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Matthew J. Bair, MD, MS

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
mbair@iupui.edu

 

Dr. Bair’s research focuses on understanding the interface between affective disorders (e.g. depression and anxiety) and chronic pain and developing strategies to improve pain management in the primary care setting. Dr. Bair’s major educational foci are teaching implementation research methods and evidence-based medicine to medical residents, fellows, and IUPUI junior faculty.

 

Dawn M. Bravata, MD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Clinical Coordinator, VA HSR&D Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)
dawn.bravata2@va.gov

 

Dr. Bravata conducts health services research in cerebrovascular disease. The fundamental goal of her research is to improve the quality of care for stroke patients and others with cerebrovascular disease. She is interested in three topics within this larger domain: measurement of quality of care received by patients with stroke and transient ischemic attack, effectiveness and implementation of interventions for patients with acute ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack, and the identification and treatment of medical co-morbidities in patients with cerebrovascular disease.

 

CLINT CARY, MD, MPH

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Indiana University School of Medicine
kcary@iupui.edu

 

Dr. Cary completed his urology residency at Indiana University and then went on to complete a two year urologic oncology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to his fellowship, he completed a Master of Public Health Degree from U.C. Berkeley with a concentration in epidemiology. His clinical interest is in urologic oncology. His research efforts will focus on health services and outcomes research in testis, bladder, and prostate cancer.

 

Teresa M. Damush, PhD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Associate Research Professor in Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Implementation Research Coordinator, VA HSR&D Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)
  • Center Scientist, Indiana University Center for Aging Research
  • Affiliated Scientist, Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness, Indiana University School of Nursing
Teresa.Damush@va.gov

 

Dr. Damush is a social psychologist specializing in health psychology. As the Implementation Research Coordinator for the Stroke QUERI Center, Dr. Damush's research focuses on implementing evidence-based practices for stroke survivors and caregivers. She collaborates with colleagues on designing and evaluating system interventions in the delivery of evidence-based practices. She has funding from of the Department of Veterans Affairs to adapt existing evidence-based tools for secondary stroke prevention from hospital discharge to the veterans' homes. In addition, Dr. Damush continues to design and evaluate disease self-management programs for chronic medical conditions including musculoskeletal pain and stroke.

Richard M. Frankel, PhD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Director, Palliative Care Research and Education Program, Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center
rfrankel@iupui.edu

 

Dr. Frankel’s research interests include organizational culture change, quality and safety in healthcare, the effects of communication on processes and outcomes of care and conversations at the end of life. He is the statewide competency director for the IU School of Medicine’s professionalism competency. Dr. Frankel’s educational interests include interventions with physicians and patients to improve communication about chronic pain, faculty development with specific emphases on helping new faculty succeed, teaching humanism at the bedside, and implementing and evaluating experiential and other interactive learning formats that incorporate personal awareness and mindfulness.

David A. Haggstrom, MD, MAS

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Associate Member, Melvin and Bren Simon Indiana University Cancer Center
dahaggst@iupui.edu

 

Dr. Haggstrom is a cancer health services researcher broadly interested in the measurement and improvement of the quality of health care delivery across the cancer continuum. In addition to implementation science, Dr. Haggstrom has a special interest in medical informatics, including personal health records and health information exchange. Dr. Haggstrom has assessed the quality of cancer treatment and surveillance using large datasets, including VA cancer registry and SEER-Medicare data.

With support from the VA and Livestrong Foundation, Dr. Haggstrom has studied the influence of patient, provider, and organizational factors upon the quality of survivorship care among colorectal cancer survivors. He has also developed a personal health record to meet the patient-centered needs of cancer survivors, and performed qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the tool.

Currently, Dr. Haggstrom is conducting an evaluation of health information exchange between the VA and IHIE in order to better understand the impact upon underuse, costs, and overuse.

Thomas F. Imperiale, MD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
timperia@iupui.edu

 

Dr. Imperiale’s primary research interests include tailoring screening for colorectal cancer based on individual patient risk, and using quantitative research methods to assess existing and new technologies for digestive diseases.

