Director of ACCORDS
Ergen Family Endowed Chair in Pediatric Outcomes
Research, Children's Hospital Colorado
Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Allison Kempe, MD, MPH is the founding Director of ACCORDS. She is a tenured Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Colorado School of Public Health and has conducted health services, outcomes, and implementation/dissemination research for over thirty years. She has extensive experience in conducting pragmatic trials, in program evaluation and in the conduct of surveys, with over 200 publications focusing on improving health care and health care delivery. Finding and testing methods of improving immunization rates and other preventive care delivery and decreasing disparities in health and health care delivery for children have been the major focus of her own research. She has received numerous R01 level grants from NIH, AHRQ, and the CDC throughout her career. Additionally, Dr. Kempe has played a major mentorship role for many fellows and junior faculty. She directed two federally funded primary care research fellowships for over 10 years and developed a fellowship for surgical and subspecialty faculty who wish to become outcomes or health services researchers. Currently, she is a Co-Director of a K12 from NHLBI that focuses on implementation and dissemination science.
Contact: Email | 303.724.1174
ACCORDS Director of Operations
D2V Patient System Value Core Lead
Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Head - Division of Health Care Policy and Research
Director of Operations - Farley Health Policy Center
R. Mark Gritz, PhD, is Director of Operations for ACCORDS, an Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Health Care Policy and Research, and the Director of Operations at the Farley Health Policy Center. He received his PhD in Economics from Stanford University and has over 30 years of experience in directing and managing demonstrations, evaluations, research, and technical assistance projects designed to improve economic, health and other outcomes affecting the well-being of economically-disadvantaged and other vulnerable populations. Many of these projects have involved youth, women from low-income families, veterans, elderly, and other targeted populations, including several research and evaluation efforts examining the needs and experiences of low-income youth, unemployed workers, working single mothers, socio-economically disadvantaged populations, and disabled veterans. Before returning to Colorado he held several corporate management positions where he directed over 100 scientific and technical staff, had responsibility for the financial performance of international business units, and managed intellectual property portfolios. His current work focuses on healthcare value and its association with socio-economics factors with an eye towards rapidly responding to research and policy analysis needs of government agencies in Colorado.
Contact: Email | 303.724.8359
Associate Division Head for Clinical Affairs, Cardiology
Medical Director, Advanced Heart Failure
Dr. Larry Allen spends his clinical time as Associate Division Head for Clinical Affairs in Cardiology and Medical Director of Advanced Heart Failure at the University of Colorado. The other half of his time he does research with the Colorado Program for Patient Centered Decisions. Dr. Allen works to improve our ability to anticipate progression into end-stage heart failure and then help patients make tough choices regarding invasive therapies and palliative options. Dr. Allen lead the PCORI-funded multicenter trial of decision support for patients and their caregivers offered a left ventricular assist device (the DECIDE-LVAD trial) which is now being implemented across the country (i-DECIDE), and is currently leading an American Heart Association Network Award investigating tools to increase patient engagement around heart failure medication prescribing (the EPIC-HF trial). Meanwhile, Dr. Allen keeps himself grounded by regularly seeing patients with heart failure, LVADs, and transplants, and is consistently voted as one of Denver’s “Top Doctors” in 5280 Magazine.
Co-Director; ACCORDS Primary Care Research Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Allison graduated from Williams College then moved to Mississippi where she taught 9th-grade Biology and earned her Master in Education. Mandy completed her medical school training at the University of Utah and continued there to complete her residency in Pediatrics. She then completed a Primary Care Research fellowship and MSPH at the University of Colorado. She returned to the University of Utah as an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics from 2006 to 2012 where her clinical time was spent serving mainly low-income Latino patients and she continued to develop her research career with an emphasis on immunization delivery and school health.
Contact: Email | 303.724.7450
Lead Analyst, Project Manager, ACCORDS Qualitative Core
Lead, Qualitative Research in Practice
Instructor, General Academic Pediatrics
Ms. Barnard is an Instructor in General Academic Pediatrics. She earned her Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 1994. Ms. Barnard has 20+ years of experience conducting qualitative and mixed methods research in environmental and occupational health sciences (at National Jewish Health) and in health services research (at CU Anschutz). She has extensive experience with conducting qualitative studies and analyzing qualitative data. She has several years of experience teaching qualitative research methods and analytic techniques to both clinician scientists and master-level research assistants.
