Welcome From The Chair
Rainu Kaushal, M.D., M.P.H. Professor and Chair
The Department of Healthcare Policy and 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.
News & Highlights
New Study Shows the Substantial Value of Preventing HIV Infection in the United States
A study led by Dr. Bruce Schackman, published in Medical Care, finds a savings of $229,800 to $338,400 for each high-risk person prevented from contracting HIV.
Understanding the Syndrome of Frailty in the Elderly
As the 13th annual Lorraine and Ralph Lubin Distinguished Visiting Professor of Healthcare Policy, Dr. Linda Fried presented the keynote lecture at the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium.
Article by Department Faculty Named "Editor's Choice"
An article in JAMIA by Dr. Jessica Ancker and colleagues showing variation in physician use of EHRs was named an "Editor's Choice" article by the journal.
Sex Trafficking: The Dirty Downside of Global Sporting Events
Drs. Madelon and Rebecca Finkel publish a study in the journal Public Health about the importance of bringing to light the problem of sex trafficking at sporting events.
Study Shows Health Information Exchange Reduces Repeat Imaging Tests
Dr. Joshua Vest and colleagues, in an article in Am J Manag Care, demonstate the value of health information exchange in reducing the number of unneccessary repeated imaging tests.
Study Suggests Drug Coverage Alone Not an Easy Solution to Closing Treatment Gap in Depression
Dr. Yuhua Bao and colleagues examine the implications of a recent ruling on Medicare coverage for antidepressants in JAMA Psychiatry.
Using Multiple Hospitals May Be Problematic for Patients with Epilepsy
A study in Epilepsia led by Dr. Zachary Grinspan examines how healthcare fragmentation affects patients with epilepsy.
Diabetes Prevention in Qatar Should Focus on Lifestyle Factors
A study in Qatar Medical Journal by Drs. Paul Christos, Alvin Mushlin, Laith Abu-Raddad, and others, looks at the risk factors for diabetes in Qatar, which has a high rate of the disease.
Dr. Bruce Schackman Is Appointed the Saul P. Steinberg Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health
Dr. Bruce Schackman has been appointed the Saul P. Steinberg Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, effective January 1, 2015.
Department of Healthcare Policy and Research Adds Two New Educational Programs
Recent Department Faculty Speaking and Panel Engagements
Department faculty gave keynote addresses, organized conferences, and participated in expert panels from October to December 2014.
Dr. Art Sedrakyan, Kaiser Permanente, and Colleagues Publish Results of Unprecedented Collaboration
Research sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demonstrates the importance of tracking medical devices’ effectiveness and safety.
Dr. Nathaniel Hupert and Other Cornell Faculty Enter Research Alliance with Toshiba Corporation
Dr. Nathaniel Hupert is the Principal Investigator of a research project to determine the electrical power requirements of the modern research-based academic health care center.
Drs. Rainu Kaushal and Alvin Mushlin are Site PIs for
FDA’s Sentinel Contract
Weill Cornell is partnering on this important undertaking, which will use electronic healthcare data to establish the capability for post-marketing surveillance.
Study Finds High Use of Complementary Medicines Among Women in Qatar
Dr. Linda Gerber, Dr. Ravinder Mamtani, and colleagues found that many midlife Arabic women living in Qatar use complementary and alternative medicine.
Dr. Jessica Ancker Is Promoted to Associate Professor
Congratulations to Jessica Ancker, MPH, PhD, who has been promoted to Associate Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research.
On January 1, 2015, she also became Chair of the Evaluation Working Group of the American Medial Informatics Association (AMIA).
Dr. Lawrence Casalino Is Invited to Write Two High-Profile Editorials
Dr. Lawrence Casalino is the author of two recent invited editorials about Accountable Care Organizations, in The New England Journal of Medicine and in Health Services Research.
Dr. Lawrence Casalino Is Designated a "Highly Cited Researcher" by Thomson Reuters
Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, has been designated one of the “Highly Cited Researchers 2014,” by Thomson Reuters and has been listed in the publication, “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.”
Department of Healthcare Policy and Research Papers Cited in Informatics Year in Review
Two papers by faculty and staff members of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research are cited in the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Annual Symposium 2014 Year in Review.
