Penelope S. Pekow

Research Associate Professor
405 Arnold House


A.B., Brown University, 1977; M.S.P.H. University of North Carolina, 1982; Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1991.

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Analysis of observational data

Research Description: 

Analytic methods for use with large observational databases with multi-level hierarchical data, with applications in comparative effectiveness studies, variation in delivery of care, and outcomes of healthcare delivery.

Key Publications: 

Lagu T, Rothberg MB, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Steingrub JS, Lindenauer PK. What is the best method for estimating the burden of severe sepsis in the United States? J Crit Care. 2012, (4):414-9.

Lindenauer PK, Lagu T, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Rothberg MB. Association of Diagnostic Coding With Trends in Hospitalizations and Mortality of Patients With Pneumonia, 2003-2009, JAMA 2012 Apr; 307(13):1405-13.

Lindenauer PK, Pekow PS, Lahti MC, Lee Y, Benjamin EM, Rothberg MB. Association of corticosteroid dose and route of administration with risk of treatment failure in acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. JAMA. 2010; 303(23):2359-67.

Lindenauer PK, Rothberg MB, Pekow PS, Kenwood C, Benjamin EM, Auerbach AD. Outcomes of care by hospitalists, general internists, and family physicians. N Engl J Med 2007; 357(25):2589-600.

Lindenauer PK, Pekow P, Wang K, Mamidi DK, Gutierrez B, Benjamin EM. Perioperative Beta Blocker Therapy and Mortality Following Major Noncardiac Surgery. New England Journal of Medicine, 2005; 353:349-61.