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Archive 2010 - Alumni News

Nirav Shah (UCLA CSP 2001-2003) appointed by Governor-Elect Andrew Cuomo as Commissioner of the Department of Health.


Gerardo Moreno (UCLA CSP 07-09) and Arleen Brown (UCLA CSP 96-98) talk about how support from the UCLA/ Charles R. Drew University Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) program has assisted their networking capabilities and research progress.


Nicholas Osborne, MD, MS (Michigan CSP 08-10) co-authors study with Clifford Ko MD (UCLA associate CSP director) et al. on hospital rankings data reliability weaknesses in Journal of Vascular Surgery Volume 53, Issue 1 , Pages 1-5, January 2011.


Applied Science Products, Inc. Announces Appointment of Dr. David Shulkin (Penn CSP 90'-92') to Board


Articles by RWJF Scholar Alumni in Pediatrics Journal Cover Broad Range of Topics

Alumni of three scholar programs report on their studies of privacy for adolescents, methods of care, medical outcomes, the history of women in pediatrics and more.


Frank M. Krakowski (Penn '74-'77) weighs in with his view concerning Medical litigation, Medicare/Medicaid fraud and Medical tort reform.


Heena Santry (Chicago CSP 03-05) has received a 2010 Clinical Research Scholar Awards through a pilot program of the UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science.


Evan Fieldston (Penn CSP '07-'10). High hospital occupancy is a challenge for quality of care and access, while low levels of occupancy may be inefficient in terms of resource utilization. Variability from scheduling decisions may affect occupancy and be amenable to alteration.


Lisa Diamond (Yale CP 06-08), Liz Jacobs (Chicago CSP 96-98), and another colleague co-author article in Medical Care on whether hospitals measure up to the national culturally and linguistically appropriate services standards. Med Care. 2010 Dec;48(12):1080-7

Lisa Diamond (Yale CP 06-08), Liz Jacobs (Chicago CSP 96-98), and another colleague co-author article in Medical Care on whether hospitals measure up to the national culturally and linguistically appropriate services standards. Med Care. 2010 Dec;48(12):1080-7

Marcella Nuñez Smith (Yale CSP 04-06), current assistant director for the Yale Clinical Scholars program is featured in this month's National Medical Association journal as a long-time NMA member.

Glenn Geelhoed (GWU CSP 1973-75) has a new book coming out, Gifts from the Poor: What the World’s Patients Taught One Doctor About Healing.

See flier for information on his continued work in the Sudan >>

Darren Dewalt (UNC CSP 02-04) has written an editorial about how to ensure safe and effective use of medication and health care
JAMA. Published online November 30, 2010. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1844,0,4386421.story

Washington Post Blog:

Ruth Parker (Penn CSP 86-88) is one of the authors of the study that examines the Consistency in Dosing Directions and Measuring Devices for Pediatric Nonprescription Liquid Medications
JAMA. Published online November 30, 2010. doi: 10.1001/jama.2010.1797

Desmond Runyan (UNC CSP 79-81) and Joanne Wood (Penn CSP 07-10) speak to the Foundation about their current research on child abuse in the United States and 5 other countries

Art Kellerman (Washington CSP 83-85) and Clinical Scholars National Advisory Committee Member Named New Director of RAND Health | RAND

On Jan. 1, Arthur Kellermann will start a new position as director and vice president of RAND Health, the health research division of the RAND Corporation.

Kellermann joined RAND last year after being appointed to the Paul O'Neill Alcoa Professorship in Policy Analysis. Previously, he served as Emory University School of Medicine's first associate dean for health policy.

Kellermann will succeed Robert Brook, who held the position for 19 years. Brook now will serve as a senior adviser at RAND. Brook also will continue serving as a professor of medicine and health services at the UCLA Center for Health Sciences and as co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at UCLA (RAND release, 11/17).

Mitesh Rao (Yale CSP 07-09), Catherine Lerro, MPH and Cary Gross (JHU CSP 97-99) co-author article on the Shortage of On-call Surgical Specialist Coverage: A National Survey of Emergency Department Directors in Academic Emergency Medicine. Article first published online: 22 NOV 2010.

