Daniel F. Sarpong, PhD

CMHDRE Director & Endowed Chair

Professor of Biostatistics

Division of Clinical & Administrative Sciences

Dr. Daniel F. Sarpong is currently the Director of the Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education, Endowed Chair of Health Disparities and Professor of Biostatistics.  Prior to returning to Xavier University of Louisiana from Jackson State University (JSU), he was Research Professor of Biostatistics, Senior Biostatistician with RCMI Translational Research Network Data Coordinating Center, and Associate Director with the Center of Environmental Health at JSU.  In 2000-2010, he served in various capacities/positions at the Jackson Heart Study (JHS), the largest single site epidemiological study investigating the etiology and progression of cardiovascular disease in African Americans. 

He was Director, Co-Principal Investigator and Senior Biostatistician of the JHS Coordinating Center. His programmatic focus has been in the use of data from large epidemiological studies and intervention trials and the application of translational research approaches to mitigate both biological and social determinants of health disparities.


B.Sc.   Mathematics, University of Science & Technology, Ghana, 1981

M.S.    Mathematics, New Mexico Highlands University, New Mexico, 1986

Ph.D.  Biometry, Louisiana State University Medical Center (LSUMC), Louisiana, 1991

Teaching Areas:

PHCY 3600 –Drug Information & Literature Evaluation

PHCY 4600 –Drug Information & Literature Evaluation II

PHCY 5600 –Drug Information & Literature Evaluation III

PCLN 3630L 1-4 – Professional Abilities Lab I (Sections 1-4)

PCLN 4630L 1-3 – Professional Abilities Lab II (Sections 1-3)

PHAD 4220 – Public Health/Epidemiology

Research Interests: (as applies)

The programmatic focus of Dr. Sarpong’s research is in the areas of large epidemiological studies and lifestyle modification intervention trials designed to mitigate health disparities. Since 2000, of his research career has been focused on translational research exploring innovative approaches to mitigating both biological and social determinants of health disparities.  The application of Dr. Sarpong’s research interest and skills has been in the areas of cardiovascular disease & health; HIV/AIDS; pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research; statistical and mathematical modeling; and health informatics. 

Select Publications: (Selection out of 81 Publications)

