Siran M. Koroukian, PhD

Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences
School of Medicine
Center for Community Health Integration
School of Medicine
Secondary Faculty
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Population and Cancer Prevention Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
School of Medicine

Dr. Koroukian’s research is informed by her early career in nursing and health policy focused on Ohio’s Medicaid program and the population that it serves. Much of her academic work bridges between public health and big data/informatics to uncover disparities in access and outcomes, with a focus on chronic illnesses, including cancer and epilepsy, especially among older adults. Her studies on cancer and aging highlight the importance of developing methods to identify adults with multimorbidity (MM), and underscore the importance of defining MM as not only co-occurrence of chronic conditions, but also of functional limitations and geriatric syndromes. 

Central to her work are data originating from large databases, such as Medicare and Medicaid, tumor registries, clinical assessments, vital records, and more recently, electronic health records. In collaboration, Dr. Koroukian has developed comprehensive data infrastructures to evaluate complex problems in health services research, such as determining the effectiveness of Ohio’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection program, or assessing the care needs of older adults with cancer. Most recently, she was the senior author of a study that found that middle-to-low-income Ohioans who don’t qualify for Medicaid often and who purchase insurance through the Exchanges can’t afford adequate healthcare.

Teaching Information

Courses Taught

Secondary Analysis of Large Health Care Data Sets
Department Seminar
Integrated Thinking in Population and Quantitative Health
Use of Large Databases in Epidemiology and Health Services Research

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Multimorbidity in older cancer patients
  • Methodological issues in the use of large databases in health services research
  • Medicare and Medicaid programs
  • Health Disparities
  • Cancer-related health services research

Awards and Honors

Clinical Quality Award
Integrated Care Research, Ohio Department of Mental Health
Nominated for the John S. Diekhoff Graduate Student Mentoring Award
Case Western Reserve University
National Institute on Aging
Institute on Aging Research
Academic Career Development Award
National Cancer Institute (K07 CA96705)
Post Doctoral fellowship
National Institutes of Health (F32 CA84621)
Recipient, Training Grant
AHCPR (T32 HS00059)
The Dekker Foundation Outstanding Student Award
Sloan Program International Prize

Professional Memberships

State Health Improvement Plan, Ohio Department of Health, Advisor
Ohio Partners for Cancer Control, Advisor
NIH/NIA Comorbidity Scientific Interest Group
CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, Panelist
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, Panelist
Association for State and Territorial Health Officials, Panelist
Cancer Research UK, Review Panel
Gerontological Society of America
American Society of Clinical Oncology


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Publishing impact   

Metrics from Web of Science/publons and Scopus/SciVal: 

  • H-index: 26
  • Total publications from CV:  130 
  • Total citations:  1,390
  • Publications in top-tier journals: 37%
  • Collaborative publishing – national/international: 95%/5%

Editorial roles:

  • Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Editorial Board
  • Journal of Immigrant Health, Editorial Board
  • Epidemiology and Health Services Research Section, Women’s Health Encyclopedia, Editor 
  • Health Services Research Section, Encyclopedia on Aging and Public Health, Editor 


Health Services Research
Case Western Reserve University
Cornell University
Nursing, Obstetrical Care (Maitrise en Sciences Infirmieres)
Universite St. Joseph
Nursing (Licence en Soins Infirmieres)
Universite St. Joseph
Postdoctoral Fellow
National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute
Case Western Reserve University

Additional Information

Professional Experience:

  • 2010: Director, Population and Health Outcomes Research Core, Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2008: Associate Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2007-2008: Associate Editor, Health Services Research and Policy, J Immigrant and Minority Health
  • 2004 – Present: Associate Member, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2003 – 2008: Assistant Professor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
  • 2001 – 2003: Senior Instructor, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Case Western Reserve University
  • June 2000 – May 2002: National Cancer Institute (NCI) Postdoctoral Fellow
  • March 2000 – 2002: Technical Advisor to the American University of Armenia (AUA)
  • March 1995 through June 1995 — Consultant to the Office of Medicaid Policy, Ohio Department of Human Services, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1989-1994 — Social Program Administrator, Office of Medicaid Policy, Ohio Department of Human Services, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1987-1989 — Consultant, Corporate Health Strategies, Inc., Westport, Connecticut

Contributions to science:

  • Methodology to evaluate older individuals’ multi-morbidity (MM) profile
  • Investigating disparities in healthcare access and outcomes in people with chronic diseases, including cancer and epilepsy 
  • Developing comprehensive data infrastructures to evaluate complex problems in health services research

Active grants:

  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center P30: Population Cancer Analytics Shared Source 
  • CDC: Targeting treatment gaps: Describing when, how quickly, and why persons with epilepsy are referred to specialty care
  • NIH/NHLBI: Association of health care delivery and payment innovations with avoidable cardiovascular hospitalizations
  • NIH/NINR: Identifying Electronic Phenotypes of Patients that Benefit from Air Medical Transfer
  • Celgene / Cleveland Clinic: Effectiveness of DNA Hypomethylating agents and lenalidomide in elderly patients with myeloid malignancies in the United States
  • NIH/NIDCR: Multilevel interventions to reduce caries disparities in primary care settings
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation: Investigating Orthopaedic and Cardiothoracic-related issues using data from the HealthCare Cost and Utilization Project
  • Ohio Medicaid: MEDTAPP Hypertension Quality Improvement and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Student and mentee totals, over Case Western Reserve University career:

  • Master’s: 40 
  • PhD: 30         
  • Post-doc:  2
  • A sampling of CWRU PhD graduates’ and Postdoctoral fellows’ current careers:
    • Taussig Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic 
    • Bristol-Myers Squibb, Immunoscience Epidemiology Lead
    • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine