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Allison Kempe, MD

Director, ACCORDS

Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine​ 

Director of SCORE (Surgical/subspecialists Clinical Outcomes REsearch) Fellowship

Dr. Kempe is the Director for ACCORDS.  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine and did her residency at the Strong Memorial Hospital at University of Rochester.  She then did a Robert Wood Johnson General Pediatrics Academic Development Fellowship at the University of Rochester, where she received a Master of Public Health degree. She has been a faculty member at the University of Colorado Denver since 1992 where she is now a tenured Professor of Pediatrics.  Dr. Kempe has been involved in fellowship training and mentorship of junior faculty for twenty years and currently directs the SCORE Fellowship which trains surgeons and subspecialists to conduct outcomes research. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.1174


​Larry Allen, MD, MHS​

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Professor, Medicine

Associate Division Head for Clinical Affairs, Cardiology

Medical Director, Advanced Heart Failure

Dr. Larry Allen spends his clinical time as Associate Division Head for Clinical Affairs in Cardiology and Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure at the University of Colorado. The other half of his time he does research with the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions. Dr. Allen works to improve our ability to anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then help patients make tough choices regarding invasive therapies and palliative options. Dr. Allen lead the PCORI-funded multicenter trial of decision support for patients and their caregivers offered a left ventricular assist device (the DECIDE-LVAD trial) which is now being implemented across the country (i-DECIDE), and is currently leading an American Heart Association Network Award investigating tools to increase patient engagement around heart failure medication prescribing (the EPIC-HF trial). Meanwhile, Dr. Allen keeps himself grounded by regularly seeing patients with heart failure, LVADs, and transplants, and is consistently voted as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” in 5280 Magazine. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.4713


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Co-Director;  ACCORDS Primary Care Research Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Allison graduated from Williams College then moved to Mississippi where she taught 9th grade Biology and earned her Master in Education. Mandy completed her medical school training at the University of Utah and continued there to complete her residency in Pediatrics. She then completed a Primary Care Research fellowship and MSPH at the University of Colorado. She returned to the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics from 2006 to 2012 where her clinical time was spent serving mainly low-income Latino patients and she continued to develop her research career with an emphasis on immunization delivery and school health. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.7450


Juli Barnard

Lead Qualitative Analyst, Project Manager, ACCORDS Qualitative Core

Lead, Qualitative Research in Practice

Instructor, General Academic Pediatrics

Juliana Barnard is the lead for Qualitative Research in Practice in the Qualitative Methods Core for ACCORDS and the lead qualitative and mixed methods methodologist for the ROCS Center​. Ms. Barnard is an Instructor in General Academic Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU AMC).  She earned her Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 1994.  Ms. Barnard has 20+ years of experience conducting qualitative and mixed methods research in environmental and occupational health sciences (at National Jewish Health) and in health services and outcomes research (at CU AMC).  She has extensive experience designing, conducting, and presenting qualitative or mixed methods studies and has several years of experience teaching and mentoring clinician scientists on qualitative research methods.​

Contact: Email | 303.724.0112​


Brenda Beaty, MSPH​​​

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Analyst lead, ACCORDS Analytical Core

Data Analyst

Ms. Beaty manages the efforts of the ACCORDS analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has been a SAS Certified Base Programmer since 2003 and has been involved with SAS Users Groups at the local, regional and national levels. She works with projects involving both pediatric and adult health outcomes.  

Contact: Email | 303.724.1076




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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Tell received his BA from Rice University and his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed Pediatrics residency and PICU fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington and a MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Before joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine and ACCORDS in 2014, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Hospital for 5 years. His research interests include critical care therapies and outcomes, trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI), computational reproducibility, and data sharing. He is currently funded by NICHD to study the effectiveness of intracranial pressure monitoring in children with severe TBI. He serves as the co-director of the Analytics core for the CU Data Science to Patient Value (D2V) program.

Contact: Email ​303.724.8661


Jessica Bondy, MSHA​

Clinical Associate Professor

Ms. Bondy pursues informatics solutions for clinical research support, focusing especially on distributed data sharing networks. Her current projects include the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS), a federated network which is using EHR data for public health monitoring and research; and CADENCE, a datamart to meet the needs of Cancer Center researchers and fulfill the requirements of participation in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) network. She previously served as the Director of Research Informatics at the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center, participated in the CCTSI Informatics Core in several capacities, and developed applications to address a wide range of research needs: clinical trials recruitment, automated data cleaning and validation, tissue annotation and inventory tracking, and re-purposing claims data to describe practice patterns, among others. 

Patty Braun

Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, Univers​ity of Colorado School of Medicine

Patty Braun, MD, MPH, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Public Health and Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine, Colorado School of Public Health, and University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine.  She is a practicing pediatrician at Denver Health and Hospital (a large federally-qualified health center) and an oral health disparity researcher at the University of Colorado Center for Native Oral Health Research and Adult and Children’s Consortium for Research and Dissemination Science.

Dr. Braun’s professional interest focuses on reducing oral health disparities through innovative care-delivery models outside of the traditional dental office. This work includes a NIH-funded, large cluster-randomized trial of an oral health promotion intervention in Head Start classrooms across Navajo Nation, and pragmatic trials increasing access to oral health services in medical offices both by engaging medical providers in the provision of these services and integrating dental hygienists onto medical care teams in the primary care medical setting.  Dr. Braun is also currently a Santa Fe Group Senior Founders Fellow and serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Oral Health Executive Committee.

Dr. Braun is a Colorado native, received her BA in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado Medical School, completed her pediatric residency at Yale University and received her MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.6272

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Instructor, Family Medicine

Associate Director for Research and Engagement, Colorado Children's Outcomes Network (COCONet)

Sarah Brewer serves as Associate Director for the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network, a state-wide practice based research network (PBRN) of pediatric practices in Colorado that is focused on answering clinically relevant research questions. She is also a project manager with training and experience in designing and conducting health services and patient-centered outcomes research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods.  Her research interests include disease prevention and establishment of healthy behavior in pediatric care, the role of community in refugee health during resettlement, and effective implementation of community engagement in health research and the health care system.  Sarah joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in 2011 and has worked on a range of topics including immunization reminder/recall, immunization delivery in OB/GYN settings, and metabolic screenings for patients taking antipsychotics.

Contact: Email | 303.724.6927​

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Assistant Professor, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Mark Brittan is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Hospital Medicine. He received his BA from Yale University and his MD from the Chicago Medical School. He completed pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in 2003 and then joined Children’s Hospital in Colorado as a pediatric hospitalist and urgent care clinician. In 2011, he completed the Primary Care Research Fellowship and obtained his MPH in public health at the University of Colorado. He has received funding via the Children’s Hospital Research Scholar Award to pursue research in his area of interest. His research interests focus on improving transitions of care and reducing readmissions in hospitalized children, particularly in those with medical complexity and complex care plans.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.5483


 ​Michaela (Misha) Brtnikova, PhD, MPH

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Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine

Project Manager

Michaela (Misha) Brtnikova was born in Brno, Czech Republic and received her Ph.D. in Kinanthropology in January 2009 at the Charles University in Prague. In her dissertation, she conducted research on improving active lifestyles of teenage girls. After coming to Denver, Misha continued in her education and finished her Master’s in Public Health in December 2014. Currently, Misha manages a project funded by the CDC designed to survey primary care providers nationally regarding important immunization issues. As an instructor, Misha teaches at the School of Medicine mostly survey research methods and implementation. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.2643

 Maya Bunik, MD ​

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Medical Director; Child Health Clinic

Dr. Maya Bunik is a Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and medical director of primary care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Bunik received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis in 1988. She completed a residency, including a chief residency, in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and The Children's Hospital in 1992. She was Clinical Assistant Professor UCSF working at Children's Hospital in Oakland for over 10 years. She returned to Colorado to complete the primary care research fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver including MPSH 2003-2005. Maya has published studies on quality improvement with outpatient asthma, developmental screening, second hand smoke and breastfeeding support in low-income Latinas. Her work on combination feeding in Latinas ‘los dos’ was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, January 2011.  Her book, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is now in its second edition and was distributed to US hospitals as part of the WHO Baby Friendly Health Initiative.  The Trifecta Approach combining medical provider, lactation consultant and psychologist as holistic model for breastfeeding evaluation was published in Journal of Human Lactation and has been well-received as an innovation. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.5546

Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of​​ Medicine

Core Faculty, Colorado Ca​rdiovascular Outcomes Research (CCOR) Consortium, University of Colorado

Affiliate Researcher​, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Institute for Health Research 

