Nawar Shara

Nawar M. Shara, PhD

Director, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics

Nawar M. Shara, PhD, is the director of the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at MedStar Health Research Institute (MHRI); director of the Biostatistics Core in the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science; and associate professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at Georgetown University. Dr. Shara is an established, NIH-funded, clinical investigator with many years of experience overseeing statistical and data management activities for large, multi-center clinical trials.

Dr. Shara’s expertise is in the design and analysis of large-scale epidemiological trials, specifically in the development of novel statistical methodologies, such as adaptive dosage-finding techniques, imputation methods and predictive analytics for big data. In addition, she has been developing tools to extract electronic health records data for use in research to improve patient outcomes. Her research has focused on developing novel statistical methodologies to investigate correlates of kidney and cardiovascular disease and to identify non-traditional predictors of these diseases.