Program Director, Investigator, Dissemination and Implementation Program
Dr. Glasgow is Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS and a member of the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to Fall 2013, he was Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute (http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/). Dr. Glasgow is a behavioral scientist who has worked on many transdisciplinary research questions including worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers and Native American tribes.
He has researched target behaviors ranging from smoking prevention and cessation to chronic illness management, patient-provider communication, use of interactive technologies in health care, quality improvement and guidelines adherence. He has published over 400 scientific articles and received the Society of Behavioral Medicine Award as Outstanding Scientist. His more recent work has focused on public health issues of enhancing the reach and adoption of evidence-based programs, using the RE-AIM planning and evaluation model (www.re-aim.org
Karl Hammermeister, MD
Investigator of Cardiology
Dr. Hammermeister received his undergraduate and medical school education, as well as most of his postgraduate training, at the University of Washington in Seattle. He retired from the VA in July 2004 following 34 years of service as a cardiologist. He continues to hold an appointment of Professor of Medicine and continues his long-time research interest in measuring and improving the quality of care as part-time investigator at COHO.
His primary research interest is evaluation of outcomes of care, particularly the use of risk-adjusted outcomes as measures of quality of care. He is one of the originators (together with Frederick L. Grover, MD) in 1987 of the ongoing VA Continuous Improvement in Cardiac Surgery Program, where risk-adjusted outcomes have been used to assess and improve the quality of cardiac surgery throughout the VA. Currently funded outcomes research includes: the assessment of the effect of intra-operative changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and oxygen saturation on late mortality; predictors of length of stay; and the development of automated, point-of-care decisions support to reduce perioperative complications. His most recent project is to develop and evaluate the electronic provision of decision support for the control of hypertension and dyslipidemia to about 200,000 primary care patients receiving care at 11 clinics/organizations participating DARTNet (Distributed Ambulatory Research in Therapeutics Network), which was developed by Drs. David West and Wilson Pace.1
Bill Henderson, PhD
Investigator - Biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Henderson Received his BA degree in mathematics from Pomona College, Claremont, California, in 1965, and his Master of Public Health and PhD degrees in biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 1967 and 1970. From 1970-71, he served as a mathematical statistician at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke, and from 1971-76, he was a biostatistics faculty member at the University of Iowa. In 1976, Dr. Henderson joined the VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center in Hines, Illinois, to conduct large-scale research that would have an impact on clinical practice.
He became the Director of the Center in 1978. During his tenure at the VA Cooperative Studies Program Dr. Henderson helped design, implement, conduct, analyze, and publish over 40 multicenter clinical trials in the VA system in many different disease areas. Dr. Henderson retired from the VA in 2002 and is now Director of the Biostatistics Core in the Colorado Health Outcomes Program, and a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr. Henderson is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Clinical Trials. He helped design the 5-day clinical trials course for the American College of Surgeons and helped design and coordinate a similar course in the VA. Dr. Henderson currently serves as co-chair of the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), and manages the NSQIP Data Coordinating Center located at COHO. The NSQIP is a quality assurance program that collects pre-operative risk factors, intra-operative data, and 30-day post-operative mortality and morbidity outcomes in patients undergoing major surgery and feeds the patient risk-adjusted outcomes back to the Chiefs of Surgery at participating institutions. The NSQIP currently has all 123 VA medical centers that perform major surgery participating in the program and 14 non-VA private institutions under a grant from AHRQ. There are plans to expand the program to other interested private hospitals throughout the country. 1
Assistant Professor of biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Juarez-Colunga is an assistant professor in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her BS in Applied Mathematics and MSc in Statistics in Mexico, and her doctoral degree in Statistics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Elizabeth’s areas of expertise and interest include: (i) analysis of data with dependencies at different levels including longitudinal and clustered data, which builds upon generalized linear and non linear mixed models, (ii) analysis of repeated events data such as pulmonary exacerbations, which evolve as extension of survival analysis methods and non normal outcome methods, (iii) joint modeling of multiple outcomes, and (iv) data with many zeros. Through the ACCORDS center she has been involved in the design and analysis of several health outcomes research projects, including for instance, the The Scalable Architecture for Federated Translational Inquiries Network (SAFTINet) project, a pragmatic trial to assist weight loss in a low-income population, and several observational studies in surgical outcomes.