Dr. Daugherty received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis in 2000. She went on to complete her residency in internal medicine (2003), a clinical and research fellowship in cardiology (2007), and a Master of Science in Public Health (2007), all at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She is currently an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Dr. Daugherty is a general cardiologist and her clinical time is divided between seeing patients in cardiology clinic, performing and interpreting echocardiograms, and caring for patients in the cardiac intensive care unit. Her research is focused on defining, understanding and working to eliminate disparities in cardiovascular care. She is interested in understanding the potential role of unconscious attitudes about groups of people (i.e., women, minorities, obese) in how clinicians make clinical decisions. She is the PI of an R01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health evaluating an intervention aimed at helping patients overcome the negative effects of stereotype threat on their health outcomes. Her work bridges the fields of social psychology and health services research in order to execute interventions aimed at reducing or eliminating disparities in cardiovascular c​are. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.2088
Arthur Davidson, MD, MSPH​

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Director of Public Health Informatics, Epidemiology, and Preparedness (Denver Public Health)

Senior Investigator and Co-Director Primary Care Fellowship and PCOR Scholars Training Program

Art Davidson is a  graduate of State University of New York Brockport (chemistry) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a resident in family medicine at the University of Colorado, where he also received an MSPH (epidemiology) in 1988.  He has practiced family medicine and public health at Denver Health since 1982. With University of Colorado appointments in the School of Public Health (Biostatistics and Informatics) and Medicine (Family Medicine), he has been a Primary Care Research Fellowship co-director since the 1990’s.  

Contact: Email | 303.724.9946

Lisa Ross DeCamp, MD, MSPH

Associate Professor, Deparment of Pediatrics

Dr. DeCamp is an associate professor and the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. DeCamp has research and programmatic expertise focused on increasing healthcare engagement of Spanish-speaking Latino families and reducing disparities in healthcare quality and safety for patients and families with limited English proficiency (LEP). Dr. DeCamp is faculty in the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science and the CU School of Medicine and the Latino Research and Policy Center at CU School of Public Health. Dr. DeCamp graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Spanish. She graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed a general pediatrics residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals, where she also served as a chief resident. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.6499
Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH

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Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Dr. Dempsey graduated from the University of Rochester in New York in 1991 and earned her MD and a PhD degree in Cell Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. Amanda completed her residency at Seattle Children’s/University of Washington in 2003 and a Masters of Public Health at the same university in 2005. Before Amanda began her career in January 2012 with University of Colorado as the Associate Professor of Pediatrics, she held the positions of Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan from 2006-2011 and Acting Instructor for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington from 2003-2006.  Amanda’s interests include Immunization Delivery, vaccine refusal, human papillomavirus infection and mathematical modeling. Her clinical interests include sick and well general pediatrics, well newborn care and pediatric dermatology. She has been involved in health services research since 2003. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.6679


Diane Fairclough, DrPH 

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Senior Biostatistician, ACCORDS Biostatistics Core

​Diane Received her doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina and has held appointments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, AMC Cancer Research Center and the University of Colorado Denver. She is a past President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fairclough's primary research interest is Quality of Life, outcomes in palliative/hospice care, and psychosocial sequelae of cancer and its therapy in pediatric and adult patients. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.1168
James A. Feinstein, MD, MPH 

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Attending Physician; Children's Hospital Colorado Special Care Clinic & Child Health Clinic

Dr. James Feinstein is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and a pediatrician who specializes in the outpatient care of children with special healthcare needs and complex chronic conditions (CCCs). Dr. Feinstein is a fellowship-trained health services researcher and has expertise with observational study design, large data analytic methods, secondary data analysis, and statistical programming. Dr. Feinstein has begun assembling a research portfolio focused on outpatient medication safety and management for pediatric patients, specifically regarding children with CCCs. Dr. Feinstein’s long-term career goals are to improve medication safety and health outcomes for children with polypharmacy, with a focus on implementing and evaluating technology-based strategies to improve signal detection of adverse drug events in children with CCCs. Dr. Feinstein graduated from Dartmouth College in 2001 and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2007. He completed his pediatrics internship at Seattle Children’s Hospital, residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and general academic pediatrics fellowship at the University of Colorado/Children’s Hospital Colorado. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.9769

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Assistant Research Professor, School of Medicine, ACCORDS Qualitative Research Core

Dr. Fisher is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Health Care Policy and Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a medical sociologist who specializes in the use of qualitative and mixed methods in health services research, and is skilled at health policy and program evaluation. Dr. Fisher’s primary research focuses on the social dimensions of mental health and illness, including topics of social stigma, treatment access, and the diagnostic process. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, he held a faculty position at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and a health policy research position at the RAND Corporation. He earned his PhD in Sociology from the University of California at San Francisco, M.S. in Health Systems Administration from Georgetown University, and B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies from the University of Southern California.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.3236

