Welcome From The Chair

Rainu Kaushal, M.D., M.P.H. Professor and Chair

The Department of Healthcare Policy & Research, formerly Public Health, concentrates on studying and improving healthcare delivery to optimize the value of healthcare for patients in New York and across the country. It is chaired by Dr. Rainu Kaushal, an expert in healthcare quality, patient safety and information technology.

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News & Highlights

Dr. Fernando Martin-Sanchez, MS, PhD, professor of Health Informatics, awarded membership into the International Academy of Health Information Sciences.

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Dr. Jessica S Ancker, MPH, PhD, associate professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, in the division of Health Informatics, publishes book addressing health literacy and patient decision making.

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Dr. Rahul Sharma, Associate Director of the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership Program, blogs on the advantages of an MBA education as a healthcare leader

As healthcare continues to evolve and change, leaders must be equipped with a business skill set in order to be effective—an MBA can be invaluable. Read more here .

Drs. Art Sedrakyan and Jialin Mao publish high impact paper in JAMA Surgery on the use of open vascular surgery to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm and carotid stenosis.

With the invent of minimally invasive procedure, there has been a decrease in the use of open vascular surgery to treat abdominal aortic aneurysm and carotid stenosis. In the recent cohort study using hospital data from 2000 to 2014 in New York State, we found that the practice of very low-volume surgeons performing 1 or fewer open abdominal aortic aneurysm repair and carotid endarterectomy has declined but continued to exist. Patients undergoing surgery performed by these surgeons had worse in-hospital outcomes as well as increased healthcare resource use. Our research calls for efforts to address this practice pattern to ensure high-quality care for all patients. Read full article here.

Mobilize the Healthcare Workforce? Challenge Accepted. Alexi Nazem, MD, MBA, combines background in medicine, business for substantial impact.

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Dr. Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, Academic Director for the Executive MBA/MS in Healthcare Leadership Program, blogs about 5 Business School Courses that help her in her healthcare career.

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In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Dr. Jyoti Pathak was nominated to be a member of its Scientific Merit Review Board for a 4-year appointment.

As a member of the Board, Dr. Pathak will review research proposals administered locally by the VA field facilities across the U.S. and advise the Director, Health Services Research & Development Service, and the Chief Research and Development Officer on the scientific and technical merit, originality, feasibility, and mission relevance of each proposal. He will also advise on the adequacy of protection of human and animal subjects and proposed budgets.

Art Sedrakyan, M.D., Ph.D. receives substantial funding from the US Food and Drug Administration, in collaboration with the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, to lead the creation of a novel strategically Coordinated Registry Network (CRN) for women's health technologies.

Dr. Sedrakyan will collaborate with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and National Institutes of Health/National Library of Medicine to facilitate the CRN creation in partnership with early stage registries developed by professional societies. The project will address the safety and effectiveness of health technologies used to advance women's health. An important component of this project will be the linkages of registries with claims data (e.g. Medicare), available state data and PCORNet clinical data networks when appropriate. The CRN will facilitate advancement of current registry infrastructure through development of structured data capture (SDC) and will aim to enrich both registry and linkable data infrastructure for devices/interventions used to treat or manage women's health conditions. This pilot project will serve as infrastructure for evaluation of medical devices and reduction of complexity and some costs of conducting comparative effectiveness research.


Funded by the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative (NIH R25 EB201381), Weill Cornell Medicine, the University of Minnesota, and Johns Hopkins University is jointly offering a "Big Data Coursework for Computational Medicine (BDC4CM)" research education program between July 10 - 13, 2017 in New York City.

BDC4CM will emphasize how to navigate the interface between research and clinical practice by offering participants in-depth lectures, case studies and hands-on training from leading big data researchers. Also, new for 2017, we will organize a datathon to solve a real-world health data-driven problem. Topics covered will include data and knowledge representation standards; information extraction and natural language processing; visualization analytics; data mining and predictive modeling; privacy and ethics and mHealth and participatory medicine. Trainees will survey the most relevant research domains for big data in healthcare, interact with distinguished scholars and world-renowned experts from academia, and receive information concerning careers and opportunities in the field.

