Cynthia Girman, DrPH, FISPE, is President and sole proprietor of CERobs Consulting, LLC, which provides consulting on study design and methodology for comparative effectiveness research and real-world randomized pragmatic clinical trials as well as the development and validation of patient reported outcomes. Previously, Dr. Girman was Executive Director and Head of Data Analytics & Observational Methods in the Center for Observational & Real World Evidence at Merck Research Laboratories, from which she retired after 33 years. She founded the Merck Center of Excellence on the development and validation of endpoints for clinical trials, including patient reported outcomes, and her work has focused on incorporating patient input into clinical trials endpoint identification. With experience in biostatistics, epidemiology and observational research methods, Dr. Girman has been involved in a range of collaborative methodology research activities with universities in the United States and Europe. She is adjunct Professor in Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Public Health and a fellow of the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology. Dr. Girman received an MS in Applied Statistics and Computer Science from Villanova University, and a DrPH. in biostatistics/epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina.

Ex-Officio Member from PCORI’s Methodology Committee (Advisory Panel on Clinical Trials)

Conflicts of Interest

As of January 11, 2021

Financial or Business Associations:

  • CERobs Consulting, LLC
  • Abbvie Inc., Consultant
  • Aruvant, Consultant
  • Boehringer Ingelheim, Consultant
  • Capsida, Consultant
  • Complete Health Economic Outcomes Research Solutions, Consultant
  • Epstein Health, Consultant
  • Gilead Sciences, Consultant
  • Greenleaf Health, LLC, Consultant
  • Horizon, Consultant
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Consultant
  • Passage Bio, Consultant
  • Pfizer, Consultant
  • Regeneron, Consultant
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., Inc., Consultant
  • Tremeau Pharmaceutical, Consultant
  • Trio Health, Consultant
  • UBC, Consultant
  • Urovant Sciences, Consultant

Personal Associations:

  • University of North Carolina, Dept of Epidemiology, Professor
  • International Society of Pharmacoepidemiology, Board member


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