Anna Furniss, MS

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Analyst co-lead, ACCORDS Analytical Core

Anna co-manages the efforts of the ACCORDS analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has worked as a data analyst for several health and education organizations throughout Colorado, Michigan, and most recently, Mississippi. She works with projects involving both pediatric and adult health outcomes.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.3877





 ​Russell E. Glasgow, PhD

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Director, ​Investigator, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Program

Dr. Glasgow is Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS and research professor in 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 an implementation scientist and evaluation expert who has worked on many transdisciplinary research issues including chronic illness self-management, worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers. ​

Contact: Email | 303.807.9079

 Karl Hammermeister, MD

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Investigator, Devision of Cardiology

Emeritus Professor

Contact: Email | 303.724.0164



Todd Hankinson, MD, MBA​

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics

A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Hankinson completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish at Middlebury College in Vermont. He then spent a year working in the oncology department at New York University, conducting clinical trials in malignant melanoma. Dr. Hankinson completed both medical school and neurosurgery residency training at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University. He then proceeded to complete subspecialty training in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. During medical school, Dr. Hankinson also completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Hankinson’s clinical and research interests include the surgical management of central nervous system tumors and cervical spine disorders in children. He leads Advancing Treatment for Pediatric Craniopharyngioma, a multicenter North American Consortium that shares tissue and clinical data for research into the biology and outcomes of childhood craniopharymgioma. He collaborates closely with colleagues in Europe and throughout North America.

Dr. Hankinson's other research interests include the surgical management of pediatric cervical spine disease, trauma and pediatric hydrocephalus. In this capacity, he is Children's Hospital Colorado's investigator at the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, a leading group conducting multicenter research regarding the management of hydrocephalus.​​

Contact: Email | 720.777.6100


William Henderson

Investigator - Biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Public Health

Dr. Henderson received his BA degree in mathematics from Pomona College, Claremont, California, in 1965, and his Masters 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.  From 1976 to 2002, Dr. Henderson was Director of the Hines, IL, VA Cooperative Studies Program Coordinating Center, where he supervised the design, implementation, conduct, and analysis of over 40 multicenter clinical trials in the VA healthcare system.  He was founding senior biostatistician for the VA National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP).  In 2002, Dr. Henderson moved to Colorado and took a research position at COHO/ACCORDS.  At CU, Dr. Henderson has participated in the Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Program (CAIANH), and is Co-Director of the Surgical Outcomes and Applied Research (SOAR) program, a collaboration between ACCORDS and the Department of Surgery.  Between 1999 and 2010, Dr. Henderson  worked closely with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) to offer the NSQIP program to non-VA hospitals.  Dr. Henderson also helped establish and served as a faculty member for clinical trial courses taught for many years in the VA and to surgeons throughout the country sponsored by the ACS.​

Contact: Email | 303.724.1165


Jodi Summers Holtrop, PhD, MCHES​

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Senior Implementation Scientist, ACCORDS and Center on Aging

Associate Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine

Dr. Holtrop is currently an Associate Professor and Associate Vice Chair for Research at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine and Senior Implementation Scientist with the Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) and the Center on Aging at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She has extensive experience as an implementation scientist, qualitative and mixed methods researcher, health educator and practice-based research director. She has participated in primary care research for over 20 years which includes serving as a Principal Investigator on NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. Methodologically, she has expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods to inform research questions and is skilled in utilizing theoretical models as a lens in which one can understand how implementation works and to produce generalizable findings regarding the how, why, who and what of interventions. Dr. Holtrop has directed large studies with extensive qualitative components incorporating both theoretical models as a guide as well as grounded theoretical approaches and is skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth and cognitive task analysis interviews, analyzing qualitative data utilizing atlas.ti, developing logic models and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis. A large focus of her recent work has been studying the implementation of care management and the use of ancillary personnel to improve the prevention and management of chronic disease in primary care. Finally, she I a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with expertise in patient education and health behavior change, including motivational interviewing, which are applied to intervention development in programs and approaches in a variety of settings.

Contact: Email ​| 303.724.0382


Amy Huebschmann, MD, MS, FACP​

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Associate Professor, Clinician-Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine

Chair, Society of Behavioral Medicine Education, Training, and Career Development Council

Lead Scientist, Community Education and Outreach, University of Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research

Dr. Huebschmann began her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BS in Environmental Engineering. She earned her medical degree in 2000 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Continuing her education, most recently she earned an MS in Clinical Sciences in 2015 at the University of Colorado.​ Dr. Huebschmann is an Associate Professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Women’s Health Research.  She is funded by a K23 career development award from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and was previously funded by a KL2 award from the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her overarching research goal is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes by overcoming barriers to physical activity and by optimally controlling other cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension. To achieve this overarching goal, Dr. Huebschmann seeks to work with clinics and communities to implement evidence-based programs to promote physical activity for people with type 2 diabetes.  