  1. Sarpong, DF., ‘Application of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research in Formulary Decision-making.’  Drug Benefit Trends, Vol. 11, Number 8, August 1999.
  2. Sarpong, DF., Jamero, DJ., and Ball, CK.  “Application of Pharmacoeconomics And Outcomes Research On Decision-Making Patterns By Medical Oncologist – A pilot Study.” ONE 2000, 1(12) pp 30-34 .
  3. Carpenter, M., Crow, R., Steffes, M., Rock, W., Heilbraun, J., Evans, G., Skelton, T., Jensen, R., and Sarpong, D.   “Laboratory, Reading Center, and Coordinating Center Data Management Methods in the Jackson Heart Study” Am J Med Sci 2004;328(3):131-144.
  4. Taylor HA, Wilson, JG, Jones, DW, Sarpong, DF, Srinivasan A, Garrison RJ, Nelson C, Wyatt S.  Toward Resolution of Cardiovascular Health Disparities in African Americans: Design and Methods of the Jackson Heart Study.  Ethnicity & Disease 2005; Vol. 15:S6-4 -S6-17.
  5. Fuqua SR, Wyatt SB, Sarpong DF, Henderson FR, Cunningham MF, Taylor HA. Recruiting African-American Research Participation in the Jackson Heart Study: Methods, Response Rates, and Sample Description. Ethnicity & Disease 2005; Vol. 15:S6-18 -S6-29.
  6. Keku Emmanuel, Rosamond W, Taylor HA, Garrison RJ, Wyatt, SB, Reeves L, Sarpong D. Cardiovascular Disease Event Classification in the Jackson Heart Study: Methods and Procedures. Ethnicity & Disease 2005; Vol. 15:S6-62 -S6-70.
  7. Nichols, L., Tchounwou, PB., Mena L., and Sarpong, D.  “The Effects of Environmental Factors on Persons Living with HIV/AIDS” Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2009, 6, 2041-2054.
  8. Ervin R. Fox, Emelia J. Benjamin, Daniel F. Sarpong, Harsha Nagarajaro, Jason K Taylor, Michael W. Steffes, Abdullah K Salahudden, Michael F Flessner, Ermeg L Akylbekova, Caroline S Fox, Robert J Garrison, and Herman A Taylor. The relation of C-rective protein to chronic kidney disease in Farican Americans: the Jackson Heart Study.  BMC Nephrology 2010, 11:1
  9. Mary E. Keebler, Rahul C. Deo, Aarti Surti, David Konieczkowski, Candace Guiducci, Noel Burtt, SarahG. Buxbaum, Daniel F. Sarpong, Michael W. Steffes, James G. Wilson, Herman A. Taylor and Sekar Kathiresan. Fine-Mapping in African  Americans of Eight Recently Discovered Genetic Loci for Plasma Lipids: The Jackson Heart Study.  Circulation: Cardiovascular Genetics. 2010.  Epub 2010 June 22.  doi: 10.1161/CIRCGENETICS.109.914267.
  10. Anne E. Sumner, Jane L. Harman, Sarah G. Buxbaum, Bernard V. Miller, Anita V. Tambay, Sharon B. Wyatt, Herman A. Taylor, Charles N. Rotimi, Daniel F. Sarpong. Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. December 2010, 8(6): 511-514. doi:10.1089/met.2010.0028.
  11. Ervin R. Fox, Daniel F. Sarpong, Joe C. Cook, Tandaw E. Samdarshi, Harsha S. Nagarajarao, Philip R. Liebson, Mario Sims, George Howard, Robert Garrison, and Herman A. Taylor, Jr. The Relation of Diabetes, Impaired Fasting Blood Glucose, and Insulin Resistance to Left Ventricular Structure and Function in African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study Diabetes Care DC_100838; published ahead of print January 7, 2011, doi:10.2337/dc10-0838
  12. Jeff JM, Brown-Gentry K, Buxbaum SG, Sarpong DF, Taylor HA, George AL Jr, Roden DM, Crawford DC. SCN5A Variation is Associated with Electrocardiographic Traits in the Jackson Heart Study. Circulation Cardiovascular Genetics 2011 April;4(2):139-44. [Epub 2011 Feb 15]. [PMID: 21325150].
  13. Aurelian Bidulescu, Jiankang Liu, Solomon K. Musani, Ervin R. Fox, Tandaw E. Samdarshi, Daniel F. Sarpong, Viola Vaccarino, Peter W. Wilson, Donna K. Arnett, Rebecca Din-Dzietham, Herman A. Taylor, and Gary H. Gibbons. Association of Adiponectin with Left Ventricular Mass in African Americans: The Jackson Heart Study. Circ Heart Fail. 2011; CIRCHEARTFAILURE. 110.959742 published online before print August 12 2011, doi:10.1161/CIRCHEARTFAILURE. 110.959742
  14. Sims, M, Diez Roux AV, Boykin S, Sarpong D, Gebreab SY, Wyatt SB, Hickson D, Payton M, Ekunwe L, Taylor HA. The Socioeconomic Gradient of Diabetes Prevalence, Awareness, Treatment, and Control Among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study. Ann Epidemiol. 2011 Jul 5 Epub. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2011.05.006.
  15. Williams LG, Peacock E, Joyce C, Bazzano LA, Sarpong D, Whelton PK, Holt EW, Re R, Frohlich E, He J, Muntner P, Krousel-Wood M. Risk Factors for Low Pharmacy Refill Adherence Among Older Hypertensive Men and Women by Race. Am J Med Sci. 2018 Nov;356(5):464-475. doi: 10.1016/j.amjms.2018.07.007. Epub 2018 Jul 29.
  16. Lee JE, Sung JH, Sarpong D, et al. Knowledge Management for Fostering Biostatistical Collaboration within a Research Network: The RTRN Case Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2018;15(11):2533. Published 2018 Nov 12. doi:10.3390/ijerph15112533
  17. Ofili EO, Tchounwou PB, Fernandez-Repollet E, Yanagihara R, Akintobi TH, Lee JE, Malouhi M, Garner ST Jr, Hayes TT, Baker AR, Dent AL, Abdelrahim M, Rollins L, Chang SP, Sy A, Hernandez BY, Bullard PL, Noel RJ Jr, Shiramizu B, Hedges JR, Berry MJ, Bond VC, Lima MF, Mokuau N, Kirken RA, Cruz-Correa M, Sarpong DF, Vadgama J, Yates C, Kahn SA, Soliman KF, Perry G, Pezzano M, Luciano CA, Barnett ME, Oyekan A, Kumar D, Norris KC; RCMI Investigators and RTRN Team Members. The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network: Building and Sustaining Capacity for Multi-Site Basic Biomedical, Clinical and Behavioral Research. Ethn Dis. 2019 Feb 21;29(Suppl 1):135-144. doi: 10.18865/ed.29.S1.135. eCollection 2019.
  18. Ofili, E.O.; Schanberg, L.E.; Hutchinson, B.; Sogade, F.; Fergus, I.; Duncan, P.; Hargrove, J.; Artis, A.; Onyekwere, O.; Batchelor, W.; Williams, M.; Oduwole, A.; Onwuanyi, A.; Ojutalayo, F.; Cross, J.A.; Seto, T.B.; Okafor, H.; Pemu, P.; Immergluck, L.; Foreman, M.; Mensah, E.A.; Quarshie, A.; Mubasher, M.; Baker, A.; Ngare, A.; Dent, A.; Malouhi, M.; Tchounwou, P.; Lee, J.; Hayes, T.; Abdelrahim, M.; Sarpong, D.; Fernandez-Repollet, E.; Sodeke, S.O.; Hernandez, A.; Thomas, K.; Dennos, A.; Smith, D.; Gbadebo, D.; AJULUCHUKWU, J.; Kong, B.W.; McCollough, C.; Weiler, S.R.; Natter, M.D.; Mandl, K.D.; Murphy, S. The Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) Cardiovascular Implementation Study (CVIS): A Research Registry Integrating Social Determinants to Support Care for Underserved Patients. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1631.