Comparative Effectiveness & Data Analytics Research Resource (CEDAR)

About CEDAR Core

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As part of the Health Services research area, the MUSC Comparative Effectiveness Data Analytics Research (CEDAR) Core is the repository and custodian for several large de-identified billing records (non-clinical) data bases.

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  1. Curate information about the types of archival data resources available on campus.
  2. Disseminate information on the available data to faculty and students.
  3. Train faculty and fellows in archival data study design and analysis methods.
  4. Provide governance for access to existing data sets on campus.
  5. Support investigators in developing new studies using archival data.



Kit Simpson

Kit N. Simpson, Dr.PH

Director, CEDAR Research Core
Distinguished University Professor, Department of Healthcare Leadership & Management
College of Health Professions

Daniel Brinton

Daniel L. Brinton, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Healthcare Leadership & Management
Associate Director, CEDAR Core
College of Health Professions

Tony Eisenhart

Tony Eisenhart

Senior Information Resource Consultant
Director of Information Technology, CEDAR Research Core
Education and Information Technology

Sara Knox

Sara Knox, PT, DPT, PhD

Board Certified Geriatric Physical Therapy Specialist
Associate Professor, College of Health Professions, Division of Physical Therapy



CEDAR provides the following services, which may be requested through SPARCRequest:

  • Archival data methods training.
  • Specification of disease phenotypes based on ICD-9 or ICD-10 and CPT coding.
  • Data extraction from "Big Data" archival data sets.
  • Consultation on analytical data set design.
  • Specialized design services (phenotype sensitivity assessment, matching, inverse weighting).
  • Consultation on Data Use Agreement development for data acquisition.
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Data Management Plan (Password protected. Must have a NetID to access).