Rebecca Essner, Ph.D.


Research Scientist for Data and Development, Florida Hospital
Member, OneFlorida Executive Committee

Rebecca Zuvich Essner has her PhD in Human Genetics and a master’s degree in applied statistics, both from Vanderbilt University.   Before joining the Florida Hospital in July 2012, Dr. Essner worked as a project manager for Vanderbilt’s BioVU, bio-repository of discarded hospital blood samples used for genetics research studies and was a member of the eMERGE-I network (a NIH/NHGRI-organized and funded network of five medical research institutes, querying samples from their respective EMRs to research various genetic traits).  At Florida Hospital, she began working on infrastructure and governance for the Translational Research Institute’s data warehouse.  In May 2015, Becca transitioned into a new role as Research Scientist for Data and Development for the newly formed Center for CREATION Health Research at Florida Hospital, which focuses on using lifestyle interventions to reduce readmission and population health initiatives.

As a member of OneFlorida, Becca serves as a PI liaison and as Honest Broker for Florida Hospital.  She sits as a member of the Steering Committee and the Obesity Working Group.