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December 5, 2019

Dr. Elizabeth Sweeney is an assistant professor of healthcare policy and research in the Division of Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Dr. Sweeney received her Ph.D. in biostatistics from the Johns...

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December 4, 2019

Dr. William Schpero is an assistant professor of healthcare policy and research in the Division of Health Policy and Economics. Dr. Schpero received his Ph.D. in health policy and economics from Yale University, during which he was a pre-doctoral fellow in aging and health economics at...

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November 26, 2019

There are more than 97,000 mobile health apps available for download on your phone and tablet. From fitness trackers to heart rate monitors to nutrition planners, mobile health apps boast incredible benefits to its users. But how many can actually deliver on their promise?  Victoria Jimenez wants to find out.

A graduate student in Weill Cornell...

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November 25, 2019

New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, Mayo Clinic, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Weill Cornell Medicine have been awarded a $7.6 million five-year collaborative grants (R01 MH121921, R01 MH121922,  R01 MH121923, and R01 MH121924) from the National Institute of Health (NIH) to leverage hospital electronic health records (EHRs) to study mental illness...

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November 24, 2019

Yonaka Harris, a first-year student in the M.S. in health informatics program at the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, received the 2019 AMIA Trainee Travel Award. Sponsored by the AMIA Leadership and Education Award Donation (LEAD) Fund, the award supports trainees’ travel to this year’s AMIA Annual Symposium in Washington, D.C., to share their research...

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November 11, 2019

A new study finds that the community in which one lives influences whether they receive postoperative care and rehabilitation after elective hip replacement surgery in a facility or at home. An analysis of a large regional database found that patients in the least affluent communities were more likely to be discharged to an inpatient rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility rather than home care after hip replacement.

Bella Mehta, MBBS, MS, a rheumatologist at Hospital for Special...

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November 5, 2019

Each semester, we welcome a new generation of health services researchers, data scientists, and policy analysts to our Master of Science program. While many students have experience working in the healthcare field, few have interacted with health systems outside of the U.S.

First-year students Hyunkyung Yun and Jungran Lee offer unique new perspectives as employees of South...

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November 4, 2019

In recognition of its outstanding continued commitment to diversity and inclusion, Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded the Health Professions Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for the second year in a row.

INSIGHT Into Diversity is the largest and oldest diversity-focused publication in higher education. Weill Cornell Medicine is among 43 health professional schools and centers to win this year’s award, which the magazine will...

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October 31, 2019

A large study analyzing 107,000 knee replacement surgeries found that African Americans were significantly more likely than white patients to be discharged to an inpatient rehabilitation or skilled nursing facility rather than home care after the procedure. Researchers also found that African American patients under 65 were more likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 90 days of a knee replacement.

The regional database analysis ...

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October 21, 2019

Dr. Rainu Kaushal, chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine and physician-in-chief of healthcare policy and research at NewYork Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) for her outstanding achievements and exceptional service in medical sciences, healthcare and public health. 

This year,...

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October 15, 2019

Opioid use has skyrocketed in recent years and is considered to be a significant public health problem in the United States. As clinicians and health departments around the country work on prevention tactics and linkage to care, non-traditional stakeholder groups have also joined the fight.

At a recent talk at the New York State Health Foundation, Dr...

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October 13, 2019

Weill Cornell Medicine received a four-year research grant (R01MH119177) for $2.84 million from the National Institutes of Health to identify people at high risk of self-harm, suicide attempt and suicidal death using large-scale data from electronic health records and insurance claims.

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October 9, 2019

In a commentary for Perspectives on Medical Education, Dr. Madelon L. Finkel notes climate change's impact on the physical and mental health of patients and advocates for the inclusion of the subject in the medical school curriculum. Read more...

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September 3, 2019

States that require prescribers and dispensers to register with and use prescription drug monitoring programs saw notably fewer opioid prescriptions and reduced opioid-related hospital use compared to states with weak drug monitoring program mandates, according to a new study from investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine. The approximate annual reduction of about 12,000 inpatient stays and 39,000 emergency department visits...

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August 14, 2019

Weill Cornell Medicine has been awarded a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health to launch a program designed to increase the number of underrepresented minority medical and graduate students, residents and postdoctoral fellows committed to careers in health equity and global health research.

The five-year, $1.34 million award from the...

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August 12, 2019

In a Health Affairs study, Dr. Amelia Bond and colleague compare geographic variation in health care use between a military system and a civilian system. Read more here

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July 31, 2019

Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, associate professor of healthcare policy and research and of medicine, was elected a fellow of the American College of Physicians. The college is the largest medical-specialty organization and the second largest physician group in the United States. Its 154,000 members include internists, internal medicine subspecialists, medical students, residents and fellows.

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July 19, 2019

Study in JAMA Pediatrics notes the steady rise in foster care cases due to parental drug use and how it coincides with increasing trends in opioid use and overdose deaths. Read more here

Scientific Breakthroughs

July 19, 2019

Study in JAMA Surgery investigate factors associated with breast cancer-related lymphedema following neoadjuvant chemotherapy and axillary dissection. Read more here

Scientific Breakthroughs

July 11, 2019

Dr. Lawrence Casalino, chief of the Division of Health Policy and Economics in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, and the Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been appointed to the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) by the U.S....

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July 9, 2019

Historically, pregnancy in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) was considered so risky that physicians counseled women to avoid becoming pregnant and recommended that women carrying a child terminate their pregnancy. Now, a new study published July 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrates that...

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July 8, 2019

Study in BMJ Surgery, Intervention, & Health Technologies reviews the capacity of implantable medical device registries' surveillance and supporting infrastructure to conduct analyses to identify safety problems. Read more here

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June 28, 2019

Dr. Art Sedrakyan, a professor of healthcare policy and research, has been named co-editor-in-chief of the newly launched healthcare journal BMJ Surgery, Interventions, & Health Technologies, an open-access journal that publishes original research on complex healthcare interventions. Intended to encourage higher standards of science and more rapid dissemination of new knowledge in...

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June 27, 2019

Healthcare transformation isn’t just a concept to pharmacist Sarah Thompson—it is her passion.

Since joining Coastal Medical, the largest primary care practice in Rhode Island, a decade ago, Thompson has made it her mission to help patients receive high-quality, comprehensive healthcare at the greatest value. At first she directly engaged patients to ensure that they knew how to properly use their medications...