Those eligible to apply include faculty, scientists, post-doc fellows and researchers with a PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent in computer science, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, statistics, health information technology or a related degree, and graduate students currently enrolled in a PhD, MD/PhD or equivalent program in computer science, biomedical informatics, bioinformatics, statistics, health information technology or a related degree.

A travel stipend will be provided to those trainees traveling from outside of New York City. For additional information about the program and to apply, please visit: http://bdc4cm.org.

The deadline for application submission is March 31, 2017.

Ethics of Evidence Foundation established by Dr. Valerie Miké

Valerie Miké, Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Biostatistics, has been studying ethical and value issues pertaining to uncertainty in biomedical science and technology, with emphasis on the role of statistical evidence in technology diffusion, medical decision-making, and the development of healthcare policy. She introduced the notion of an “ethics of evidence,” a multidisciplinary approach addressed to all of society. Her ideas have become formalized in the Ethics of Evidence Foundation, Inc., approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. Its mission is to carry on Dr. Miké’s work and that of some other scholars in related fields. Dr. Miké is now engaged in preparing a series of manuscripts for publication by the new Foundation.

Art Sedrakyan, M.D., Ph.D., publishes high-impact paper on colon and rectal surgery in JAMA Surgery.

"Our study indicates that colonic stents improve the efficiency of care and quality of life of many terminally ill patients. There is a need to further advance this beneficial technology so that it can be more applicable to wider group of patients with colorectal cancer" Read the full article

Dr. Stephen Johnson elected chair of AMIA's Academic Forum

Dr. Stephen Johnson was recently elected chair of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)'s Academic Forum. The Forum is a consortium of 60+ universities, with a focus on informatics education.

AMIA's Academic Forum focuses on a range of issues important to faculty such as management, promotion criteria, recruitment, models of success in building informatics programs, salary scales, advocacy within academic environments, and more.

Fei Wang, Ph.D., named runner-up for best research paper award at ICDM 2016

Dr. Wang's paper, "Model Accuracy and Runtime Tradeoff in Distributed Deep Learning: A Systematic Study," will receive runner-up for best research paper at the IEEE International Conference on Data Mining (ICDM) 2016, which will be held in Barcelona, Spain from Dec. 12 to Dec. 15. This year, the acceptance rate for regular papers is just 8.5%

The paper is in collaboration with the researchers in IBM T.J. Watson Research, where they presented Rudra, a parameter server-based distributed computing framework tuned for training large-scale deep neural networks. They also did a systematic study on the model accuracy and runtime tradeoff with Rudra. Deep learning is also a strategy that could be very helpful for health informatics research problems such as predictive modeling. Dr. Wang's study will be crucial to understanding the behavior of deep learning and how to apply them in a correct way.

Jessica Ancker, Ph.D., M.P.H., FACMI, wins best paper award at the AMIA Annual Symposium

Dr. Ancker has received the prestigious Homer R. Warner Award from the American Medical Informatics Association. Her paper, which was written in collaboration with the Institute for Family Health and funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, was a retrospective cohort study examining patient use of an online medical encyclopedia linked to a personal health record.

The Home R. Warner Award is an influential award in the field of medical informatics. It is given to the author of the paper that best describes approaches to improving computerized information acquisition, knowledge data acquisition and management, and experimental results documenting the value of these approaches.

Her research found that patients in traditionally disadvantaged groups — specifically racial minorities and Medicaid patients — were actually more likely to use this online medical encyclopedia than other patients.

Dr. Ancker's paper, "Expanding access to high-quality plain-language patient education information through context-specific hyperlinks," suggests that the encyclopedia is potentially being used by lower literacy patients to supplement their understanding of their medical records. Elizabeth Mauer, one of Healthcare Policy & Research's research biostatisticians, is second author.

