Research Scientist, William M. Tierney Center for Health Services Research, Regenstrief Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine
Dr. Katie Ross-Driscoll is a health services researcher with a focus on social epidemiology and its application to the study of health disparities in patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD). Her work delves into the relationship between access to care, care quality and the resulting racial, socioeconomic and geographic disparities in outcomes for ESLD patients. Her primary passion lies in investigating inequity in liver transplantation, the sole curative option for ESLD patients, which is uniquely constrained by organ scarcity and impacted by rapidly evolving allocation policy. Her collaborative approach involves working closely with hepatologists, surgeons and other researchers to unravel and address the multi-level factors shaping disparities among liver disease patients. She also studies how to improve access to transplant by increasing procurement and utilization of deceased donor organs. She has additional methodological interests in spatial epidemiology, multilevel modeling and equity-focused quality improvement.
Identifying determinants of access to the early steps of liver transplant: the Georgia Indiana (GAIN) Liver Study
NIH / NIMHD K01
Role: Principal Investigator
This mixed-methods study aims to uncover and prepare to intervene upon multi-level factors influencing liver transplant referral and evaluation.
Veteran access and limitations to organ recovery (VALOR) Study
NIH / NIMHD R01
This study aims to improve organ donation practices within VA medical centers, ultimately informing better donation care nationwide.