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Allison Kempe, MDAllison Kempe, MD, MPH, Director of Children's Outcomes Research Program, is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She was a resident in pediatrics at the Strong Memorial Hospital at University of Rochester, and a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson General Pediatrics Academic Development Program 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. She is currently a Professor of Pediatrics, and Director of the Research Division of General Academic Pediatrics and of the Primary Care Research Fellowship and Faculty Development Fellowship. Additionally, she remains actively involved in junior faculty development. Dr. Kempe is a member of the Pediatric Academic Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Karen AlbrightKaren Albright, PhD, received her PhD in Sociology from New York University in 2004 and was previously a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley, and a National Institute of Mental Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Culture and Health in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, a position she held jointly with Stanford University. Her research interests include health disparities among socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, the psychosocial and health implications of socioeconomic mobility, and the social-psychological effects of trauma. Dr. Albright, an expert in qualitative methodologies, is the Qualitative Research CORE Leader at COHO and COR. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community and Behavioral Health in the School of Public Health. She has been the recipient of a National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program in Clinical Research fellowship and has received a number of honors for her published work, including the 2005 Robert E. Park Award for the most distinguished scholarly paper to be published in urban and community sociology.




Mandy Allison Mandy Allison, MD, MSPH – Assistant Professor Pediatrics. Dr. Allison graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts in 1995 then moved to the Mississippi Delta where she taught 9th grade Biology and earned her Masters in Education as part of the Mississippi Teacher Corps program.  Mandy completed her medical school training at the University of Utah in 2001 and continued there to complete her residency in Pediatrics in 2004.  She then completed a Primary Care Research fellowship and MSPH at the University of Colorado, Denver.  After fellowship, 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 at a resident continuity clinic serving mainly low-income Latino patients and she continued to develop her research career with an emphasis on immunization delivery and school health.  In addition to her clinical and research activities, Mandy served as the physician consultant to the Salt Lake City School District school nurses, on the Utah School Health Advisory Committee, and was the course director for two research methods classes.  She currently serves in an elected position on the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on School Health Executive Committee.  Mandy’s long term goal as a pediatrician and academician is to conduct teaching, research, clinical, and service activities that improve the health, mental health, and academic outcomes for underserved children by changing systems of care and increasing collaboration between pediatricians, public health officials, and schools. Her current research includes: studying systems to ensure that all children enrolled in child care programs are up to date for required and recommended immunizations, conducting national surveys of primary care providers about vaccine policy issues, evaluating the Bright Beginnings program’s effect on children’s language and cognitive development and school readiness, and using community-based participatory research methods to study how students’ access to health care affects school absenteeism.  Mandy is a Co-Director for the Primary Care Research Fellowship. 

 April Armstrong1.jpg         April W. Armstrong, MD MPH is Vice Chair of Clinical Research and Director of Clinical Trials and Outcomes Research at Department of Dermatology. Dr. Armstrong graduated from Harvard Medical School, completed residency at Harvard Dermatology Residency Program, and obtained a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard School of Public Health. Prior to joining UC Denver, she served as Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Director of Clinical Research Unit, and Director of Teledermatology at University of California Davis. Dr. Armstrong’s research focus lies in health outcomes, epidemiology, and technology-enabled models of healthcare delivery. She is particularly interested in psoriasis comorbidities, the appropriate use of biologic agents, and comparative effectiveness research. Dr. Armstrong has conducted studies examining how new therapies impact patients’ disease states, quality of life, and their access to specialty care. She has also examined how novel telehealth models of healthcare delivery may improve access to specialty care. She has received research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Dermatology Foundation, National Psoriasis Foundation, Women's Dermatologic Society, and California Health Care Foundation. Dr. Armstrong is a recipient of the AHRQ K08 Career Development Award.

Brenda BeattyBrenda Beaty, MPH, joined the Colorado Health Outcomes Program in 2002 and has served as analytic coordinator since that time. She manages the efforts of the COHO analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has been a SAS Certified Base Programmer since 2003.  Brenda currently serves as the Chair for the Denver SAS Users Group, as well as the Local User Group Liaison for the Western Users of SAS Software Regional Users Group. She works with projects both at COHO and the Children's Outcomes Research Program (COR) in the Department of Pediatrics.  She received her Master of Science in Public Health in 1993 from the University of Colorado Denver and her Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with distinction from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1989.