John M. Hollingsworth (Michigan CSP 08-10) and U-M colleagues publish study findings in Medical Care journal: "Specialty Care and the Patient-Centered Medical Home" October 2010.

Healthcare Finance News article:

Jeremiah Schuur (Yale CSP 05-07) receives a $1 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to research best practices for Emergency Departments to reduce healthcare associated infections.

Press Release:

Robert Dittus (UNC CSP 82-84) is elected into the Association of American Physicians.

Jerry Rushton (UNC CSP 97-99) and colleagues publish “View from the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. Resident Work Duty Hour Requirements: Medical Educators’ Perspectives.” November 2010, Vol 10, Issue 6 Academic Pediatrics Journal.

Angelo Giardino (Penn CSP 90-92) and colleagues publish “Just be Respectful of the Primary Care Doc: Teaching Mutual Respect as a Dimension of Teamwork in General Pediatrics.” November 2010, Vol 10, Issue 6 Academic Pediatrics Journal.

John Leventhal (Yale CSP 76-78) and colleagues publish “A case-control study to evaluate Utah’s shaken baby prevention program.” November 2010, Vol 10, Issue 6 Academic Pediatrics Journal.

Anisha Patel (UCLA CSP 06-09), Michael Cabana (Johns Hopkins CSP 97-99) and colleagues publish “Under-diagnosis of Pediatric Obesity during Outpatient Preventive Care Visits.” November 2010, Vol 10, Issue 6 Academic Pediatrics Journal.

Ann-Marie Rosland (Michigan CSP 06-09), Michelle Heisler (Michigan CSP Co-Director, Michigan CSP 00-02) and colleagues to publish a paper in Medical Care journal.  The paper is based on Rosland’s project as a 3rd Year Clinical Scholar. “Family and Friend Participation in Primary Care Visits of Patients With Diabetes or Heart Failure: Patient and Physician Determinants and Experiences” January 2011.

Ann-Marie Rosland (Michigan CSP 06-09) receives a Career Development Award from the Health Services Research & Development Service of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Thomas Fisher (Chicago CSP 04-06) wins White House Fellowship for 2010-2011

Kara Odom Walker (UCLA CSP 07-10) and other colleagues including Arleen Brown (UCLA CSP 96-98) publish study findings in APHA: "Recruiting and Retaining Primary Care Physicians in Urban Underserved Communities: The Importance of Having a Mission to Serve." November 2010, Vol 100, No. 11 | American Journal of Public Health 2168-2175

UCLA press release:

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Maureen Phipps (Michigan CSP 98-00) named "Volunteer of the Year" for RI March of Dimes.

Peggy Chen (Yale CSP 07-10) finds that community-based participatory research teams need to become more effective at sharing results and implementing findings at the community level.

Univita Health, an organization focused on providing the full range of services and support needed to enable a home-centered approach to independent aging, announced today the promotion of Stephen K. Holland (Washington CSP 83-85) to Chief Medical Officer.

Patrick Conway (Penn CSP 05-07) writes in Health Affairs about How The Recovery Act’s Federal Coordinating Council Paved The Way For The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Robert Dubois (85-87) will be joining the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) as its chief science officer.

Dr. Mitchell Katz (UCSF CSP 89-91) to run the Los Angeles County Department of Health

Two years ago Los Angeles County officials tried to recruit Dr. Mitchell Katz to run their long-troubled health department. He turned them down. Katz, head of San Francisco's public health department, had just launched Healthy San Francisco, one of the nation's first municipal universal healthcare programs, and wanted to see the project through. Last week, L.A. County supervisors came full circle, voting unanimously to offer Katz the job of running their health services department, one of the nation's largest. Katz said he plans to accept. If all goes well, his hiring will mark the end to an arduous search that yielded few strong contenders. … Katz, 50, will report to a board known for meddling and face a $270-million budget deficit as well as increased demand from millions of low-income and uninsured patients.