Contact: Email | 303.724.0112
Analyst lead, ACCORDS Analytical Core
Ms. Beaty manages the efforts of the ACCORDS analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has been a SAS Certified Base Programmer since 2003 and has been involved with SAS Users Groups at the local, regional and national levels. She works with projects involving both pediatric and adult health outcomes.
Contact: Email | 303.724.1076
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
D2V Analytics Core
Tell received his BA from Rice University and his MD from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed a Pediatrics residency and PICU fellowship at Seattle Children’s Hospital/University of Washington and a MS in Epidemiology from the University of Washington School of Public Health. Before joining the University of Colorado School of Medicine and ACCORDS in 2014, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Primary Children’s Hospital for 5 years. His research interests include critical care therapies and outcomes, trauma and traumatic brain injury (TBI), computational reproducibility, and data sharing. He is currently funded by NICHD to study the effectiveness of intracranial pressure monitoring in children with severe TBI. He serves as the co-director of the Analytics core for the CU Data Science to Patient Value (D2V) program.
Clinical Associate Professor
Ms. Bondy pursues informatics solutions for clinical research support, focusing especially on distributed data sharing networks. Her current projects include the Colorado Health Observation Regional Data Service (CHORDS), a federated network which is using EHR data for public health monitoring and research; and CADENCE, a datamart to meet the needs of Cancer Center researchers and fulfill the requirements of participation in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) network. She previously served as the Director of Research Informatics at the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center, participated in the CCTSI Informatics Core in several capacities, and developed applications to address a wide range of research needs: clinical trials recruitment, automated data cleaning and validation, tissue annotation and inventory tracking, and re-purposing claims data to describe practice patterns, among others.
Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Patty Braun, MD, MPH, FAAP is a Professor of Pediatrics, Family Medicine, Public Health and Dental Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine, Colorado School of Public Health, and University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She is a practicing pediatrician at Denver Health and Hospital (a large federally-qualified health center) and an oral health disparity researcher at the University of Colorado Center for Native Oral Health Research and Adult and Children’s Consortium for Research and Dissemination Science.
Dr. Braun’s professional interest focuses on reducing oral health disparities through innovative care-delivery models outside of the traditional dental office. This work includes a NIH-funded, large cluster-randomized trial of an oral health promotion
intervention in Head Start classrooms across Navajo Nation, and pragmatic trials increasing access to oral health services in medical offices both by engaging medical providers in the provision of these services and integrating dental hygienists onto
medical care teams in the primary care medical setting. Dr. Braun is also currently a Santa Fe Group Senior Founders Fellow and serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Oral Health Executive Committee.
Dr. Braun is a Colorado native, received her BA in Microbiology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado. She attended the University of Colorado Medical School, completed her pediatric residency at Yale University and received her MPH at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
Associate Director for Research and Engagement, Colorado Children's Outcomes Network (COCONet)
Dr. Brewer is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and serves as Associate Director for the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network, a state-wide practice based research network (PBRN) of pediatric practices in Colorado focused on answering clinically relevant research questions. She has experience in designing and conducting health services and patient-centered outcomes research using qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods. Her research interests include disease prevention and establishment of healthy behavior in pediatric care, the role of community in refugee health during resettlement, and effective implementation of community engagement in health research and the health care system. Dr. Brewer joined the Children’s Outcomes Research Program (COR) in 2011 and has worked on a range of topics in pediatric and adult health outcomes. In addition to her research, she is passionate about the effective integration of community-based pedagogical strategies including service-learning, community engagement, and equitable co-learning in the medical education continuum. She earned a PhD in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver, a graduate certificate in Public Health Sciences from the Colorado School of Public Health, and Master of Public Administration with a focus in health policy from University of Colorado Denver, and. B.A. in International Studies and German Languages and Literature from the University of Denver.