Dr. Ancker inducted into the American College of Medical Informatics

Congratulations to Dr. Ancker for her appointment as a 2016 American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI) Fellow! The ACMI is a college of elected fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics. Learn more about Dr. Ancker's research and education contributions at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Madelon Finkel, Ph.D., publishes research on shale gas development and cancer indicence

More study is necessary to focus on the potential for harm to human health from unconventional shale gas development. To what extent does unconventional gas development lead to an increase in cancer incidence in heavily drilled Southwest Pennsylvania? Learn more and download the article

Art Sedrakyan, M.D., Ph.D., publishes high-impact paper in The Lancet, discusses the importance of surgical registries

From The Lancet: "Rigorous registries are clearly vital for the transparent, long-term study of all new innovations but Sedraykan and colleagues go further, suggesting that almost all surgical patients should be entered into registries. Major national all-inclusive registries provide high-quality feedback to surgeons on their own outcomes, and have a proven role in facilitating the improvement they suggest." Read the paper

Fei Wang, Ph.D. Wins Best Short Paper at IEEE

Dr. Fei Wang's paper "Predicting Seizures from Electroencephalography Recordings: A Knowledge Transfer Strategy" won the best short paper award at 2016 IEEE International Conference on Health Informatics (ICHI) which was just held in Chicago. This paper proposed a knowledge transfer strategy to build convolutional neural network model to predict seizures for epilepsy patients according to their electroencephalography recordings. The paper is a collaboration with Tsinghua University, and Dr. Wang is the senior author.

Dr. Jung, Dr. Unruh Receive Grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The project team is exploring how the Medicaid primary care fee bump affected the health and costs for beneficiaries with chronic conditions who are covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. The investigators are evaluating whether higher reimbursements to providers for primary care services led to better care and lower overall health care costs for this patient population. The results of the study will provide evidence about whether higher reimbursements to primary care providers are likely to make health care for dual-eligibles more equitable compared to the broader Medicare population.

Wall Street Journal Cites Dr. Yuhua Bao's Research

"Use of state databases in 24 states was associated with a 30% drop in the prescribing rate for opioids such as OxyContin between 2001 and 2010, according to a study by Yuhua Bao, a health-care policy and research expert at Weill Cornell Medicine, published in June in the journal Health Affairs."

Read the full article on the Washington Post

In Business Insider article, Dr. Ancker discusses what's working — and what's not — in the effort to revolutionize patient record-keeping

"[...] systems that were just set up to handle bills suddenly had to be retrofitted to track patients so that doctors could use them during appointments. And it all had to check out under the new regulation.

"A lot of companies had to do compliance, so innovation got slowed down," said Jessica S. Ancker, a professor of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Read the full article on Business Insider

Dr. Yiye Zhang Joins Weill Cornell Medicine

Yiye Zhang, Ph.D., has joined the Division of Health Informatics in Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Her research focuses on algorithm creation for data-driven decision support in healthcare delivery and management. Dr. Zhang's work has been published in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and book chapters.

Dr. Wang Receives Grant from NSF Smart and Connected Health Program

Fei Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of healthcare policy & research at Weill Cornell Medicine, has received a grant from NSF Smart and Connected Health Program titled EAGER: Patient Similarity Learning with Massive Clinical Data and Its Applications in Cohort Identification.

A critical step to make sure that opportunities exist for conducting large-scale precision medicine research, researchers must ensure that cohorts are identified by defining including and exclusion criteria that algorithmically select sets of patients. Most existing research has criteria for generating those patient cohorts and defining them manually. Of course, this method makes the entire process slow, labor intensive, and unscalable.

Dr. Wang's project will develop patient similarity learning algorithms from various kinds of patient related data such as EHR, pharmaceutical R&D and genomic information, to enable automatic cohort identification, which will accelerate the research of precision medicine.

30 Students Complete 2016 BDC4CM Fellowship

Thirty students completed a joint Weill Cornell Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and University of Minnesota week-long Big Data Coursework for Computational Medicine (BDC4CM) funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH). BDC4CM emphasized how to navigate the interface between research and practice by offering participants in-depth lectures, case studies and hands-on training from leading researchers in academia and industry.