Dr. Rainu Kaushal Is Elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics
Dr. Kaushal has been elected a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).
Dr. Daniel Stein Named Cornell Tech Clinical Informaticist In Residence
Daniel Stein, MD, PhD, has been named the Clinical Informaticist In Residence for the Cornell Tech Campus effective December 1, 2014.
Dr. Stephen Johnson Appointed to Accreditation Council for Health Informatics
Dr. Stephen Johnson was appointed to serve on the Accreditation Council for Health Informatics under the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management.
A Simple Tool to Facilitate Shared Decision-Making about Prostate Cancer Screening
In Annals of Internal Medicine, Drs. Alvin Mushlin, Andrew Vickers, and their colleagues present a simple schema for primary care physicians to help their patients decide if PSA testing is right for them.
New Tool Helps Front-line Ebola Treatment Units Function in West Africa
Drs. Nathaniel Hupert and Lewis Rubinson have created a new spreadsheet tool for facilitating daily patient care and data collection in Ebola Treatment Units, responding to the 2014 Western Africa Ebola outbreak.
Is Minimally Invasive Lobectomy as Good as the Open Procedure?
A study in BMJ supervised by Dr. Art Sedrakyan found a similar rate of long-term survival in patients undergoing open vs. minimally invasive lobectomy for lung cancer.
Dr. Michael Pesko Receives First Decade Award from Hamline University
Weill Cornell-Led Consortium Wins $7 Million to Develop
New York Patient Data Network
Dr. Rainu Kaushal Chosen for Fellowship at Prestigious Executive Leadership Program
Dr. Kaushal has been selected to be a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Dr. Zhengming Chen Awarded Patent
Dr. Zhengming Chen was awarded a patent for his method of treating artery obstructive disease and stenosis after coronary artery bypass surgery.
Recent Grants Awarded to Department Faculty and Staff
Drs. Yuhua Bao, Zachary Grinspan, Michael Pesko, Tara Bishop, Zhengming Chen, and Stephen Lyman are among those recently awarded grants from the NIH, private foundations, and Cornell University.
Dr. Art Sedrakyan Awarded for Tenure as Vice-Chair of MEDCAC
Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD, received an award from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for his successful tenure as the Vice-Chair of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee.
Dr. Daniel Stein Selected for LAMP Program
Dr. Daniel Stein was selected for the 2014-2015 Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP), a year-long faculty development program for junior faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College.
Research Challenges Safety and Efficacy of Newer Hip and Knee Implants
Five newer and widely used types of hip and knee implants offer no improvement over older versions and might even require more revisions, according to a study in BMJ led by Dr. Art Sedrakyan.
Registries Vital in Tracking Medical Devices
Three prominent health organizations, including the Medical Device Epidemiological Network Science Infrastructure Center led by Dr. Art Sedrakyan, have made wide-ranging recommendations on the development of of national medical device registries.
Study Reveals Surprising Benefits of Smaller Physician Practices
In a Health Affairs study led by Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, smaller physician practices had lower rates of avoidable hospital admissions than did their larger counterparts. Also read the Health Affairs blog.
Dr. Stephen Johnson Invited to Serve on Fellowship Nominations Committee
Dr. Stephen Johnson was invited to serve on the Fellowship Nominations Committee for the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI).
Dr. Art Sedrakyan Co-Organizes Forum Session
Dr. Art Sedrakyan co-organized an educational session at the International Medical Device Regulatory Forum (IMDFR). The IMDFR is a forum to discuss future directions in medical device regulatory harmonization.
Dr. Matthew Press Appointed Senior Advisor in CMS
Matthew J. Press, MD, MSc, was appointed for a two-year term as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The position began mid-August, 2014.
Dr. Jessica Ancker Publishes and Presents on Electronic Health Record Use
Jessica Ancker, MPH, PhD, led several recent studies and made a number of presentations on aspects of electronic health record use. The studies were covered in a Weill Cornell news article.
The Doctor as Quarterback
Writing in The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Matthew Press stresses the need for teamwork among clinicians to effectively and safely care for patients. He was also featured in a New York Times article about a new policy for Medicare to pay doctors who coordinate care.
