Principle Investigator

PI: Huiwen Xu, PhD 

Faculty Appointment:  

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch

Contact Info:

UTMB Email

Office Phone: (409) 772 5899 

Twitter: @Dr_HuiwenXu

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Office Address:                   

UHC 4.438

301 University Blvd., Galveston, TX 77555-1150

Principle Investigator

Huiwen Xu, PhD, MHA

Faculty Appointment

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Medical Branch


Ph.D., Health Services Research & Policy at University of Rochester Medical Center, NY

M.A., Social Medicine and Health Administration at Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China

Research Interests

Aging, Artificial Intelligence, Nursing Home, Cancer Survivorship, Big Data, Health Disparities, Health Policy


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Huiwen Xu, PhD, is an incoming Associate Professor in the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University. Dr. Xu’s research examines the staffing, quality, disparity, and policy in nursing homes using large administrative data and various survey data. He is also interested in applying machine learning to aging research and has built various supervised and unsupervised machine learning models. Dr. Xu currently leads a 4-year R01 grant from the National Institute on Aging (R01 AG081282, 2023-2027). He participated in multiple NIH-funded projects in cancer survivorship previously (R01, U01, UG1, R21, etc.). Dr. Xu was selected into several prestigious aging-related training programs including the RL5 Pepper Scholar from UTMB Pepper OAIC Center, the NIA RCCN Scholars Program in Multidisciplinary Research, the NIA AWARD Network Dementia Workforce Summer Institute, and the R25 Research Methods in Supportive Oncology from Harvard Medical School. 

Dr. Xu has published 60+ peer-reviewed articles in leading medical and policy journals including The Lancet, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Oncology, JAMA Network Open, Journal of Clinical Oncology, JAGS, JAMDA, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, and Medical Care; he coauthored two book chapters and 90+ scientific abstracts. His work has been cited 2,300+ times, with an H-index of 23. Dr. Xu holds national leadership positions at the AcademyHealth, NIA AWARD Network for Dementia Workforce Research, and Cancer and Aging Research Group (CARG). He serves as a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, AWARD Network, and CARG, as well as 25+ scientific journals. He has mentored 20+ statisticians, fellows, junior faculty, and students (undergraduate, master, medical, and doctoral). Dr. Xu received several national and international awards. 

Before coming to Emory, Dr. Xu held faculty positions at the University of Rochester Medical Center and University of Texas Medical Branch. He earned his PhD in Health Services Research and Policy with Data Science training from the University of Rochester. 

If you share research interest with Dr. Xu, please do not hesitate to reach out.