Tell Bennett 2.jpg     Tell Bennett, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Critical Care. He received his BA from Rice University and his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his Pediatrics residency and PICU fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington and his MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Before joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine and COR 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 focuses on critical care therapies and outcomes, with a particular interest in trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI), and often involves advanced quantitative methods and large national databases. He is currently funded by NICHD to study the effectiveness of intracranial pressure monitoring in children with severe TBI.
 Jud BlatchfordJud Blatchford, PhD, graduated from Pepperdine University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in both Sports Medicine and Physical Education. In 1992 he completed his Master of Education at the University of California Los Angeles. After teaching in Santa Monica for a year, he and his wife moved to Colorado in 1993. Jud taught mathematics at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado from 1993 to 2003. He decided to pursue a degree in statistics, and graduated in 2007 with a PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Colorado Denver. He worked as a professional research assistant in the UCD Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics from 2004 through 2007. Jud is currently an Instructor in the CSPH Department of Biostatistics and Informatics.  He also serves as the director of COHO’s Research Methods and Statistics Discussion Series. 

Patty BraunPatty Braun, MD, MPH, a Colorado native, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She obtained BAs in Biochemistry and in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at the University of Colorado in Boulder and went to the University of Colorado School of Medicine. After completing her pediatric residency at Yale University in New Haven, CT, she came to Denver Health where she has been a board certified pediatrician for 15 years and teacher of both medical students and residents. She recently completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship during which she completed her Masters in Public Health. Her recent interests include improving the oral health of children. She is an advocate for the Colorado American Academy of Pediatrics oral health chapter. She currently is leading the states evaluation of the Cavity Free at Three Oral Health Initiative; is an original member of the Cavity Free at Three Technical Assistance Team; and is the principal investigator of a Dental Hygienist Co-location project.


Mark Brittan.jpg Mark Brittan MD, MPH, received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School in 2000 and completed his pediatric residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He has worked as a hospitalist at Children’s Hospital since 2003, and completed a Primary Care Research fellowship and Masters in Public Health in 2011. His research and quality improvement interests involve transitions from hospital to home, care coordination, and readmissions.     


Maya BunikMaya Bunik, MD, 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. Dr. Bunik is currently Associate Professor in Pediatrics and medical director of the Child Health Clinic. Her main health services research interest lies in improving breastfeeding initiation and duration and healthy early infant feeding practices (ages zero to three) as they relate to the continuum of obesity for low-income populations and more specifically, Latinos. Her other interest lies in quality improvement with asthma, second hand smoke and integrated mental health in the outpatient setting. She has published investigations in combination feeding (breast and formula) in Latina mothers as well as telephone support and culturally-enhanced scripted guidelines to support breastfeeding in low-income Latinas; completed secondary database study of breastfeeding and enrollment in the Special Supplementation Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program. Also, she published the evaluation of an innovative field trip model breastfeeding curriculum that she developed during her time at Children's Hospital Oakland. She was recently invited to speak about Planning A Research Agenda for WIC and Breastfeeding by the Institute of Medicine. 


Art Davidson, MD, MSPH, leads Public Health Informatics at Denver Public Health, Denver Health.  COHO was the recipient of an AHRQ-funded contract in which Dr. Davidson led foundational work for the statewide health information excahange (CORHIO).  He works with CORHIO and other research colleagues bringing extensive public health and health care informatics expertise.


 Amanda Dempsey.JPGAmanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH graduated from the University of Rochester in New York in 1991 and earned her Doctorate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. Amanda completed her residency at Seattle Children’s/University of Washington in 2003. In addition, she is involved in Health Services Research/epidemiology. Amanda has been affiliated with Pediatric Academic Society for 7 years, the Society for Pediatric research for 4 years, the International Papillomavirus Society for 6 years and the Academic Pediatric Association for 5 years.  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. 


 Diane FaircloughDiane Fairclough, DrPH ,Director of the Analytic Core, 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 170 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. This includes the neuropsychological sequelae of therapy in pediatric patients treated for brain tumors or receiving CNS prophylaxis (primarily ALL), long-term outcomes for survivors, the impact of therapy on QOL, and end of life issues including attitudes concerning PAS and euthanasia. Dr. Fairclough’s statistical research interests include the design and analysis of longitudinal studies with non-random missing data due to disease morbidity or mortality. She is the author of Design and Analysis of Quality of Life Studies in Clinical Trials, 2nd edition (2010).

