Rochester, Minnesota




Cynthia (Cindy) S. Crowson, Ph. D., is a lead statistician in the Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics with a joint appointment in the Division of Rheumatology at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Crowson's research is focused on the epidemiology of rheumatic diseases with a special interest in rheumatoid arthritis. As a statistician collaborating with rheumatologists for more than 25 years, her interests reflect both medical and statistical areas.

Focus areas

  • Statistical research methods. Dr. Crowson's statistical interests focus on methods used in population-based research, such as estimating lifetime risk, accelerated aging and attributable risk in longitudinal cohort studies. She has a special interest in survival analysis methods, including competing risks, multistate models, and development and assessment of risk prediction models.
  • Rheumatic diseases. Through collaboration with national and international researchers, Dr. Crowson seeks to improve the health outcomes of people with rheumatic diseases. She has also contributed to research involving the epidemiology and outcomes of people with polymyalgia rheumatica, giant cell arteritis, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, myositis, Sjogren's syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis and other rheumatic diseases.
  • Comorbidity. Dr. Crowson and her colleagues are studying how to best manage the increased risk of heart disease among people with rheumatoid arthritis. This research has led to establishing the Mayo Clinic Cardio-Rheumatology Clinic to better assess the risks and treat heart disease among patients with rheumatic diseases.

Significance to patient care

Dr. Crowson's research aims to improve health and long-term outcomes of people with rheumatic diseases.

Professional highlights

  • Distinguished Educator, Association of Rheumatology Health Professionals, 2016


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Administrative Appointment

  1. Associate Consultant II-Research, Division of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics, Department of Health Sciences Research
  2. Associate Consultant II-Research, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine

Academic Rank

  1. Associate Professor of Biostatistics
  2. Associate Professor of Medicine


  1. PhD - Biostatistics University of Oslo, Norway
  2. MS - Statistics Iowa State University
  3. BA - Mathematics Winona State University
  4. BS - Statistics Winona State University

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