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Dr. Lolita McDavid (Yale CSP 82-84) starts work on new government panel aimed on helping medically underserved communities.

Alumni Gary Gottlieb ('83-85 Penn) and Margaret Stineman ('87-89 Penn) have been elected to Institute of Medicine in addition to national advisory committee member Elena Fuentes-Afflick, MD.

Dr. Nancy Speed (UCLA CSP '81 - '83), former Medical Director of the Psychiatric Day Hospital Program at French Hospital and Medical Director at Sydney Creek (San Luis Obispo, CA), passed away quietly of complications from brain cancer Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010.

Allen Douma (GWU CSP 77-79), Grayson Norquist (UCLA CSP 85-87) and Harlan Krumholz (Yale CSP Director) appointed to the Board of Governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)

WASHINGTON, DC (September 23, 2010) – Gene L. Dodaro, Acting Comptroller General of the United States and head of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), today announced the appointment of 19 members to the Board of Governors for the new Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

“The research to be developed by PCORI has the potential to improve the quality of health care for people across the nation,” Dodaro said. “This outstanding group of individuals brings an impressive range of knowledge, expertise and professional experience to this important initiative.”

Click here to read the PCORI press release >>

Renee Turchi (JHU CSP 02-04) is featured in the current American Academy of Pediatrics member spotlight:

Comilla Sasson (Michigan 07-10) co-authors report in BMC Journal that Using chest compressions first just as successful as immediate defibrillation after cardiac arrest


John Hollingsworth (CSP '08-'10 Michigan) examined the increase of stone surgeries with the increase of physician owned Ambulatory Care Centers.

The Journal of Urology, Volume 184, Issue 3, Pages 967-971 (September 2010)


David Asch (CSP '87-'89 Penn) studied the racial disparities in the detection of Colorectal Cancer from 1960-2005.


Raina Merchant ('07-'10 Penn) and Nicole Lurie ('82-'84 UCLA) urge health care volunteers to attend disaster preparedness classes with the American Medical Association and the American Red Cross, before a disaster happens.


Peggy Chen (Yale 07-10) authored an article in the Journal of General Internal Medicine (JGIM) on the experiences of international medical graduates in primary care.

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Peggy Chen (Yale 07-10) authored an article in the The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM) on the Dissemination of Results in Community-Based Participatory Research.

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While Dr. Lara Johnson (Yale '08-'10) was a current clinical scholar at Yale University, she studied the rise in number of CT scans that originate from the Emergency Department.


Katherine Yun (Yale CSP) and Nicole Lurie (UCLA '82-'84) talk about the incorporation of mental health–related emergency response into the core competencies for disaster preparedness.


Patrick Conway (Penn '05-'07) et. al. looks at the length of intravenous antibiotic therapy and treatment failure in infants hospitalized with UTI.


Bruce M. Psaty (Washington CSP 83-86) and his colleague Ross L. Prentice, PhD wrote a commentary on Minimizing Bias in Randomized Trials: The Importance of Blinding in JAMA.

2010;304(7):793-794. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1161

Mitchell H. Katz (UCSF CSP 89-91) wrote a commentary on the Future of the Safety Net Under Health Reform in JAMA

2010;304(6):679-680. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.1126

Russell Harris (Case Western Reserve '73-'76) writes editorial for JNCI about cost effectiveness for colon cancer screening.


Tara Lagu (Penn '05-'08) is interviewed by the Boston Globe in an article entitled "Social media meets health care"

Gilad S. Gordon, MD, MBA (Univ. Washington '86-'88), joins the advisory board for Axion Health.

Keith Richman (UCLA CSP 81-83), a longtime member of the California Assembly, and an active physician and philanthropist, recently passed away after a long battle with brain cancer.

An update on the University of Chicago Urban Health Initiative led by Erik Whitaker's (Chicago CSP 98-00 ),0,976189.story

Honoring the legacy of former Clinical Scholar John M. Eisenberg (Penn CSP '72-'74)


Lolita McDavid (Yale CSP 82-84) appointed member of new national committee to review criteria for the designation of medically underserved areas and health professional shortage areas.