Students Receive Awards

The Elise Strang L'Esperance Prize in Public Health is awarded to a graduating female student who best reflects the attributes and values of Dr. L'Esperance, who served on the faculty of the Weill Cornell Medical College for over forty years. The winners among this year's graduating class are Josephine Cool and Stephanie Gold, who will split the Elise Strang L'Espercance Prize in Public Health.

The George G. Reader Prize in Public Health was endowed in 1992 by friends and colleagues of Dr. George G. Reader '43, who served as chairman of the Department of Public Health from 1972 to 1992. A cash prize is given to the graduating student who, in the judgment of the Department's faculty, shows the most promise in the field of public health. This year's George G. Reader Prize in Public Health is being shared by Daniel Kornberg and James Wang.

Dr. Fei Wang Joins Weill Cornell Medicine

Fei Wang, Ph.D., has joined the Division of Health Informatics in Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Before arriving at WCM, Dr. Wang was a research staff member at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. He received a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University in China. Dr. Wang has published over 80 peer-reviewed articles in top-tier biomedical informatics journals and IEEE/ACM proceedings. He also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery, and has served as a referee to over 20 different journals and conferences.

Madelon Finkel, Ph.D.Nathaniel Hupert, M.D., M.P.H.

Drs. Finkel, Hupert Selected to Receive Excellence in Teaching Award

Madelon Finkel, Ph.D., and Nathaniel Hupert, M.D., M.P.H., have been selected to receive Excellence in Teaching Awards. This award is given by Weill Cornell Medical College on behalf of their outstanding efforts to the College. The College-wide award selection process includes the input of students through course evaluation forms, as well as course director comments.

Zachary Grinspan, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Grinspan Awarded Grant to Study Epilepsy

Zachary Grinspan, M.D., M.S., has been awarded a grant from the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation. His study, called "Comparative Effectiveness Research for Infantile Spasms," will study a devastating epilepsy of infancy that can cause permanent neurodevelopment disability. Dr. Grinspan's project will compare the three recommended treatments — ACTH, oral steroids, and vigabatrin — for infantile spasms using several large datasets. The grant is a four-center collaboration with national leaders in pediatric epilepsy research, including Dr. Anup Patel (Nationwide Children's Hospital, Dr. Kelly Knupp (Children's Hospital Colorado), and Dr. Ren&aecute;e Shellhaas (Mott's Children's Hospital).

Elena Elkin, Ph.D.

Dr. Elkin Selected for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program

Elena Elkin, Ph.D. has been selected as one of eight health professionals for Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellows Program at the National Academy of Medicine. Beginning in September 2016, these eight professionals will spend a year in Washington, D.C. to work on healh-related legislative and regulatory issues with members of Congress. Learn more

Zachary Grinspan, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Grinspan Helps Lead Effort to Design Specifications for Device to Improve Care for Critically Ill Children

Dr. Zachary Grinspan (Healthcare Policy and Research) and Dr. Barry Kosofsky (Pediatrics) lead an international, multidisciplinary effort to design specifications for a pediatric neurology intensive care bedside multimodal monitor. Such a device would improve care for critically ill children with devastating neurological diseases, such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, or unremitting seizures (status epilepticus). They worked closely with several colleagues at Weill Cornell Medicine and Technion Israel Institute of Technology, including experts in epilepsy, pediatric neurology, pediatric critical care, neurology intensive care, signal processing, human factors, and visualization. Their work appears in Applied Clinical Informatics.

Michael pesko, Ph.D.

Dr. Pesko Awarded $750k Grant from American Cancer Society

Michael Pesko, Ph.D., has been awarded a 4-year, $750,000 grant from the American Cancer Society to evaluate provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that affect tobacco users. These provisions include expanding access to smoking cessation products and cancer screenings, permitting tobacco rating in the individual and small group health insurance marketplaces, and expanding Medicaid programs in select states. This four-year grant will evaluate the effects of these provisions on high-risk tobacco users' insurance coverage, tobacco use, tobacco cessation product use, cancer screenings, professional consultations regarding tobacco use, and exposure to carcinogens.

