Core Mentors by Competency Area

Systems science

Mentor Name Institution/Department Research Interests
Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, PhD UMN Medical School Clinical decision support, real world data and biomedical standards, clinical NLP, health IT evaluation, digital health technology
Susan Hallbeck, PhD MC, HSR, CSHCD Medical device ergonomics improvement, teamwork, health care ergonomics, and lean health care systems
Kate Diaz Vickery, MD, MSc HCMC, CPPE Multi-disciplinary care teams, interactions among health care, social services, public health, education, employment, and other sectors to produce health
Nathan D. Shippee, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Intersection of social, medical, and mental/behavioral health factors for patient outcomes, Cumulative Complexity Model – a framework for conceptualizing, measuring, and addressing patient complexity, and practice-based research
Kalyan Pasupathy, PhD MC, HSR, CSHCD Translating evidence through better prediction and new heuristics within decision support systems, improving surgical utilization and reducing cost, systems science and health informatics
Michael Finch, PhD CMRI Cost, quality, and financing of health care in public and private markets, and in long-term and integrative care

Research questions and standards of scientific evidence

Mentor Name Institution/Department Research Interests
Timothy Wilt, MD, MPH MVAHCS, CCDOR Evidenced-based chronic disease management, Clinical Practice Guidelines
Mary Butler, PhD, MBA UMN, SPH, HPM Scientific evidence standards, research design and systematic review methodology, evidence-informed health care
M. Hassan Murad, MD MC, DOM, CSHCD Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, network meta-analysis, meta-regression, meta-narrative synthesis, and clinical practice guideline development
Elyse Olshen Kharbanda, MD, MPH HPI Vaccine and drug safety in pregnancy and clinical decision support

Research methods

Mentor Name Institution/Department Research Interests
Andrea Cheville, MD MC, PM&R Delivery of supportive care services to optimize the functionality and quality-of-life for patients with cancer in all disease stages
Ezra Golberstein, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Health economics, quantitative methods, practice-based studies/real-world evaluation
Karen Kuntz, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Chronic diseases, decision analysis, simulation modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, cancer screening
Timothy Barnes, PhD, MPH CMRI Program evaluation, social determinants of health, environmental factors
Rebekah Pratt, PhD UMN, FMCH Qualitative methods, mixed methods research, health disparities and equity
Bijan Borah, PhD MC, HSR, CSHCD Observational comparative effectiveness research, econometric analysis
J. Michael Oakes, PhD UMN, SPH, EpiCH Applied methodology, study design and analytic methods within LHS, research ethics


Mentor Name Institution/Department Research Interests
Dori Cross, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Use of IT to improve care coordination and transitions of care; the role of informatics in implementation and quality improvement; implementation outcomes evaluation
Daryl Kor, MD MC, DOM, CSHCD Medical informatics and the electronic medical record to facilitate knowledge discovery and implementation of best practices to improve quality of care in the perioperative environment with specific emphasis on the ICU
Patrick O’Connor, MD, MA, MPH HPI Clinical decision support for primary care providers and patients, and electronic medical records
Ognjen Gajic, MD MC, DOM Health care delivery, simulation modeling and informatics in the ICU
Serguei Pakhomov, PhD UMN, IHI, PCHS Evaluating and developing novel computational approaches to natural speech and language processing in the medical domain, including text of medical records and language produced by patients during cognitive testing
Sripriya Rajamani, PhD, MBBS, MPH UMN, SPH, HPM Public health informatics, the impact of information technology in public health practice and population health
Joel Farley, PhD UMN, Pharm Pharmaceutical outcomes research using secondary medical claims data
Elizabeth Habermann, PhD MC, HSR, CSHCD Use of statistical modeling and existing data to better predict surgical patients at risk for complications or mortality
Beth Virnig, PhD, MPH UMN, SPH, HPM Access to health care and use and outcomes of that care using Medicare administrative claims data
Irina Haller, PhD, MS EIRH Utilization of large administrative data sets and electronic health records in the study of rural and minority health

