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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Contact: Email | 303.727.2717
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.
Christopher E. Knoepke, PhD, MSW, LCSW
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, PhD, MPH
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.
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
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
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics
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 semicontinuous outcomes data.
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.
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.
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
Contact: Email | 303.724.8589
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.
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.
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
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.