Cigarette smoking is directly linked with cancer, and scientists say that it accounts for 30 percent of all cancer deaths. This grant from the American Cancer Society will help provide new, timely evidence on the impact of these provisions.

Dr. Pesko is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. He uses health economics and econometrics frameworks to evaluate policies affecting healthcare delivery, health insurance, and substance use.

Michael pesko, Ph.D.

Dr. Pesko Awarded Pilot Grant Funding From Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV

Michael Pesko, PhD, received a 1-year pilot grant award from the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV (CHERISH). Using econometric techniques, Dr. Pesko will examine data from the National Center for Health Statistics to explore the impact of e-cigarette and marijuana policies on cigarette use and birth outcomes. The study will provide evidence of whether e-cigarettes, marijuana, and cigarettes have differential risks to pregnant women. Dr. Pesko is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Trained as a health economist, Dr. Pesko's research focuses on evaluating health policy changes and their effect on health outcomes. Read more!

Stephen Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Johnson Named Chair of the Health Informatics Accreditation Council of CAHIIM

Stephen Johnson, Ph.D., was named chair of the Health Informatics Accreditation Council of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM). CAHIIM strives to provide the public with effective and consistent quality monitoring of health informatics and health information management (HIM) programs through maintenance of accreditation processes.

Fernando Martín-Sánchez, Ph.D., FACMI

New Faculty Recruited in Health Informatics

Fernando Martín-Sánchez, Ph.D., FACMI, has joined the Department of Healthcare Policy & Research's Division of Health Informatics. Dr. Martín-Sánchez comes to us as former chair and professor of Health Informatics at the University of Melbourne's Medical School. He is a biomedical informatics scientist with a career developed across the United States, Spain, and Australia. His research focuses on informatics methods in eHealth, participatory health, precision medicine, and translational research.

Alvin Mushlin, M.D., Sc.M.

Dr. Alvin Mushlin Selected to Receive the 2015 SMDM Career Achievement Award

Alvin Mushlin, M.D., Sc.M., the Nanette Laitman Distinguished Professor of Public Health in the Department of Healthcare Policy & Research and Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2015 Career Achievement Award from the Society for Medical Decision Making (SMDM).

Jyotishman Pathak, Ph.D.

Jyotishman Pathak, Ph.D., Named Chief of Health Informatics

Dr. Pathak plans to increase the size and scope of the Division of Health Informatics, which is dedicated to understanding how the explosion of biomedical big data affects healthcare delivery. He will lead efforts to expand the division's research and educational activities. Dr. Pathak also plans to foster and strengthen collaborations between health informatics researchers and clinician-investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell University, Cornell Tech, and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

Can big data help us close an epilepsy care gap?

Epilepsy has been termed an "ambulatory care sensitive condition," meaning that high-quality outpatient epilepsy care can reduce unnecessary emergency department (ED) visits and hospitalizations. Using this framework, high ED use is a marker of poor disease control or limited access to care. Do all people with epilepsy with poorly controlled disease or limited access frequent the ED? Are other factors at play? Read the article and accompanying editorial.

Jessica Ancker, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Jessica Ancker Discusses the Decline of Privacy Concerns as Patients Acclimate to Electronic Health Records

"Electronic health records, which were adopted really quickly and are now used in more than 96 percent of doctor's offices, have made a huge difference in the way that medical care is delivered. This study shows us that patients have noticed this change and have become more comfortable with the technology," said lead investigator Dr. Jessica Ancker, an associate professor of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

Dr. Zachary Grinspan Receives CDC Grant to Study Rare Epilepsies

Rare epilepsies are a devastating group of diseases that begin in childhood, and are often associated with profound neurologic, medical, and psychiatric disabilities. Zachary Grinspan, M.D., M.S., is leading a team that has been approved for a $900,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

Members of The Fountain House Are Less Likely to Need E.R., says Dr. Zachary Grinspan

Dr. Zachary Grinspan, M.D., M.S. completed a study showing how members at the Fountain House in New York City, a clubhouse dedicated to the recovery of individuals with mental illness, are less likely to be admitted to the emergency department than non-members.

