Comparative Effectiveness & Outcomes Research

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This division pursues comparative effectiveness and outcomes research related to medications, medical devices, procedures and healthcare delivery interventions. Faculty and staff in the division have advanced training in health services research, pharmacoepidemiology, and decision science methods. The division team works collaboratively with clinical researchers who have expertise in a variety of medical and surgical specialties. 

Examples of areas of faculty research include comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of preventing, diagnosing and treating chronic and acute infectious diseases; cardiovascular medical device safety monitoring and evidence synthesis; evaluation of total joint replacement outcomes using registry and administrative data; pharmacoepidemiology and comparative effectiveness of diabetes medications; and comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatments for substance use disorder. 

Affiliated Programs

Patient Centered Comparative Outcomes Research

The program initiates, conducts and collaborates on outcomes research and quality of care research within the interventional medicine and device context. The program utilizes the hospital and network for these studies in order to generate new knowledge about medical technologies and clinical strategies and to improve the quality and efficiency of care. The program has access to a number of datasets such as Medicare, New York State comprehensive discharge data, SEER-Medicare data for various cancer interventions, National Surgical Quality Improvement Program data as well as international registry data for various interventional procedures. Currently, there are six clinical departments actively engaged in research with over 100 manuscripts published in the last 5 years.

  • Department of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery program
  • Department of Vascular Surgery program
  • Department of Urology program
  • Department of Colon and Rectal Surgery program
  • Department of Neurosurgery program
  • Department of Radiology

Separately, the program has worked with outside collaborators on interventional outcomes research with outside collaborators which has resulted in over 55 publications in the past five years.

For selected device specific publications, please visit the MDEpiNet Claims Based Research Initiative page.


Collaborating with Manufacturers: In the past two years we have also established productive partnerships with both J&J and Medtronic Inc. There is on-going discussion with ‘Titan Spine’ and ‘ABIOMED’ to establish collaborations.

Other collaborating partners interested in devicesThe Center for Advanced Digestive Care at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centeris one of the nation's leading multidisciplinary centers for the diagnosis and treatment of digestive diseases. The Center’s mission is to provide optimal patient care for all aspects of digestive disease in one convenient and comprehensive environment. The Center is very interested in supporting and advancing the outcomes research.

The Minimally Invasive New Technologies Program (MINT) is an innovative collaboration between New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Weill Cornell Medical College. Through the MINT program, clinicians and engineers develop technologies that advance minimally invasive surgery at New York-Presbyterian and beyond. The center requires support for outcomes research and understanding the regulatory and payer environment for devices in the USA and internationally.

Current Research Highlights

Trends in Foster Care Entry Among Children Removed From Their Homes Because of Parental Drug Use, 2000 to 2017

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

Long-term active surveillance of implantable medical devices: an analysis of factors determining whether current registries are adequate to expose safety and efficacy problems

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

Scientific Breakthroughs

New Study Shows the Substantial Value of Preventing HIV Infection in the United States

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

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Faculty & Staff

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Suvekshya Aryal , MPH
  • Research Data Specialist II, Public Health
Courtney Baird, MS
Courtney Baird , M.S.
  • Research Data Analyst
(646) 962-8099
Czarina Behrends, Ph.D., MPH
Czarina Behrends , Ph.D., MPH
  • Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research
(646) 962-9464
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Amanda Chen , M.S.
  • ORISE Fellow
(646) 962-7645
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Sarah Gutkind , MSPH
  • Research Coordinator
(646) 962-9412
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Ali Jalali , Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate in Healthcare Policy & Research
(646) 962-4149
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Philip Jeng, MS
Philip Jeng , M.S.
  • Research Manager
(646) 962-9308
Shashi Kapadia
Shashi Kapadia , M.D., M.S.
  • Instructor
(646) 962-8747
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Jared Leff , MS
  • Senior Research Manager
(646) 962-9306
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Stephanie (Dongze) Li , M.S.
  • Research Data Analyst
(646) 962-2944
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Alexander Liebeskind
  • ORISE Fellow
(310) 968-7354
 Jialin Mao, M.A., Ph.D.
Jialin Mao , M.D., M.S.
  • Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research
(646) 962-8030
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Angelica Meinhofer
Angelica Meinhofer , Ph.D.
  • Instructor in Healthcare Policy & Research
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Sean Murphy, MA, Ph.D.
Sean Murphy , Ph.D.
  • Associate Professor of Research in Healthcare Policy & Research
(646) 962-9710
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Alvin Mushlin, M.D., ScM
Alvin Mushlin , M.D., Sc.M.
  • Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research
  • Professor of Medicine
(646) 962-9301
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Molly Olson , M.S.
  • Research Data Analyst
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Erica Onuoha
  • Senior Research Assistant
(646) 962-9439
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Michelle Papp
  • Assistant Research Coordinator
(646) 962-9423
Joseph Petrone
  • Assistant Research Coordinator
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Danielle Ryan
  • Research Coordinator
(646) 962-8509
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Bruce Schackman , Ph.D., MBA
  • Vice Chair of Faculty Development
  • Saul P. Steinberg Distinguished Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research
  • Director of the Center for Health Economics of Treatment Interventions for Substance Use Disorder
(646) 962-9302
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Art Sedrakyan , M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D.
  • Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research
  • Professor of Healthcare Policy & Research in Cardiothoracic Surgery
(646) 962-8072
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Laura Starbird , Ph.D., RN
  • Postdoctoral Associate
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Tianyi Sun , M.S.
  • Collaborator
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Joseph Thompson
  • Research Coordinator
(646) 962-9419
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Xinyan Zheng
  • Research Data Analyst

Recent Faculty Publications

A. Jalali; D.A. Ryan; K.E. McCollister; L.A. Marsch; B.R. Schackman; S.M. Murphy
B. Nosyk; X. Zang; E. Krebs; B. Enns; J.E. Min; C.N. Behrends; C. Del Rio; J.C. Dombrowski; D.J. Feaster; M. Golden; B.D.L. Marshall; S.H. Mehta; L.R. Metsch; A. Pandya; B.R. Schackman; S. Shoptaw; S.A. Strathdee
Contact Information

Joshua Henninger
Grants Manager 
Phone: (646) 962-9307 
Fax: (646) 962-0105

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Healthcare Policy & Research
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New York, NY 10065 

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