Max F. Masnick, PhD

Last updated August 31, 2016

Education

Employment

  • Hospital IQ
    Data Scientist, 2016 - present

  • Software Development & Data Analysis Consulting (2012 - present)
    Expertise in software development and data analysis for research
    Clients include major research universities, non-profits, and startups
    More at https://masnick.org/consulting/

  • Graduate Research Assistant
    In conjunction with my PhD, 2012 - 2015

  • Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, Duke University
    Research Analyst, 2009 - 2012

  • Laboratory of Virology, Rocky Mountain Labs, NIH
    Summer Intern in 2006, 2007, and 2008

Technical skills

  • Software development: Expert with Ruby, Ruby on Rails, JavaScript, HTML, CSS, Git; experience with Python, Java, C++, PHP, Perl, MATLAB, SQL.
  • Statistical packages: Stata, Scientific Python, R, SAS.
  • See examples of my software development work at https://masnick.org/projects.
  • See examples of how I solve day-to-day development and automation challenges at http://protips.masnick.org.

Publications

  • O’Hara L, Masnick M, Leekha S, Jackson S, Blanco N, Harris A. Indirect Versus Direct Standardization Methods for Reporting Healthcare-Associated Infections: An Analysis of Central Line–Associated Bloodstream Infections in Maryland. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017. [PubMed]

  • Masnick M, Morgan DJ, Macek MD, Sorkin JD, Brown JP, Rheingans P, Harris AD. Improving the Understanding of Publicly Reported Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Data. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016. [PubMed | PDF]

  • Masnick M, Morgan DJ, Sorkin JD, Kim E, Brown JP, Rheingans P, Harris AD. Lack of Patient Understanding of Hospital Acquired Infection Data Published on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare Website. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015. [PubMed | PDF | Press release]

  • Masnick M and Leekha S. Frequency and predictors of seasonal influenza vaccination and reasons for refusal among patients at a large tertiary referral hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015. [PubMed | PDF]

  • Pepin CS, Thom KA, Sorkin JD, Leekha S, Masnick M, Preas MA, Pineles L, Harris AD. Risk factors for Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infections: A Focus on Comorbid Conditions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015; 36(04):479-81. [PubMed | PDF]

  • Masnick M, Morgan DJ, Wright MO, Lin MY, Pineles L, Harris AD. Survey of infection prevention informatics use and practitioner satisfaction in U.S. hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014; 35(7):891-893. [PubMed | PDF]

  • Rock C, Thom KA, Masnick M, Johnson KJ, Harris AD, Morgan DJ. Frequency of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) and non-KPC-producing Klebsiella contamination of Healthcare workers and the environment. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014; 35(4):426-9. [PubMed | PDF]

  • O’Donnell K, Murphy R, Ostermann J, Masnick M, Whetten RA, Madden E, Thielman NM, Whetten K, and The Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO) Research Team. A Brief Assessment of Learning for Orphaned and Abandoned Children in Low and Middle Income Countries. AIDS Behav 2012; 16(2):480-90. [PubMed]

  • Waters RC, Ostermann J, Reeves TD, Masnick MF, Thielman NM, Bartlett JA, Crump JA. A cost-effectiveness analysis of alternative HIV re-testing strategies in sub-Saharan Africa. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 2011; 56(5): 443-52. [PubMed]

  • Mitzel DM, Best SM, Masnick MF, Porcella SF, Wolfinbarger JB, Bloom ME. Identification of genetic determinants of a tick-borne flavivirus associated with host-specific adaptation and pathogenicity. Virology 2008; 381(2): 268-76. [PubMed]

  • Mitzel DM, Wolfinbarger JB, Long RD, Masnick M, Best SM, Bloom ME. Tick-borne flavivirus infection in Ixodes scapularis larvae: development of a novel method for synchronous viral infection of ticks., Virology 2007; 365(2): 410-8. [PubMed]

Conference Oral Presentations

  • Masnick M, Morgan DM, Sorkin JD, Kim E, Brown JP, Rheingans P, Harris AD. Lack of Patient Understanding of Hospital Acquired Infection Data on CMS Hospital Compare. At SHEA Spring 2015 Conference in Orlando, 2015.

