Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

“My work helps women and doctors know which medications are safe during pregnancy.”

Sascha Dublin, MD, PhD

Group Health Research Institute Associate Investigator
Group Health Physician, Internal Medicine


Sascha Dublin’s main interest is studying the impact of therapeutic interventions, including medications, using real-world observational data. Through this work she aims to provide patients and health care providers with better information about the risks and benefits of different treatment options so they can make more informed decisions. Her work includes studies of medication use in relation to pneumonia risk and dementia risk in older adults. She seeks to improve the methods used to study drug safety in older adults by exploring biases that may arise when observational studies do not take into account coexisting illnesses and functional and cognitive status.

Dr. Dublin’s research also focuses on the outcomes of common interventions in pregnancy, including elective induction of labor (that is, bringing on labor when there is not a medical or obstetrical reason for immediate delivery). Her goal is to take advantage of the rich clinical data that are becoming increasingly available through electronic medical records to develop new knowledge and improve care. Dr. Dublin holds an R01 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study maternal and infant outcomes after elective induction of labor at term gestation. She is also the Group Health site principal investigator for the Medication Exposure in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Dr. Dublin’s methodological interests include epidemiologic methods, such as case-control studies and techniques to measure and control for potential confounding factors. She has experience with two-phase study designs and has led methods-focused workgroups for the FDA’s Mini-Sentinel Initiative. She is also interested in novel methods to extract information from clinical records, such as natural language processing.

Dr. Dublin collaborates with the Group Health Research Institute (GHRI)’s aging and immunization research teams, and her experience includes work with the Cardiovascular Health Research Unit, a joint division of GHRI and the University of Washington. She previously held a five-year Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research. She is a board-certified general internist who sees patients one day a week in primary care at Group Health.

Research interests and experience 

Recent publications

Baldwin E, Johnson K, Berthoud H, Dublin S.

Linking mothers and infants within electronic health records: a comparison of deterministic and probabilistic algorithms.

Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2014 Nov 18. doi: 10.1002/pds.3728. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed

Dublin S, Johnson KE, Walker RL, Avalos LA, Andrade SE, Beaton SJ, Davis RL, Herrinton LJ, Pawloski PA, Raebel MA, Smith DH, Toh S, Caughey AB.

Trends in elective labor induction for six United States health plans, 2001-2007.

J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Nov;23(11):904-11. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2014.4779. Epub 2014 Oct 20. PubMed

Avalos LA, Chen H, Yang C, Andrade SE, Cooper WO, Cheetham CT, Davis RL, Dublin S, Hammad TA, Kaplan S, Pawloski PA, Raebel MA, Scott PE, Smith DH, Toh S, Li DK.

The prevalence and trends of antiviral medication use during pregnancy in the US: a population-based study of 664,297 deliveries in 2001-2007.

Matern Child Health J. 2013 Feb 19. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Hansen C, Joski P, Freiman HC, Andrade SE, Toh S, Dublin S, Cheetham TC, Cooper WO, Pawloski PA, Li D-K, Beaton SJ, Scott PE, Hammad T, Davis RL.

Medication in Pregnancy Risk Evaluation Program: the prevalence of asthma medication use during pregnancy.

Matern Child Health J. 2013 Nov;17(9):1611-21. doi: 10.1007/s10995-012-1173-x. Epub 2012 Oct 30. PubMed