EMCO Can Be Used in Public Health Emergencies
A comment in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine by Drs. Subroto Paul, Bruce Campbell, Ellen Meltzer, and Art Sedrakyan discusses the potential use of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) treatment for acute respiratory distress syndrome resulting from natural hazards or acts of terrorism.
How Valuable is Value-Based Payment?
In a recent Opinion piece in Annals of Internal Medicine, Drs. Andrew Ryan and Matthew Press discuss the implementation challenges of one of the incentive programs of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
CHEST Releases Guide to Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters
Dr. Nathaniel Hupert was part of task force that has released a consensus statement on the care of the critically ill and injured during pandemics and disasters
Study Supports Analyzing Cost Variations at the Hospital Level
A recent study in Healthcare by Dr. William Borden, Dr. Alvin Mushlin, and colleagues supports the use of hospital costs to examine the reasons for regional variation in healthcare spending.
Emerging HIV Epidemics Among People Who Inject Drugs in the Middle East and North Africa
Ghina Mumtaz, Dr. Laith Abu-Raddad, and others publish a study in PLoS Medicine revealing patterns in recent HIV epidemics among injection drug users in the region.
Dr. Madelon Finkel Is Author of Recent Articles on Shale Gas Extraction
Madelon Finkel, PhD, is the senior author of two recent articles on shale gas drilling.
Dr. Alvin Mushlin Chairs PCORI Advisory Panel
Alvin Mushlin, MD, ScM, chaired a recent Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia.
Dr. Lawrence Casalino Gives Invited Talk in Oslo, Norway
Dr. Bruce Schackman Chairs Workshop at European Society for Medical Decision Making Meeting
Bruce Schackman, PhD, chaired a workshop entitled “Methodological issues in economic evaluation of medical treatments for chronic diseases with societal outcomes: the case of alcohol and substance abuse” at the European Society for Medical Decision Making meeting in Antwerp June 8-10, 2014.
Dr. Madelon Finkel is Invited Lecturer at Hamad Hospital
Madelon Finkel, PhD, Director of the Office of Global Health Education, was an invited lecturer at Hamad Hospital in Doha, Qatar, where she participated in the Clinical and Translational Research Training Course that took place from April 6 to May 5, 2014.
Dr. Thomas Campion Presents NIH Collaboratory Grand Rounds
Thomas Campion, PhD, gave NIH Collaboratory Grand Rounds on June 6, 2014, on "Interoperable Architecture for PCORnet: New York City Clinical Data Research Network (NYC-CDRN)." His talk described the PCORI-funded effort, led by Dr. Rainu Kaushal and the Weill Cornell Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, to aggregate electronic health record data from the city's academic health centers and other partners.
Dr. Tara Bishop Receives 2014 Weill Cornell Leadership Fellowship
Tara Bishop, MD, MPH, has been selected for the third cohort of the Weill-Cornell Leadership Fellows. This program, co-directed by Drs. Lawrence Casalino and Michael Wolk, seeks to identify and foster the development of Weill Cornell's "Leaders of Tomorrow."
Study Finds Coordinated Approach Improves Quality of Primary Care
A study in Annals of Internal Medicine by Dr. Lisa Kern, Ms. Alison Edwards, and Dr. Rainu Kaushal shows modest improvement in care quality among physicians participating in patient-centered medical homes. Read press releases from WCMC and The Commonwealth Fund.
Dr. Rainu Kaushal Featured in AP Article on SHIN-NY
Dr. Rainu Kaushal discusses studies she led on the State Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY), which was shown to reduce redundant tests and unneeded hospital admissions.
Smokers Find Ways to Pay Less for Cigarettes
In an article in Preventive Medicine, Dr. Michael Pesko gives policy suggestions for making cigarette price minimization more difficult.
Department Faculty and Students Honored for Excellence
Drs. Erika Abramson, Ziyad Mahfoud, and Laith Abu-Raddad received Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2014, and three medical students received Public Health prizes. Read more about the teaching and student awards.
First Class of Students Graduate from Master of Science Program in Health Informatics
The first class of students in the Master of Science Program in Health Informatics graduated May 29, 2014, from the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences.
Health Care Reform: An Opportunity for Hospitals to Lead
A commentary in Annals of Internal Medicine by Drs. Andrew Ryan and Alvin Mushlin asserts that hospitals will maintain their prominent role in American medicine and remain economically viable, despite health care reform initiatives.
