Andrew Kramer, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Andrew M. Kramer, MD, established the Division of Health Care Policy and Research in the Department of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2001. The new Division merged two nationally recognized programs: the Health Policy Research and Training Program that Dr. Kramer created in Geriatric Medicine and the Center for Health Services Research founded by Peter W. Shaughnessy, PhD. Dr. Kramer, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Center for Health Services Research, and Director of the Hartford/Jahnigen Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine, was also named the first recipient of the Peter W. Shaughnessy Endowed Chair in Health Care Policy. Dr. Kramer’s research interests focus on strategies for improving care provided to frail older adults across the health care continuum. Through their research, faculty in the division have influenced state and national policy in the following areas: quality assurance and improvement strategies for nursing homes and home health care; care transitions following acute hospitalization; cognition and its impact on health; ethnic disparities; nurse staffing; rehabilitation; and health care reimbursement. Dr. Kramer, who has authored more than 90 publications and policy reports, is a frequent advisor to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Senate Committee on Aging, and the Institute of Medicine. He is a highly regarded teacher and mentor, training numerous fellows and faculty, many of whom have established independent research programs at UCHSC.