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.2268


Laura Hurley MD, MPH

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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.

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.9732

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Director, ACCORDS Biostatistics and Analytics Core

Assistant Professor of Biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Public Health

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 nonlinear mixed models, (ii) analysis of repeated events data such as pulmonary exacerbations, which evolve as extension of survival analysis methods, (iii) joint modeling of multiple outcomes, and (iv) analysis of observational data. She has been involved in the design and analysis of several health outcomes research studies, 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. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.6971


Simon Kim, MD, MPH​
Associate Professor, Associate Program Director, Division of Urology

Dr. Simon P. Kim is an Associate Professor and Associate Program Director in the Division of Urology at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. He completed his medical school at Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine graduating in 2004 with AOA. He also completed a Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois. Following medical school, he completed his urology residency training at the University of Michigan in 2010 and urologic oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in 2013. His clinical practice focuses on the surgical management of localized and locally advanced genitourinary malignancies for bladder, kidney, prostate, testicular and adrenal cancers. He previously served as Director of Robotic Surgery and Director of Kidney and Bladder Cancer.
His research interests are primarily focused on shared decision-making, quality of care, outcomes research and survey research in genitourinary malignancies. He has extensive experience in developing decision aids and improve patient communication when confronted with difficult treatment decision, such as prostate cancer screening and treatment. His research program at UC Denver also assesses large data to identify ways we can improve outcomes and the quality of care for surgical patients diagnosed with prostate, bladder and kidney cancer. We also focus on improving the quality of care for patients. He has been externally funded for a career development award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation and American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He also received a grant from the Foundation of Informed Medical Decision-Making. He is currently funded as a co-principal investigator for an R01 grant from the NCI for an R01 grant to develop decision aids for men diagnosed with prostate cancer. ​

Contact: Email | 303.727.2717
Christopher E. Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW

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Instructor, Division of Cardiology

Chris Knoepke is an Instructor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado, having joined ACCORDS and the Shared Decision Making Core in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research investigates means by which to improve the inclusion of patient values and voice in medical decisions, especially those which are technologically complex, emotionally burdensome, or for stigmatized conditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Monmouth College, a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. His work is currently supported by three NIH-funded trials of decision support materials (two from NHLBI and one from NIMH), pilot project funding from both the Palliative Care Research Collaborative and the Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research, and a career development award from the American Heart Association.

Contact: Email | 303.724.9938
Bethany M. Kwan, PhD, MSPH

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Director, ACCORDS Education Program

Associate 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. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.5153


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Associate Professor of Medicine

Dr. Carmen Lewis is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is a practicing general internists and a health services researcher. She completed her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and a Residency in Preventive Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Her current and past research includes broad areas of medical decision making, preventive care and cancer screening, and health care quality.  Dr. Lewis has developed decision support for patients and physicians and has evaluated methods to implement decision support into ambulatory practices. She has been funded by the National Cancer Institute through a K07 career development award and two R21 grants through AHRQ studying individualized decision making for colorectal cancer screening in the elderly. She recently completing a randomized controlled trial funded through AHRQ aimed at promoting appropriate colon cancer screening using a targeted decision aid for elderly adults. She was also a co-principal investigator on an ARRA award through Health and Human Services to test three methods of implementing decision support on prostate cancer screening and treatment decision making.

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Associate Professor, Medicine-Geriatrics

Director, Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions

Dr. Dan Matlock is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative​ care. His research is aimed at fundamentally changing and improving how patients make decisions around invasive technologies. He is currently funded under an NIH career development award and three PCORI projects studying decision making among older adults making decisions around implantable cardioverter–defibrillators (ICD) and left ventricular assist devices. He is a member of the Colorado Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Group, one of the top outcomes research groups in the country. He has participated in the American College of Cardiology’s shared decision making task force and he recently participated in the writing group for an American Heart Association’s scientific statement entitled “Shared Decision Making in Heart Failure.”  He is also an active participant of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards writing committee. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.9941
Susan L. Moore, PhD, MSPH

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Director, ACCORDS mHealth Core

Assistant Director, Center for Health Systems Research, Denver Health 

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. ​

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.9922​
Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH 

Elaine Morrato

Senior Investigator, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Program

Director, Pragmatic Trials and Dissemination/Implementation Science Research, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTSI)

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.