Contact: Email | 303.724.6927
Assistant Professor, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Mark Brittan is a pediatric hospitalist at Children's Hospital Colorado. He completed his medical training at Chicago Medical School and pediatric residency at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He joined the faculty at Children’s Hospital in 2003 and completed a Primary Care Research fellowship and MPH at the University of Colorado in 2011. He is a health services researcher with focus on hospital to home transitions and readmissions, social determinants of health, and predictive modeling of pediatric healthcare utilization and clinical outcomes. His research focuses mainly on children with medical complexity and children with asthma.
Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
Michaela (Misha) Brtnikova was born in Brno, Czech Republic and received her Ph.D. in Kinanthropology in January 2009 at the Charles University in Prague. In her dissertation, she conducted research on improving active lifestyles of teenage girls. After coming to Denver, Misha continued in her education and finished her Master’s in Public Health in December 2014. Currently, Misha manages a project funded by the CDC designed to survey primary care providers nationally regarding important immunization issues. As an instructor, Misha teaches at the School of Medicine mostly survey research methods and implementation.
Contact: Email | 303.724.2643
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Medical Director; Child Health Clinic
Dr. Maya Bunik is a Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and medical director of primary care at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Bunik received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis in 1988. She completed a residency, including a chief residency, in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver and The Children's Hospital in 1992. She was Clinical Assistant Professor UCSF working at Children's Hospital in Oakland for over 10 years. She returned to Colorado to complete the primary care research fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver including MPSH 2003-2005. Maya has published studies on quality improvement with outpatient asthma, developmental screening, second hand smoke and breastfeeding support in low-income Latinas. Her work on combination feeding in Latinas ‘los dos’ was cited in the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, January 2011. Her book, Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is now in its second edition and was distributed to US hospitals as part of the WHO Baby Friendly Health Initiative. The Trifecta Approach combining medical provider, lactation consultant and psychologist as holistic model for breastfeeding evaluation was published in Journal of Human Lactation and has been well-received as an innovation.
Contact: Email | 303.724.5546
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Cataldi is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Section of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology. She received her undergraduate degree in Science, Technology, and International Affairs at Georgetown University and her medical degree at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Cataldi completed her pediatric residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Colorado and during that time completed a Master of Science of Clinical Science at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research interests include how to strengthen vaccine confidence, improve communication about vaccines, and optimize immunization delivery for pediatric, adolescent, and maternal immunizations.
Associate Professor, Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Core Faculty, Colorado Cardiovascular Outcomes Research (CCOR) Consortium, University of Colorado
Affiliate Researcher, Kaiser Permanente Colorado, Institute for Health Research
Dr. Daugherty received her medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis in 2000. She went on to complete her residency in internal medicine (2003), a clinical and research fellowship in cardiology (2007), and a Master of Science in Public Health (2007), all at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. She is currently an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine. Dr. Daugherty is a general cardiologist and her clinical time is divided between seeing patients in cardiology clinic, performing and interpreting echocardiograms, and caring for patients in the cardiac intensive care unit. Her research is focused on defining, understanding and working to eliminate disparities in cardiovascular care. She is interested in understanding the potential role of unconscious attitudes about groups of people (i.e., women, minorities, obese) in how clinicians make clinical decisions. She is the PI of an R01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health evaluating an intervention aimed at helping patients overcome the negative effects of stereotype threat on their health outcomes. Her work bridges the fields of social psychology and health services research in order to execute interventions aimed at reducing or eliminating disparities in cardiovascular care.
Contact: Email | 303.724.2088
Director of Public Health Informatics, Epidemiology, and Preparedness (Denver Public Health)
Senior Investigator and Co-Director Primary Care Fellowship and PCOR Scholars Training Program
Art Davidson is a graduate of State University of New York Brockport (chemistry) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine and was a resident in family medicine at the University of Colorado, where he also received an MSPH (epidemiology) in 1988. He has practiced family medicine and public health at Denver Health since 1982. With University of Colorado appointments in the School of Public Health (Biostatistics and Informatics) and Medicine (Family Medicine), he has been a Primary Care Research Fellowship co-director since the 1990’s.
