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Our Scholars

Nauzley Abedini, MD

Michigan

Improving access to quality medical care; enhancing transitions of care; improving inter-professional education and teamwork; building healthcare worker capacity in underserved settings and understanding factors that drive healthcare worker misdistribution and turnover.

Anish Agarwal, MD, MPH

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Using digital and mobile health to create, develop, and test scalable solutions designed to improve emergency care and the patient experience.

Nnenaya Agochukwu, MD

Michigan

Investigating the impact of urological disease on quality of life in the elderly population, as well as comparing surgical quality outcomes in low and middle income countries to high income countries.

Etsemaye Agonafer, MD, MPH

UCLA

Exploring the impact of health care delivery systems on underserved communities' health outcomes and patients' perception of quality of care.

Colleen Bennett, MD

Penn

Improving healthcare delivery and care coordination for children in foster care; identifying trends in healthcare utilization for children in foster care; reducing child maltreatment through community prevention strategies.

Ish Bhalla, MD

UCLA

Understanding the ways in which systems can address psychosocial and legal consequences of addiction and serious mental illness.

Jessica Billig, MD

(VA Scholar)
Michigan

Investigating avenues to improve surgical outcomes for plastic surgery patients at lower costs and eliminating disparities. Finding drivers for healthcare variations to provide high-value healthcare.

Eric Brandt, MD

Yale

Improving identification of patients at high risk for cardiovascular disease and barriers to their treatment, evaluating cardiovascular risk of various lifestyle and nutrition choices, and exploring the implications of mortality and readmission measures

Liza Buchbinder, MD, PhD

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Examining human trafficking within the United States, and exploring the grey California prison population and the experiences of released elderly prisoners as they navigate the safety net health system.

Jade Burns, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC

Michigan

Improving healthcare and outcomes among adolescents at community health centers using community based participatory research and technology.

Kevin Chen, MD

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Investigating human-centered design and behavioral economics in healthcare delivery, community-participatory social entrepreneurship, and digital technology in medicine.

Karan R. Chhabra, MD

Michigan

Focusing on optimizing the quality and value of care health systems delivery to populations of surgical patients.  Pursuing the effects of healthcare changes on surgical access and quality.

Kristen Choi, RN, PhD

UCLA

Utilizing health services research, policy, and system interventions to address interpersonal violence, child maltreatment trauma, and trauma-related mental illness.

Benjamin Cobb, MD

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Evaluating peripartum initiatives to improve the quality of care and increase patient safety in labor and delivery units.

George Dalembert, MD

Penn

Analyzing how to leverage the patient-centered medical home as a vehicle for addressing social determinants of health and improving health equity, with a goal of redefining the narrative around the achievement potential of black male youth.

Elias Dayoub, MD, MPP

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Investigating the effects innovations in cardiovascular medicine have on patient outcomes, health care utilization and costs, access to care, and health disparities.

Ana De Roo, MD

Michigan

Investigating enhanced recovery pathways in surgery for older adults and vulnerable patients to improve outcomes and care.

Mia Djulbegovic, MD

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Investigating comparative efficacy of oral anticoagulants for prevention of recurrent VTE, and also conducting research studies on ownership of patient care in trainees.

Molly Easterlin, MD

UCLA

Understanding adverse childhood experiences, how behaviors and activities established at young ages affect long-term health in adulthood, and how adverse social circumstances can be overcome.

Shelli Feder, PhD, APRN, FNP-BC

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Investigating factors associated with high-quality palliative and end-of-life care for individuals with non-cancer conditions and utilizing medical informatics techniques to capture palliative care delivery in large amounts of data.

Alex Friedman, MD

Michigan

Exploring new modalities of care delivery to improving outcomes and patient centeredness, increasing clinical consistency and efficiency in pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Calista Harbaugh, MD

Michigan

Improving access to surgical care for pediatric patients, optimizing quality of care in the preoperative period, identifying narcotic prescribing to children and adolescents in perioperative contributing to the national opioid epidemic.

Jordan Harrison, PhD, RN

Penn

Evaluating the impact of nursing and hospital organizational factors on patient outcomes and measuring quality, cost, and value of care.

Aliya Hines, MD, PhD

(VA Scholar)
Michigan

Using technology and health policy to improve access to dermatologic care. Providing tele-dermatology as a tool to increase access to underserved veteran and Medicaid insured patient populations.

Benjamin Howell, MD, MPH

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Understanding how social and structural forces, such as criminal justice policy, create vulnerable populations and impact health in order to identify remedies and promote greater health equity in our society.

David Johnson, MD, MPH

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Implementing population-level measures to reduce mortality from prostate cancer, and redesigning the delivery system to better align patient values with treatment decisions.

Paul Joudrey, MD, MPH

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Investigating barriers to the utilization of evidence based addiction treatment within high risk populations and developing implementation strategies to improve treatment access and fidelity.

Jin Jun, PhD, RN

Michigan

Interested in occupational and environmental health, organizational management, and complementary and alternative methods of stress management.  Developing healthy and strong healthcare workforce in the US and globally.

Alan (Taylor) Kelley, MD, MPH

(VA Scholar)
Michigan

Evaluating plan behavior and care quality in Medicaid manage care, helping communities and the nation rethink how health care services are made available to immigrant, refugee, and other underserved US Populations, engaging leaders, insurers, and policy makers toward patient-centered and cost-effective solutions.

 

Tiffany Kenison, MD, MPH, MTS

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Exploring health policy, health disparities, and access to care, and pursuing research on social determinants of health for individuals with chronic diseases.

 

Austin Kilaru, MD

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Expanding the value of emergency care through better integration with ambulatory care and social services.

Anna Krupp, PhD, MS, RN

Penn

Examining how nursing organizational factors influence hospital ICU utilization and identifying interventions that improve the value of critical care.