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

Dr. Finkel Welcomes University of Havana's Dr. Alonso

Madelon Finkel, Ph.D., professor of healthcare policy and research and director of the Office of Global Health Education, welcomed Isel Pascual Alonso, Ph.D. from the University of Havana on Tuesday, September 8. Dr. Alonso's visit was a follow-up to Dr. Finkel's visit to Cuba in June. Discussion focused on having Weill Cornell students spend time in Havana working in Dr. Alonso's lab. Dr. Finkel previously set up a clinical elective for fourth-year students to spend six weeks at a major teaching hospital in Havana.

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

Dr. Finkel Teaches Course on Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Veterinary Residents

Madelon Finkel, Ph.D., professor of healthcare policy and research and director of the Office of Global Health Education, and Galina Hayes, BVSc, MRCVS, Ph.D., a faculty surgeon and epidemiologist at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, are jointly teaching a course in epidemiology and biostatistics for interested veterinary residents. The six-hour course presents the fundamentals of each discipline with the aim of preparing the residents to conduct high-quality research.

"You Get Reminded You're a Sick Person"

An article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research by Dr. Jessica Ancker and colleagues explores personal data tracking and patients with multiple chronic conditions.

Research on health effects of fracking faces multiple challenges

"For the most part, they're not allowed to talk about any ill effects to themselves, to their water, to their land, even to their animals," says Dr. Madelon Finkel, an epidemiologist at Weill Cornell, to Reuters Health. "That in a sense is hampering the ability to do good research.""

Bruce Schackman, PhD

Center for Health Economics of Treatment for Substance Users Is Established at Weill Cornell Medical College

Sorting out the complex economics of treating substance use disorder is the goal of a new center funded by a $5.8 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Led by Bruce Schackman, Ph.D., professor of healthcare policy and research and the Saul P. Steinberg Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, the cross-institutional Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder, HCV, and HIV ("CHERISH") will serve as a national resource for substance use health economics research by developing and disseminating economic evidence that informs substance use treatment policy and hepatitis C and HIV care for substance users.

New York City Clinical Data Research Network (NYC-CDRN)

NYC-CDRN Approved for $8.5 Million in Phase II of PCORnet, a New National Clinical Research Network

The New York City Clinical Data Research Network (NYC-CDRN) has been approved for a three-year, $8.5 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as part of the second phase of the development of the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network (PCORnet). Learn more about this funding award and the NYC-CDRN

Dr. Laith Abu-Raddad

Latest Therapies to Address the Historical Spread of Hepatitis C in the Middle East Discussed at WCMC-Q Grand Rounds

Laith Abu-Raddad, Ph.D., associate professor of public health at WCMC-Q, described the historical spread of hepatitis C in the Middle East and North Africa and discussed the latest therapies and public health efforts aimed at controlling the debilitating virus.

Dr. Karla Ballman, Ph.D.

Department of Healthcare Policy & Research Names Dr. Karla Ballman Chief of Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology

The Department of Healthcare Policy and Research is excited to announce that Dr. Karla Ballman will join the Department as chief of the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Dr. Ballman, who is currently a tenured professor of biostatistics at the Mayo Clinic, will join Weill Cornell Medical College on Wednesday, July 15.

"We are so pleased to have Dr. Ballman joining us. She is a talented biostatistician and effective leader," said Dr. Rainu Kaushal, chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy & Research and the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics at Weill Cornell, and healthcare policy and research physician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. "In her new role, Dr. Ballman will serve as an integral part of our multidisciplinary department. She'll bring her expertise to bear on specific research projects as well as on recruitment of new biostatisticians, and we couldn't be happier to have her on board."

