Member Insight – Andreas Stang

What sparked your decision to become an epidemiologist?

I became interested in contradictions of medical findings in my work as a clinician. My chief physician at the time explained to me that what interested me was called clinical epidemiology. I therefore turned to a professor of epidemiology who recommended that I study epidemiology. That’s what I did in Boston.

What do you see as the biggest obstacle facing epidemiologists in the next five years?

It is difficult to keep pace with the many new developments in epidemiology (causal inference), biostatistics, and the emerging new disciplines (data science, machine learning, medical informatics).

Do you have any pets?

No.

Why did you join SER? What keeps you coming back?

I joined SER because SER unites the most methodically interesting epidemiologists under one roof. The SER meeting is my most important annual training in epidemiology.

What advice do you give students who want to become epidemiologists?

Students are right in epidemiology if they have a strong interest in the methods of epidemiology and in the public health significance of epidemiology.

Outside of epidemiology what do you enjoy doing?

I love to play saxophone and piano, and love reading books about general history.

What is something that not many people know about you?

I am always nervous before I give a talk.