Cathryn Lapedis, MD, MPH

(VA Scholar)
Michigan

Bridging the fields of public health and pathology, studying the relationship between social disparities and chronic kidney disease, understanding how specific factors like race, minority status, income, and structural inequalities translate into physical manifestations of disease by studying the morphology of the kidney.

Natalie Lee, MD, MPH

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Investigating drivers of excessive health care costs, particularly among high utilizers, and designing interventions and policies to address them as a means of improving quality and access to care.  

Charles Liu, MD

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Exploring surgical outcomes and disparities at safety-net hospitals, access to surgical care in underserved communities, and the impact of insurance expansion and payment reform on surgical care.

Leo Lopez III, MD

Yale

Investigating health disparities, access to healthcare for low-income families, indigent care programs, Medicaid, and the social determinants of health.

Margaret Lowenstein, MD, MPhil

(VA Scholar)
Penn

Investigating the impact of policy and care delivery related to substance use disorders and identifying innovative interventions to improve outcomes for individuals and communities impacted by the opioid epidemic.

Kirstin Manges, PhD, RN

Penn

Developing interprofessional team-based interventions to ensure safe patient-centered care transitions.

Angela Martinez-Strengel, MD

Yale

Evaluating child welfare programs, domestic minor sex trafficking and how child victims interface with social and health services, healthcare workforce diversity, and racial inequities in health outcomes.

Kara Mizokami-Stout, MD

(VA Scholar)
Michigan

Exploring the gender-specific differences in diabetes mellitus complications, particularly the disproportionate cardiovascular mortality in women.  Focusing on how psychosocial factors impact diabetes care and outcomes.

Alicia Morehead-Gee, MD

UCLA

Examining the rates of PrEP use among at-risk populations to address issues impacting PrEP initiation and improve future prevention efforts within public health systems.

Antonio Moya, MD, MPH

UCLA

Using quantitative and qualitative research methods to understand stroke and other neurological disease disparities, leveraging telehealth platforms to increase neurological care for immigrant, non-English speaking patients.

Priscilla Mpasi, MD

Penn

Investigating network adequacy of Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) for effective care delivery and quality health outcomes for low-income and at-risk pediatric populations.

Shaw Natsui, MD, MPA

UCLA

Understanding variation in ED care and clinical decision making. Examining policy-sensitive health outcomes among resource-limited populations, including those facing housing insecurity.

Kathleen O’Neill, MD

Yale

Incorporating health services research and community advocacy alongside clinical work to improve healthcare delivery to medically underserved populations.

Akshay Pendyal, MD

Yale

Exploring the interaction between housing insecurity, neighborhood disadvantage, and cardiovascular health, both at an individual and a population level.

Katie Piwnica-Worms, MD

Yale

Investigating quality and disruptions to care within Medicaid and managed care and evaluating innovative health care delivery models for primary care.

Angelico Razon, MD, MPH

Penn

Designing patient- and community-centered systems and policy interventions to promote patient self-efficacy and to address social determinants of health

David Richards, MD, MA

UCLA

Understanding school-based health centers, climate change and health, and adverse childhood experiences related to housing, lived environment, and neighborhood characteristics.

Ashley Z. Ritter, PhD, MSN, CRNP

Penn

Examining the interplay of the laws, economics, and care delivery models that shape the health of communities with a specific interest in nursing professionals and older adults.

Julia Rosenberg, MD

Yale

Performing research on immigrant and refugee health, access to healthcare for patients with low English proficiency, and the medical-legal issues affecting these populations.

Altaf Saadi, MD

UCLA

Understanding health effects of public policies, how effective policies and interventions can be formulated and implemented, with a focus on improving  access and health status among racial/ethnic minorities and immigrant communities, and how diversity, inclusion and equity strategies also apply to the healthcare workforce.

Christopher Scannell, MD, PhD

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Examining Medicaid expansion, single payer healthcare systems, and emergency room utilization, and evaluating the cost and financial impact of targeted cancer therapies.

David Silvestri, MD, MBA

Yale

Bridging international and domestic health systems policy and innovation, with a particular interest in leveraging large data sets to strengthen acute care quality, efficiency, and equity.

Patricia Soderlund, MSN, PhD

UCLA

Focusing on the use of healthcare services and interventions for underserved individuals at risk for comorbid physical and mental illness, and improving the quality and appropriateness of care to affect systems to improve health care access and equity.

Elizabeth (Liza) Sonnenberg, MD

Penn

Investigating ways to increase the potential donor pool in transplant surgery to better meet the critical need for organ transplants.

Daphna Stroumsa, MD, MPH

Michigan

Creating welcoming environments in which LGBTQ people receive knowledgeable and informed care, teaching, advocating, and affect policies relating to health and care of gender and sexual minorities. Conducting research on the health needs of LGBTQ people.

Sae Takada, MD, PhD, MHS

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Examining how health beliefs and behaviors are propagated through interpersonal relationships, and integrating quantitative methods with anthropological and historical perspectives to generate a complex understanding of social relationships and health.

Jasmine Travers, PhD, AGNP-C, RN CCRN

(VA Scholar)
Yale

Investigating aging, health policy, health disparities, and access and utilization of long-term services and supports for older adults related to financing, planning, and health outcomes.

Tarak Trivedi, MD

(VA Scholar)
UCLA

Understanding pressing problems faced by emergency room patients, including interpersonal violence, substance abuse and addiction, and the societal deficit of acute psychiatric care in the United States.

Mary Vance, MD

(VA Scholar)
Michigan

Leveraging a solid background in clinical experience and research methodology to advocate for mental health policy changes, with an interest in benefitting military service members and veterans suffering from trauma/PTSD, substance use disorders, and poor access to care.