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Selected Recent Publications

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society • 2016 • Hye-Young Jung PhD, Mark Aaron Unruh Ph.D., Joshua R. Vest Ph.D., Lawrence P. Casalino M.D., Ph.D., Lisa M. Kern M.D., M.P.H., Zachary M. Grinspan M.D., M.S., Yuhua Bao Ph.D., Rainu Kaushal M.D., M.P.H.
Physician Participation in Meaningful Use and Quality of Care for Medicare Fee-for-Service Enrollees


Am J Manag Care • 2016 • Yiye Zhang, Ph.D., and Rema Padman, Ph.D.
Data-Driven Clinical and Cost Pathways for Chronic Care Delivery


Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association • 2016 • Mark Aaron Unruh, Hye-Young Jung, Rainu Kaushal, Joshua R Vest
Hospitalization event notifications and reductions in readmissions of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries in the Bronx, New York


Journal of General Internal Medicine • 2016 • James H. Flory, Alvin I. Mushlin, Zachary I. Goodman
Proposals to Conduct Randomized Controlled Trials Without Informed Consent: a Narrative Review


Health Affairs • 2016 • Bao Y, Pan Y, Taylor A, Radakrishnan S, Luo F, Pincus HA, Schackman BR
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs Are Associated With Sustained Reductions In Opioid Prescribing By Physicians


Trials • 2016 • Frimpong JA, D'Aunno T, Perlman DC, Strauss SM, Mallow A, Hernandez D, Schackman BR, Feaster DJ, Metsch LR
On-site bundled rapid HIV/HCV testing in substance use disorder treatment programs: study protocol for a hybrid design randomized controlled trial


JAMA • 2016 • Hu JC, Laviana A, Sedrakyan A
High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound for Prostate Cancer: Novelty or Innovation?


BMJ • 2016 • Sedrakyan A, Campbell B, Merino JG, Kuntz R, Hirst A, McCulloch P
IDEAL-D: a rational framework for evaluating and regulating the use of medical devices


Ethnicity & Disease • 2016 • Ashley E. Giambrone, Linda M. Gerber, Jesica S. Rodriguez-Lopez, Chau Trinh-Shervin, Nadia Islam, Lorna E. Thorpe
Hypertension Prevalence in New York City Adults: Unmasking Undetected Racial/Ethnic Variation, NYC HANES 2004


Tran E, de Andrés-Galiana EJ, Benitez S, Martin-Sanchez F, Lopez-Campos GH. The Genomic Medicine Game. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;228:750-4. PubMed PMID: 27577486.


Almalki M, Gray K, Martin-Sanchez FJ. Refining the Concepts of Self-quantification Needed for Health Self-management. A Thematic Literature Review. Methods Inf Med. 2016 Aug 15;55(5). PubMed PMID: 27523820.


Martin-Sanchez FJ, Lopez-Campos GH. The New Role of Biomedical Informatics in the Age of Digital Medicine. Methods Inf Med. 2016 Oct 17;55(5):392-402. PubMed PMID: 27523651.


Merolli M, Gray K, Martin-Sanchez F. Patient Participation in Chronic Pain Management Through Social Media: A Clinical Study. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2016;225:577-81. PubMed PMID: 27332267.


Lopez-Campos GH, Martin-Sanchez F, Gray K. Comment on 'Discovering hospital admission patterns using models learnt from electronic hospital records'. The importance of using the right codes. Bioinformatics. 2016 Jul 1;32(13):2079-80. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/btw078. PubMed PMID: 27153706.


Cai X, Perez-Concha O, Coiera E, Martin-Sanchez F, Day R, Roffe D, Gallego B. Real-time prediction of mortality, readmission, and length of stay using electronic health record data. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2016 May;23(3):553-61. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocv110. PubMed PMID: 26374704.


Lopez-Campos G, Ofoghi B, Martin-Sanchez F. Enabling Self-Monitoring Data Exchange in Participatory Medicine. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:1102. PubMed PMID: 26262401.


Martin-Sanchez F, Turner M, Johnstone A, Heffer L, Rafael N; Advisory Group., Bakker T, Thorne N, Macciocca I, Gaff C. Personalised Medicine Possible With Real-Time Integration of Genomic and Clinical Data To Inform Clinical Decision-Making. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:1052. PubMed PMID: 26262351.


