Dr Dawit T Zemedikun PhD, MSc, GradStat

Dr Dawit T Zemedikun

Institute of Applied Health Research
Research Fellow – Medical Statistics and Econometrics

Contact details

IOEM Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dawit is a medical statistician and a health econometrician with a wide range of research interests that include econometric modelling, epidemiology, health informatics, and health services research. His recent research effort has focussed on multimorbidity/comorbidity studies, and in estimating the health and economic impacts of diseases and interventions. Dawit has particular interests in the analysis of electronic health records (EHRs) to answer epidemiological, and health-economic research questions.


  • PhD in Health Econometrics and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) research, University of Birmingham, 2019
  • Fellow (GradStat) of the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), 2017
  • MSc in Medical Statistics, University of Leicester, 2016
  • Graduate Certificate in Statistics, University of Sheffield, 2015
  • BSc in Economics and Logistics, Molde University-College, Norway, 2001

Doctoral research

PhD title
'The economic burden and determinants of healthcare costs of back pain in the UK: An empirical investigation using Electronic Health Records’ Completed: 2019


Tracy Roberts, Jesse Kigozi, Alessandra Guariglia, Gwenllian Wynne-Jones (Keele University), Majid Artus (Keele University)

Other activities

  • Professional membership of The Royal Statistical Society (RSS): Graduate Statistician (GradStat)
  • Membership of Health Economics study Group (HESG)


Recent publications


Wang, J, Cooper, J, Gokhale, K, Acosta-Mena , D, Dhalla , S, Byne , N, Chandan, JS, Anand, A, Okoth, K, Subramanian, A, Bangash, M, Jackson, T, Zemedikun, D, Taverner, T, Hanif, W, Ghosh, S, Narendran, P, Toulis, K, Tahrani, A, Surenthirakumaran, R, Adderley, N, Haroon, S, Khunti, K, Sainsbury, C, Thomas, GN & Nirantharakumar, K 2021, 'Association of metformin with susceptibility to COVID-19 in people with type 2 diabetes', Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. https://doi.org/10.1210/clinem/dgab067

Zemedikun, D, Kigozi, J, Wynne-Jones, G, Guariglia, A & Roberts, T 2021, 'Methodological considerations in the assessment of direct and indirect costs of back pain: a systematic scoping review', PLOS One, vol. 16, no. 5, e0251406. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0251406

Chandan, J, Zemedikun, D, Thayakaran, R, Byrne, N, Dhalla , S, Acosta-Mena , D, Gokhale, K, Thomas, T, Sainsbury, C, Subramanian, A, Cooper, J, Anand, A, Okoth, K, Wang, J, Adderley, N, Taverner, T, Denniston, A, Lord, J, Thomas, GN, Buckley, C, Raza, K, Bhala, N, Nirantharakumar, K & Haroon, S 2021, 'Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs and susceptibility to COVID‐19', Arthritis and Rheumatology, vol. 73, no. 5, pp. 731-739. https://doi.org/10.1002/art.41593

Haroon, S, Subramanian, A, Cooper, J, Anand, A, Gokhale, K, Byrne, N, Dhalla , S, Acosta-Mena , D, Taverner, T, Okoth, K, Wang, J, Chandan, J, Sainsbury, C, Zemedikun, D, Thomas, GN, Parekh, D, Marshall, T, Sapey, E, Adderley, N & Nirantharakumar, K 2021, 'Renin-angiotensin system inhibitors and susceptibility to COVID-19 in patients with hypertension: a propensity score-matched cohort study in primary care', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 21, no. 1, 262. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12879-021-05951-w

Okoth, K, Wang, J, Zemedikun, D, Thomas, GN, Nirantharakumar, K & Adderley, N 2021, 'Risk of cardiovascular outcomes among women with endometriosis in the United Kingdom: a retrospective matched cohort study', BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, vol. 2021, no. 00, pp. 1-27. https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.16692

Zemedikun, DT, Gokhale, K, Chandan, JS, Copper, J, Lord, JM, Filer, A, Falahee, M, Nirantharakumar, K & Raza, K 2021, 'Type 2 diabetes mellitus, glycaemic control, associated therapies and risk of rheumatoid arthritis: a retrospective cohort study', Rheumatology (Oxford, England). https://doi.org/10.1093/rheumatology/keab148

Crowe, F, Zemedikun, D, Okoth, K, Adderley, N, Rudge, G, Sheldon, M, Nirantharakumar, K & Marshall, T 2020, 'Comorbidity phenotypes and risk of mortality in patients with ischaemic heart disease in the UK', Heart, vol. 106, no. 11, 2019-316091, pp. 810-816. https://doi.org/10.1136/heartjnl-2019-316091

Chandan, JS, Keerthy, D, Zemedikun, DT, Okoth, K, Gokhale, KM, Raza, K, Bandyopadhyay, S, Taylor, J & Nirantharakumar, K 2020, 'The association between exposure to childhood maltreatment and the subsequent development of functional somatic and visceral pain syndromes', EClinicalMedicine, vol. 23, 100392. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.eclinm.2020.100392

Krishna, M, Subramanian, A, Adderley, N, Zemedikun, D, Gkoutos, G & Nirantharakumar, K 2019, 'Allergic diseases and long-term risk of autoimmune disorders: longitudinal cohort study and cluster analysis', European Respiratory Journal, vol. 54, no. 5, 1900476. https://doi.org/10.1183/13993003.00476-2019

Zemedikun, D 2018, 'Patterns of Multimorbidity in Middle-Aged and Older Adults: An Analysis of the UK Biobank Data', Mayo Clinic Proceedings, pp. 857-866. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mayocp.2018.02.012

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