Thomas S. Inui, ScM, MD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
tinui@iupui.edu

 

A primary care physician, educator, and researcher, Dr. Inui’s special emphases in teaching and research have included physician/patient communication, health promotion and disease prevention, chronic disease management, the social context of medicine, and medical humanities. From 2010 to 2014, he has served as Co-Director of Research for the IU-Kenya AMPATH Program. He remains a Visiting Professor and Lecturer in the Moi University School of Medicine.

Shelley A. Johns, PsyD, ABPP

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Board Certified Clinical Health Psychologist, Palliative Care Program, Wishard Health Services
sheljohn@iupui.edu

 

Dr. Johns’ research focus is on expanding treatment options for symptom management for adults with cancer and other chronic medical conditions. She is interested in the application of mindfulness- and acceptance-based behavioral interventions in health care settings, the development and testing of dignity-enhancing interventions as death draws near, and building the science of palliative and end-of-life care across the lifespan.

Jacob Kean, PhD, CCC-SLP

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Assistant Research Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
jakean@indiana.edu

 

Dr. Kean's research interests include telehealth and telemedicine, rehabilitation, and the development and implementation of clinical and outcomes assessment, focusing on item response theory and other modeling approaches to inference. Dr. Kean's education interests include assessment design and program evaluation in higher education, including simulation-based assessment.

Kurt Kroenke, MD

  • Director of Education and Training Programs, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes
  • Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
kkroenke@regenstrief.org

 

Dr. Kroenke focuses his clinical research on the optimal evaluation and management of common symptoms such as pain, fatigue, and other physical complaints. He also conducts research on depression, anxiety and other mental disorders in primary care. His methodological expertise includes clinical trials, development of patient-reported outcome measures, clinical epidemiology, and health services research. He is Director of the Research Education and Career Development program for the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). He is also Director of the Clinical Investigation and Translational research Education (CITE) and the Master of Science in Clinical Research programs, which offers training and educational opportunities for fellows and junior faculty from numerous disciplines.

DEBRA K. LITZELMAN, MA, MD

  • Associate Director of Health Services Research and Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  • D. Craig Brater Professor Of Global Health Education, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Associate Director, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Director of Education, Indiana University Center for Global Health
dklitzel@iupui.edu

 

Dr. Litzelman is a Senior Research Scientist in the Regenstrief Institute and with research interests in interprofessional education and practice, innovative health care system’s workforce development, and ways to address patient centered health care concerns and honor patients’ health care preferences. As co-investigator on a CMS-funded project to expand the Aging Brain Center (ABC) collaborative care model to a wider number of older adult patients with cognitive and mood disorders and caregivers, Dr. Litzelman has led the Workforce Training Core which developed and implemented an innovative screening, hiring and training processes to prepare the ABC Care Coordinator Assistants.  Dr. Litzelman is currently the PI on her second $1.5 million NIH Behavioral and Social Science Integrated Curricular Training grant for IUSM. As Director of Education for Indiana University Center for Global Health, she focuses on bilateral exchange of ideas to improve health and well-being of the medically underserved across the globe.  The ideas for creating a new workforce to care for vulnerable elders arose from her work in Kenya where community health workers are widely deployed to improve care of patients with chronic illnesses.  Dr. Litzelman also has research experience in organizational change interventions with primary care health care groups working to establish relational Patient Centered Medical Homes and with IU Health oncology care groups working to bring relational organizational change to their practice care sites. Her research focuses on the impact of practical training to prepare interprofessional health care team members to optimally function within relational, collaborative models of care.

Marianne S. Matthias, PhD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. andIndiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Studies, Indiana University
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
mmatthia@iupui.edu

 

Dr. Matthias’ research interests include relationship-centered care and its effect on health care processes and outcomes, patient-provider communication, patient activation, and clinical decision making. Dr. Matthias is particularly interested in communication in chronic pain care and severe mental illness.