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May 31, 2019

Dr. Said Ibrahim, chief of the Division of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation, senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion and professor of healthcare policy and research, has been selected to serve as a member of the National Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disease Advisory Council for a term ending September 30, 2022.  The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) National Research...

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May 23, 2019

Dr. Jyotishman Pathak, the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics, and chief of the Division of Health Informatics in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, wanted to improve the way clinicians treat the more than 1.5 million U.S. women who suffer from mood and...

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May 15, 2019

Study published in JACC: Heart Failure identifies sociodemographic and clinical factors that help predict live discharge among home hospice patients. Read more here.

Scientific Breakthroughs

May 15, 2019

High-need, high-care patients taking part in focus group discussions arranged by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers have identified steps for reducing overuse of emergency departments and other hospital services to deliver effective care in less expensive ways.

These are:

  • Care management assistance, such as medication reminders and help in scheduling appointments
  • At-home physical therapy and nursing services
  • Home delivery of medications and easier...
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April 23, 2019

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, chief strategy officer of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Physician Organization, has been named the 2019 recipient of the Jessica M...

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March 19, 2019

A short checklist of signs and symptoms could be a critical tool for directing limited medical resources to the most urgent cases of anthrax following a mass exposure to the deadly bacterium, suggests a new study from investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Exposure to the...

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February 8, 2019

Chelsea Clinton is a public health advocate, researcher and educator. But being a mother has deepened her passion for children’s health, she explained in a talk on Feb. 5 at Weill Cornell Medicine.

Clinton, a member of Weill Cornell Medicine’s Board of Overseers, spoke to students and faculty about her passion for children’s health as part of the Luminaries in Healthcare Leadership series, during which industry leaders share their perspectives and expertise on cutting-edge...

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December 7, 2018

Dr. Jyoti Pathak, the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics, chief of the Division of Health Informatics and professor of healthcare policy and research, has been elected a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI). Dr. Pathak was one of 18 fellows inducted into the college on Nov. 4 during the American Medical Informatics Association 2018 Annual Symposium, which...

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Joseph J. Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, has been elected a distinguished member of the Royal National Academy of Medicine of Spain - the only person selected for the honor in 2013. Dr. Fins, who is also the E. William Davis Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics, professor of medicine, public health and medicine in psychiatry, was recognized for his leadership in American bioethics and his pioneering work in neuroethics. He will be formally inducted as an "academico de...

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics, professor of medicine, public health and medicine in psychiatry, received the Award for Outstanding Service from American Society for Bioethics and Humanities during its 15th annual meeting in October in Atlanta. Dr. Fins was honored for his service as president of the society, which flourished under his leadership. The society is dedicated to promote the...

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Thomas R. Campion, Jr., assistant professor of public health, was awarded the Homer R. Warner Award for his paper, "Patient Encounters and Care Transitions in One Community Supported by Automated Query-Based Health Information Exchange" at the American Medical Informatics Association's 2013 annual symposium in Washington, D.C. Co-authors include Department of Healthcare Policy and Research and Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy colleagues Drs. Joshua R....

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, associate professor of medicine and associate professor of healthcare policy and research, received the Director’s Recognition Award from the National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Hupert, who received the award on Sept. 23, was recognized for his role in the Health Economics Modeling Unit, which rapidly provided leadership with a comprehensive analysis of H7N9...

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Zachary Grinspan, assistant professor of healthcare policy and research and assistant professor of pediatrics, gave an invited lecture titled "Potential Value of Health Information Exchange for People with Epilepsy" at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio on Feb. 19.

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Lawrence Casalino, the Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health and professor of healthcare policy and research, was in April appointed senior advisor to Richard Kronick, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The agency's mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable, and to work with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other partners to make sure that...

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Alvin I. Mushlin, the Nanette Laitman Distinguished Professor of Public Health, professor of healthcare policy and research and professor of medicine, chaired the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options Meeting in Alexandria, Virginia, April 28-29. The panelists discussed and made recommendations for potential funding by the institute for projects on the prevention, detection, or...

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Rainu Kaushal, chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research and the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics, has been selected to be a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine. The competitive, year-long fellowship is the only program in the United States dedicated to preparing women for executive leadership roles in academic science institutions....

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, assistant professor of radiology, gave two invited lectures at the Puerto Rico Radiologic Society in April titled "Challenges to Radiology Reimbursement," and "Imaging 3.0." Puerto Rico Radiologic Society is the state chapter of the American College of Radiology, an organization that aims to maximize the value of radiology for society and patients by advancing radiology research, education and its applications in the medical field....

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, assistant professor of radiology, was the invited speaker for the Radiology Leadership Institute Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in May. The council is a professional organization responsible for the accreditation of more than 9,000 residency education programs.

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, an assistant professor of radiology, gave the plenary session speech, "Economics of Breast Imaging," at the National Conference on Breast Cancer in May. The conference, organized by the American College Of Radiology, covered new developments in the field of breast cancer research and treatment.

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Art Sedrakyan, an associate professor of healthcare policy and research and of healthcare policy and research in cardiothoracic surgery, received an award from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for his successful tenure as the vice chair of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. The CMS administers Medicare, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program in partnership with state governments and private health...

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Joseph J. Fins, the E. William Davis, Jr. M.D. professor of medical ethics and chief of the division of medical ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College, has been awarded the Patricia Price Browne Prize in Biomedical Ethics from the University Of Oklahoma College Of Medicine. The $10,000 biennial award, established to honor Patricia Price Browne, an Oklahoma City community leader, recognizes an exceptional person in medicine or professional ethics. 

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Madelon Finkel, a professor of clinical healthcare policy and research, gave the keynote address at the "Coal Seam Gas, Fracking, and Health: Environmental and Health Impacts/The Lessons for Australia from the US" conference, sponsored by the University of Sydney, that took place on Nov. 24 in Australia. Dr. Finkel's talk was titled, "The Environmental and Health Impacts of Fracking: Lessons from the U.S. Experience."

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, an assistant professor of radiology, gave the keynote address "Economic Challenges and Opportunities for Radiologists," at a meeting of the Philadelphia Roentgen Ray Society on Nov. 6. The group is the oldest local radiological society in the nation.

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August 15, 2018

Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, an associate professor of medicine and healthcare policy and research, was appointed to the National Health Security Preparedness Index Methods' Modeling Working Group in February. The index examines America's preparedness efforts by looking collectively at the health security preparedness of states. The Index is updated annually to accurately reflect the nation's progress in preparing for, preventing and responding to potential health incidents....

