Paul Dickman

Paul Dickman

Professor of Biostatistics

Karolinska Institutet


I am Professor of Biostatistics at the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (MEB) at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, where I’ve been employed since March 1999. My primary research interests are developing and applying statistical methods for population-based studies of cancer patient survival, particularly the estimation and modeling of relative/net survival. I also have general interests in epidemiology, particularly cancer epidemiology. I am deputy head of department and head of the MEB Biostatistics group. I am programme director for the Master’s Programme in Biostatistics and Data Science as well as course director and teacher for courses within the programme.

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Survival analysis
  • PhD (Statistics), 1997

    University of Newcastle, Australia

  • B.Math (honours class 1), 1992

    University of Newcastle, Australia


I have taught courses in England (London) and Italy (Cison di Valmarino) each summer for 20 years. I will again be teaching in London in 2024, but the Italy summer school will not be held in 2024; we hope to return to Italy in summer 2025.

I wrote a blog post comparing the courses at the Veneto summer school and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.


I have co-authored, with Enzo Coviello, Stata commands for estimating and modelling relative survival. Enzo is responsible for all of the nice code.

  • strs - estimating and modelling relative survival
  • stnet - estimating relative survival

Some Stata tutorials, most of which are about survival analysis

SAS code for estimating and modelling relative survival. I wrote this code in the 1990s and have since moved from SAS to Stata, so this code is not maintained.

Some SAS tips and tricks (primarily on data management)