976
Buonora M, Perez H, Heo M, Cunningham C, Starrels J. (2019) Race and gender are associated with opioid does reduction among patients receiving chronic opioid therapy. Pain Medicine, July 20(8), 151901527. PMID: 30032197
Martin SN, Heo M, Jimenez CC, Lim J, Lounsbury DW, Fredericks L, Bouchard M, Wylie-Rosett J. (2019) Personalizing the Dietary Guidelines: Use of a feedback report to help adolescent students plan health behaviors using a SMART goal approach. Childhood and Adolescent Obesity, 2(1), 47-62.

In Press:
Douglas LC, Heo M, Azad N, Racine A, Rinke ML. Contextual factors associated with quality improvement success in a multi-site ambulatory setting. Journal for Health Care Quality, PMID: 30730399; PMCID: PMC6679818
Perez H, Buonora M, Cunningham C, Heo M, Starrels J. Opioid taper is associated with subsequent termination of care: A retrospective cohort study. Journal of General Internal Medicine
Heo M, Judith Wylie-Rosett. Being obese versus trying to lose weight among US high school students. Journal of School Health
Rinke ML, Singh H, Brady TM, Heo M, Kairys SW, Orringer K, Dadlez NM, Bundy DG. A cluster randomized clinical trial reducing missed pediatric elevated blood pressure: Project RedDE. Pediatric Quality and Safety
Akiyama MJ, Lipsey D, Heo M, Agyemang L, Norton BL, Hidalgo J, Lora K, Litwin AH, Hepatitis C reinfection following direct-acting antiviral therapy among people who inject drugs on opioid agonist therapy. Clinical Infectious Diseases PMID 31346609
Hwang P, Bosy-Westphal A, Muller MJ, Geisler C, Heo M, Thomas DM, Kennedy S, Heymsfield SB. Adiposity Tissue: Composition, energy expenditure, and energy content in adult humans. Obesity, PMID 31346609
Kennedy S, Hwang P, Kelly N, Liu YE, Sobhiyeh S, Shepherd JA, Heo M, Heymsfield SB. Optical imaging technology for body size and shape analysis: Evaluation of a system designed for personal use. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Hwang P, Heo M, Kennedy S, Hong S, Thomas DM, Shepherd J, Heymsfield SB. Optimum Waist Circumference-Height Indices for Evaluating Adult Adiposity: an Analytic Review Waist. Obesity Reviews
Rinke ML, Bundy DG, Lehmann CU, Heo M, Adelman JS, Norton A, Singh H. Project RedDE: A cluster randomized trial to reduce missed or delayed action on abnormal pediatric laboratory values. Pediatric Quality and Safety
Rinke ML, Bundy DG, Stein REK, O’Donnell HC, Heo M, Sangvai S, Lilienfeld H, Singh H. Increasing recognition and diagnosis of adolescent depression: Project RedDE a cluster randomized trial. Pediatric Quality and Safety

Honors and Awards

Statistical Editorial Board, International Journal of Obesity
Editorial Board, Child and Adolescent Obesity
Fellow, The Obesity Society

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