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NYPD Cancer Incidence Rates 1995–2014 Encompassing the Entire World Trade Center Cohort


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Predicting frequent ED use by people with epilepsy with health information exchange data


Menopause • 2015 • Gerber LM, Chiu YL, Verjee M, Ghomrawi H.
Health-related quality of life in midlife women in Qatar: relation to arthritis and symptoms of joint pain.


American Journal of Human Biology • 2015 • Gerber LM, Giambrone AE, Al-Ali HM, Verjee MA.
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JAMIA • 2015 • Jessica Ancker, Lisa Kern, Alison Edwards, Daniel Stein, Rainu Kaushal, et al
Associations between healthcare quality and use of electronic health record functions in ambulatory care


JAMA • 2015 • Lawrence Casalino
Pioneer Accountable Care Organizations: Traversing Rough Country


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Physician Networks and Ambulatory Care-sensitive Admissions


Appl Clin Inform • 2015 • Rainu Kaushal, Alison Edwards, Lisa Kern, HITEC Investigators
Association between Electronic Health Records and Health Care Utilization


Am J Med Qual • 2015 • Joshua Richardson, Lisa Kern, Michael Silver, Hye-Young Jung, Rainu Kaushal, HITEC Investigators
Physician Satisfaction in Practices That Transformed Into Patient-Centered Medical Homes: A Statewide Study in New York


Praeger Press • 2015 • Madelon Finkel (Ed)
The Human and Environmental Impact of Fracking: How Fracturing Shale for Gas Affects Us and Our World


JAMIA • 2015 • Joshua Richardson, Joshua Vest, Lisa Kern, Rainu Kaushal, et al
A Needs Assessment of Health Information Technology for Improving Care Coordination in Three Leading Patient-Centered Medical Homes


PLoS Medicine • 2015 • Laith Abu-Raddad
Role of Acute HIV Infection in Driving HIV Transmission: Implications for HIV Treatment as Prevention


JAMIA • 2015 • Lisa Kern, Alison Edwards, Michelle Pichardo, Rainu Kaushal
Electronic health records and health care quality over time in a federally qualified health center


J Bone Joint Surg Am • 2015 • Hassan Ghomrawi, Ashley Eggman, Andrew Pearle
Effect of age on cost-effectiveness of unicompartmental knee arthroplasty compared with total knee arthroplasty in the U.S.


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Considerations for the development of shale gas in the United Kingdom


Am J Med Qual • 2015 • Lisa Kern, Alison Edwards, Rainu Kaushal, et al
The Meaningful Use of Electronic Health Records and Health Care Utilization


Med Care • 2015 • Bruce Schackman et al
The Lifetime Medical Cost Savings from Preventing HIV in the United States


JAMA Surg • 2015 • Jialin Mao, Xi Emily Zheng, Art Sedrakyan, et al
Population-Based Estimates of the Prevalence of Uterine Sarcoma Among Patients With Leiomyomata Undergoing Surgical Treatment


J Gen Intern Med • 2015 • Jessica Ancker
Capsule commentary on weeks et al, "Provider perceptions of the electronic health record incentive programs: a survey of eligible professionals who have and have not attested to meaningful use"


Hepatology • 2015 • Laith Abu-Raddad et al
Estimation of hepatitis C virus infections resulting from vertical transmission in Egypt


Am J Manag Care • 2015 • Erika Abramson, Alison Edwards, Michael Silver, Rainu Kaushal, et al
Trending Health Information Technology Adoption Among New York Nursing Homes


JAMA Psychiatry • 2015 • Yuhua Bao et al
Retaining Part D's Comprehensive Coverage of Antidepressants


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Health Information Exchange and the Frequency of Repeat Medical Imaging


Epilepsia • 2015 • Zachary Grinspan, Erika Abramson, Hye-Young Jung, Rainu Kaushal, Lisa Kern, et al
Hospital crossover increases utilization for people with epilepsy: A retrospective cohort study


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