Jonathan Sugimoto

Affiliate Assistant Professor, Epidemiology



PhD Epidemiology, University of Washington, 2010
MHS International Health, Johns Hopkins University, 2002
BS Biology, Calvin College, 2000





Jonathan Sugimoto is an Epidemiologist and Investigator with the Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (ERIC) at the United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) Puget Sound Health Care Medical Center, Seattle WA. The Seattle ERIC one of a network of Epidemiology Centers supported by the Cooperative Studies Program of the VA’s Office of Research and Development.

Research Interests

Dr. Jonathan Sugimoto is a quantitative infectious disease epidemiologist whose research focuses on the estimation and modeling of the burden and prevention of communicable pathogens in humans.  His research experience extends from designing, implementing, analyzing, and reporting observational field studies and randomized vaccine trials, to developing and applying statistical methods and models for reducing bias in observational/ecological studies of vaccine efficacy/effectiveness.  He has used a wide variety of statistical methods and approaches to infer and model vaccine-preventable disease burden and vaccine effects for populations that range from the very local to the global.  Jonathan also has experience applying geostatistical methods to geolocated infectious disease and nutritional epidemiologic data.  Dr. Sugimoto has conducted global health research across sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.  Recently, Dr. Sugimoto’s work has focused on the design and analysis of studies and trial of the effectiveness of vaccines against neglected enteric diseases in low-resource tropical settings, such as typhoid, cholera, and rotavirus. 

Dr. Sugimoto recently joined the Seattle Epidemiologic Research and Information Center (VA Puget Sound Health Care System), where he is an investigator with several SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 related projects, including serving as the Program Director for a national prospective cohort study (CSP #2028) of the natural history, immune response, transmission, and clinical outcomes of symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 infection among Veteran-users of the VA health care system.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Impact of Vaccination With the SCB-2019 Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccine on Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Infection: A Household Contact Study in the Philippines.
(2023 Apr 3)
Clin Infect Dis 76(7): 1180-1187
Tadesse BT, Bravo L, Marks F, Aziz AB, You YA, Sugimoto J, Li P, Garcia J, Rockhold F, Clemens R, Household Contact Study Group

Using social contact data to improve the overall effect estimate of a cluster-randomized influenza vaccination program in Senegal.
(2022 Jan)
J R Stat Soc Ser C Appl Stat 71(1): 70-90
Potter GE, Carnegie NB, Sugimoto JD, Diallo A, Victor JC, Neuzil KM, Halloran ME

Social contact patterns and implications for infectious disease transmission - a systematic review and meta-analysis of contact surveys.
(2021 Nov 25)
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Mousa A, Winskill P, Watson OJ, Ratmann O, Monod M, Ajelli M, Diallo A, Dodd PJ, Grijalva CG, Kiti MC, Krishnan A, Kumar R, Kumar S, Kwok KO, Lanata CF, de Waroux OLP, Leung K, Mahikul W, Melegaro A, Morrow CD, Mossong J, Neal EF, Nokes DJ, Pan-Ngum W, Potter GE, Russell FM, Saha S, Sugimoto JD, Wei WI, Wood RR, Wu J, Zhang J, Walker P, Whittaker C

Surge of Typhoid Intestinal Perforations as Possible Result of COVID-19-Associated Delays in Seeking Care, Madagascar.
(2021 Dec)
Emerg Infect Dis 27(12): 3163-3165
Jeon HJ, Marks F, Sugimoto J, Im J, Kang SSY, Haselbeck A, Rakotozandrindrainy R

Hospital Volume of Emergency General Surgery and its Impact on Inpatient Mortality for Geriatric Patients: Analysis From 3994 Hospitals.
(2021 Nov 11)
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Ang D, Sugimoto J, Richards W, Liu H, Kinslow K, McKenney M, Ziglar M, Elkbuli A

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