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August 10, 2018

NEW YORK (May 2, 2018) - On May 6, the National Institutes of Health will open national enrollment for the All of Us Research Program—a momentous effort to advance individualized prevention, treatment and care for people of all backgrounds. A consortium that includes Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Weill Cornell Medicine, NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem and NewYork-Presbyterian is...

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August 10, 2018

Drug overdoses took the lives of some 64,000 Americans in 2016, a 22 percent rise over the previous year. The majority of these deaths were linked to opioids—including heroin, prescription painkillers and the powerful synthetic drug fentanyl—which together killed more people than gun violence or even car accidents. The growing crisis has alarmed officials at the highest levels, and in October, President Donald Trump directed the Department of Health and Human Services to declare the...

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August 10, 2018

Hispanics and women are at the greatest risk for leaving surgical residency prior to completion, according to a new study conducted by Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators. The former group are more likely overall to drop out, starting in the first year, while the latter leave near the end of the training – findings that underscore the need to create interventions to stem that tide.

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August 10, 2018

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Emergency Department (ED) Telehealth Express Care Service has won the 2017 Emergency Care Innovation of the Year Award for its use of telemedicine to evaluate ED patients and dramatically decrease time spent in the ED, while maintaining a high degree of patient safety and satisfaction.

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August 10, 2018

Actress Angelina Jolie’s 2013 announcement detailing her decision to undergo a mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer likely inspired more women in English-speaking countries to do the same, according to a new study by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine and the University of New South Wales in Australia.

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August 10, 2018

Dr. Rebekah Gee, MD ’02, is the top doctor in a state with some of the nation’s most serious health problems. Since January 2016, Dr. Gee has led Louisiana’s health department — working to improve outcomes and promote wellbeing in a state that has long been ranked at or near the bottom on such measures as...

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August 10, 2018

A Collaborative Institute Brings Together Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and the Ithaca and Tech Campuses—Along with NYC Community Groups—to Combat Chronic Pain in Older Adults.

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August 10, 2018

The incidence of metastatic prostate cancer in older men is rising after reaching an all-time low in 2011, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators. The findings suggest a correlation between the increase and a change in prostate cancer screening guidelines recommending against routine prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing.

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August 10, 2018

A synthetic mesh that is commonly used to treat a form of urinary incontinence as well as the weakening of the female pelvis’ walls can lead to complications that increase in frequency with the amount of mesh used, new Weill Cornell Medicine research suggests.

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August 10, 2018

Last year, Apple unveiled a new platform that offers a streamlined way to create mobile applications linked to medical research. The technology, called ResearchKit, lets investigators more easily connect with the people whose diseases they're studying, allowing them to gather feedback on symptoms, as well as data on everything from a patient's weight to the air quality where they live. "When you can collect real-time...

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August 10, 2018

New York and Ithaca, NY (September 14, 2016) — Weill Cornell Medicine and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management today announced a new dual-degree program that will provide the next generation of health care leaders with a broad set of skills for success in a rapidly changing environment.

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August 10, 2018

$4 million grant gives Columbia, Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian, and NYC Health + Hospitals key role in precision medicine cohort program.

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August 10, 2018

Men diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States now have another treatment option: high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). However, the jury is out in terms of the effectiveness of the treatment, according to Weill Cornell Medicine researchers. In a paper published June 28 in JAMA, they recommend that registries should be created to generate the data and evaluate cancer...

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August 10, 2018

Using the largest review of historical anthrax cases yet compiled, researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and the U.S. government have created a checklist to identify patients who develop a common and potentially fatal secondary meningitis infection. This tool fills a known gap in managing patients during a large-scale outbreak such as a bioterror attack, in which traditional diagnosis using lumbar puncture and imaging may be impossible on a mass scale.

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August 10, 2018

Physician practices in the United States spend 15 hours a week — at a cost of more than $15 billion each year — to report data about the quality of patient care to Medicare, Medicaid and private insurers, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers. While there is much to gain from measuring healthcare quality, the investigators say their findings highlight critical inefficiencies in the reporting system that cost practitioners time and money.

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August 10, 2018

Primary care physicians play a front-line role in treating depression, diagnosing and managing half of the 8 million ambulatory visits for the condition each year. Yet primary care practices routinely underuse effective chronic disease management tools when treating depression, compared to when treating medical conditions such as diabetes and asthma, reports a new study led by Weill Cornell Medicine researchers.

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August 10, 2018

Imposing age restrictions on the purchasing of electronic nicotine devices may unintentionally increase teenage cigarette use, according to a recent study by Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

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August 10, 2018

NEW YORK (March 28, 2016) — Dr. Rahul Sharma has been named emergency physician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and chief of Weill Cornell Emergency Medicine, effective Feb. 1. Dr. Sharma succeeds Dr. Neal...

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August 10, 2018

A new book by bioethicist Dr. Joseph Fins explores the rights of the minimally conscious.

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August 10, 2018

Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian, and Houston Methodist have established a new collaborative fellowship program to create highly trained bioethicists. Nurturing leaders in this field, program leaders say, will improve patient care by providing guidance to clinicians navigating ethically difficult situations and offering patients expert support.

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August 10, 2018

By studying the use of electronic health records, Weill Cornell Medicine investigators aim to transform how patients receive medical care.

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August 10, 2018

Nearly one in four women with early-stage breast cancer who undergo a partial mastectomy will need a second surgery within 90 days, Weill Cornell Medicine investigators report in a new study. The findings underscore the need for uniform guidelines and surgical training to improve health outcomes, the authors say.

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August 10, 2018

In Arabic, "menopause" translates to "the hopeless age." But even in the face of such linguistic negativity, women in Qatar often see menopause as a period of maturity and wisdom that has positive aspects.

That's one of many things that Dr. Linda Gerber, a professor of healthcare policy and research and of epidemiology in medicine, learned from an extensive study, one...

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August 10, 2018

Providers who have access to patient records through an electronic health information exchange order fewer repeat X-rays, ultrasounds and other imaging tests, investigators from Weill Cornell Medicine found in a new study. Ordering fewer tests — specifically advanced imaging procedures, like CT scans and MRIs — can result in moderate annual healthcare savings.