Ethics of research and implementation in health systems

Mentor Name Institution/Department Research Interests
Richard Sharp, PhD MC, HSR, BEP, CIM Increasing public trust in biomedical research through community engagement and outreach, establishing best practices for clinical and research ethics consultation services
Jon Tilburt, MD MC, BEP, DOM Promoting ethical models of research partnerships with American Indian and Alaska Native communities
Sarah Gollust, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Ethical challenges in public health practice, ethics of clinician communication
Brian Martinson, PhD HPI Systems science and simulation, research integrity and its relationship to the structural organization of science

Improvement and implementation science

Mentor Name Institution/Department Research Interests
Dori Cross, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Use of IT to improve care coordination and transitions of care; the role of informatics in implementation and quality improvement; implementation outcomes evaluation
Hildi Hagedorn, PhD MVAHCS, CCDOR Critical analysis of implementation theory and action-oriented implementation intervention design
Joseph Gaugler, PhD UMN, SON Alzheimer’s disease and long-term care, community-based and psychosocial services for chronically ill adults and their caregiving families
Joan Griffin, PhD MC, HSR, CSHCD Measuring family engagement in chronic disease management, impact of health literacy on patient experiences and behavior in care
Lila Rutten, PhD MC, HSR, CSHCD Implementation of cancer prevention strategies in primary care practices, survey research methods
Katie White, EdD, MBA UMN, SPH, HPM Effectiveness of implementation of team-based innovative approaches to health care delivery
Roberto Benzo, MD MC, DOM, MCCC Developing and testing interventions that promote a participatory model of care, fosters self-awareness and consciousness of human behavior
Kathleen Harder, PhD UMN, Design Designing work processes to foster better patient outcomes, designing technology to enhance work processes
Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MSc CMRI Management of children in the emergency department setting through the use of clinical decision rules

Engagement, leadership, and research management

Mentor Name Institution/Department Research Interests
Kathleen Call, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Equity, methods, access to care, community engaged research
Tetyana Shippee, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Aging, equity, quality of life, long-term care, community engaged research
Aaron Leppin, MD, MSc MC, HSR Building communities’ capacity to deliver at scale evidence-based health promotion programs, community stakeholder engagement
James Begun, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Leadership, management, teamwork, organizational theory and behavior, population health, complexity science
Gordon Mosser, MD, MLitt UMN, SPH, HPM Interprofessional teamwork, leadership, process Improvement, statistics for quality improvement
Christi Patten, PhD MC, Psych, MCCC, CCaTS Community-based participatory research to reduce health disparities among underserved populations

Health disparities and equity

Mentor Name Institution/Department Research Interests
Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, PhD UMN Clinical decision support, real world data and biomedical standards, clinical NLP, health IT evaluation, digital health technology
Diana Burgess, PhD MVAHCS, CCDOR Pain and disparities, use of mindfulness-based interventions for chronic pain, provider unintentional or implicit bias
Rachel Hardeman, PhD UMN, SPH, HPM Role of the clinician, health care delivery systems, and the policy environment in reducing disparities in outcomes and quality of health care
Carmen Radecki-Breitkopf, PhD MC, HSR, MCCC Understanding and reducing disparities in health that may result from patient-related factors, psychological and behavioral aspects of cancer prevention among minority and vulnerable populations
Elizabeth Rogers, MD HCMC, CPPE Improving how safety-net primary care clinics support patients in self-management of diabetes made complex by concurrent social, behavioral, and medical issues
Tyler Winkelman, MD, MSc HCMC, CPPE Impact of health insurance and health care services for low-income individuals, particularly those with a history of criminal justice involvement

NOTES: HPM: Division of Health Policy and Management; SPH: School of Public Health; SoN: School of Nursing; EpiCH: Division of Epidemiology and Community Health; HSR: Department of Health Science Research; CIM: Center for Individualized Medicine; CSHCD: Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery; CCaTS: Mayo Center for Clinical and Translational Science; CPPE: Center for Provider and Patient Experience; CMRI: Children’s Minnesota Research Institute; HPI: HealthPartners Institute; DOM: Mayo Department of Internal Medicine; MVAHCS: Minneapolis VA Health Care System; CCDOR: Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research; FMCH: Family Medicine and Community Health; PM&R: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation; IHI: Institute for Health Informatics; EIRH: Essentia Institute for Rural Health; BEP: Biomedical Ethics Program; PCHS: Pharmaceutical Care & Health Systems; MCCC: Mayo Clinic Cancer Center; HSR: Mayo Clinic Department of Health Sciences Research.

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