Code Doctors

Section Chair:   Stephanie Thompson

Are you feeling puzzled or perplexed about your SAS Code?  Does your SAS process run great except for one trouble spot that you can't figure out?  Would your SAS task benefit from an expert's opinion?  The Code Doctors can identify the symptoms, diagnose the problems, and prescribe the treatments!

This unique section provides SAS users the opportunity to bring their problematic SAS code and SAS processes for a one-on-one consultation with experts from the SAS user community!  The Code Doctors staffing the clinic have expertise in syntax, best-practices, and concepts across a broad range of SAS topics.  Specific areas of specialty include Base SAS, Macros, Report Writing, ODS, SQL, SAS Enterprise Guide®, and Statistics.  If you don’t see your specific ailment listed, contact the Hospital Administrator listed at the top of the page.

Be sure to bring a hard copy and/or electronic file with your code, processes, and/or logs for the Code Doctor to examine the symptoms, diagnose the problems, and suggest the remedies.  You will enjoy and benefit from the personalized learning experience.

Walk-Ins Welcome!


Monday 10:00am-11:30am
Monday 3:00pm-4:30pm
Tuesday 9:00am-10:30am



Doctors On Call

Name Schedule
Sunil Gupta Monday 10:00 - 11:30 am
Denise Kruse Monday 10:00 - 11:30 am
Christianna Williams Monday 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Maribeth Johnson Monday 3:00 - 4:30 pm
Kirk Paul Lafler Tuesday 9:00 - 10:30 am
Taylor Lewis Tuesday 9:00 - 10:30 am


Photo of Sunil Gupta Sunil Gupta is a best selling SAS author and global corporate trainer.   Sunil is Principal Consultant at Gupta Programming since 1994.  Most recently, Sunil launched and released five new SAS e-Guides on Quick Results with PROC SQL, Quick Results with PROC TABULATE, Quick Results with PROC REPORT, Compare and Conquer SAS Programming Techniques and Anatomy of SAS Macros.  He has been using SAS® software for over 18 years and is a SAS Base Certified Professional.  He is also the author of Quick Results with the Output Delivery System, Data Management and Reporting Made Easy with SAS Learning Edition 2.0, and Sharpening Your SAS Skills.

Photo of Denise Kruse Denise is currently employed with US Bank and is a SAS Administrator/ Programmer on the IKM reporting team.  She is a SAS Certified Advanced Programmer for SAS9 who has been programming with SAS for 10 years.  Day to day SAS projects normally necessitate her use of: Macros, PROC SQL, ODS and Base SAS.

Photo of Christianna Williams Christianna Williams, PhD is an independent consultant based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, focusing on study design and statistical analyses and reporting in epidemiology and health services research.  She started using SAS as a graduate student in 1985 and is still learning!  She is a frequent presenter at local and regional user group conferences as well as SAS Global Forum.  A member of the NESUG Executive Committee, Christianna was co-chair of NESUG 2007.

Photo of Maribeth Johnson Maribeth Johnson has been an Assistant Professor in the newly formed Department of Biostatistics at the Georgia Health Sciences University since 2005.  For 11 years prior to that she was a consulting research statistician in the Office of Biostatistics at the same institution.  She previously worked in the University of Georgia’s Department of Animal and Dairy Science for 11 years as a statistical programmer and cow hand.  She has MS degrees in Animal Breeding from VA Tech and in Statistics from UGA.  She has been using SAS since 1980.  Maribeth is past President of the SouthEast SAS Users Group.

Photo of Kirk Paul Lafler Kirk Paul Lafler is consultant and founder of Software Intelligence Corporation and has been using SAS since 1979.  He is a SAS Certified Professional, provider of IT consulting services, trainer to SAS users around the world, and Advisory Board member.  Kirk’s specialties include DATA step programming, custom reporting, SQL procedure, Enterprise Guide, ODS, Macro programming, Hash object programming, and performance tuning.

Photo of Taylor Lewis Taylor is a PhD student at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland, College Park.  At SESUG 2011, he is presenting a paper detailing new features in PROC LOGISTIC as well as a workshop entitled "Complex Survey Data Analysis in SAS."  A SAS Certified Advanced programmer, Taylor has been an avid SAS user for nearly 10 years.






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