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August 10, 2018

Patients recovering from hip fractures who receive an extra hour per week of rehabilitation therapy in short-term nursing care facilities have better long-term outcomes than those who receive less rehab, a new study authored by a Weill Cornell Medicine investigator reveals. The findings suggest that policymakers should consider the value of rehabilitation centers against potential spending reductions.

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August 10, 2018

Flavor variety is an important component in young smokers' decisions to switch to e-cigarettes, new research from Weill Cornell Medicine indicates. The investigators say their findings provide critical insight into what attracts teens to the products and may also help policymakers develop strategies to regulate e-cigarettes in a way that reduces teenage use without compromising a critical method for adults to quit or reduce cigarette smoking.

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August 10, 2018

The increasing popularity of e-cigarettes — known in academic parlance as ENDS, for electronic nicotine delivery systems — has policymakers in something of a quandary, as they struggle to understand the products' pros and cons. That debate, as the World Health Organization noted in a report to an international tobacco control convention in September 2014, has...

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August 10, 2018

During a hospital preceptorship his first year at Weill Cornell Medical College, Patrick DeGregorio '18 got a glimmer of how a language barrier can impede a doctor's work. After a Spanish speaker, patched in by telephone, helped an attending communicate during an exam, the patient thanked the interpreter -- but not the doctor. For DeGregorio, that small moment underscored the distance that the inability to speak directly can create between patient and physician, and he found the implications...

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August 10, 2018

Patients whose doctors use electronic health record systems are increasingly confident that their health information will remain private and secure, Weill Cornell Medical College researchers found in a new longitudinal study, published Oct. 5 in the American Journal of Managed Care.

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August 10, 2018

The medical community needs a better understanding of people suffering from severe brain injuries, argues a Weill Cornell Medicine professor of medical ethics, whose new book calls for advocacy and awareness.

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August 10, 2018

Dr. Jyotishman Pathak, whose work focuses on developing new methods and tools for mining complex electronic health record data, has been named chief of the Division of Health Informatics in the Department...

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August 10, 2018

A common, nonsurgical form of birth control carries a heightened health risk for patients, finds a new comparative study by a team of Weill Cornell Medicine researchers.

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August 10, 2018

The federal government and stakeholders interested in device innovation and evaluation should support the creation of a comprehensive partnership on medical devices to monitor the products' performance after they become commercially available, a Food and Drug Administration-initiated and independent national group of experts is recommending in a report. The recommendations call for a master network of data in each clinical area where devices are used.

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August 10, 2018

If primary care physicians obtained additional training in a subspecialty area, they could triage and treat many patients who might ordinarily be referred to specialists, allowing experts to focus on the most complex cases, a Weill Cornell Medical College researcher writes in a new commentary.

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August 10, 2018

The cost of treating the more than 7 million people with substance use disorder can be taxing for both public and private payers. But 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.

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August 10, 2018

Renowned biostatistician Dr. Karla Ballman has been named chief of the Division of Biostatics and Epidemiology in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medical College, effective July 15.

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August 10, 2018

Despite FDA warnings that a synthetic mesh used to treat a weakening of the female pelvis's walls can cause infection, pain, and disease recurrence, surgeons are increasing their use of the device. What's more, when compared to not using mesh, younger patients who undergo surgery with mesh for pelvic organ prolapse (POP) are more likely to have a repeat surgery the following year, and older patients are more likely to have complications while they're in the hospital, according to new ...

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August 10, 2018

Designer babies, human cloning and treatments promising immortality are typically associated with a distant, dystopian future. But genetic advancements are not the stuff of science fiction and are increasingly part of medical research and practice. Society needs to be prepared for how these emergent technologies will affect society, medical ethicists say.

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August 10, 2018

One of the cornerstones of the Affordable Care Act is devising new healthcare delivery models to optimize the value and quality of patient care — a priority that the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) was created to realize. While the CMMI faces challenges in achieving its mission, it's worth continued federal investment, Weill Cornell Medical College investigators say in a commentary published May...

Scientific Breakthroughs

August 10, 2018

Partial knee replacements are economically superior to total knee replacements in older adults, and with a few small improvements, can be an attractive option for younger patients as well, new research from Weill Cornell Medical College and Hospital for Special Surgery investigators suggests.

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August 10, 2018

In June 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo made history by committing New York State to end AIDS as an epidemic by the year 2020. The goal is ambitious, but grounded in reality. NYS has always been a center of innovation in the fight against AIDS, and has reduced the number of annual new HIV infections by 40% over the last decade while the rest of the U.S. saw no decline. 

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Scientific Breakthroughs

August 10, 2018

Oakland, Calif., and New York, NY — An unprecedented collaboration among researchers from Kaiser Permanente, Weill Cornell Medical College, and worldwide registries demonstrates the importance of tracking medical devices' effectiveness and safety — specifically of hip and knee implants — after they are in use.

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August 10, 2018

Three prominent health organizations have made wide-ranging recommendations on the development of registries to address the country's lack of a robust, national system for assessing the safety and effectiveness of medical devices.

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August 10, 2018

Dr. Rainu Kaushal, chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research and the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics, has been selected to be a fellow of the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine program at Drexel University College of Medicine. The competitive, year-long fellowship is the only program in the United States dedicated to...

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August 10, 2018

Physicians develop their own patterns of using electronic health records (EHR) — digital systems for patients' medical histories — resulting in tremendous variability in the records' use at the provider level. Understanding the dynamics between physicians and the health information technology sheds light on which aspects of the records work well and which aspects need to be improved in order to standardize healthcare delivery.

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Scientific Breakthroughs

August 10, 2018

DOHA, QATAR (June 17, 2014) — HIV epidemics are emerging among people who inject drugs in several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Though HIV infection levels were historically very low in the Middle East and North Africa, substantial levels of HIV transmission and emerging HIV epidemics have been documented among people who inject drugs in at least one-third of the countries of this region, according to ...

Faculty Updates

August 9, 2018

A new tool developed by a Weill Cornell Medical College researcher can enhance patient care and surveillance in Ebola treatment centers in Western Africa, where the risk of disease transmission and bulky personal protective equipment prevent the use of computers and other electronic devices at the bedside. The spreadsheet tool puts accurate, up-to-date clinical information in the hands of providers, literally: It synthesizes a patient’s medical data to generate customized, printable...

