David Madigan

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David Madigan
David Madigan in a sailboat.jpg
Executive Vice-President of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University
Assumed office
September 1, 2013
Preceded by Nicholas B. Dirks
Personal details
Born (1962-12-11) December 11, 1962 (age 55)
Athlone, Ireland
Spouse(s) Áine Madigan
Children 3
Alma mater Trinity College Dublin
Profession Statistician, Professor
Website www.stat.columbia.edu/~madigan

David Bennett Madigan (born December 11, 1962) is an Irish and American statistician and academic.[1] He is currently the Executive Vice-President for Arts and Sciences, Dean of the Faculty,[2] and Professor of Statistics[3] at Columbia University. He previously served as Chair of the Department of Statistics at Columbia University (2008-2013), Dean of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at Rutgers University (2005-2007), Director of the Institute of Biostatistics at Rutgers University (2003-2004), and Professor in the Department of Statistics at Rutgers University (2001-2007).


Dr. Madigan received his bachelor's degree in Mathematical Sciences (1984, First Class Honours, Gold Medal) and a Ph.D. in Statistics (1990), both from Trinity College Dublin.


Early career[edit]

Madigan began his academic career in the 1990s at the University of Washington where he was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Statistics. He received the University's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995.[4] Dr. Madigan has also served as Vice President, Data Mining, Soliloquy, Inc. (2000-2001), Principal Technical Staff Member, AT&T Labs-Research (1999-2000), Information Technology Consultant, KPMG (1989-1990), Technology Manager, Peregrine Expert Systems Ltd. (1986-1989), Expert System Consultant, SkillSoft, (1985-1986), and Actuarial Associate, Hibernian Life Assurance, Ireland (1984-1985).


Madigan is an elected Member of the International Statistical Institute (2014),[5] a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012), a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (2006),[6] and a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (1999).[7] He served as Editor-in-Chief of Statistical Science, 2008-2010,[8] and as Editor-in-Chief of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining, the ASA Data Science Journal, 2013-2015.


He has over 200 publications[9] in such areas as Bayesian statistics, text mining, Monte Carlo methods, pharmacovigilance and probabilistic graphical models. He has advised 18 Ph.D. students. In recent years he has focused on statistical methodology for generating reliable evidence from large-scale healthcare data.[10] From 2011 to 2014 he was a member of the FDA's Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Madigan grew up in Athlone in the center of Ireland where he attended the Marist Brothers schools. He is married to Áine Madigan. They have three college-age children and live in suburban New Jersey.


  1. ^ Diaz, Lauren (2013-10-01). "At Arts and Sciences helm, Madigan plans for collaboration - Columbia Daily Spectator". Columbiaspectator.com. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  2. ^ "Welcome message from the Executive Vice President | Faculty of Arts and Sciences". Fas.columbia.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-20. 
  3. ^ "David Madigan » Department Directory". 
  4. ^ "Distinguished Teaching Award Previous award recipients". www.washington.edu. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  5. ^ "International Statistical Institute Members". www.isi-web.org. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Institute of Mathematical Statistics Honored Fellows". www.imstat.org. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  7. ^ "American Statistical Association Fellows". www.amstat.org. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  8. ^ "IMS Journals Past Editors". www.imstat.org. Retrieved 2016-02-18. 
  9. ^ "David Madigan's Publications from Google Scholar". scholar.google.com. Retrieved 2018-06-26. 
  10. ^ "A Systematic Statistical Approach to Evaluating Evidence from Observational Studies". www.annualreviews.org. Retrieved 2016-10-26. 
  11. ^ "DSaRM Roster" (PDF). www.fda.gov. Retrieved 2016-10-26.