Paul VanVeldhuisen, Ph.D.

President, Public Sector

Why I joined Emmes

What appealed to me was the chance to apply biostatistics to clinical trials, and Emmes was involved in all aspects of research. Once I met some people here, I knew it would be a good fit. It was my first job after graduate school.

How I describe our firm to other people

We do clinical research that makes a difference in public health.

A bit about me

Between three children and all our activities involving sports, we stay very busy. We’re also active in our church.

A challenge I’ve overcome

Balancing a full-time job here, a part-time Ph.D. program and being a new father. I’m glad to say that combination of activities is behind me!

Something I’m most proud of

Publishing a key result from a research study. Sometimes projects can last five years or more, and being able to share for the first time the highlights of that research is a real joy. I also received the Emmes Public Health Impact Award for our team’s research on the safety of cesarean sections.

My background

When Emmes hired me in 1993, I thought I’d be doing data analysis. As I got more experience, I moved into designing and conducting clinical trials. One of my first projects related to a glaucoma study that lasted a number of years. Those results truly made a difference in the treatment of patients. I decided to get my doctorate degree, and I’m now a principal investigator for both government and privately funded research projects. I’ve also served on Emmes’ Institutional Review Board and supported our Quality Assurance department.


Ph.D., epidemiology, The George Washington University
M.S., biostatistics, University of Washington
B.S., mathematics, Calvin College

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