Read news release and interview in InformationWeek.
Improving Population Health One Person at a Time?
Douglas Noble, MD, MPH, and Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, explore the perception of the phrase "population health" in accountable care organizations in an article in BMJ.
Robotic Lobectomy Found Riskier and More Expensive Than Thoracoscopic Lobectomy in Early Years After Adoption
An analysis by Drs. Subroto Paul, Art Sedrakyan, and others reveals that robotic-assisted lobectomy is associated with more bleeding than thoracoscopic lobectomy, and costs more.
Do Providers' Prior Attitudes Affect EHR Meaningful Use?
Tara Bishop, MD, MPH, Andrew Ryan, PhD, Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, and colleagues published a study in Healthcare exploring the relationship between meaningful use of the EHR and providers' prior attitudes about EHRs.
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Special Programs & Services
Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP)
Biostatistics and Epidemiology Service Core
Research Design and Biostatistics Core (CTSC)
Cornell Analytic/Consulting Services
Institute for Disease and Disaster Preparedness
Selected Recent Publications
Sci Total Environ • 2015 • Jake Hays, Madelon Finkel, et al
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
Am J Manag Care • 2015 • Joshua Vest, Rainu Kaushal, Michael Silver, Lisa Kern, et al
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
Qatar Medical Journal • 2014 • Paul Christos, Laith Abu-Raddad, Alvin Mushlin et al
Prevention of type II diabetes mellitus in Qatar:
Who is at risk?
Public Health • 2014 • Rebecca & Madelon Finkel
The ‘dirty downside’ of global sporting events: focus on human trafficking for sexual exploitation
J Clin Epidemiol • 2014 • James Flory, Alvin Mushlin
Observational and clinical trial findings on the comparative effectiveness of diabetes drugs showed agreement
Stroke • 2014 • Ajay Gupta, Alvin Mushlin, Ankur Pandya, Ashley Giambrone, et al
Plaque Echolucency and Stroke Risk in Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Health Serv Res • 2014 • Lawrence Casalino
Categorizing Accountable Care Organizations: Moving Toward Patient-Centered Outcomes Research That Compares Health Care Delivery Systems
N Engl J Med • 2014 • Lawrence Casalino
Accountable Care Organizations — The Risk of Failure and the Risks of Success
East Mediterr Health J • 2014 • Linda Gerber, Ravinder Mamtani, Abdulbari Bener, Madhuvanti Murphy, et al
Use of complementary and alternative medicine among midlife Arab women living in Qatar
Hepatology • 2014 • Diego Cuadros, Laith Abu-Raddad, et al
Spatial epidemiology of hepatitis C virus infection in Egypt: Analyses and implications
BMJ • 2014 • Art Sedrakyan, Subroto Paul, Abby Isaacs, et al
Long term survival with thoracoscopic versus open lobectomy: propensity matched comparative analysis using SEER-Medicare database
Radiology • 2014 • Ankur Pandya, Pina Sanelli, Bruce Schackman, et al
Carotid Artery Stenosis: Cost-effectiveness of Assessment of Cerebrovascular Reserve to Guide Treatment of Asymptomatic Patients
Ann Intern Med • 2014 • Andrew Vickers, Alvin Mushlin, et al
A Simple Schema for Informed Decision Making About Prostate Cancer Screening
JAMA Intern Med • 2014 • Tara Bishop et al
The Cost of Defensive Medicine on 3 Hospital Medicine Services
The Lancet Respiratory Medicine • 2014 • Subroto Paul, Bruce Campbell, Ellen Meltzer, Art Sedrakyan
EMCO as an ermergency medical countermeasure
Pew Trusts Report • 2014 • Pew Charitable Trusts, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Medical Device Epidemiology Network (Art Sedrakyan)
Medical Device Registries: Recommendations for Advancing Safety and Public Health
CHEST • 2014 •Task Force for Mass Critical Care including Nathaniel Hupert
System Level Planning, Coordination, and Communication: Care of the Critically Ill and Injured During Pandemics and Disasters: Chest Consensus Statement
