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Senior Scientist

John McGready, PhD '08, ScM, shares the joy, importance, and utility of biostatistics with students, and works closely with faculty and clinicians on public-health research.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room E3543
(410) 955-0958

Research Interests

Biostatistics; OpenCourseWare; Statistical Education;Statistical Consulting; Statistical Methods; Statistical Literacy
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Harvard School of Public Health
Since joining the faculty at Hopkins, Dr. McGready has split his time between research collaborations  and statistical education. He is the primary instructor for “Statistical Reasoning in Public Health I and II" taught both on campus, and on line, and an instructor for “Statistical Methods in Public Health III " .  He is the co-creator and instructor of intensive data analysis workshops offered in the School's Summer Institute of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.Dr. McGready is also actively involved collaborative research.  His efforts include/have included collaborations with Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Anne Arundel County Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and Johns Hopkins Healthcare.Dr. McGready's research interests include: - statistical education - small sample properties of both classical and computer driven methods of estimation and inference  applications of advanced semi-parametric smoothing techniques to anthropomorphic data - exploring unanswered questions from first principles of statistics - rectifying differences in interpretation and estimates between mixed effects and GEE approaches to analyzing longitudinal data In 2001, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020, Dr. McGready was awarded a Golden Apple Award for excellence in teaching by the on-site student body. In 2001 and 2005 he received the Teaching Award for Excellence in Distance Education, as voted upon by distance education students. In 2010 he received the ASPH/Pfizer Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Outstanding Teacher Award given by the Teaching Statistics in Health Sciences section of the American Statistical Association.Prior to coming to Hopkins, Dr. McGready served as a quantitative policy analyst, focusing on criminal justice policy in the United States (federal and state levels). Previously, Dr. McGready also taught high-school-level math in Washington, D.C., and worked as a health care data analyst for Healthcare Investment Analysts (now HCIA/Sachs).
Honors & Awards
2021 Ernest Lyman Stebbins Medal, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHBSPH) 2020 Inductee, Delta Omega Public Health Society 2020 Golden Apple Teaching Award, JHBSPH 2018 Advising, Mentoring, and Teaching Recognition Award (AMTRA), JHBSPH 2016 Golden Apple Teaching Award, JHBSPH 2012 Golden Apple Teaching Award, JHBSPH 2010 ASPH/Pfizer Early Career Award for Teaching Excellence 2010  Outstanding Teacher Award given by the Teaching Statistics in Health Sciences section of the American Statistical Association 2008 Golden Apple Teaching Award, JHBSPH 2006 Best Contributed Paper, Joint Statistical Meetings 2006, Section on Teaching Statistics in the Health Sciences 2005 Excellence in Online Education Award, JHBSPH 2004 Golden Apple Teaching Award, JHBSPH 2001 Golden Apple Teaching Award, JHBSPH 2001 Excellence in Online Education Award, JHBSPH 2000 Teaching Assistant Recognition Award, JHBSPH 1996 Teaching Assistant of the Year, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
Select Publications
Thank you for your interest: here are some highlights from my publication record.
  • Mustafa Ali MK, Sabha MM., MD, Mustafa, SK, Banifadel M, Ghazaleh S, Aburayyan, KM, Ghanim MT3; Awad MT, Gekonde, DN, Amala A;, Ramahi A, , Elzanaty, AM, Nesheiwat, Z, Shastri PM, Al-Sarie M, McGready J. Hospitalization and Post-hospitalization Outcomes among Teaching Internal Medicine, Employed Hospitalist and Locum Tenens Hospitalist Services in a Tertiary Center: A Prospective Cohort Study. To appear in Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2021.
  • Mathioudakis NN, Abusamaan MS, Shakarchi AF, Sokolinsky S, Fayzullin S, McGready J, Zilbermint, M, Saria,S, Golden, SH. Development and Validation of a Machine Learning Model to Predict Near-Term Risk of Iatrogenic Hypoglycemia in Hospitalized Patients. JAMA Network Open. 2021;4(1):e2030913. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.30913
  • Hoover-Fong J, McGready J, Schultze K, and Alade A. A Height-for-Age Growth Reference for Children with Achondroplasia: Expanded Applications and Comparison with Original Reference Data. American Journal of Medical Genetics, Part A. 2017. May;173(5)
  • McGready J, Brookmeyer R. Evaluation of Student Outcomes in Online vs. Campus Biostatistics Education in a Graduate School of Public Health. Preventive Medicine 2013 56 (2): 142-122.
  • Murphy S, McGready, J, Griswold, M, and Sylvia, M. A Method for Estimating Cost Savings for Population Health Management Programs. Health Services Research. 2012. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2012.01457.x