   Jamie Feinstein1.jpg       James A. Feinstein, MD MPH, 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 before moving back to Philadelphia to complete residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. Feinstein then completed the Primary Care Research Fellowship and obtained his MPH at the University of Colorado in 2012. Now an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Dr. Feinstein spends his clinical time taking care of children with complex medical conditions. His current research focuses on pharmaceutical safety in children, in particular, the identification of drug-drug interactions in pediatric patients and the detection of subsequent adverse events.
 FoxDavid.jpg      David Fox, MD, received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ in 1996 and completed his residency and chief residency at the Children’s Hospital of New York.  For the next five years he served as the Director of Pediatric Inpatient Medicine at St. Barnabas hospital in the Bronx, NY.  While there, he helped to start a new pediatric residency at St. Barnabas, and served as an Associate Residency Director for three years.  After moving to Colorado in 2006 and working as a hospitalist and ambulatory pediatrician, he began a Primary Care Research fellowship.  His research interests include regional variation in pediatric care, the utilization of pediatric decision aids and fundoplication in the special needs population.



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        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 ( 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 (


Karl Hammermeister 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.


 William Henderson 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. 

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        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, MPHLaura 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, MSCEdirects 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 doctoral students.

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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.jpg 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 KelminsonKaren 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.  


Bethany Kwan Bethany 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.



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 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 MorratoElaine 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.jpgDon 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, MDSean 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 Rabin.jpg       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 ( webtool and the Cancer Prognostic Resources ( 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 (   Borsika is an affiliate investigator for the Institute for Health Research Kaiser Permanente Colorado and a member of the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

 LisaSchilling.jpg    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 SillsMarion 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 SuhChristina 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.jpg   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.




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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. 

Kyle OsbornKyle Osborn, MS, received his bachelor’s degree in Community Health Promotion from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1988. He joined the American Cancer Society in 1989 as a Public Education Coordinator and, in 1991, became the Executive Director of the Adams County Unit, overseeing fundraising, programs, and administration for the Society. He then joined Project ASSIST, a nation-wide initiative to reduce tobacco use, as the Denver Field Coordinator and aided in implementing smoke-free ordinances throughout the Denver area. In 1995, he began working with the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center. Mr. Osborn joined the Colorado Health Outcomes Program in 2002 as the Administrator, where he is responsible for long-range planning, strategic development, human resources issues and budgetary oversight.
Juliana BarnardJuliana Barnard, MA, received her Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 1994. She joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in September, 2007 following twelve years as an Epidemiologist /Research Coordinator in the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. While there, Ms. Barnard was part of a research team investigating the etiology and treatment of granulomatous lung diseases and co-authored several publications. At COR, Ms. Barnard is studying the quality of life outcomes in disabled children following orthaepedic surgery in collaboration with investigators at the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado.
Sara McCauley.jpg Sarah Brewer, MPA joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in December 2011 and is currently working on studies of collaborative population-based reminder/recall for the Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP) and. immunization reminder/recall in Obstetrics and Gynecology settings. In 2011, she earned a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs where she focused on healthand education policy and researched Medicaid and CHP+ eligibility and enrollment policies for the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing. Sarah is particularly interested in increasing access to health care through evidence-based practice and policies. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and German with honors from the University of Denver in 2008. Sarah has previously managed student civic engagement programs and developed collaborative research and programmatic community partnerships with schools and nonprofit organizations. She published a book chapter on student leadership development and civic engagement.   
 Michael BronsertMichael Bronsert, PhD, graduated from Union College in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology. In 1999 he completed his Master of Science in Biology at Andrews University where he studied behavioral neurobiology. For several years following his Master’s degree he worked as a Medical Technologist for Kaiser Permanente and also for Poudre Valley Hospital before deciding to purse as degree in statistics.  In 2009 he received his PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Bronsert joined COHO in January 2010 as a senior professional research assistant. 
 Michaela Brtnikova (Misha)  Michaela (Misha) Brtnikova, MA, was born in Brno, Czech Republic and has an M.A. degree in Biology obtained in 2005, an M.A. degree in Physical Education and Sport obtained in 2005,and a Ph.D. in Kinanthropology obtained in January 2009, all at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.  She has conducted research in improving active life styles of teenage girls. Michaela loves to explore the beauty of Colorado nature by foot, on skis, mountain bike, motorcycle, or ATV. 
 Chase Cameron.jpg   W. Chase Cameron, MPH joined Colorado Health Outcomes as a Professional Research Assistant in 2014 and became the reaseach and education support coordinator in 2015. In 2010, Chase received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Colorado State University where he also received a Cognate in Biomedical Sciences. Chase has worked in clinical nutrition departments at a number of area hospitals including Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies and North Colorado Medical Center. In December of 2013, Chase completed his Master of Public Health at Oregon State University, where he studied Health Policy and Management. During that time, Chase also contributed research for a grant proposal in simulation-based neonatal resuscitation training. He is currently assisting Dr. Russell Glasgow and Dr. April Armstrong in their research. Despite having lived in the Northwest, in Michigan and Southern California, Chase has always called the mountains of Colorado his home and he is grateful to be at CU!
  Eliz Campagna.jpg    Elizabeth Campagna, MS, obtained her Master of Science in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in April 2006. She joined the Colorado Health Outcomes Program in May 2008.  Current work includes analysis of VANSQIP, Medicaid, and HCUP data as well as several local observational/prospective studies.  Study outcomes range from healthcare beliefs and disparities to effectiveness of policy intervention and patients characteristics associated with surgical outcomes.  Previously she has worked at the University of Michigan Cancer Center with survival analysis in relation to prostate cancer measures of aggressiveness, the Cleveland Clinic assessing proposed quality of life measures specific to Crohn’s disease, and at the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center with the Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS®) System as well as clinical trials.
 Catia Chavez.jpg  Catia Chávez, MPH, was born in Lima, Perú. She earned a MPH in Community and Behavioral Sciences from the Colorado School of Public Health, CSPH, at the University of Colorado Denver. She has spent more than 9 years working with the Latino community in Colorado in education and public health programs and worked in a nutrition program with low-income elementary schools at the School of Medicine at UCD for more than 7 years. She has been a consultant for the Center for Global Health at CSPH where she gathered, coordinated, analyzed data and compiled written reports to the funder from Rapid Needs Assessments for Maternal and Child Health in Guatemala and Perú. She joined the Children’s Outcomes Research program in 2013 as a Program Manager where she will be managing and evaluating projects with a focus in qualitative research. In her spare time enjoys gardening, cooking, snowshoeing, road trips and traveling internationally.


