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

Biography

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

Pocobelli G, Dublin S, Enquobahrie DA, Mueller BA. Birth weight and birth weight for gestational age in relation to risk of hospitalization with primary hypertension in children and young adults. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Mar 15. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Wallace ER, Siscovick DS, Sitlani CM, Dublin S, Mitchell PH, Odden MC, Hirsch CH, Thielke S, Heckbert SR. Incident atrial fibrillation and disability-free survival in the Cardiovascular Health Study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Mar 1. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14037. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Aiello Bowles EJ, Larson EB, Pong RP, Walker RL, Anderson ML, Yu O, Gray SL, Crane PK, Dublin S. Anesthesia exposure and risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease: a prospective study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb 11. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14024. [Epub ahead of print].

Gray SL, Dublin S, Yu O, Walker RL, Anderson ML, Hubbard R, Crane PK, Larson EB. Benzodiazepine use and risk of incident dementia or cognitive decline: prospective population based study. BMJ. 2016 Feb 2;352:i90. doi: 10.1136/bmj.i90. PubMed

 

healthy findings blog

Tough conversations: How can we help patients get off risky drugs?

Dr. Sascha Dublin describes a Group Health-UW finding that benzodiazepines probably don’t cause dementia. But she cautions that they’re still bad for you.

Read it in Healthy Findings.

Latest release

Anticholinergic drugs linked to risk for pneumonia in elderly

March 2, 2015—Group Health study suggests higher risk with acute or chronic use

GHRI In the Media

Anticholinergic drugs linked to risk for pneumonia in elderly

Common class of drugs may be linked to pneumonia risk

HealthDay (syndicated), Mar. 3, 2015