Prof. William Goggins

Prof. Goggins received his ScD in Biostatistics from Harvard University in 1997. His research interests include statistical modelling of associations between climatic variables and health-related outcomes, and cancer epidemiology. He is also involved in numerous collaborative projects with academics from the School of Public Health and Primary Care, other departments within the CUHK Faculty of Medicine and the Hong Kong Hospital Authority. He is currently the director of the Biostatistical consulting laboratory. He is also a member of the CUHK SPHPC Humanitarian Initiative team and the CUHK-SPHPC Climate Change and Health Study Group. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Hong Kong Medical Journal and serves as a Statistical Advisor for the journal, Chinese Medicine.

Ongoing research projects

(i) Modeling of the effects of temperature, humidity and solar radiation on stroke incidence in Hong Kong using Generalized Additive Models (PI).

(ii) Excess mortality due to cold weather and cold spells in Hong Kong (PI).

(iii) Effect of a public smoking ban on myocardial infarction in Hong Kong and Taiwan (PI).

(iv) Effect modification of the association of hot weather, solar radiation and pollution on mortality by ‘urban heat islands’ (Co-I: collaboration with CUHK architecture department).


Selected Publications
WB Goggins, GKY Wong, Poor survival for U.S. Pacific Islander cancer patients: evidence for the SEER database: 1991-2004. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2007; 25(36):5738-41.
WB Goggins, G Daniels, H Tsao, Elevation of thyroid cancer risk among cutaneous melanoma survivors. International Journal of Cancer. 2006 118: 185-188.
J Woo, WB Goggins, A Sham, SC Ho, Social determinants of frailty. Gerontology. 2005 Nov-Dec;51(6):402-8.
K Neindorf, WB Goggins, G Yang, K Tsai, M Shennan, D Bell, A Sober, D Hogg, H Tsao, MELPREDICT: A logistic regression model to estimate CDKN2A carrier probability. Journal of Medical Genetics. 2005 Sep 16;
WB Goggins, J Woo, A Sham, SCY Ho, Frailty Index as a measure of biological age in a Chinese population. The Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. 2005 60A(8): 1046-51.
WB Goggins, Re: “Do Men Have a Higher Case Fatality Rate for Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome than Women Do?” Letter to the Editor, American Journal of Epidemiology 2004 160(9):925-6.
WB Goggins, W Gao, H Tsao, Association between female breast cancer and cutaneous melanoma. International Journal of Cancer. 2004 Sep 20;111(5):792-4.
SS Tsai, WB Goggins, HF Chiu, CY Yang, Evidence for an association between air pollution and daily stroke admissions in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Stroke. 2003 34(11):2612-6.
WB Goggins, H Tsao, A population-based analysis of risk factors for a second primary cutaneous melanoma among melanoma survivors. Cancer. 2003 97(3):639-43.
WB Goggins, DM Finkelstein, H Tsao, Evidence for an association between cutaneous melanoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Cancer. 2001 91(4):874-80.
WB Goggins, DM Finkelstein, A proportional hazards model for multivariate interval-censored failure time data. Biometrics. 2000 56(3):940-3.
WB Goggins, DM Finkelstein, AM Zaslavsky, Applying the Cox proportional hazards model for the analysis of latency data with interval censoring. Statistics in Medicine 1999 18(2):2737-47.
WB Goggins, DM Finkelstein, AM Zaslavsky, Applying the Cox proportional hazards model when the change time of a binary time-varying covariate is interval-censored. Biometrics. 1999 55(2):445-51.
WB Goggins, DM Finkelstein, DA Schoefled, AM Zaslavsky, A Markov chain Monte Carlo EM algorithm for analyzing interval-censored data under the Cox proportional hazards model. Biometrics. 1998 54(4):1498-507.