 Anna Furniss.jpg   Anna Furniss, MS, received her bachelor’s degree in Statistics in 1994 from Utah State University. She worked for several years afterward as the marketing manager for the Utah State University Press. In 2000, she returned to school to earn her master’s degree in Industrial Mathematics from Utah State University (2002). Anna has since worked as a research analyst for groups such as the University of Michigan Department of Epidemiology, Arbor Research Collaborative for Health and Colorado Health Institute. Before joining COHO as a senior professional research assistant in June 2013, she worked at Physician Health Partners as a statistician and manager of the Finance and Revenue Department. In addition to research work, Anna has also taught evening math classes for Utah State University and Eastern Michigan University.  In Anna’s spare time she enjoys reading, biking, golfing and spending time with family (including two highly incorrigible cats) and friends.
Dennis Gurfinkel, MPH, joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in August 2013 as a professional research assistant working on collaborative population-based reminder/recall for the Center for Research in Implementation Science and Prevention (CRISP). He received his MPH from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2012 and has worked in project coordination, data collection, and evaluation and analysis at CU and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Dennis has worked with a variety of populations, including at-risk adolescents and cancer treatment patients. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. 
  Mika GreenMika Hamer,BS, received her Bachelor of Science in 2008 from Tufts University, where she majored in Biopsychology and Community Health. She joined the University of Colorado as a project coordinator in December 2010, and currently works on the SAFTINet project and hospital process quality improvement. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health degree at the Colorado School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Services Research. 