Edward J. Miech, EdD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Special Graduate Faculty Appointment, Purdue University
edward.miech@va.gov

 

Dr. Miech’s expertise is in program evaluation, assessment, educational theory, and mixed methods. Dr. Miech has been a co-investigator on several VA HSR&D studies and is principal investigator on a three-year, mixed methods study of the impact of context on the efforts of twelve VA sites to improve inpatient stroke care. He is also a faculty member of VA-CASE, the Veterans Engineering Resource Center based in Indianapolis and Detroit. In this capacity, he serves on planning committees for VA Systems Redesign initiatives – including collaboratives at the local, regional, and national levels – and helps plan and conduct program evaluations.

Michael (Mick) D. Murray, PHARMD, MPH

  • Executive Director, Regenstrief Center for Healthcare Effectiveness Research
  • Director, Regenstrief Institute Data Core, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy and Endowed Chair of Medication Safety, Purdue University College of Pharmacy
  • Adjunct Professor, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine
mdmurray@regenstrief.org

 

Dr. Murray’s research interests include developing pharmacy services to improve drug therapy in older adults with chronic disorders, medication safety, improving the quality of health of low-income minority people, and pharmacoepidemiology using large population computer databases.

Samantha D. Outcalt, PhD, ABPP

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Assistant Clinical Professor of Clinical Psychology, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA HSR&D Center for Health Information and Communication

soutcalt@iupui.edu

Dr. Outcalt is a clinical health psychologist and health services researcher focused on the development, testing, and implementation of evidence-based treatment for comorbid chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder.  More broadly, she aims to identify strategies to improve access and quality of mental health services via primary care integration.  

Alissa L. Russ, PhD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Pharmacy, Purdue University
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
alissa.russ@va.gov

 

Dr. Russ is a human factors engineering specialist with interests in clinical information systems and medication safety. Her primary research interests include computerized provider order entry (CPOE); computerized decision support for medications (e.g., drug-drug interaction alerts); and understanding how informatics can be improved to enhance patient safety.

Rachel C. Vreeman, MD, MS

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Joe and Sarah Ellen Mamlin Professor of Global Health Research and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Director of Research, Indiana University Center for Global Health
  • Co-Director (North America), AMPATH Research Network

rvreeman@iu.edu

Pediatrician and researcher, Dr. Vreeman’s  research work focuses on the development of instruments to improve health care within resource-limited settings.  In particular, she studies how best to measure health behaviors, such as adherence to medicine for HIV. She coordinates an international research collaboration aimed to improve health outcomes in Kenya. 

Michael Weiner, MD, MPH

  • Director of Health Services Research and Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc.
  • Associate Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Director, Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Principal Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
mw@cogit.net

 

Dr. Weiner's professional interests are health services research, geriatrics, and health informatics. At IU Geriatrics, he founded the gero-informatics program, which under his leadership focused on leveraging health information technologies to improve the care of older adults. His clinical and health-services research is focused on measuring and improving the quality, coordination, and delivery of health services for older adults. He also studies the effects of health information and information technology on physicians' practices and patients' outcomes. Dr. Weiner has conducted studies of specialty referral, patient-physician videoconferencing, and other forms of telecommunication to improve healthcare. Current research includes development, implementation, and study of information systems to promote clinical handoffs, management of medications, patient-centered geriatrics care, and clinical decision support.

Linda S. Williams, MD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Professor of Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
  • Research Coordinator, VA HSR&D Stroke Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)
linda.williams6@va.gov

 

Dr. Williams' research focuses on improving outcomes for patients with stroke. Her primary research interests include investigating the impact of post-stroke depression; conducting effectiveness trials to improve stroke outcomes and implementing best evidence to systematically improve the quality of stroke care.

Alan J. Zillich, PharmD

  • Research Scientist, Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Purdue University College of Pharmacy
  • Core Investigator, VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center
azillich@purdue.edu

 

Dr. Zillich’s research interests involve the roles of professional collaborative relationships between pharmacists and other health care providers; the effectiveness of pharmacy-based services on improved medication prescribing, patient safety, and patient health outcomes; and methods to improve prescribing and utilization of medications through systems redesign and health informatics.