Mustafa Ascha, MS
Analyst Programmer/PhD Candidate; Institute for Computational Biology
Case Western Reserve University
Mustafa Ascha is a candidate for the PhD in Clinical and Translational Science at Case Western Reserve University, where he has spent his entire academic career. With an undergraduate degree in economics and a graduate degree in physiology, Mustafa uses his unique background to study oncology health services and identify opportunities to improve patient outcomes. This formal education is bolstered by a strong interest in computer science, which has enabled him to publish research whose results are reproducible–i.e. research whose complete analysis is performed by more than one person, starting from raw data to results as published.
Mustafa has contributed to OHDSI by participating in the OHDSI forums, sharing code that uses the OMOP Common Data Model, contributing code to existing projects, and investigating antibiotics side effects using the OMOP CDM. His current interests in OMOP methods include developing a domain-specific language to interface with the CDM, and teaching others how to use the CDM; his areas of clinical and translational interests include oncology, the incorporation of cancer registry data with real-world evidence, and health care disparities.
Wilkinson B, Ascha M, Verbus E, Montague M, Morris J, Mercer B, Arora KS. Medicaid and receipt of interval postpartum long-acting reversible contraception. Contraception. 2018 Sep 5. pii: S0010-7824(18)30426-8. doi: 10.1016/j.contraception. 2018 Aug 17. PMID: 30194927