  Patrick HosokawaPatrick Hosokawa, MS, joined COHO in 2007. He works on the ACS-NSQIP, a quality-improvement initiative analyzing surgical data from approximately 200 hospitals around the country. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Colorado Boulder and was previously a web and database developer. He is currently pursuing an MS in Biostatistics from the University of Colorado. 
  Andrea JZ.jpg   Andrea Jimenez-Zambrano, MPH, a native Peruvian, completed her undergraduate education in Biology and Spanish at the University of Colorado Denver. She received a Master of Public Health degree in Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has experience working with Latino population in the Denver Metro Area. After completing her MPH in 2012, Ms. Jimenez-Zambrano has been working in qualitative data methods, facilitating focus groups, developing and doing data collection through surveys, and analyzing data in SPSS. Andrea currently works at COR/COHO/CGH as Professional Research Assistant (PRA).
  Steven LockhartSteven Lockhart, BA, received his Bachelor of Arts in 2008 from the University of Denver, where he majored in Psychology and minored in Sociology and International Studies.  He began work at COHO in 2008 as a student worker on the Toolkits project with Dr. Sheana Bull.  After graduating, Steven worked as a PRA on various Community Based Participatory Research studies with Dr. Debbi Main and the community group Taking Neighborhood Health to Heart.  These studies looked at a range of different issues including cardiovascular health, childhood obesity/physical activity, and food access/affordability.  He most recently worked on an HIV/STI prevention study using social networks with Dr. Sheana Bull and is currently finishing a CCTSI pilot grant.  Currently at COR, Steven splits his time on the NIH Challenge project and the Collaborative Flu project, both dealing with childhood immunizations.
Julie Maertens.jpg  Julie Maertens, PhD, earned a PhD in applied social and health psychology from Colorado State University, where she also worked as a teaching fellow in psychology, as a research associate in the department’s Safety Management Applied Research Team, and as the program manager for three large youth and family evaluation projects contracted through the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. She joined the Children’s Outcomes Research program in 2012 as project manager of studies that focus on improving adolescent vaccination uptake, and on strengthening parent-provider referral communication and care planning for children with special needs. Julie commutes from Fort Collins, and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her two teenagers, Bernadette and Isaak.
MonicaMcNulty.JPG  Monica McNulty, MS, a Senior Professional Research Assistant, holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health from Colorado State University and a Master of Science in Biometrics from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  Her primary areas of expertise include design, development and implementation of Access databases for use in medical research studies, as well as SAS statistical analysis of the subsequently collected data. Over the years Monica’s involvement in medically-related research has covered a wide array of topics, from treatment of multiple sclerosis, to Native American mental health concerns, to quality of care in long-term health care facilities.  Her current projects focus primarily on Quality of Life related to cancer survivorship in pediatric as well as adult populations. 
 Renee Oxley  Renee Oxley joined the Colorado Health Outcomes Program in 2004 after working at The Cooper Institute for over two years in the Center for Research Methods and Biometry as a grants administrator and administrative assistant. Prior to The Cooper Institute, she worked in the same capacity at AMC Cancer Research Center. While living in Southern California, Renee worked as the office manager in the Hematology/Oncology Research Lab at Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Renee and her husband enjoy riding their Harley (when the weather is nice) and spending time with family and friends. They are also huge NASCAR fans – Dale Jr. for Renee and Jeff Gordon for John! 
Marisa Payan, MS joined the Children’s Outcome Research Program in 2013.  She works in the Department of Surgery.  Marisa received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Loyola University Chicago and went on to complete a Master’s degree at Northwestern University in Epidemiology/Biostatistics.  Her research experience includes working as a research assistant for the Women’s Health Initiative and as a contractor for the Department of Defense in mortality surveillance.  Most recently, she worked at The George Washington University Biostatistics Center on a multi-center clinical trial studying type 2 diabetes.  In her free time, Marisa enjoys cooking, hiking and playing with her dog.

Laura Portalupi, MSW  Laura Portalupi, MSW, is a professional research assistant with the Colorado Health Outcomes Program, where she leads development of a line of research into communication of prognosis and advanced care planning interventions for patients moving into end-stage heart failure. Laura holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Denver and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and French from Miami University. Laura has experience working with diverse populations domestically and internationally, and she strives to foster social-ecological justice in all she does, both personally and professionally.
Jennifer PyrzanowskiJennifer Pyrzanowski, MPH, joined the Colorado Health Outcomes and Children’s Outcomes Research Programs as a professional research assistant in December of 2006. She is the project coordinator for a study assessing the feasibility and acceptability of vaccinating adolescents in complementary health care settings. She earned her Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver. She comes to COHO from Jefferson County Department of Health and Environment where she worked as a public health researcher within the Tobacco Prevention Initiative Program.
  Alison SavilleAlison Saville, MSW, MPH, graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2005 with a dual master’s degree in Public Health and Social Work. Alison has been working with the Children’s Outcomes Research (COR) program since 2007. Here she has coordinated two large immunization research projects: the Effectiveness of Reminder/recall among Adolescent Patients (funded by CDC) and an NIH grant titled Population versus Practice-based Interventions to Improve Immunizations. Alison has also presented results at state and national conferences: "Getting under the Hood: Exploring issues that affect provider-based recall using an Immunization Information System." She has co-authored several articles related to these studies. Prior to her work at COR, she had a variety of experiences both in community-based programs and research in both nonprofits and academic institutions. Her main research/project interests are working to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations, particularly women and children. When she's not working she enjoys spending time with her husband and her little boy Henry.  

