Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Cardiology


Clinical Biostatistics Core

The UPMC Heart and Vascular Institute’s Clinical Biostatistics Core (HVI-CBC) supports cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery researchers by providing high-quality data collection, analysis, and interpretation.

What We Do

The experts at the HVI-CBC use proven statistical and mathematical methods to provide a range of research support services, including:

Benefits for Researchers

Because our team is specifically dedicated to heart-related projects and comprised of individuals specializing in cardiovascular research, we have a better understanding of HVI research needs than the average statistician. Researchers get high-quality results in timely manner from a team that is invested in their success.

Who We Are

Andrew Althouse, PhD | Supervisor of Statistical Services | bio
Michael S. Sharbaugh | Staff Biostatistician | bio
Floyd W. Thoma | Research Data Manager | bio

Contact Us

To schedule a consultation for research support, call 412-802-6811 or email

We also offer walk-in hours on Tuesdays from 9-10 AM, Wednesdays from 4-5 PM, and Thursdays from 2-3 PM.  Please stop by our offices in UPMC Presbyterian, Room C701.



Staff Bios

Andrew D. Althouse, PhD
Supervisor of Statistical Services

Dr. Althouse received a Bachelor’s of Science in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2008, before moving to the University of Pittsburgh for post-graduate studies.  He earned a Master’s degree in Applied Statistics in 2010 en route to completing his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in August 2013, authoring several cardiovascular outcomes papers from the BARI 2D study as part of his graduate work.  He was appointed the faculty biostatistician at Magee Womens Research Institute for two years, co-authoring more than 20 currently published manuscripts in women’s health, oncology, gynecologic surgery, and bariatric surgery before he was recruited to join UPMC’s Heart and Vascular Institute in 2015.  Dr. Althouse has presented at national meetings hosted by the American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Statistical Association, and the International Biometrics Society as well as writing for Significance magazine and a number of peer-reviewed journals on topics related to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, exercise, maternal & child health.  Current research interests include general cardiology, heart failure, transcatheter therapies, aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair and replacement, and ventricular assist devices.

View a full list of Dr. Althouse’s publications HERE.

Michael S. Sharbaugh, MPH
Staff Biostatistician

Mr. Sharbaugh received a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics in 2008 from Saint Francis University.  After more than five years working for the federal government as an Operations Researcher, he attended the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health, where he earned a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology.  He joined UPMC as a member of the HVI-CBC in January 2016, working as staff biostatistician on projects in general cardiology and cardiac surgery, bringing expertise in data analytics and SAS programming.

Floyd W. Thoma, BS
Research Data Manager

Mr. Thoma received his Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1995.  During his career he has worked on a tremendous breadth of research at UPMC, involving topics such as Motivational Interviewing, Neuropsychological testing, Diabetes, and Cardiology.  Most recently, he worked in the CathPCI registry for 2 years where he implemented measures to catch medication fallouts, post-PCI events, and door-to-balloon times to help to reduce reporting errors.  His chief expertise is in the creation, design, and maintenance of research-quality databases.