Faculty Profile

Dr. Clyde B. Schechter, M.D.

Clyde B. Schechter, M.D.

Professor, Department of Family and Social Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health

Areas of Research: Simulation modeling; epidemiology; breast cancer prevention and control; diabetes self-management support; patient safety and electronic medical records.

Professional Interests


  • Medical School: College of Physicians & Surgeons, Columbia University
  • St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center
  • Mount Sinai Medical Center


  • Hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, breast cancer, post-traumatic stress and others.
  • Primary/secondary prevention or health services issues in connection with particular diseases.
  • Simulation modeling; decision analysis, cost effectiveness analysis
  • Patient safety issues relating to electronic medical records


  1. Statistical and mathematical modeling of disease processes
  2. Applied epidemiology
  3. Decision analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and computer simulations

Active Projects:

  • Comparative Modeling: Informing Breast Cancer Control Practice & Policy
  • NYC Care Calls (Diabetes Self Management Clinical Trial)
  • Trajectories of Psychological risk and resilience in World Trade Center responders
  • Biomarkers of Psychological Risk and Resilience in World Trade Center Responders
  • Future of Risk-Based Breast Cancer Screening in Community Settings
  • Assessing Risk of Wrong-Patient Errors in Electronic Medical Records that Allow Multiple Records Open

Selected Publications


Original Peer-Reviewed Reports.

  1. 1.         Plevritis SK, Munoz D, Kurian AW, Stout NK, Alagoz O, Near AM, Lee SJ, van den Broek JJ, Huang X, Schechter CB, Sprague BL, Song J, de Koning HJ, Trentham-Dietz A, van Ravesteyn NT, Gangnon R, Chandler Y, Li Y, Xu C, Ergun MA, Huang H, Berry DA, Mandelblatt JS. Association of Screening and Treatment With Breast Cancer Mortality by Molecular Subtype in US Women, 2000-2012. JAMA. 2018 Jan 9;319(2):154-164. doi: 10.1001/jama.2017.19130. Erratum in: JAMA. 2018 Feb 20;319(7):724. PubMed PMID: 29318276; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5833658.

    2.         Schechter CB, Near AM, Jayasekara J, Chandler Y, Mandelblatt JS.  Structure, function, and applications of the Georgetown-Einstein (GE) Breast Cancer Simulation Model.  Medical Decision Making 2018 38(1 Supp)  66S-77S.

    3.         Brodin NP, Kabarriti R, Pankuch M, Schechter CB, Gondi V, Kalnicki S, Guha C, Garg MK, Tomé WA. A Quantitative Clinical Decision-Support Strategy Identifying Which Patients With Oropharyngeal Head and Neck Cancer May Benefit the Most From Proton Radiation Therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Nov 26. pii: S0360-3016(18)34025-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.11.039. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30496877.

    4.         Jayasekera J, Li Y, Schechter CB, Jagsi R, Song J, White J, Luta G, Chapman JW, Feuer EJ, Zellars RC, Stout N, Julian TB, Whelan T, Huang X, Shelley Hwang E, Hopkins JO, Sparano JA, Anderson SJ, Fyles AW, Gray R, Sauerbrei W, Mandelblatt J, Berry DA; CISNET-BOLD Collaborative Group . Simulation Modeling of Cancer Clinical Trials: Application to Omitting Radiotherapy in Low-risk Breast Cancer. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2018 Dec 1;110(12):1360-1369. doi: 10.1093/jnci/djy059. PubMed PMID: 29718314; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6292816.

    5.         Adelman JS, Kalkut GE, Schechter CB, Weiss JM, Berger MA, Reissman SH, Cohen HW, Lorenzen SJ, Burack DA, Southern WN.  Understanding and preventing wrong-patient electronic orders: a randomized controlled trial.  J Am Med Inform Assoc 2013 20(2):305-10.

    6.         Adelman J, Aschner J, Schechter C, Angert R, Weiss J, Rai A, Berger M, Reissman S, Parakkattu V, Chacko B, Racine A, Southern W.  Use of temporary names for newborns and associated risks.  Pediatrics 2015 136(2):327-33.

    7.         Adelman JS, Berger MA, Rai A, Galanter WL, Lambert BL, Schiff GD, Vawdrey DK, Green RA, Salmasian H, Koppel R, Schechter CB, Applebaum JR, Southern WN. A national survey assessing the number of records allowed open in electronic health records at hospitals and ambulatory sites. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 Sep 1;24(5):992-995. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocx034. PubMed PMID: 28419267.

    8.         Adelman J, Aschner J, Schechter C, Angert R, Weiss J, Rai A, Berger M, Reissman S, Yongue C, Chacko B, Daldez N, Racine A, Southern W.  Evaluating Serial Strategies for Preventing Wrong-Patient Orders in the NICU. Pediatrics 2017 139(5).

    9.         Lucan SC, Maroko AR, Sanon OC, Schechter CB.  Unhealthful food-and-beverage advertising in subway stations: targeted marketing, vulnerable groups, dietary intake, and poor health.  J Urban Health 2017 (in press) DOI 10.1007/s11524-016-0127-9

    10.         Lucan SC, Maroko AR, Seitchik JL, Yoon DH, Sperry LE, Schechter CB.  Surprising neighborhood sources of food & drink: implications for research and community health.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2018 (in press).

    11.         Lucan SC, Maroko A, Patel A, Gjonbalaj I, Abrams C, Rettig S, Elbel B, Schechter C.  Change in an Urban Food Environment: Storefront Sources of Food/Drink Increasing Over Time, and Not Limited to 'Food Stores' and Restaurants.  J Acad Nutr and Dietetics 2018 (in press)..

    12.         Bryan AD, Ginsburg ZA, Rubinstein EB, Frankel HJ, Maroko AR, Schechter CB, Cooksey-Stowers K, Lucan SC.  Food and Drinks Available from Urban Food Pantries: Nutritional Quality by Item Type, Sourcing, and Distribution Method.  Journal of Community Health (2018) 1-26 doi 10.1007/s10900-018-0592-z.


    13.         Walker E, Schechter CB, Caban A, Basch CE.  Telephone Intervention to Promote Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Among the Urban Poor.  Am J Prev Med 2008;34(3):185-91. PMC2272534


    14.         Schechter CB, Cohen HW, Shmukler C, Walker EA.  Intervention Costs and Cost Effectiveness of a Successful Telephonic Intervention to Promote Diabetes Control.  Diabetes Care 2012 Nov;35(11):2156-60. PMC3476890


    15.         Chamany S, Walker EA, Schechter CB, Gonzalez JS, Davis NJ, Ortega FM, Carrasco J, Basch CE, Silver LD.  Telephone intervention to improve diabetes control: a randomized trial in the New York City A1c registry.  Am J Prev Med 2015 49(6):832-841.


    16.         Walker EA, Weiss L, Gary-Webb TL, Realmuto L, Kamler A, Ravenell J, Tejeda C, Lukin J,.Schechter CB. Power Up for Health: Pilot Study Outcomes of a Diabetes Prevention Program for Men from Disadvantaged Neighborhoods. Am J Mens Health. 2018 Jul;12(4):989-997. doi: 10.1177/1557988318758787. Epub 2018 Mar 15. PubMed PMID: 29540129; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6131473


Book Chapter.

  1. Schechter CB, van Ravesteyn NT.  The Role of Microsimulation Modeling in Evaluating the Outcomes and Effect of Screening, in Breast Cancer Screening – An Examination of Scientific Evidence, N. Houssami & D. Miglioretti, eds.  pp 103-133.  Academic Press (Elsevier) 2016.

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