Contact: Email | 303.724.9946
Associate Professor, Deparment of Pediatrics
Dr. DeCamp is an associate professor and the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. DeCamp has research and programmatic expertise focused on increasing healthcare engagement of Spanish-speaking Latino families and reducing disparities in healthcare quality and safety for patients and families with limited English proficiency (LEP). Dr. DeCamp is faculty in the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science and the CU School of Medicine and the Latino Research and Policy Center at CU School of Public Health. Dr. DeCamp graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Spanish. She graduated from Duke University School of Medicine and completed a general pediatrics residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals, where she also served as a chief resident. She is an alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.
Contact: Email | 303.724.6499
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Dempsey graduated from the University of Rochester in New York in 1991 and earned her MD and a PhD degree in Cell Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2000. Amanda completed her residency at Seattle Children’s/University of Washington in 2003 and a Masters of Public Health at the same university in 2005. Before Amanda began her career in January 2012 with University of Colorado as the Associate Professor of Pediatrics, she held the positions of Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan from 2006-2011 and Acting Instructor for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington from 2003-2006. Amanda’s interests include Immunization Delivery, vaccine refusal, human papillomavirus infection and mathematical modeling. Her clinical interests include sick and well general pediatrics, well newborn care and pediatric dermatology. She has been involved in health services research since 2003.
Dr. De Keyser is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and practices in the Breathing Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She completed her undergraduate education with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, and she completed her medical school, residency and fellowship training at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. De Keyser was trained in health services research through the SCORE (Sub-specialists Clinical Outcomes Research) fellowship at ACCORDS. Additionally, she obtained a Masters in Clinical Science through the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. De Keysers’s primary research focus is medication usage patterns in asthma, focused on high-risk groups. She has completed grants from the Children’s Hospital Colorado Research Institute as well as the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to evaluate medication use patterns and medication adherence in children and adolescents with asthma, and she obtained K23 funding from the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) to study long term medication use patterns in adolescents with asthma using sensor technology.
Senior Biostatistician, ACCORDS Biostatistics Core
Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics
Dr. Diane Fairclough is a professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics. Diane received her doctoral degree in Biostatistics from the University of North Carolina and has held appointments at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health, AMC Cancer Research Center and the University of Colorado Denver. She is a past President of the International Society for Quality of Life Research and has over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Fairclough's primary research interest is Quality of Life, outcomes in palliative/hospice care, and psychosocial sequelae of cancer and its therapy in pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Fairclough’s statistical research interests include the design and analysis of longitudinal studies with non-random missing data due to disease morbidity or mortality. She is the author of Design and Analysis of Quality of Life Studies in Clinical Trials, 2nd edition (2010).
Contact: Email | 303.724.1168
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Attending Physician; Children's Hospital Colorado Special Care Clinic & Child Health Clinic
Dr. James Feinstein is an Associate Professor in the Division of General Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Feinstein has pursued a research career focused on children with complex chronic conditions (CCCs). Dr. Feinstein is a fellowship-trained health services researcher and he has expertise with observational study design, large data analytic methods, secondary data analysis, and statistical programming. Dr. Feinstein’s long-term research goals are to improve medication safety and health outcomes for children with polypharmacy, with a focus on implementing and evaluating technology-based strategies to improve signal detection of adverse drug events in children with CCCs.
Contact: Email | 303.724.9769
Analyst co-lead, ACCORDS Analytical Core
Anna co-manages the efforts of the ACCORDS analytic team as well as performing data analysis on a number of projects. She has worked as a data analyst for several health and education organizations throughout Colorado, Michigan, and most recently, Mississippi. She works with projects involving both pediatric and adult health outcomes.
Director, Investigator, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Program
Dr. Glasgow is Director of the Dissemination and Implementation Program of ACCORDS and research professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to Fall 2013, he was Deputy Director for Implementation Science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Science at the U. S. National Cancer Institute (http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/IS/). Dr. Glasgow is an implementation scientist and evaluation expert who has worked on many transdisciplinary research issues including chronic illness self-management, worksite health promotion, primary care based interventions, and community-based prevention programs involving community health centers.
