David F. Cruess, PhD

David F. Cruess, PhD

Name: David F. Cruess, PhD

Department of Primary Appointment: Preventive Medicine & Biostatistics
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Principal Vice Chair of PMB, Vice Chair for Biometrics Professor, Graduate Programs Director of Biostatistics Consulting Center

Affiliated Departments: Emerging Infectious Diseases,

Email: david.cruess@usuhs.edu (link sends e-mail)
Office Phone: (301) 295-3465
Room: Bldg. A, Room A1044

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Dr. Dave Cruess currently serves as Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics (PMB), with a secondary appointment as Professor of Emerging Infectious Diseases. He additionally serves as the Graduate Programs Director of PMB. He also holds the administrative positions of Principal Vice Chair of PMB, Vice Chair for Biometrics, and Vice Chair for Graduate Programs. Dr. Cruess is the senior Biostatistician in the Department, and founded the Biostatistics Consulting Center for the University. He designed and taught much of the biostatistical curricula for the USU medical and graduate school.


Ph.D.,The Johns Hopkins University


The research interests of Dr. Cruess are varied, but most deal with the application of biostatistical methods in innovative ways to biomedical problems, especially in the areas of radiology, telemedicine, dermatology, and surgery. Currently, he is involved with research that involves the evaluation of the long-term outcomes of USU medical school graduates.


Dr. Cruess designed and teaches the core Biostatistics I course that is a required course for most graduate programs at USU. He has won the "Outstanding Educator of the Year" six times for his teaching expertise.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Cruess is the only member of the Department to be "Certified in Public Health" by the National Board of Public Health Examiners. He has extensive expertise in the area of educational program administration, especially in accreditation issues. He has had a major role in every accreditation and re-accreditation effort of the Department, and has chaired the last two accreditation Self-studies for the Council for Education in Public Health (CEPH).

Selected Recent Publications

Personal satisfaction and mentorship are critical factors for today's resident surgeons to seek surgical training. Lukish J, Cruess D, and the Executive Committee of the Resident and Associate Society of the American College of Surgeons. American Surgeon 71(11):971-4, 2005.

Expression of the proto-oncoprotein Brx is altered in eutopic endometrium of women with endometriosis. R Hearns-Stokes, C Mayers, C Zahn, D Cruess, J Gustafsson, J Segars, and L Nieman. Fertility and Sterility 85(1):63-70, 2006.

Laparoscopic appendectomy in children: Endoloop or endostapler? Lukish J, Powell D, Morrow S, Cruess D, Guzzetta P. Archives of Surgery. 142(1):58-61, 2007

Identifying medical students likely to exhibit poor professionalism and knowledge during internship. Greenburg D, Durning S, Cohen D, Cruess D, Jackson J. Journal of General Internal Medicine 22(12):1711-7, 2007

Long-term Career Outcome of Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Medical School Graduates; Classes of 1980-1989. Durning SJ, Cohen D, Cruess D and MacDonald R Military Medicine 173(5):422-428, 2008

Does Student Promotions Committee (SPC) Appearance Predict Below Average Performance During Internship? Durning SJ, Cohen D, Cruess D and MacDonald R. Teaching and Learning in Medicine 20(3):267-272, 2008)

Faculty performance evaluation in accredited US public health graduate schools: A national study. Gimbel R, Cruess DF, Schor K, Hooper T, and Barbour G. Academic Medicine 83(10):962-8, 2008.

The prevalence, causes, and consequences of experiencing a life crisis during medical school. Greenburg D, Durning SJ, Cruess D, Cohen D, and Jackson J. Teaching and Learning in Medicine 22(2):85-92, 2010

Low dose quetiapine causes a statistically significant increase in weight: A retrospective chart review of military healthcare beneficiaries. William SG, Alinejad NA, Lamb JA, and Cruess DF. Pharmacotherapy 30(10):1011-5, 2010

The Long-Term Career Outcome Study (LtCOS): Where we've been and where we hope to go. Durning SJ, Artino AR, Gilliand WR, Cruess DF, McManigle, and Waechter D. Military Medicine 175(3):133-5, 2010

Almost internists: Analysis of students who considered internal medicine but chose other fields. Durning SJ, Elnicki M, Cruess D, Schwartz M, and Hauer KE. (to appear in Academic Medicine)

Performance in medical school and internship: Does self-reported clinical experience matter? Artino AR, Guilland WR, Waechter DM, Cruess DF, Dezee K, Calloway M, Durning SJ. (submitted for publication in Medical Education)

Professional Activities

Dr. Cruess is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and was elected in the Delta Omega honorary public health society. He is also a member of the American Statistical Association, the International Biometric Society, and the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.