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Eve Kerr (CSP UCLA '92-'94) has been selected to participate in the national leadership program for senior women faculty for her exceptional leadership experience and academic accomplishments in health services research.


Robert H. Brook (JHU CSP '69-'72 and Co-Director UCLA program) receives NCHL's 2010 Gail L. Warden Leadership Excellence Award.


Adam Landman (Yale CSP 08-10) et al. report on the lack of functional electronic information systems in most emergency departments

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Kavita Patel (2002-2005) was named the director of the New America Foundation’s Health Policy Program.

Tara Lagu (Penn 2005-2008) co-authored with Nicholas S. Hannon, BS, Michael B. Rothbert, MD, MPH and Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc a study that researched various websites that reports physician performance. Journal of General Internal Medicine published online May 13, 2010.



Joanna Starrels (Penn CSP '05-'08) article looks at treatment agreements and urine drug tests to reduce Opiod misuse with patients that have chronic noncancer pain.

Mitch Katz (89'-91' UCSF) , Director of San Francisco Department of Public Health writes a commentary arguing that the Benefits of Proton Pump Inhibitors May Not Justify the Risks for Many Users in the Archives of Internal Medicine *//2010;170(9):747-748


1. New Jersey Star Ledger: 'Agita' meds may lead to bone fractures
2. Bloomberg News—Online: Drugs for Ulcer, Heartburn Linked to Infections
3. Study Overuse of Heartburn Drugs Is Risky
4. AARP Bulletin Today: Too many taking heartburn drugs?
5. Los Angeles Times: Drugs that reduce stomach acid also increase risk of bone fractures, studies show
6. HealthDay: Stomach Acid Drugs Come With Dangers, Studies Show

Eric Coleman (Washington CSP 95-97) co-authors Health Affairs’ GrantWatch column on the Care Transitions Intervention in health reform. Dr. Coleman M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Medicine within the Divisions of Health Care Policy and Research and Geriatric Medicine at the University of Colorado Denver. The RWJF played a critical role in the development and dissemination of this important element of health reform. Early on, Dr. Coleman’s effort benefitted from RWJF support as he developed the Care Transitions Intervention (CTI). And the Care Transitions Intervention was one of 24 models highlighted as an Innovative Care Model in a paper commissioned by RWJF (

Somnath Saha, NAC member and CSP alum (University of Washington, 1996-98), spoke on Oregon public radio on health care cost control.

Clinical Scholar alums and program leadership authors on several studies in the special issue on informal caregivers in Chronic Illness March 2010, Volume 6, No. 1

Ann-Marie Rosland (06-09) is coauthor of "Emerging models for mobilizing family support for chronic disease management: a structured."

Ann-Marie Rosland (06-09), Maria Silveira (Michigan CSP 99-01), and Michele Heisler (Michigan CSP Co-Director) are among authors of a study..."Family influences on self-management among functionally independent adults with diabetes or heart failure: do family members hinder as much as they help?"

Ann-Marie Rosland (06-09), Maria Silveira (Michigan CSP 99-01), and Kenneth Langa (97-99) are among authors of a study...

"The case for involving adult children outside of the household in the self-management support of older adults with chronic illnesses."

Ann-Marie Rosland (06-09), Maria Silveira (Michigan CSP 99-01),

"Patient-caregiver concordance in symptom assessment and improvement in outcomes for patients undergoing cancer chemotherapy."

Erica Spatz (Yale CSP) and Cary Gross (JHU CSP '97-'99) and current co-director Yale CSP) author commentary in JAMA on individual physicians involvement in health care reform in JAMA.2010; 303: 1305-1306.

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Ingrid Binswanger (Washington 04-06), Joseph Merrill (Washington 96-98), and Joann Elmore (Yale 90-92 and NAC) co-author article investigating gender differences in chronic medical, psychiatric, and substance-dependence disorders among jail inmates and whether substance dependence mediated any gender differences found.

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Scott Shipman (JHU CSP 99-01) co-authors article in Pediatrics entitled Assessing Trends in Practice Demographics of Underrepresented Minority Pediatricians.

