Gary Koch

Gary Koch, PhD

Department of Biostatistics
Biometric Consulting Laboratory
3106B McGavran-Greenberg Hall
CB #7420
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Gary Koch, PhD, DSc (Hon), is professor of biostatistics and Director of the Biometric Consulting Laboratory at UNC-CH, where he has served on the faculty since 1968.

His principal research interest is the development of statistical methodology for the analysis of categorical data and its corresponding applications to a wide range of settings in the health sciences. He has an extensive record of publication in statistics and in collaborative work in health sciences research. The topics which are addressed by his publications include crossover studies, multi-center studies, longitudinal (multi-visit) studies, rank methods for ordered outcomes, covariance analysis and adverse experience data analysis.

Dr. Koch has previously served on the editorial boards of The American Statistician, Biometrics, Drug Information Journal and Technometrics, and he is currently a member of the editorial boards for Statistics in Medicine and The Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics.

Honors and Awards

2012 W.J. Dixon Award for Excellence in Statistical Consulting
2012, American Statistical Association (ASA)

Greenberg Alumni Endowment Award from the Gillings School of Global Public Health
2012, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Professional Achievement Award for Distinguished Career Accomplishments
2011, Ohio State University Alumni Association, Inc.

Outstanding Service Award
1993, Drug Information Association

Recipient of The Spiegelman Award
1974, American Public Health Association

Research Activities

Analysis of categorical data

Clinical trials methodology

Non-parametric multivariate inference

Service Activities

June 1971: Consultant, Office of International Statistical Programs, NCHS (DHEW)

1971-1984: Consultant, Office of Defects Investigation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (DOT)

1973-1975: Consultant, Manual on Standards for Review Statistical Reports, Office of Statistical Methods, NCHS (DHEW)

1973-1977: Member, Dental Study Section, Division of Research Grants, NIH (DHEW)

1974-1977: Statistical Expert, Bureau of Drugs, FDA (DHEW)

1975-1978: Member, Committee on Research on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences, National Research Council (NRC)

1976-1978: Consultant, Consumer Product Safety Commission Bureau of Epidemiology

1976-1980: Consultant, Alaska Judicial Council

1981-1984: Member, Committee on National Statistics, Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences, NRC

1984-1987: Member, Panel on Statistics for an Aging Population, Committee on National Statistics, Assembly of Behavioral and Social Sciences, NRC

1983-1987: Consultant, Circulatory Systems Devices Panel, National Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA

1987-1991: Consultant, National Vietnam Veteran Readjustment Study, Veterans Administration

1970-1974: Book Review Editor for Technometrics

1975-1979: Associate Editor for Biometrics

1975-1977: Member, Regional Committee on ENAR Biometric Society

1975: ENAR Biometric Society Program Chairman for Annual Meeting

1977: American Statistical Association Program Chairman for Annual Meeting

1976-1977: Associate Editor, The American Statistician

1980: Chairman, American Statistical Association Biometric Section

1981-1984: Editor, The American Statistician

1980-1986: Visiting Lecturer Program, Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies

1985-1986: Member, Editorial Board, Drug Information Journal

1985-1989: Co-Chairman, American Statistical Association Sesquicentennial Committee

1989-present: Member, Editorial Board, Statistics in Medicine

1990-present: Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics

1990, 1991: Guest Editor, Drug Information Journal, Volume 24, No. 2, Volume 25, No. 3

1990-1991: Member, Board of Directors, Drug Information Association

1990-1991: Program Chair, Section on Survey Research Methods, American Statistical Association

1992: Program Chair, Drug Information Association, Workshop on Statistical Issues

1993-2001: Program Committee, Drug Information Association Annual Meeting

1993: Guest Editor, Drug Information Journal, Volume 27, No. 3 September1993Chairman, Scientific
Committee, Statistical Methods in Biopharmacy Conference in Paris, France

1994: Chairman, Fisher Lecture Award Committee, Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies

1995-2012: Member, Editorial Board, Drug Information Journal

2002: Program Chair, Drug Information Association Annual Meeting

2002-present: Member, Editorial Board, Pharmaceutical Statistics

2004-2008: Data and Safety Monitoring Board, VA/NIH Acute Renal Failure Trial Network (ATN) Study, Intensive vs Conventional Renal Support in Acute Renal Failure (VA Cooperative Study #530)

Key Publications

Neurobehavioral functioning and survival following lung transplantation. James Blumenthal, J Blumenthal, Robert Carney, R Carney, R. Davis, R Davis, Kenneth Freedland, K Freedland, Benson Hoffman, B Hoffman, Gary Koch, G Koch, Tereza Martinu, T Martinu, C. O'Hayer, C O'Hayer, Scott Palmer, S Palmer, Todd Schwartz, T Schwartz, Patrick Smith, P Smith, Elbert Trulock, E Trulock (2014). Chest, 145(3), 604-611.

A multiple imputation method for sensitivity analyses of time-to-event data with possibly informative censoring. Mirza Ali, Amy Herring, Gary Koch, Yue Zhao, Haibo Zhou (2014). Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics, 24(2), 229-253.

An overview of statistical planning to address subgroups in confirmatory clinical trials. Gary Koch, Todd Schwartz (2014). Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics, 24(1), 72-93.

Neurobehavioral functioning and survival following lung transplantation. James Blumenthal, Robert Carney, R. Davis, Kenneth Freedland, Benson Hoffman, Gary Koch, Tereza Martinu, C. O'Hayer, Scott Palmer, Todd Schwartz, Patrick Smith, Elbert Trulock (2014). Chest, 145(3), 604-611.

Sensitivity Analysis for Withdrawals in Grouped Time-to-Event Data. Gary Koch, John Preisser, Yue Zhao (2014). Statistics in Biopharmaceutical Research, 6(1), 41-54.

Staff/Administrative Duties

Director, Biometric Consulting Laboratory


  • PhD, Statistics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1968
  • MS, Industrial Engineering, Ohio State University, 1963
  • BS, Mathematics, Ohio State University, 1962