Adam Mendizabal, Ph.D.

Vice President, Transplant, Allergy, Autoimmune

Why I joined Emmes

I joined Emmes in 2002 straight out of a Master’s program in Biostatistics. One of my favorite classes was a course on clinical trials. The clinical trial course provided me a foundation and an area of statistics that combined statistics with medicine. From there, I wanted to work for an organization that focused on clinical research. I remember researching Emmes after having a brief conversation with President, Dr. Don Stablein. I was so impressed with the amount of publications and high impact research that Emmes was part of. When Don offered me a job, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of an esteemed group of clinical research professionals.

How I describe our firm to other people

I proudly describe Emmes to friends, family, and colleagues as an organization that aims to be a true partner and collaborator in addressing questions in clinical research. Emmes has been part of high impact studies across many different therapeutic areas. I am always impressed when results are published from a project that is practice-changing which makes me proud.

A bit about me

For those that know me, I am a dreamer and am rarely sitting still. I constantly have many projects going, both professionally and personally. I am an avid outdoors person and can be found spending my time surfing in the ocean, paddleboarding, hiking, biking, running, and snowboarding. I have two kids, a loving wife, and a dog that loves adventures.

How I chose my career

My career path chose me. I started as a supporting Biostatistician and have been fortunate to be presented with numerous opportunities during my tenure at Emmes. I never set out to be a Vice President and co-Leader of a Therapeutic area but the leadership at Emmes through the years has greatly supported and challenged me.

The best part about working here

By far, the best part about working at Emmes is the people. In particular, the team that I lead in the Transplant group is the main reason why I love my job. The Transplant Group, through growth based on a strong team foundation, has been able to complete numerous practice-changing projects. While I am very proud of the work that we do, I am most proud of the team.

My background

I started at Emmes straight after completion of my Master’s degree in 2002. Since then, I have had progressively increasing responsibilities from a Biostatistician, Senior Biostatistician, Senior Investigator, Therapeutic and Research Unit Director, and Vice President.


I received a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Rutgers College in 2000, a Master’s degree in Statistics from Rutgers University in 2002, and a PhD in Epidemiology from The George Washington University in 2014.

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