Scientific Breakthroughs

August 6, 2018

Weill Cornell is partnering on this important undertaking, which will use electronic healthcare data to establish the capability for post-marketing surveillance.

Highlights

August 6, 2018

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.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

Research sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration demonstrates the importance of tracking medical devices’ effectiveness and safety.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

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.

Highlights

August 6, 2018

A study in Epilepsia led by Dr. Zachary Grinspan examines how healthcare fragmentation affects patients with epilepsy.

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Dr. Yuhua Bao and colleagues examine the implications of a recent ruling on Medicare coverage for antidepressants in JAMA Psychiatry.

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

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.

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

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.

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

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.

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

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.

Scientific Breakthroughs

August 6, 2018

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

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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.

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

"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."

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

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.

Highlights

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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). 

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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")...

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

"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."

Highlights

August 6, 2018

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.

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

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.

Visiting Professorships

August 6, 2018

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.

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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.

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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.

Highlights

August 6, 2018

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...

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

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).

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

Michael Pesko, Ph.D., 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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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...

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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.

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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.

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

"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."

Highlights

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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....

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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."

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

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?

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

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.

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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.

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

"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."

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

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.,...

Highlights

August 6, 2018

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...

August 6, 2018

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...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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.

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

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...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

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.

Highlights

August 6, 2018

More than 20 percent of Americans — nearly 57 million people — live with a disability, including 8 percent of children and 10 percent of nonelderly adults. And while the medical profession is devoted to caring for the ill, often it doesn’t do enough to meet the needs of the disabled. People with disabilities are less likely to receive routine medical care, including cancer screening, flu vaccines and vision and dental exams. They have higher rates of unaddressed cardiovascular risk factors...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Underage smoking in pregnant teens are up as a result of minimum legal sale age laws restricting access to e-cigarettes (Dr. Michael Pesko, Ph.D)

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

A joint training program between the New York City College of Technology (City Tech) at the City University of New York (CUNY) and Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM) of Cornell University was recently awarded a 4-year NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) training grant to educate and train undergraduate students in biomedical big data sciences and informatics.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

States that require prescribers to register for prescription drug monitoring programs have seen a reduction in the number of prescriptions issued for Schedule II opioids to Medicaid enrollees by up to 10 percent, according to research from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators.

Drug monitoring programs provide prescribers with an online record of a patient’s history of controlled substance use, and currently operate in every state and the District of Columbia except Missouri. These...

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

The last time I saw Margaret Worthen was in November 2012. She was in New York participating in a study of patients with severe brain injury. As soon as I walked into her room, I knew something had changed. She was still immobile, but she noticed my presence, was more attentive and engaged. And there was something else: She at times was able to use her left eye to answer simple yes or no questions. That morning, she seemed to relish her new found fluency. She responded with verve, as if the...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

The opioid crisis is so complex and so large — drug-related deaths now exceed those caused by cars, H.I.V. or guns — that there is no single solution. Among the partial ones: prescription drug monitoring programs, an approach highlighted in the draft report from President Trump’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

Even patients with whom I have the best rapport would probably rather not see me so often.
Sometimes I readmit a patient I cared for just weeks before in the hospital. “Nice to see you again,” I offer with a smile. The usual response, loosely paraphrased: I’d rather be anywhere else.
This reflects not some deep deficiency in my bedside manner (I think), but rather an essential truth about medicine: People want health, not health care. And those who require the most health care and get...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Multiple pollutants found in the air and water near fracked oil and gas sites are linked to brain problems in children, according to a science review recently published today.

Researchers focused on five types of pollution commonly found near the sites—heavy metals, particulate matter, polycyclic aromatic hydrobcarbons, BTEX and endocrine disrupting compounds—and scrutinized existing health studies of the compounds' impacts to kids' brains.

What they didn't find is as important...

Highlights

August 6, 2018

No industry in America spends more on lobbying than health care.

In 2016, the health care industry spent half a billion dollars on lobbying, with pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and health professionals making the largest contributions. In 2009, the year the Affordable Care Act was debated, health care lobbying exceeded $550 million. (Last year, by comparison, defense lobbying totaled $129 million, and the gun lobby spent just $10.5 million.)

Closely related to industry...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Most Cochrane Reviews examine the effects of healthcare interventions, but some look at other aspects of healthcare systems, such as how to help people access health services. In a new review in November 2017, a team of university researchers from Canada, Germany, India, New Zealand and the United States examine the possible role for unconditional cash transfers. One of the team, Sze Yan Liu from Weill Medical College at Cornell University in the US, tells us what they found in this podcast...

Highlights

August 6, 2018

In a recent publication, Dr. Jing Li, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Economics in the department of Healthcare Policy and Research, and Drs. William Dow and Shachar Kariv from UC Berkeley's departments of Public Health and Economics, measured the social preferences of current US medical students in an effort to understand how such preferences influence the healthcare decision making of future physicians. 

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

Dr. Said Ibrahim, a leading physician-scientist whose research focuses on healthcare disparities, has been named the inaugural chief of the newly established Division of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation in the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at Weill Cornell Medicine, effective Feb. 1. Dr. Ibrahim will also serve as the department’s vice chair for development and strategy.

The Division of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation will spearhead the development,...

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

Researchers from the Technical University of Denmark, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Weill Cornell Medical College, and The Niels Bohr Institute, determine that cyber communications, such as Facebook, can reflect interpersonal interactions among people and possible disease transmission. The study, published January 3 in the Journal of Royal Society Interface, is the first of its kind to study the relationship between cyber and physical networks and use digital records to advance...

Faculty Updates

August 6, 2018

"Data at rest does not help anyone...A major goal of our Research Informatics program is to optimize the availability of our data for research, care, and education" states Dr. Thomas Campion on Weill Cornell Medicine's recent addition to the TriNetX health research network.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

Trust, in each other and in American institutions, is vital for our social and economic well-being: It allows us to work, buy, sell and vote with some reasonable expectation that our behavior will be met with fairness and good will.

But trust has been declining for decades, and the most tangible and immediate damage may be to public health and safety. Mistrust in the medical profession — particularly during emergencies like epidemics — can have deadly consequences.

In 1966, more...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

In 2014, approximately 1.3 million elective hip or knee joint replacement procedures occurred in the United States, with anticipated demand for these operations to increase as the American population ages. With an aging population being a given, less attention is focused on how discharge decision making and differences in post-acute care settings contribute to socio-economic disparities and what they might mean for patients and payment reforms.