Health Affairs • 2014 •Lawrence Casalino, Michael Pesko, Andrew Ryan, et al
Small Primary Care Physician Practices Have Low Rates Of Preventable Hospital Admissions
N Engl J Med • 2014 • Matthew Press
Instant Replay — A Quarterback's View of Care Coordination
Climateric • 2014 • Linda Gerber et al
Bone Mineral Density in Midlife Women: The Study of Women's Health in Qatar
Arthritis Care Res • 2014 • Hassan Ghomrawi, Lisa Mandl, Alvin Mushlin, et al
An Evaluation of Two Appropriateness Criteria for Total Knee Replacement
PLoS Medicine • 2014 • Laith Abu-Raddad et al
HIV among People Who Inject Drugs in the Middle East and North Africa: Systematic Review and Data Synthesis
JAMIA • 2014 • Jessica Ancker, Lisa Kern, Alison Edwards, Daniel Stein, Rainu Kaushal, et al
How is the electronic health record being used? Use of EHR data to assess physician-level variability in technology use *Editor's Choice
Healthcare • 2014 • William Borden, Alvin Mushlin
Assessing variation in utilization for acute myocardial infarction in New York State
Preventive Medicine • 2014 • Michael Pesko et al
Per-pack price reductions available from different cigarette purchasing strategies: United States, 2009-2010
Ann Intern Med • 2014 • Lisa Kern, Alison Edwards, Rainu Kaushal
The Patient-Centered Medical Home, Electronic Health Records, and Quality of Care
Inform Health Soc Care • 2014 • Jessica Ancker, Nena Osorio, Adam Cheriff, Curtis Cole, Michael Silver, Rainu Kaushal
Patient activation and use of an electronic patient portal
J Gen Intern Med • 2014 • Jessica Ancker, Michael Silver, Rainu Kaushal
Rapid growth in use of personal health records in new york, 2012-2013
J Eval Clin Pract • 2014 • Erika Abramson, Lisa Kern, Rainu Kaushal, et al
Expert panel evaluation of health information technology effects on adverse events
Chest • 2014 • Subroto Paul, Jessica Jalbert, Abby Isaacs, Art Sedrakyan, et al
Comparative Effectiveness Of Robotic-Assisted Vs. Thoracoscopic Lobectomy
Ann Intern Med • 2014 • Andrew Ryan, Alvin Mushlin
The Affordable Care Act's Payment Reforms and the Future of Hospitals
JAMA • 2014 • Matthew Press
JAMIA • 2014 • Rainu Kaushal, Thomas Campion, Alexander Low, Harold Pincus, et al
Changing the research landscape: the New York City Clinical Data Research Network
Healthcare • 2014 • Tara Bishop, Lawrence Casalino, Andrew Ryan, et al
Do provider attitudes about electronic health records predict future electronic health record use?
BMJ • 2014 • Douglas Noble, Lawrence Casalino, et al
Improving population health one person at a time? Accountable care organisations: perceptions of population health—a qualitative interview study
JAMA Intern Med • 2014 • Lisa Kern, Rainu Kaushal
Measuring the Impact of "Meaningful Use" on Quality of Care
Ann Intern Med • 2014 • Andrew Ryan, Matthew Press
Value-based payment for physicians in medicare: small step or giant leap?
The Lancet • 2014 • Art Sedrakyan
Precarious innovation of anti-infective coated devices
Environ Health Perspect • 2014 • Madelon Finkel et al
Environmental Public Health Dimensions of Shale and Tight Gas Development
BMJ • 2014 • Madelon Finkel et al
Public Health England's draft report on shale gas extraction
J Clin Hypertens • 2014 • Linda Gerber, Samuel Mann
Development of a Model to Estimate 24-hour Urinary Creatinine Excretion
Appl Clin Inform • 2014 • Joshua Vest, Lisa Kern, Thomas Campion, Michael Silver, Rainu Kaushal
Association between use of a health information exchange system and hospital admissions
Indian J Community Health • 2014 • Madelon Finkel et al
An Educational Training Cervical Cancer Screening Program for Rural Health Care Providers in India
J Neurosurg • 2013 • Linda Gerber et al
Marked Reduction in Mortalit in Patients with Severe Traumatic Brain Injury
Am J Manag Care • 2013 • Alexander Low, Jessica Ancker, Lisa Kern, Rainu Kaushal et al
Financial effects of health information technology: a systematic review