Contact: Email | 303.724.1535


Megan Morris, Ph​D, MPH​

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Director, ACCORDS 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. Dr. Morris serves as a qualitative methodological expert on multiple health services research studies. She has worked across a multitude of clinical areas and is particularly interested in employing qualitative methodologies and methods to engage key stakeholders in identifying and addressing disparities in care experienced by vulnerable populations. In her own research, she aims to identify and address provider- and organization-level factors that contribute to healthcare disparities experienced by patients with disabilities.

Contact: Email | 303.724.3535
Don Nease Jr., MD

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Director, ACCORDS​ Practice Based Research​ and Community Engagement

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, State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices & Partners

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 health from the level of individual doctor-patient interactions to community and population-based interventions.  His research is conducted largely within communities and their primary care practices, most notably in the areas of Chronic Illness and Systems Change.  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. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.6270


Sean O'Leary, MD, MPH

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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine​

Dr. O'Leary is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist and Associate 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. Dr. O’Leary is the director of the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network (COCONet), Colorado’s pediatric practice-based research network. His research focuses on identifying barriers to vaccination and developing and testing interventions to address those barriers. He serves as the liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is also on the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee). He serves as a co-chair of the Policy Committee for the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) and co-chair of the Immunization Committee for the Colorado Chapter of the AAP.

Contact: Email | 303.724.1582


John Rice, PhD​

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Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics

Biostatistician

Dr. John Rice is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health. He received his MSPH in Biostatistics from Emory University in 2010, and his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 2015, where his dissertation focused on statistical methods for cancer research. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester in 2017, where he worked in the areas of HIV testing behavior and cardiovascular outcomes, prior to joining the faculty at UC Denver. His research interests include longitudinal data analysis, recurrent events, and semiparametric regression methods for binary and sem​icontinuous outcomes data.

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Laura Scherer, PhD​

Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology

Dr. Scherer received a PhD in social psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine and Ann Arbor VA. She was an Assistant Professor at University of Missouri Department of Psychology before moving in 2018 to pursue a focus on medical decision making research at the University of Colorado. Her research lies at the intersection of behavioral science, decision-making and medicine, and seeks to understand patient preferences, healthcare seeking vs. avoidance, and how to facilitate shared decision making and improve communication between doctors and patients. Methodological expertise: survey research, experimental design, measurement scale development and validation. ​

Contact: Email | 303.724.5749

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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. ​

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Matthew Simpson, MD, MPH​

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

IMPACT K12 Scholar

Matthew Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As a clinician-researcher, he has an active clinical practice at the AF Williams Family Medicine Clinic and serves as the associate director for the Colorado Research Network (CaReNet), a practice-based research network of primary care clinics that are focused on delivering care to medically underserved patients. Through the IMPACT K12 program, he is focused on improving detection of sleep apnea in primary care, particularly because of its role as a cardiovascular disease risk factor and its possible contribution to racial/ethnic health disparities in heart disease and stroke. 

Contact: Email | 303.724.8589

Jennifer Stevens-Lapsley, PT, PhD

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Professor of Physical Therapy, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program

Director, Muscle Performance Laboratory 

Co-Director, CU RESTORE group

Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has almost 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations. 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 focuses on clinical trials, includes the evaluation of care bundling strategies for joint arthroplasty, pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations, and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. Dr. Stevens-Lapsley earned her PT 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.

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​Krithika Suresh, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics 

Krithika Suresh is a research assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her MMath in Biostatistics from the University of Waterloo, and her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include survival analysis, longitudinal data, joint modeling, and prediction models, with applications in cancer research and other health outcomes. 

Contact: Email​ | 303.724.6211
Vijaya Vemulakonda, MD, JD

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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.

Contact: Email ​| 303.724.1534​



 ​Jeanette Waxmonsky, PhD 

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Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine

Jeanette Waxmonsky is the Director of Research Innovation at Jefferson Center’s Office of Healthcare Transformation, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, and a licensed clinical psychologist.  Dr. Waxmonsky received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Lafayette College, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Administration and Evaluation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  Prior to joining Jefferson Center, Dr. Waxmonsky was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry, she was involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated behavioral health programs for thousands of Coloradans. She has had a lead role in securing over $7 million in grant funding to support integrated care programs and evidence based treatment interventions for medically underserved and minority populations. ​

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