In recent an article, Dr. Ibrahim and Dr...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Levetiracetam, the most commonly prescribed drug for U.S. infants with epilepsy, may be significantly more effective than the second-choice drug phenobarbital, according to a new study by scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian and 16 other research institutions. The findings provide the first evidence to favor levetiracetam in infants.

The barbiturate phenobarbital has been prescribed since the 1910s to infants with epilepsy but its use has been associated with...

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

A surgically implanted device used to regulate bladder and bowel control often requires additional operations to repair or replace, according to a new study by Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian investigators.

The device, a sacral neuromodulator, stimulates the nerves that lead to the bladder, bowels and pelvic floor, helping to regulate the need to urinate and pass stool. The study, published Feb. 14 in JAMA Surgery, found that one in three patients required additional...

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

Recent article from Dr. Said Ibrahim, Division Chief of Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation, examines racial and ethnic variations in mortality within the Veteran Affairs Healthcare system and the economic disparities this particular populations endures.

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

A strong primary care foundation is widely understood as important for high-value health care systems. Greater use of primary care has been associated with better patient satisfaction, lower costs, fewer hospitalizations, and lower mortality. Recent delivery system reform efforts, including accountable care organizations (ACOs), have focused on primary care transformation to ensure that care is more accessible, coordinated, continuous, and comprehensive.

While the need for a robust...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

To effectively implement antibiotic stewardship programs, hospitals should boost operations with health IT tools, improve data interoperability and data resources, and expand beyond traditional stewardship organizational models, according to a study published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.

Improper antibiotic stewardship can lead to antibiotic resistance in patients, which negatively impacts mortality, morbidity, and length and cost of hospital visits....

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

Drs. Rahul Sharma and Michael Nochomovitz author an opinion piece, published in JAMA, which examined the way a medical virtualist specialty could tie in with currently existing telemedicine services.
With the rapid rise in technologic advances and the increase in medical specialties in the last half-century, the creation of a new specialty — the medical virtualist — could be an effective response to new care challenges.

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Dhruv Khullar on being named this year's "40 Under 40 Leaders in Minority Health" by The National Minority Quality Forum. "After receiving hundreds of applications from healthcare professionals across the country, these 40 represent the next generation of thought leaders in reducing health disparities," according to the forum's website.

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

Dr. Art Sedrakyan provides commentary on a study, published in JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions, which found that transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedure is cheaper than the surgical alternative, despite falling reimbursements for the procedure.

Highlights

August 6, 2018

"Is there any process within #Medicare to make a decision as to which procedures would need to be reimbursed at the same rate, or go higher or lower?" asks Dr. Sedrakyan in MedPage Today's recent Quotable quotes blog post.

Highlights

August 6, 2018

Dr. Ravinder Mamtani, senior associate dean for population health, capacity building and student affairs at WCM-Q, is among a group of only 204 physicians worldwide who have become the very first medical professionals to be certified by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM)/the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

“Some of us believed that a doctor’s job is to deliver the best possible care, period," begins Dr. Khullar. "Others argued that doctors should aim to find some balance between medical benefit, financial cost and social responsibility. It’s the kind of question that we aren’t really trained to solve. Are costs something that an individual doctor should do something about? What is a doctor supposed to do?”

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

An article on Penn Medicine’s efforts to improve antibiotic use, mentions Dr. Shashi N. Kapadia’s study, published in the Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, which found that antimicrobial-resistant organisms account for more than two million infections and 23,000 deaths annually in the United States.

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Dr. Geraldine McGinty leads a session at the Radiology Business Management Association’s 2018 PaRADigm conference, where she discusses her experience in the field, payment models, AI and related data-science opportunities, and advice to radiologists.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

A new research center launches today with the goal of empowering and supporting practicing physicians as they seek to improve care for their patients while navigating today’s complex healthcare landscape. The Physicians Foundation Center for the Study of Physician Practice and Leadership at Weill Cornell Medicine (CPPL) is embarking on an initial five-year initiative to document challenges facing physicians in medical practice and define practice models that help physicians to provide high-...

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

This issue of the Annals of Family Medicine includes multiple articles reporting early information from the implementation of the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) initiative EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary care. This $112 million initiative—one of the largest in AHRQ’s history—funds 7 cross-organizational collaborations to assist 1,500 small (fewer than 10 clinicians) primary care practices to improve their care for cardiovascular disease. Meyers et al1...

Highlights

August 6, 2018

Medicine’s decades-long march toward patient autonomy means patients are often now asked to make the hard decisions — to weigh trade-offs, to grapple with how their values suggest one path over another. This is particularly true when medical science doesn’t offer a clear answer: Doctors encourage patients to decide where evidence is weak, while making strong recommendations when evidence is robust. But should we be doing the opposite?
Research suggests that physicians’ recommendations...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Continuing coverage on Dr. Heather Yeo’s study, published in JAMA Surgery, which found that surgical interns with realistic expectations of the demands of residency and life as an attending may be more likely to complete their training.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

A man walking in off the street to a drug store in Manhattan got key advice from a digital doctor visit that in all likelihood saved his life. In this case, it was by seeking treatment before having a fatal heart attack after a NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center doctor during a telehealth session diagnosed the patient as having congestive heart failure.

Highlights

August 6, 2018

Dr. Lawrence Casalino discusses his goals for The Center for the Study of Physicians Practice and Leadership, a collaboration between Weill Cornell Medicine and The Physicians Foundation.

Press Releases

August 6, 2018

In medicine, language is supposed to be cautious and precise, the opposite of the political hyperbole that infects Donald Trump's words.

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

Each year the medical student recipients of the Public Health Prizes (which they receive during commencement) get their photos posted on the department’s website with a description of the prizes. This year’s winners and the descriptions are as follows:

Sasha Hernandez and Anna McKenney will share the Elise Strang L’Esperance Prize in Public Health, awarded to the female student(s) in the graduating class who best reflects the attributes and values of Dr. L’Esperance, who served on the...

Awards & Achievements

August 6, 2018

Americans with depression, bipolar disorder or other serious mental illnesses die 15 to 30 years younger than those without mental illness — a disparity larger than for race, ethnicity, geography or socioeconomic status. It’s a gap, unlike many others, that has been growing, but it receives considerably less academic study or public attention. The extraordinary life expectancy gains of the past half-century have left these patients behind, with the result that Americans with serious mental...

