Laura Cassidy, PhD

Director, Surgical Clinical Outcomes Registries & Research
Associate professor, Pediatric Surgery, Medical College of Wisconsin

Office Locations

8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 266-6552
(414) 337-7765 (fax)



  • Surgery

Research interests

  • Anesthesia
  • behavioral health
  • biostatistics
  • birthmarks and vascular anomalies
  • Scoliosis
  • clinical effectiveness and outcomes
  • community health and prevention
  • critical illnesses
  • Otitis media
  • environmental health
  • health disparities
  • kidney diseases/urological disorders
  • language/learning disabilities
  • pain management/palliative care
  • asthma
  • surgery
  • trauma
  • injury and violence

Study interests

  • Pediatric surgery
  • trauma
  • outcomes
  • clinical effectiveness research
  • biostatistics
  • epidemiology
  • public health


  • Doctorate, Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 2000
  • Masters of Science, biostatistics, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, 1993

Education & Awards

  • Co-author Pediatric Specialty Award (awarded for best scientific abstract), 2004
  • Co-author Best-in-Training Award (awarded for best abstract and presentation) section on Transport Medicine, AAP National Conference, 2004

Research & Publications

  • The Impact of Pediatric Trauma Centers on the Outcome of Injured Children in Ohio, NIH NICHD, principal investigator, 2013–2015
  • A National Evaluation of Leadership Styles and Outcomes in Local Health Departments, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Public Health Services and Systems Research, principal investigator, 2013-2015
  • PhD Program in Public and Community Health, Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin, principal investigator, 2011-2014

Representative publications

  • Cassidy LD, Cook A, Ertl A, Gourlay D, Osler T. Is the Trauma Mortality Prediction Model (TMPM-ICD-9) a Valid Predictor of Mortality in Pediatric Trauma Patients? Journal of Pediatric Surgery.  49(1):189-92, 2014 Jan.
  • Cassidy LD, Lambropoulos, D, Enters,J,  Farahzad,M,  Gourlay D, Lal,D.  Health Disparities Analysis of Critically Ill Pediatric Trauma Patients in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 217(2):233-9, 2013 Aug.
  • Groen RS, Samai M, Stewart KA, Cassidy LD, Kamara TB,  Yambasu SE, Kingham TP,  Kushner AL. Untreated surgical conditions in Sierra Leone: a cluster randomized, cross-sectional, countrywide survey.  Lancet. 380(9847):1082-7, 2012 Sep 22.
  • Berens, R. J., Cassidy, L. D., Matchey, J., Campbell, D., Colpaert, K. D., Welch, T., Lawson, M., Peterson, C., O’Flynn, J., Dearth, M. and Tieves, K. S., Probability of survival based on etiology of cardiopulmonary arrest in pediatric patients. Pediatric Anesthesia, no. 2010; 1460.
  • Cassidy LD, Jensen JN, Durkee CT, Calkins CM, Sato T, Tassone C, Kerschner J, Thielke RJ, Mitchell ME, Hoffman GM, Oldham KT. Creation and Implementation of Prospective Pediatric Clinical Outcomes Registry” Journal of Registry Management. 38(3):138-43, 2011.

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