Willaim Irish, PhD

William IrishProfessor and Vice Chair for Research

office: BSOM, 600 Moye Boulevard
phone: 252-744-3969
email: irishw17@ecu.edu

Dr. Irish is Vice Chair for Research and Research Professor at the Brody of School of Medicine, East Carolina University. Dr. Irish is involved in all aspects of healthcare research within the Department of Surgery. This includes observational as well as clinical research with a strong emphasis on the Eastern North Carolina communities. Dr. Irish specializes in health outcomes research, statistical modeling and prediction, clinical trial methodology and large-scale database and claims analysis. His major research interest consists of: (1) identification of important prognostic factors of disease progression and clinical outcomes, including validation of biomarkers; (2) developing statistical models and assessing their clinical utility; and (3) designing randomized controlled trials, specifically in low incidence/rare conditions with specific reference to subject enrichment strategies.

Dr. Irish is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Transplantation. Dr. Irish is currently Statistical Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation and Associate Editor for Clinical Transplantation.


  • Honours B.Sc. Experimental Psychology, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • M.Sc. Statistics, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario
  • Ph.D. Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Dr. William Irish Curriculum Vitae (PDF)