Faculty Publications

August 6, 2018

"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."

Highlights

July 27, 2018

Dr. Joseph Fins was elected to the Board International Neuroethics Society Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective March 1. Dr. Fins is the E. William Davis, Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of psychiatry, medicine, healthcare policy and research, and medical ethics in neurology. 

The society is an interdisciplinary group of scholars, scientists, clinicians and other professionals who share an interest in the social,...

Awards & Achievements

July 27, 2018

Dr. Joseph Fins was awarded the Dr. Mary Ann Quaranta Distinguished Palliative Care Ethicist Award in June. Dr. Fins is the chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis, Jr. Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine; healthcare policy and research; medicine in psychiatry; and medical ethics in neurology.

The award honors distinguished service to the community in palliative care. At the Collaborative for Palliative Care's...

Awards & Achievements

July 26, 2018

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, an assistant professor of clinical radiology, in May received the J. Arliss Pollock Memorial Award from the American Society of Neuroradiology for her work on socioeconomic issues in neuroradiology. She received the award at the society's annual meeting, hosted May 24 in Washington, D.C.

Awards & Achievements

July 26, 2018

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, assistant professor of clinical radiology, in May received a Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Radiology for her service as a member of the American Medical Association’s Relative Value Update Committee, Advisory Committee and RUC Panel. The American College of Radiology seeks to empower radiology professionals to advance the practice, science and professions of radiological care.

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July 26, 2018

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, an assistant professor of clinical radiology, was named one of Irish America magazine’s 2016 Healthcare & Life Sciences 50. The distinction honors Irish-American innovators who are leading the way in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Dr. McGinty was honored on October 5 at a reception in New York.

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July 26, 2018

Dr. Joseph Fins was selected a 2016-17 fellow ambassador of the New York Academy of Medicine. Dr. Fins is also chief of the Division of Bioethics; the E. William Davis, Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine, medicine in psychiatry, healthcare policy and research and medical ethics in neurology. As a fellow ambassador, Dr. Fins will work with academy staff and leadership as an expert spokesperson on a variety of health-related topics...

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July 26, 2018

Dr. Fei Wang, an assistant professor of healthcare policy and research, won the Michael J. Fox Foundation Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative Data Challenge. The foundation, which sponsors the landmark biomarkers PPMI study, asked data analysts to provide a model of either Parkinson's disease subtypes or baseline predictors of progression using PPMI data. Dr. Wang, who will receive $25,000 furnished by MJFF and supported in part by GE Healthcare, has outlined three Parkinson’s...

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July 26, 2018

Dr. Heather Yeo, the Nanette Laitman Clinical Scholar in Healthcare Policy and Research/Clinical Evaluation and an assistant professor of surgery and of healthcare policy, won the James IV Traveling Scholar Award from the James IV Association of Surgeons. The association sponsors visiting fellowship opportunities for young surgeons from and to member countries. Dr. Yeo’s fellowship covers four weeks of travel over a two-year period and pays $15,000. She will travel to...

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July 26, 2018

Dr. Jessica Ancker, an associate professor of healthcare policy and research, was elected a fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics. The college comprises elected fellows who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of biomedical informatics.

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December 1, 2016

A severely brain injured woman, who recovered the ability to communicate using her left eye, restored connections and function of the areas of her brain responsible for producing expressive language and responding to human speech, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medicine scientists. Read full article.

Faculty Updates

December 1, 2016

NEW YORK (December 19, 2013) — Dr. Rainu Kaushal, an expert in health care 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. Formerly known as the Department...

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October 1, 2016

As the daughter of two physicians, Shokhi Goel spent her childhood absorbing what the day-to-day practice of medicine looked and felt like to her parents. And she watched as her grandparents went in and out of the healthcare system in three countries: India, England and the United States. These experiences exposed her to the diverse systems in which physicians care for patients, and inspired her to consider a career in which she might, as a doctor, also become a leader in healthcare...

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August 1, 2016

Two Weill Cornell Medicine scientists have received the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Clinical Investigator Award for 2016 for their innovative research.

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation bestows these annual awards upon young physician-scientists who are conducting disease-oriented research that demonstrates a high level of innovation and creativity. Dr. Christopher...

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August 1, 2016

Bigger may not always be better in the world of healthcare. Practices that are smaller or physician-owned - as opposed to larger or hospital-owned — had lower rates of hospital admissions that could have been avoided with good primary care than did their bigger counterparts, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medical College.

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July 29, 2016

Dr. Stephen Johnson was appointed chair of the Commission on Health Informatics and Information Management's Council for Health Informatics Accreditation. Dr. Johnson is the director of biomedical informatics at the Clinical and Translational Science Center, director of graduate programs at the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, and professor of healthcare policy and research.

The council comprises academic professionals...

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June 19, 2016

Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, an associate professor of medicine and healthcare policy and research, was appointed to the National Health Security Preparedness Index Methods' Modeling Working Group in February.

The index examines America's preparedness efforts by looking collectively at the health security preparedness of states. The Index is updated annually to accurately reflect the nation's progress in preparing for, preventing and responding to potential health...

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June 15, 2016

Dr. Joseph Fins was appointed to the international editorial board of Springer Press' Advances in Neuroethics book series in February. Dr. Fins is the chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis, Jr. Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine; healthcare policy and research; medicine in psychiatry; and medical ethics in neurology. The upcoming series will address how advances in brain sciences can benefit patients and society...

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June 10, 2016

Dr. Jessica Ancker, an associate professor of healthcare policy and research, gave an invited talk on "Communicating Risk in the Context of Precision Medicine: The Challenge of Low Health Literacy" at the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Health Literacy Roundtable event on March 2 in Washington, D.C.

The organization’s Health and Medicine Division (formerly the Institute of Medicine) hosted the event, "Health Literacy and Precision Medicine...

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June 3, 2016

Dr. Lawrence Casalino's journal article "Physician Satisfaction and Physician Well-Being: Should Anyone Care," was awarded the John A. Benson Jr., MD Professionalism Article Prize from the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation on April 19. 

Dr. Casalino is the chief of the Division of Health Policy and Economics, the Livingston Farrand Professor of Public Health and a professor of healthcare policy and research.

The prize recognizes outstanding...

