Kaleab Abebe

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty in Biostatistics
  • Director, Center for Clinical Trials & Data Coordination

Dr. Abebe's collaborative research focuses on design, conduct, and analysis of multicenter, randomized, controlled trials (RCTs), namely in polycystic kidney disease (PKD). He is the Data Coordinating Center (DCC) principal investigator for the HALT-PKD Network, comprising two, 7-site RCTs evaluating the impact of hypertensive medications and blood pressure control on PKD. He leads the DCC for an early phase RCT assessing safety and tolerability of metformin in PKD.

Dr. Abebe also oversees statistical cores of several comparative-effectiveness studies for gestational diabetes, collaborative care, HIV, and adolescent medicine. In addition, he is the founding director of the Center for Clinical Trials & Data Coordination, created to standardize the design, conduct, and analysis of RCTs.


2003 Goshen College, Goshen, IN BA, Mathematics
2006 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA MA, Statistics
2009 University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA PhD, Statistics


Dr. Abebe is involved in education and mentoring within the University of Pittsburgh's Institute for Clinical Research Education (ICRE). He is a graduate faculty member in the School of Medicine, as well as core faculty in the ICRE. He is the director of the Clinical Trials Track for the MS in Clinical Research; he currently teaches the Clinical Trials courses, but has also taught many of the biostatistics courses in the ICRE. In addition, Dr. Abebe is the co-director of the Career Education and Enhancement for Health Care Research Diversity (CEED) Program, which provides fellows and junior faculty who are underrepresented in academic medicine and health sciences with a solid foundation for research via professional development, networking, and mentoring.