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Hurley received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Colorado. She worked as a hospitalist for two years, both in Colorado and New Mexico, before joining Denver Health's medical staff in 2004 as a primary care physician. She completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship in 2008 during which time she completed her Masters in Public Health. She has been involved in research related to adult immunization since 2005 when she began working on the Vaccine Policy Collaborative Initiative with Dr. Kempe. Her other research interests include cardiovascular health disparities and healthcare for undocumented individuals. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Jensen joined ACCORDS in August of 2011 and is currently working at the University of Colorado as Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. Kristin received her BA in History from Duke University in 2000 and graduated from Loyola University Chicago – Stritch School of Medicine in 2005. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan from 2005-2009. Kristin stayed at the University of Michigan as a part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program from 2009-2011 through which she received her Master’s degree in Health and Health Care Research in 2010. Kristin’s interests focus primarily on improving the care of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities as they age, for which she has been focusing her research on the Down syndrome population.
Bethany M. Kwan, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Kwan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine. She holds a PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder (2010), a MS in Public Health from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (2005), and a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (2001). She is a social/health psychologist with research interests in health behavior change in primary care settings.
Her career objective is to improve the quality and effectiveness of behavior change interventions in primary care, based on a platform of patient-centered outcomes research, health care informatics and behavior theory. Her graduate training was in behavior theory and quantitative methods in the context of health behavior change at both the individual and population level, and she has post-doctoral experience in practice-based research, comparative effectiveness research, health information technology and stakeholder engagement. She had an NRSA predoctoral fellowship (F31) from the NIMH to support her training and research in mechanisms of exercise behavior change in those with and without depression. Since 2010, she has managed a large multi-site AHRQ-funded distributed research network (SAFTINet), based in COHO, building an information technology infrastructure of electronic health records, claims and patient-reported data that supports comparative effectiveness research in primary care settings.1
Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH
Program Director, Investigator, Dissemination and Implementation Program
Associate Professor of Health Systems, Management and Policy
Associate Dean for Public Health Practice
Colorado School of Public Health
Dr. Morrato is an Associate Professor in Health Systems, Management and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health with secondary appointments in Pediatrics and Clinical Pharmacy. She has over 25 years of experience in pharmaceutical outcomes research, including leadership of prescription and OTC drug development and commercialization programs at Procter & Gamble. Trained as an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins University and board certified in public health,
Dr. Morrato’s research focuses on the clinical translation of medical innovation and policy, with a particular emphasis on drug safety and risk management.
Susan L. Moore, PhD, MSPH
Assistant Director, Center for Health Systems Research,
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado
School of Medicine
Dr. Moore received her BS in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans, her MSPH from the Colorado School of Public Health, and completed her doctorate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to her research career, Dr. Moore worked in information technology (IT) for ten years, focusing primarily on implementation and support for software systems and technical education, training, and evaluation. Her ongoing research interests include consumer health informatics, clinical decision support, the application of mixed methods to health systems research, and the use of mobile health technology to deliver patient-centered care.
Megan Morris, PhD, MPH
Director, Qualitative Core
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Public Health
Dr. Morris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She earned her BS in Communication Disorders from Boston University, a MS in Speech-Language Pathology, a MPH with a Health Policy and Systems Concentration, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Prior to her current position, she was a faculty member at Mayo Clinic and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. The aim of her research is to identify and address provider- and organization-level factors that contribute to healthcare disparities experienced by patients with disabilities.