Conference Posters

  • Masnick M, Morgan DM, Sorkin JD, Macek MD, Brown JP, Rheingans P, Harris AD. Ability of Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Data to Differentiate Hospitals Nationwide. At SHEA Spring in Atlanta, 2016. [PDF]

  • Masnick M, Morgan DM, Macek MD, Sorkin JD, Brown JP, Rheingans P, Harris AD. Improving Understanding of Publicly Reported Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) Data. At SHEA Spring in Atlanta, 2016. [PDF]

  • Masnick M, Morgan DJ, Harris AD. Apps for ID: A Regularly Updated Database of iPhone and iPad Apps for Infectious Disease Physicians. At IDWeek in Philadelphia, 2014. Available at: http://bit.ly/poster744

  • Masnick M, Leekha S. Frequency and Predictors of Refusal of Seasonal Influenza Vaccination among Patients at a Large Tertiary Referral Hospital. At IDWeek in Philadelphia, 2014. Available at: http://bit.ly/poster1058

  • Pepin CS, Thom K, Masnick M, Preas MA, Pineles L, Harris AD. Potential for Risk Adjustment for Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections Using Comorbidity Measures Derived from Medical Records from a Tertiary Care Hospital. At IDWeek in Philadelphia, 2014. Available at: http://bit.ly/poster854

  • Rock C, Thom KA, Masnick M, Johnson JK, Harris AD, Morgan DJ. Frequency of Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase- (KPC-) and non-KPC-producing Klebsiella species contamination of healthcare workers and the environment. At the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Spring Conference in Denver, 2014. [PDF]

  • Lowery AV, Chui SHJ, Pajoumand M, Masnick M, Pepin C, Williams CM. Evaluation of therapeutic hypothermia following return of spontaneous circulation after cardiac arrest. At the 43rd Critical Care Congress in San Francisco, 2014. [PDF]

  • Masnick M, Morgan DJ, Wright M, Lin M, Pineles L, Harris A. Infection Control Informatics Use and Satisfaction among SHEA and APIC Members. At IDWeek in San Francisco, 2013. Available at: http://bit.ly/poster-1077.

Teaching

  • Statistical Methods in Epidemiology, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2014
    Instructor: Dr. Michelle Shardell, University of Maryland Baltimore
    Topics: treatment of stratified and matched data, detection of interaction, regression models (linear, logistic, Poission)

  • Principles of Epidemiology, Teaching Assistant, Summer 2014
    Instructor: Dr. Nancy Ellish, University of Maryland Baltimore
    Topics: measures of disease occurrence and association, study design, bias and causation

  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology: A Global Perspective, Teaching Assistant, Fall 2014
    Instructor: Dr. Samer El-Kamary, University of Maryland Baltimore
    Topics: principles of infectious disease epidemiology, including mechanisms of transmission, outbreak investigations, vaccines, and nosocomial infections

  • Clinical Trials and Experimental Epidemiology, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2015
    Instructor: Dr. Michael L. Terrin, University of Maryland Baltimore
    Topics: principles of clinical trails, including recruitment, randomization, intervention, blinding, outcome ascertainment, statistical design, informed consent, and ethical concerns

  • Research Practicum, Teaching Assistant, Spring and Summer 2015
    Instructors: Dr. Surbhi Leekha and Dr. John D. Sorkin, University of Maryland Baltimore
    Topics: conducting and presenting epidemiological research
    Summary: Students in this course are given a general research question and dataset. They then complete all steps of the research process including hypothesis development, literature review, and statistical analysis. Students present their findings orally and in written assignments throughout the semester to gain experience applicable to presenting at a professional meeting and writing a peer-reviewed manuscript.

Awards

  • IDWeek Trainee Travel Grant, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), 2014
  • Outstanding PhD Scholar, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Program in Epidemiology and Human Genetics, 2014