Rochester, Minnesota




The research of Alan R. Zinsmeister, Ph.D., involves development and application of data analysis methods relevant in biomedical research, specifically in the areas of gastroenterology, medical resource utilization, diabetes and laboratory experimentation.

Focus areas

  • Irritable bowel syndrome. Community-based surveys and treatment trials of potential therapeutic agents.
  • Inflammatory bowel disease. Community-based medical record studies to assess prognosis.
  • Functional dyspepsia. Community-based surveys and treatment trials of potential therapeutic agents.
  • Fecal incontinence. Community-based surveys and technologies to assess etiology.
  • Gastrointestinal transit. Methods of estimating gastric emptying and treatment trials of potential therapeutic agents that affect gastric emptying and colonic transit.

Significance to patient care

Adequate treatments for functional gastrointestinal disorders are lacking, so investigation of potential treatment modalities and diagnostic methods to identify etiologies are important to improving patient care.

Professional highlights

  • Associate Editor, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2004-2009


Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Biostatistics


  1. PhD - Statistics Florida State University
  2. MS - Statistics Florida State University
  3. BA - Mathematics and Philosophy Luther College

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