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Don Nease Jr., MD
Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-Based Research
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Research | Dept. of Family Medicine
Director of Community Engagement & Research | Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Director for Practice Based Research | ACCORDS
President, International Balint Federation
Don Nease is the Vice Chair for Research in Family Medicine, and Director of the Community Engagement and Research for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Dr. Nease’s work is dedicated to improving the delivery of primary health care from the level of individual doctor-patient interactions to population-based interventions. Don received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Kansas. He did his Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina/Department of Family Medicine and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina.
Prior to joining COHO, Don held Assistant Professor positions at the University of Kansas, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston and Associate Professor at the University of Michigan. Don’s research interests include modifying clinician behavior and compliance around chronic disease detection and management with a focus on depression and cancer and clinical trials using reminder and survey interventions and medical practice redesign for quality improvement. Don has not only led the development and commercialization of clinical decision support software for primary care practices, he has also been an active, funded practice-based network researcher, examining issues of improving the delivery of evidence-based care in the areas of cancer prevention, depression and risk-based communication. He has played a leadership role in projects utilizing the state-based research networks in Michigan and Colorado, as well as national networks of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Physicians. Don fluently reads, writes and speaks English and German languages.1
Sean O'Leary, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. O'Leary is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 1991 and graduated from University of Texas Houston Medical School in 1996. After completing pediatric residency at The Children's Hospital in Denver in 1999, he moved to Fort Collins where he practiced as a general pediatrician for 8 years.
He then returned to the Children's Hospital to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, which he completed in June 2010. He currently is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment in the sections of General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. O'Leary is also currently a second year fellow in the NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship and is also pursuing a Masters in Public Health. His research interests include vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases. Dr. O'Leary is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a fellow member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.1
Marion Sills, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Co-Director, TL1 Program, Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute
Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Scientist Training and Intensive Mentorship (EM-STIM) program, Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Sills has been a health services delivery research investigator at ACCORDS since 2002. Her research has focused on using electronic health data methods to define and model systems- and patient-level factors associated with process and outcome measures of health care quality, with a focus on asthma in acute and primary care settings for children. This work has assessed variation in quality of care for various conditions, and has demonstrated the importance of rigorous methods in selecting and implementing quality metrics. These publications have highlighted the importance of the following in quality measurement: (1) selecting process measures only when they have demonstrated association with outcomes of value; (2) using risk-adjustment that extends beyond adjustment for the severity of the acute condition to encompass chronic medical complexity and social determinants of health; and (3) incorporating adjustment for structural measures of quality, including crowding and occupancy measures.
At ACCORDS, Dr.
Sills currently serves as the PI on a Health
Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)-funded (R40) project
designed to test the hypothesis that patient-centered medical home characteristics
improve asthma control in children, and is PI on a National Heart Lung and
Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded project (R21) testing the impact of the Colorado
Asthma Toolkit Program in a network of safety-net practices in Colorado. Since
2010, she has also served as a co-Investigator on the Scalable Architecture for
Federated Therapeutic Inquiries Network (SAFTINet), a project funded (R01) by
the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that includes 100
practices in four states. In her role as the team leader of the Research and
Quality Improvement team for the SAFTINet grant, she leads a stakeholder team
in conducting research and quality improvement projects (including asthma-,
medication-adherence- and obesity-screening-related endeavors) using
colleagues, Dr. Sills has also conducted AHRQ-funded research in emergency
department crowding and the quality of care provided to children with asthma
and pain in the emergency department. She is also an active participant in the
Children’s Hospital Association Research Group, which addresses questions
related to the efficiency, efficacy and equity of care delivered in children’s
Sills received her A.B. in History and Literature from Harvard University, her
MD from Johns Hopkins University, and her MPH from the Milken Institute School
of Public Health, and completed her residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins
University and her subspecialty fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at
Children’s National Medical Center. Since joining the faculty at CU School of
Medicine in 1999, Marion’s clinical and teaching roles have focused on
providing care to children in the Emergency Department at the Children’s
Lisa Schilling, MD, MSPH
Professor of Internal Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Schiling is a board-certified in Internal Medicine and a practicing general internist with the University of Colorado. She received her BS with Honors from Brown University in 1984 and graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1990. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Chicago and was a faculty member at there from 1993 to 1997. In 1997 she joined the University of Colorado's Department of Medicine where she is currently an Associate Professor.
Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD
She completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship in 2007 during which time she acquired her Masters of Science in Public Health. Her research interests focus on the optimization of health care delivery and health via information technology, clinical research informatics, clinical decision support, and data modeling. She currently leads the Clinical Informatics Core within COHO and is the Principle Investigator of the Scalable Architecture for Federated Translational Inquiries Network (SAFTINet), a 3-year AHRQ funded project to develop comparative effectiveness research capacity to benefit safety-net stakeholders. The project supports building a multi-state scalable infrastructure with participating safety-net providers and Medicaid agencies. 1
Professor of Physical Therapy, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director: Muscle Performance Laboratory
Co-Director: CU RESTORE group
Dr. Stevens-Lapsley received her Physical Therapy degree at the University of Delaware, where she went on to complete a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science with a focus in Applied Physiology. She then completed post-doctoral training at the University of Florida. Her research uses a multifaceted approach to evaluate intervention strategies designed to enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitation in older adult patient populations. As such, her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research includes the evaluation of care bundling strategies for joint arthroplasty, pragmatic trials in medically complex patient populations, and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. One additional area of research emphasis is the developing and refinement of more intensive and progressive strategies for the rehabilitation of older adult populations. For example, her team has been investigating more intensive approaches to rehabilitation for patients after joint arthroplasty as well as medically deconditioned, frail older adults in numerous healthcare settings (inpatient, skilled nursing, and home health). As such, her team is developing evidence to shift treatment away from generalized low intensity interventions in these settings towards evidence-based higher intensity therapies.
Shale Wong, MD, MSPH
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Wong is a pediatrician and Professor at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. She is a Senior Program Consultant for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Education Director for the Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center. Dr. Wong strives to improve children’s health through medical education, health policy and clinical care. She co-founded CU LEADS— an innovative curricular program designed to promote leadership, education, advocacy, development, and scholarship for medical students. CU LEADS inspires new leadership in health care, focusing on social determinants of health and developing advocates who are empowered to improve the health of communities through service, collaboration, civic engagement and public policy.
Dr. Wong served as health policy advisor to First Lady Michelle Obama for development and implementation of Let’s Move!, a national initiative to prevent childhood obesity. She also assisted in launching Joining Forces to improve health and wellness of military families.
Throughout her clinical practice, Dr. Wong has cared for children from underserved and vulnerable populations in safety net hospitals, community health centers, and academic clinical settings. She has received multiple awards and honors, including the Chancellor’s Diversity Recognition Award for CU LEADS.
Dr. Wong received her B.A. in modern dance from the University of California, Los Angeles, M.D. from the University of Utah, School of Medicine and M.S.P.H. from the University of Colorado. She was a primary care research fellow and also RWJF health policy fellow with the Institute of Medicine.
Vijaya Vemulakonda, MD, JD
Investigator - Urology, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Vemulakonda earned her degrees from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, MA in 1996 and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 2000. Dr. Vemulakonda completed her urology residency at Baylor College of Medicine in 2006. In 2008, she completed a fellowship in Pediatric Urology at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle Children’s Hospital. Vijaya has been a member of the American Urologic Association and of the Society for Fetal Urology and is currently a candidate member of the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Pediatric Urology.
Prior to joining the University of Colorado, Department of Urology as Assistant Professor at Children’s Hospital in June 2010, she held the position of Assistant Professor for the Division of Urology Department of Surgery from 2008-2010 at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Dr. Vemulakonda’ s research interests include health care disparities in children with congenital urologic anomalies, the effects of integrated care models on quality of life and health status in children with complex medical needs, and the role of shared decision making in optimizing pediatric surgical outcomes. She is currently a member of the Clinical Faculty Scholars Program at the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. 1