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June 1, 2016

Physician practices that adopt the patient-centered medical home model can achieve modest improvement on quality-of-care measures compared with more traditional practices. Although electronic health records play a central role in the medical home, the new roles and relationships of providers and staff may be even more important in driving quality improvement.

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June 1, 2016

NEW YORK (June 2, 2014) — Primary care doctors practicing in a model of coordinated, team-based care that leverages health information technology are more likely to give patients recommended preventive screening and appropriate tests than physicians working in other settings, according to research published today in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The study comparing...

Scientific Breakthroughs

May 1, 2016

Hospitals will maintain their prominent role in American medicine and remain economically viable, despite health care reform that requires them to make wide-ranging changes, according to Weill Cornell Medical College researchers.

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April 26, 2016

Dr. Nathaniel Hupert, an associate professor of healthcare policy and research; and medicine, was appointed to the board of advisors for Stevens Institute of Technology's Business Intelligence and Analytics Master's program in February. The board shapes the degree program to ensure that the coursework is aligned with the demands of the professional world. Members meet regularly to review the curriculum, provide input on program structure, suggest student consulting...

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April 16, 2016

A commonly used term important to delivering health care and promoting wellbeing means different things to parties charged with the public's health, suggesting the need for a clearer definition of "population health" to accurately identify and prioritize health care needs and resources, according to a new study in BMJ Open.

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Scientific Breakthroughs

April 1, 2016

Dr. Bruce Schackman, the Saul P. Steinberg Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Policy and Research, a professor of healthcare policy and research; healthcare policy and research in medicine; and healthcare policy and research in psychiatry, was elected a member of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence on Jan. 29.

The group, the longest standing in the United States to address problems of drug dependence and abuse, seeks to promote scientific discoveries in...

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March 1, 2016

Emergency department physicians are less likely to admit patients to the hospital when they have readily available electronic access to those patients' health records, Weill Cornell Medical College researchers have found. 

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February 19, 2016

Dr. Joseph Fins, chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis, Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine; medicine in psychiatry; healthcare policy and research; and medical ethics in neurology, served as the Kim-Frank Visiting Writer on Nov. 5 at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.

Dr. Fins gave the talk "Rights Come to Mind: Giving Voice to Consciousness." This sponsored lecture is part of an annual series at the...

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February 6, 2016

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, an assistant professor of clinical radiology, received a Best of 2015 Award from the Journal of the American College of Radiology in the category of exceptional manuscript. The award recognizes the paper "From Gatekeeper to Steward: The Evolving Concept of Radiologist Accountability for Imaging Utilization," which Dr. McGinty co-authored.

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January 22, 2016

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, an assistant professor of clinical radiology, won the 2015 Minnie Award in the Most Effective Radiology Educator category in October. The award category is one of 14 presented by AuntMinnie.com, the first comprehensive community Internet site for radiologists and related professionals in the medical imaging industry.

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January 8, 2016

Dr. Joseph Fins gave the David Kopf Lecture on Neuroethics, entitled "Giving Voice to Consciousness: Neuroethics, Human Rights and the Indispensability of Neuroscience" for the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting, on Oct. 19 in Chicago.

Dr. Fins is the chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis, Jr. Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine; healthcare policy and research; medicine in psychiatry; and...

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December 4, 2015

Dr. Oliver Fein, associate dean (affiliations) and a professor of clinical medicine; and clinical healthcare policy and research, has won the 2015 Award for Excellence from the American Public Health Association.

The award honors public health professionals who have made exceptional contributions to the field through innovative organizational work for the improvement of community health. Dr. Fein, who was recognized for lifetime achievements in healthcare advocacy and activism,...

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November 6, 2015

Dr. Erika Abramson, an assistant professor of pediatrics and of healthcare policy and research, was elected vice chair of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors' Research and Scholarship Task Force, effective June 30.

The association serves pediatric programs by leading the advancement of education to ensure the health and well-being of children. The task force is charged with understanding and informing association leadership how research and scholarship...

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November 5, 2015

Dr. Joseph Fins was named the Yale Law School Solomon Center Distinguished Scholar in Medicine, Bioethics and the Law in July.

Dr. Fins is the chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis, Jr. Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine; healthcare policy and research; medicine in psychiatry; and medical ethics in neurology. In this new role, Dr. Fins plans to continue working with students on projects that focus on legal...

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October 30, 2015

Dr. Geraldine McGinty, an assistant professor of clinical radiology, was appointed chair for the American College of Radiology's Commission on Economics at its annual meeting in May.

The commission is the college's primary resource for medical socioeconomics. The American College of Radiology aims to maximize the value of radiology for society and patients by advancing radiology research, education, and its applications in the medical field.

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October 25, 2015

Dr. Alvin Mushlin, the Nanette Laitman Distinguished Professor of Public Health in the Department of Healthcare Policy & Research, has won the 2015 Career Achievement Award from the Society for Medical Decision Making. The annual Career Achievement Award recognizes distinguished senior investigators who have made significant contributions to the field of medical decision making. Dr. Mushlin will receive the award during the society's 37th annual meeting, hosted Oct....

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September 25, 2015

Dr. Joseph Fins was appointed to the editorial board of The Pharos, a quarterly journal published by Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, in May for a one-year term. Dr. Fins is the E. William Davis, Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics, and a professor of medicine; medicine in psychiatry; healthcare policy and research; and medical ethics in neurology.

The honor society has more than 150,000 members, elected as medical students, who have...

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August 14, 2015

Dr. Yuhua Bao was appointed to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's study section on Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research on March 31 for a two-year term. 

Dr. Bao is an associate professor of healthcare policy and research and of healthcare policy and research in psychiatry. The agency aims to produce evidence to make healthcare safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable and affordable. This study section focuses on the...

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July 9, 2015

Dr. Rainu Kaushal was appointed to the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network Steering Committee as a member in January. Dr. Kaushal is chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics, and a professor of healthcare policy and research; and medicine.

An initiative of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the network is dedicated to improving the nation's...

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June 19, 2015

Dr. Joseph Fins delivered the plenary keynote at the New York Chapter of the American College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting hosted on Feb. 6. Dr. Fins is chief of the Division of Medical Ethics, the E. William Davis, Jr., MD Professor of Medical Ethics and a professor of medicine; medicine in psychiatry; healthcare policy and research; and medical ethics in neurology. 

His talk was titled "Daniel Patrick Moynihan and the Defense of Academic...

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