Pingfu Fu, PhD

Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Developmental Therapeutics Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

With broad expertise in mathematics, statistics/biostatistics, and computer science, Dr. Pingfu Fu has worked extensively in cancer research. He has been involved in projects on lung, breast, and prostate cancer and leukemia, among others, and in other medical areas including dermatology and HIV/AIDS.

The majority of Dr. Fu’s work is collaborative, interdisciplinary research, in which he advises researchers on study design, best practices, and statistical methods to analyze complex data from pre-clinical and clinical studies. He has a specific interest in survival data analysis, and teaches an annual course in the subject. In 2010 he was named “professor of the year” by the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics (now PQHS).

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

Survival Data Analytics
Independent Study
EPBI 450: Clinical Trials and Intervention Studies
PQHS 602, Practicum

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Survival analysis
  • Study design
  • Measurements with limits of detection
  • Tree-based methods
  • Problem of separation
  • Clinical trials
  • Novel applications of statistical methods to medical research, especially to cancer and HIV/AIDS

Professional Memberships

American Statistical Association
American Mathematical Society
American Cancer Society
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Trials Protocol Development and Review Committee
Data Safety and Toxicity Committee


View Dr. Fu's publications

Editorial roles:

  • Reviews on Recent Clinical Trials, regional editor
  • Journal of Clinical Oncology, editorial board
  • Journal of the National Cancer Center, editorial board


Case Western Reserve University
Case Western Reserve University
Xiangtan University
Jiangxi Normal University

Additional Information

View Pingfu Fu's personal Website

Contributions to science:

  • Applied new methods to various clinical studies in order to tackle mathematical and statistical problems in the area of stochastic processes
  • Made new collaborative observations concerning public health issues such as different types of cancers and some viruses
  • Resolved several issues concerning statistical science in the area of tree-based models, study design, missing value issues, and problem of separation


Student and mentee totals, over CWRU career:

  • Master’s: 200
  • PhD:  2