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 of Medicine
Larry Allen is an Associate Professor of Medicine who splits his time between clinical duties as the Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure at the University of Colorado and research activities with ACCORDS and the Colorado Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (CCOR) Consortium. Dr. Allen’s interests include improving our ability to anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then helping patients at highest risk make decisions regarding invasive therapies and palliative care options that are concordant with clinical realities and individual preferences. Dr. Allen has demonstrated early success in his research career through receipt of a K23 Career Development Award from the NIH (2011-2016) and a grant for a Multicenter Trial of a Shared Decision Support for Patients and their Caregivers Offered Destination Therapy for End-Stage Heart Failure from PCORI (2014-2017). He holds a number of leadership positions within the American Heart Association and the Heart Failure Society of America.
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Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Colleen K. McIlvennan, RN, DNP is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado. Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Marquette University and her Masters of Science and Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She currently works as a Nurse Practitioner in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Section at the University of Colorado. Her clinical experiences with patients who have advanced heart failure have led her to pursue a research career grounded in this patient population. She has experience with qualitative methodology, including in-depth interviews and thematic analysis. Her research focuses on decision making, specifically patients considering a destination therapy left ventricular assist device. Colleen’s work has contributed significantly to a PCORI grant focused on implementing two novel decision aids in to clinical practice.
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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.
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Director, ACCORDS Qualitative Core
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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