Sanja Avramovic, PhD

Sanja Avramovic
Titles and Organizations

Assistant Professor, HAP

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-4548
Building: Peterson Hall
Room 4419

Personal Websites


Sanja Avramovic is an assistant professor in the Department of Health Administration and Policy at George Mason University. Her research focus is on big data sets available through electronic health records; health informatics; and developing an efficient and scalable algorithm for variable selection and predictions. She is interested in examining the association of antibiotics and hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) with mortality; and the risks to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among veterans. She worked on developing an index for mortality calculation based on Naïve Bayesian Networks. Also, using a Veteran Administration data set she conducted a retrospective cohort study to describe clinical characteristics and outcomes associated with Clostridium difficile infection. She analyzed data provided by National Cancer Institute, mapped codes into Unified Medical Language System identifiers and ran a machine learning method on the prepared dataset.

University Service

  • Undergraduate Advisor, 2017-present
  • Security Officer, Center for Discovery Science and Health Informatics, 2017-present

Community Service

  • Reviewer, Journal of Medical Systems, 2017-present
  • Grant Reviewer, McMaster Institute for Research on Aging, 2018-present


Research Interests

  • Big data analysis
  • Health informatics
  • Bayesian networks
  • Predictive models


Alemi F., Avramovic S., Schwartz MD. (In press). EHR-based Screening for Substance and Prescription Abuse. Big Data.

Davis PJ, Liu M, Sherman S, Nataranjan S, Alemi F, Jensen A, Aramovic S, Schwartz MD, Hayes, RB. HbA1c, Lipid profiles and Risk of Incident Type 2 Diabetes in United States Veterans. PloS one. 2018 Sep ember 13; 13(9):e0203484.

Avramovic S., Asadzadehzanjani, N., Mogharab Nia, R., Baldelli, E., Petricoin, E., Pierobon, M., Wojtusiak, J. The Side Out Foundation Metastatic Breast Cancer Database, an Open-access Portal for multi-omics Molecular Data and More. Reports of the Machine Learning and Inference Laboratory. MLI 18-2, 2018.

Appaneal HJ., Caffrey AR., Beganovic M., Avramovic S., LaPlante KL. Predictors of mortality among a national cohort of Veterans with recurrent Clostridium difficile infection. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 2018 July 18;

Davis PJ., Liu M., Alemi F., Jensen A., Avramovic S., Levy E., Hayes RB., Schwartz MD. Prior antibiotic exposure and risk of type 2 diabetes among Veterans. Primary care diabetes. 2018 July 18;

Min, H., Mobahi, H., Irvin, K., Avramovic, S., & Wojtusiak, J. (2017). Predicting activities of daily living for cancer patients using an ontology-guided machine learning methodology. Journal of biomedical semantics, 8(1), 39.

Tuck, M. G., Alemi, F., Shortle, J. F., Avramovic, S., & Hesdorffer, C. (2017). A comprehensive index for predicting risk of anemia from patients' diagnoses. Big Data, 5(1), 42-52.

Min, H., Avramovic, S., Wojtusiak, J., Khosla, R., Fletcher, R. D., Alemi, F., & Elfadel Kheirbek, R. (2017). A comprehensive multimorbidity index for predicting mortality in intensive care unit patients. Journal of palliative medicine, 20(1), 35-41.

Sherry L., Avramovic S. (2012, January). Quantifying the Benefits of Pre- emptive Rebooking: A case study for a network carrier. Integrated Communications, Navigation, Surveillance (ICNS) Conference; 2015.

Sherry, L., & Avramovic, S. (2015, April). Quantifying the benefits of pre-emptive rebooking: A case study for a network carrier. In Integrated Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance Conference (ICNS), 2015 (pp. D2-1). IEEE.

Sherry, L., Lai, K., Avramovic, S., & Samant, A. (2013, April). Passenger trip reliability metrics: 2011. In Integrated Communications, Navigation and Surveillance Conference (ICNS), 2013 (pp. 1-40). IEEE.


"Community Characteristics Associated with Geographic Disparities in Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Health (DP17-001)," New York University. September 2017-present. Role: Investigator.

Database and portal for "Side Out 3 Precision Medicine Trial for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients," Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine GMU/ Side Out Foundation. May 2018-June 2018. Role: Principal Investigator. 

"Burden of Clostridium difficile infection throughout the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System," VA Ocean State Research Institute, GMU 222890. May 2016-December 2016. Role: Co-Investigator.

"Pre-diabetes and Diabetes among Veterans," New York University, GMU 222764. August 2015-September 2016. Role: Investigator.


GMU patent (GMU-17-005) “Removing Confounding in Real World Evidence: Procedures for Outcome-Based Prescription of Antidepressants” patent (GMU-17-005)

xScion (2018) “Screening for Substance Abuse using Predictive Models “


  • PhD, Information Technology, George Mason University
  • MS, Information Systems and Technology, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • BS, University of Belgrade, Serbia