Dr. Penman is a physician with specialty training in ophthalmology, public health, epidemiology, and biostatistics. He has extensive experience analyzing population and sample survey data on mortality, morbidity, and behavioral risk factors, and was head of data analytics for the Jackson field site of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study, funded by the NIH/NHLBI from 2005-2013. He has also served as the local PI and co-investigator on 2 extramurally funded grants focused on the genetics and epidemiology of diabetic retinopathy.
As a professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at UMMC, Dr. Penman consults regularly with UMMC investigators conducting clinical studies and population research. In addition, he directs and teaches courses in epidemiology, biostatistics, public health and disease prevention for medical students and graduate medical faculty. For the past 4 years he has worked on course development and teaching in public/community health, epidemiology, and global health.