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

Dr. Rainu Kaushal, an expert in healthcare quality, patient safety and information technology, has been named chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College and physician-in-chief of healthcare policy and research at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The refocused Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, formerly Public Health, will concentrate on studying and improving healthcare delivery to optimize the value of healthcare for patients in New York and across the country.

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Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH

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.

Weill Cornell-Led Consortium Wins $7 Million to Develop
New York Patient Data Network

Dr. Rainu Kaushal is leading a consortium to build a city-wide research data infrastructure to improve clinical decision-making. An article about the project appears in JAMIA and other news media.

Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH

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.

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD

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. 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.

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH

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.

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD

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.

Laith Abu-Raddad, Ghina Mumtaz

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.

Madelon Finkel, PhD

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.

Alvin I. Mushlin, MD, ScM

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.

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD

Dr. Lawrence Casalino Gives Invited Talk in Oslo, Norway

Lawrence Casalino, MD, PhD, gave an invited talk titled “Physician Satisfaction: Should Anyone Care?” at the Institute for Studies of the Medical Profession in Oslo, Norway, on June 2, 2014.

Bruce Schackman, PhD

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.

Madelon Finkel, PhD

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.

The Department is now on Twitter

Master's Program in Health Informatics Featured in U.S. News and World Report

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Recent Faculty Publications

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


BMJ • 2014 • Art Sedrakyan et al
Appraisal of evidence base for introduction of new implants in hip and knee replacement: a systematic review of five widely used device technologies


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


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


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
Filling Buckets


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


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