 Megan Snow, MS, CHES earned her BA from the University of New Mexico with a minor in health education in 2009 and a Master of Science in Health Education with a concentration in Community Health in 2012. Megan’s area of research focus was active transportation and the relation to healthy communities, bicycle injury prevention and the built environment, and LGBTQ health and healthcare access. Megan is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).  In January 2013, Megan began working with COHO and COR as a Professional Research Assistant.  Her previous positions include Bicycle Colorado- Safe Routes to School Educator where she encouraged youth to use active transportation and provided bicycle safety and injury prevention education, New Mexico Donor Services- Public Education Coordinator where she researched, planned, developed and implemented programs to educate targeted segments of the public, community and media in order to increase organ and tissue donation registration in NM.
Susan J. Staulcup, MPH, received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in
Tucson prior to working with Donor Network of Arizona in Tissue and Ocular Recovery as well as Quality Assurance.  In 2004, she completed her Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology. After finishing her degree, she continued to work in transplant with Tulane University Hospital in the Abdominal Transplant Program in clinical research. She has managed a variety of clinical trials including kidney, liver, HIV and pediatric transplant trials. Ms. Staulcup recently joined COHO and works with the Department of Surgery on various Surgical Outcomes Projects in areas such as Pediatric Urology as well as collaborating with investigators on other Children’s Outcome Research projects.
Jocelyn Sterling, MA, joined the Colorado Health Outcomes team in 2013 as a professional research assistant for three research projects centered on decision-making and care for cardiovascular disease patients. Prior to working for COHO, Jocelyn earned her master’s degree in Health Communication from Emerson College in collaboration with Tufts University School of Medicine in 2012, and received her bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Journalism from University of Portland in 2010. During her two years in Boston, Jocelyn worked as a graduate research assistant for Emerson College and the University of Massachusetts’ Institute for Community Inclusion. She also piloted her own research as a consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, where she received the Giddon Award for development of an outstanding community health promotion campaign. Jocelyn’s interest in cardiovascular health began when she worked for the non-profit organization ProCor as a contributing writer for their global health network, which provided her an excellent opportunity to use her health literacy and writing skills to reach disparate populations with high rates of heart disease.
 Ellen SullivanEllen Sullivan, BA, joined the Colorado Health Outcomes Program as a Program Assistant/Fellowship Coordinator in November 2008. She has 10 years education experience as a Business Manager for two of her local neighborhood schools, serving preschool through 8th grade students. Previously, Ellen spent 15 years in advertising and marketing where she was responsible for the account planning, research and production departments. Her account experience includes Johns Manville, Colorado Lottery Proceeds, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Vail Valley Marketing Board, Hunter Douglas and Qwest. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Colorado State University. 
 Katina WidmerKatina Widmer-Racich, MAreceived her Bachelor of Arts in English, Spanish and Sociology in 2003 from Ohio Wesleyan University. In 2007, she received her Master of Arts in Sociology from New Mexico State University. She moved to Denver in 2007 and worked for the TEDDY and DAISY diabetes studies at the Barbara Davis Center from 2007 until 2010. In 2010, she began working with the Children’s Outcomes Research program as project manager of two studies that evaluate health care delivery models for effectiveness in preventing early childhood dental caries.
Toni Wilken, BS      Toni Wilken, BSjoined the Colorado Health Outcomes and Children’s Outcomes Research Programs as a Grants and Contracts Manager in April 2014.  Prior to joining COHO, Toni spent 3 years at National Jewish Health working with grants and contracts in the Department of Medicine.  She received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado in 2008 and is eager to pursue her MBA in Hospital Administration in the near future.  In her spare time, Toni takes advantage of the Colorado outdoors with plenty of hiking, camping/backpacking, 4-wheeling and skiing!

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