Russell E. Glasgow, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Dissemination and Implementation, 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-im.org).
Karl Hammermeister, MD, 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.
Bill Henderson, PhD, 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.
Elizabeth Juarez-Colunga, PhD, joined the COHO program in 2012 as a biostatistician. Elizabeth is an assistant professor in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her BS and MSc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics, respectively in Mexico, and her doctoral degree in Statistics from Simon Fraser University in Canada in 2011. She worked as a statistical analyst in the National Institute for the Assessment of the Educational System in Mexico. During her doctoral studies Elizabeth worked as a research assistant in the Department of Statistics and collaborated in projects with the Vancouver General Hospital among others. Elizabeth's research interests are the modeling of repeated outcomes over time, data with many zeroes, and joint analysis of several outcomes.
Laura Hurley MD, MPH ,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.
Katherine A James, PhD, MSPH, MSCE, directs the fourth wave of The
Attitudes and Behaviors Survey (TABS) on Health, a population-based, repeat
cross-sectional study for the State of Colorado. She is an epidemiologist with
a background in engineering and 15 years of experience in medical research. She
is also PI of an NIH-funded (R21) study investigating environmental exposures
and chronic disease. Dr. James has extensive experience as a statistical
analyst with geographic information systems (GIS). Her publications involve
complex qualitative and quantitative statistical methods stemming from large
projects funded by agencies such as CDC, AHRQ, and NIH. Her research has
included environmental and occupational epidemiology, sensory processing in
children and adolescents, and prenatal practice intervention for fetal alcohol
syndrome. She is an analyst for MDStarnet (CDC). In in the Department of Family
Medicine, she assists in supervising projects for the SNOCAP Practice-Based
Research Network to develop practical toolkits for medical providers, including
a web-based Decision Guide for Improving Efficiency in Primary Care. Dr.
James also serves on the Tobacco Review Committee of the Colorado Department of
Public Health and Environment and currently sits on committees for three
Kristin Jensen, M.D., M.Sc., joined
COHO/COR 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.
Michael Kahn, MD, leads the Colorado Clinical Translational Science Institute Research Informatics Core (CCTSI). Translational informatics helps turn research data into knowledge using informatics tools, into a learning community. Dr. Kahn also leads the Department of Clinical Informatics at The Children's Hospital and has extensive experience building research databases from clinical data.
Karen Kelminson, MD, performed her residency and earned her MD in pediatrics at UCD. As a member of the Primary Care Research Fellowship at UCD she also earned her MPH. Karen is an Assistant Professor at The Childrens Hopsital in pediatrics. Her current areas of exploration are medical home for children with special health care needs and improvement in care coordination.
M. Kwan, PhD, MSPH 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.
Nia Mitchell, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine. She has B.S. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from Tulane University and the University of Virginia, respectively. After working as a chemical engineer, she attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed the Primary Care Internal Medicine residency at the University of Colorado, and she continued her training with the institution’s Primary Care Research Fellowship, during which she earned a Master of Public Health degree. Her research interests involve treating obesity in low-income populations and treating obesity in primary care settings. She provides clinical care at High Street Internal Medicine Clinic.
Elaine Morrato, PhD, received her masters degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University in 2003 and her Doctor of Public Health in Epidemiology in 2006. Previously, she was a manager in the pharmaceutical industry for 15 years where she had responsibility for leading prescription and over-the-counter drug development programs. Her experience encompasses the US, Canadian, and European health care systems and covers a variety of therapeutic categories, including cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and periodontal diseases. Dr. Morrato completed her Fellowship in Outcomes Research at the University of Colorado Denver, School of Pharmacy. She is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy in the Colorado School of Public Health with secondary appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Clinical Pharmacy at the University of Colorado Denver. Dr. Morrato is also Assistant Director for the Children’s Outcomes Research Program sponsored by The Children’s Hospital. Dr. Morrato’s research interests include FDA policy evaluation and promoting the diffusion of drug warnings and other medical evidence. She is currently a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Adminsitration’s Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee.
Don Nease Jr., MD joined COHO in May 2011 as Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado and also serves as Director of the SNOCAP Practice-Based Research Network Collaborative, Associate Vice Chair for Research in Family Medicine, and Director of the CaReNet PBRN. 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.
Sean O'Leary, MD, 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.
Borsika A. Rabin, PhD, MPH, PharmD received her Ph.D. in Public
Health Studies and a Masters in Public Health from Saint Louis University,
Saint Louis, Missouri and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Semmelweis
University, Budapest, Hungary. Borsika's research focuses on dissemination and implementation of
evidence-based interventions, communication and coordination around cancer care
with special interest in survivorship related issues, and the evaluation and
development of interactive, web-based interventions and tools with a strong
emphasis on cancer survival prediction tools and tools that can support
planning for dissemination and implementation of interventions (i.e., designing
for dissemination and implementation). She designed and developed a number of
web-based resources including the Make Research Matter (www.makeresearchmatter.org)
webtool and the Cancer Prognostic Resources (www.cancercalculators.org) website.
Prior to her position at the University of Colorado she served as a Staff
Researcher for the Cancer Research Network Cancer Communication Research Center
one of five National Cancer Institute funded Centers of Excellence in Cancer
Communication Research which is housed at the Institute for Health Research at
Kaiser Permanente Colorado (www.crn-ccrc.org
Borsika is an affiliate investigator for the Institute for Health Research
Kaiser Permanente Colorado and a member of the University of Colorado Cancer
Lisa Schilling, MD, MSPH is
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. 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.
Marion Sills, MD, received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1993 and completed her residency in pediatrics at Hopkins in 1996. She completed her fellowship training in pediatric emergency medicine at Children's National Medical Center while also completing her MPH at the George Washington University. Dr. Sills is board-certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine and in Pediatrics, and is a member of the Academic Pediatric Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is currently an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, and is an Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at The Children's Hospital. She serves as a faculty mentor to residents and fellows. Her research interests include emergency department crowding, quality measures for care provided to children in the emergency department, and health information technology in the emergency department.
Christina Suh, MD,received her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 2003. She completed a general pediatrics residency at Cincinnati Childrens Hospital Medical Center in 2006 and the Primary Care Research Fellowship in 2008. She is board certified in General Pediatrics, is currently an Instructor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver, and attends in the ambulatory outpatient general pediatrics clinic at The Childrens Hospital. Her research interests include immunization delivery and policy and community based interventions to prevent childhood overweight and obesity.
Shale Wong, MD, MSPH is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and RWJF Senior Program Consultant, University of Colorado School of Medicine. She received her degree from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and University of Utah School of Medicine.
Vijaya Vemulakonda, MD, JD 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.