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Ashley Giambrone, Ph.d., M.S.

Dr. Ashley Giambrone Promoted to Assistant Professor

Ashley Giambrone, Ph.d., M.S. has been promoted to Assistant Professor of Research in Healthcare Policy and Research. While Postdoctoral Associate in Biostatistics at Weill Cornell Medical College, Ms. Giambrone worked closely with the Department of Radiology to provide statistical consultation for various research efforts. She will continue these efforts in study design, diagnostic accuracy studies, phase 1 clinical trials, and more in her new role.

Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH

Dr. Rainu Kaushal Explains Higher Education's Need for Change in Washington Post Editorial

"We recognized the crucial need for new training programs after hearing from hospital CEOs about the scarcity of leaders with background in health-care policy, particularly given the explosion of data and evidence," says Dr. Kaushal. "The formula proposed here is basic: as health-care changes, so must medical and other professional health education.".

Dr. Hye-Young Jung

Healthcare Policy and Research Professor's Abstract Selected as Best in the Medicare Category

Dr. Hye-Young Jung's abstract, "Physician Participation in Meaningful Use and Rehospitalization of the Dually-Eligible," was selected as the best abstract in the Medicare category at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting in Minneapolis, June 14-16. AcademyHealth selected less than 1% of the over 2,600 abstracts they received for best among 18 categories.

Dr. Laith J. Abu-Raddad

Dr. Laith Abu-Raddad Appointed Assistant Dean of Extramural Research Funding

Laith Abu-Raddad, Ph.D., associate professor of healthcare policy and research, has been appointed assistant dean of extramural research funding at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. In this new administrative appointment, which takes effect on July 1, Dr. Abu-Raddad will provide leadership and support by managing the relationship with the Qatar National Research Fund, reviewing policy and new programs, and providing internal implementation and oversight. Learn more about Dr. Abu-Raddad's appointment and current work.

Dr. Hye-Young Jung

Study of Physician Participation in Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs Signals Need for Further EHR Healthcare Policy Maintenance

"Those physicians who adopted the [Electronic Health Record incentive] program may provide higher quality care to their patients [than physicians who don't adopt the program]," said lead author Dr. Hye-Young Jung, an assistant professor of healthcare policy and research at Weill Cornell. "This difference may create a digital divide."

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

Dr. Zachary Grinspan Named Laitman Scholar

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS, has been named the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Public Health/Community Health.

Paul Christos, DrPH, MS

Dr. Paul Christos is Promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Paul J. Christos, DrPH, MS, who has been promoted to Associate Research Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research.

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhE

Physician Networks Important in the Rate of Preventable Hospital Admissions

A study published in Medical Care by Dr. Lawrence Casalino and colleagues shows a significant variation among physician networks in their rates of preventable hospital admissions.

Hassan Ghomrawi, PhD

Study Compares Partial Knee Replacement to Total Knee Replacement

A study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery led by Dr. Hassan Ghomrawi shows that partial knee replacement may be more cost-effective than total knee replacement, especially in older patients.

The Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking

Dr. Madelon Finkel's New Book Examines the Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking

Dr. Madelon Finkel's latest book, The Human and Environmental Impact of Fracking: How Fracturing Shale for Gas Affects Us and Our World, has been published by Praeger Press. The book is covered in Weill Cornell Medicine.

Bruce Schackman, PhD

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.

Madelon Finkel, PhD

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.

Joshua Vest, PhD

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.

Yuhua Bao, PhD

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.

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

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.

Paul Christos, DrPH, MS

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.

Bruce Schackman, PhD

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.

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Department of Healthcare Policy and Research Adds Two New Educational Programs

The Master of Science in Health Policy and Economics and the Certificate Program in Health Analytics have been accredited and are accepting students for the Fall 2015 class.

 

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Recent Department Faculty Speaking and Panel Engagements

Department faculty gave keynote addresses, organized conferences, and participated in expert panels from October to December 2014.

 

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

Nathaniel Hupert, Toshiba alliance

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.

Sentinel Initiative, WCMC

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.

Linda Gerber, PhD

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).

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD

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.

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 and has been listed in the publication, “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.”

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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.

 

Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH

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).

Daniel Stein, MD, PhD

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.

Stephen Johnson, PhD

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.

Alvin I. Mushlin, MD, ScM

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.

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.

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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

Michael Pesko, PhD, was recognized with the First Decade Award for his extraordinary work within ten years of graduating from Hamline University.

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.

Zhengming Chen, PhD

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.

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

Daniel Stein, MD, PhD

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.

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.

Stephen Johnson, PhD

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).

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

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.

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.

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

Dr. Zachary Grinspan Named Laitman Scholar

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS, has been named the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Public Health/Community Health.

Paul Christos, DrPH, MS

Dr. Paul Christos is Promoted to Associate Professor

Congratulations to Paul J. Christos, DrPH, MS, who has been promoted to Associate Research Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research.

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhE

Physician Networks Important in the Rate of Preventable Hospital Admissions

A study published in Medical Care by Dr. Lawrence Casalino and colleagues shows a significant variation among physician networks in their rates of preventable hospital admissions.

Hassan Ghomrawi, PhD

Study Compares Partial Knee Replacement to Total Knee Replacement

A study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery led by Dr. Hassan Ghomrawi shows that partial knee replacement may be more cost-effective than total knee replacement, especially in older patients.

The Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking

Dr. Madelon Finkel's New Book Examines the Human and Environmental Costs of Fracking

Dr. Madelon Finkel's latest book, The Human and Environmental Impact of Fracking: How Fracturing Shale for Gas Affects Us and Our World, has been published by Praeger Press. The book is covered in Weill Cornell Medicine.

Bruce Schackman, PhD

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.

Madelon Finkel, PhD

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.

Paul Christos, DrPH, MS

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.

Joshua Vest, PhD

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.

Yuhua Bao, PhD

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.

Zachary Grinspan, MD, MS

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.

 

Bruce Schackman, PhD

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.

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Department of Healthcare Policy and Research Adds Two New Educational Programs

The Master of Science in Health Policy and Economics and the Certificate Program in Health Analytics have been accredited and are accepting students for the Fall 2015 class.

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Recent Department Faculty Speaking and Panel Engagements

Department faculty gave keynote addresses, organized conferences, and participated in expert panels from October to December 2014.

 

Linda Gerber, PhD

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.

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

Nathaniel Hupert, Toshiba alliance

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.

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).

Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD

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.

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 and has been listed in the publication, “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds: 2014.”

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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.

Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH

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).

 

Daniel Stein, MD, PhD

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.

Stephen Johnson, PhD

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.

Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH

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.

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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

Michael Pesko, PhD, was recognized with the First Decade Award for his extraordinary work within ten years of graduating from Hamline University.

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.

Zhengming Chen, PhD

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.

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

Daniel Stein, MD, PhD

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.

Stephen Johnson, PhD

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).

Art Sedrakyan, MD, PhD

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Study Supports Analyzing Cost Variations at the Hospital Level

A recent study in Healthcare by Drs. William Borden and Alvin Mushlin and colleagues supports using hospital costs to examine reasons for regional variation in healthcare spending.

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.

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.

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.

Stephen Lyman, PhD

Dr. Stephen Lyman Is Invited Speaker and Visiting Professor

Stephen Lyman, PhD, was an Invited Speaker at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 10-14, 2014. He was also a Visiting Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan, June 13-30, 2014.