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Paul Chung (University of Chicago CSP 00-02) and Mark Schuster (UCLA CSP 91-93) co-author article examining whether alcohol advertising on cable television is associated with adolescent viewership.

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Justin Hunt (Michigan CSP 07-09) co-authors study evaluating the independent associations between psychiatric disorders and the failure to complete college among college entrants.

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Peter Schilling (Michigan CSP 06-08) co-authors study with Matthew Davis (co-director Michigan CSP) et al. examining correlation between high hospital occupancy and death rates

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Lisa Kern (JHU CSP 00-02) was promoted to Associate Professor of Public Health and Medicine at the Weill Cornell Medical College. She also serves as Deputy Director, Health Information Technology Evaluation Collaborative (HITEC). 

Crista Johnson (Michigan CSP 05-08') received the community outreach award from AzBusiness as one of its AzBusiness Health Care Leadership Awards.  She founded and is the director of the first women's refugee health clinic in Arizona.

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Kenneth R. Epstein, MD, MBA, FACP, FHM (Penn CSP 89-91), stepped into a dual role as Chief Medical Officer and Regional Director for Hospitalists Consultants, Inc.

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Jeanne Van Cleave (Michigan CSP '04-06)  co-authors study looking at Dynamics of Obesity and Chronic Health Conditions Among Children and Youth.

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Raynard S. Kington, M.D., M.B.A., Ph.D., (Penn CSP 1985-87) the principal deputy director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has been named President of Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Dr. Kington was appointed deputy director of NIH on February 9, 2003. He earlier served as associate director of NIH for behavioral and social sciences research. He first joined NIH in 2000 and served as Acting Director of NIH from November, 2008 to August, 2009.

Peter Bach (Chicago CSP 1995-97) has authored an article in the New England Journal of Medicine on the Dartmouth Atlas

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The Christakis brothers are featured in the RWJF article: Clinical Scholars Share Family Ties and a Passion for Social Research

Dimitri and Nicholas Christakis can proudly count many firsts among their achievements in recent years. The physician brothers have broken new ground in their respective fields of research; they have found unique ways to apply the wisdom gained in clinical practice to addressing difficult social and public health questions. And, they’ve uncovered surprising lessons about how our behavior—as parents, spouses, children, neighbors and friends—affects our well-being.

As participants in several scholar programs and as family members, Dimitri and Nicholas are also unique among the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) scholars. Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., an internist and professor of medicine and medical sociology at Harvard Medical School, is a 1991-93 RWJF Clinical Scholar, 2000 recipient of an RWJF Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and now an advisor to the Investigator program. Dimitri Christakis, M.D., M.P.H., a researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital, is a 1996-98 RWJF Clinical Scholar and a 1999-2004 RWJF Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar.

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Brendan Carr (Penn CSP '06 - '08) authored a new publication:

Defining the Emergency Care Sensitive Condition: A Health Policy Research Agenda in Emergency Medicine.
Carr BG, Conway PH, Meisel ZF, Steiner CA , Clancy C.
Ann Emerg Med. 2009 Dec 31. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.


An opportunity to present research related to women’s health and sex/gender issues related to health and health care.  AcademyHealth, the national professional organization for health services researchers and policy analysts will hold its Annual Research Meeting in Boston on June 27 – 29, 2010.  In conjunction with that meeting, the Gender and Health Interest Group of AcademyHealth will hold a meeting on June 26, 2010 in Boston.  Abstracts are invited for both meetings.

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Laurie Zephyrin (2003-2005 JHU CSP) appointed National Director of Reproductive Health with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. As Director, Reproductive Health, her role will be to lead the development and implementation of new programmatic, policy and research initiatives related to reproductive health in women veterans. These initiatives span the wide range of gender-specific health care needs including: family planning and contraceptive counseling; prevention of birth defects; reproductive disorders; planned and unplanned pregnancy, including complications; menopause and perimenopause; integration of gender-specific services into routine primary care; surveillance and epidemiology of known and unknown post-deployment reproductive health concerns.

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