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics
A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dr. Hankinson completed his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Spanish at Middlebury College in Vermont. He then spent a year working in the oncology department at New York University, conducting clinical trials in malignant melanoma. Dr. Hankinson completed both medical school and neurosurgery residency training at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University. He then proceeded to complete subspecialty training in pediatric neurosurgery at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama. During medical school, Dr. Hankinson also completed a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Oxford.
Dr. Hankinson’s clinical and research interests include the surgical management of central nervous system tumors and cervical spine disorders in children. He leads Advancing Treatment for Pediatric Craniopharyngioma, a multicenter North American Consortium that shares tissue and clinical data for research into the biology and outcomes of childhood craniopharymgioma. He collaborates closely with colleagues in Europe and throughout North America.
Dr. Hankinson's other research interests include the surgical management of pediatric cervical spine disease, trauma and pediatric hydrocephalus. In this capacity, he is Children's Hospital Colorado's investigator at the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network, a leading group conducting multicenter research regarding the management of hydrocephalus.
Contact: Email | 720.777.6100
ACCORDS Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core - Educational Lead
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Brooke Dorsey Holliman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine in the School of Medicine. She specializes in the use of qualitative and mixed methods in health services research, and is skilled at health policy and program evaluation. Dr. Dorsey Holliman’s research focuses on health disparities and inequalities due to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, and social and structural factors. Prior to joining the University of Colorado, she was the founding Director of the Qualitative Core for the Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. Dr. Dorsey Holliman earned her B.A. in Psychology from North Carolina Central University, a M.A. in Forensic Psychology from the University of Denver, and a Ph.D. in Health and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Colorado Denver.
Contact: Email |303.724.535
Senior Implementation Scientist, ACCORDS; Associate Director, ACCORDS Dissemination and Implementation Research Program
Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Family Medicine
Dr. Holtrop is Professor and Vice-Chair for Research at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine and Senior Implementation Scientist with the Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) at the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. She has extensive experience as an implementation scientist, qualitative and mixed methods researcher, health educator, and practice-based research director. She has participated in primary care research for over 20 years which includes serving as a Principal Investigator on NIH, AHRQ, and foundation grants. Methodologically, she has expertise in the use of qualitative and mixed methods to inform research questions and is skilled in utilizing theoretical models as a lens in which one can understand how implementation works and to produce generalizable findings regarding the how, why, who, and what of interventions. Dr. Holtrop has directed large studies with extensive qualitative components incorporating both theoretical models as a guide as well as grounded theoretical approaches and is skilled in facilitating focus groups, depth, and cognitive task analysis interviews, analyzing qualitative data utilizing Atlas.ti, developing logic models and conducting analysis using qualitative comparative analysis. A large focus of her work has been studying the implementation of health promotion and chronic disease management in primary care. Finally, she is a master certified health education specialist (MCHES) with expertise in patient education and health behavior change, including motivational interviewing, which are applied to intervention development in programs and approaches in a variety of settings.
Associate Professor, Clinician-Investigator, Division of General Internal Medicine
Chair, Society of Behavioral Medicine Education, Training, and Career Development Council
Lead Scientist, Community Education, and Outreach, University of Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research
Dr. Huebschmann began her education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BS in Environmental Engineering. She earned her medical degree in 2000 from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Continuing her education, most recently she earned an MS in Clinical Sciences in 2015 at the University of Colorado. Dr. Huebschmann is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with the Division of General Internal Medicine and the Center for Women’s Health Research. She is funded by a K23 career development award from the National Heart Lung Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health and was previously funded by a KL2 award from the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Her overarching research goal is to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes by overcoming barriers to physical activity and by optimally controlling other cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension. To achieve this overarching goal, Dr. Huebschmann seeks to work with clinics and communities to implement evidence-based programs to promote physical activity for people with Type 2 Diabetes.
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Hurley received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico in 1997 and completed her internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Colorado. She worked as a hospitalist for two years, both in Colorado and New Mexico, before joining Denver Health's medical staff in 2004 as a primary care physician. She completed a HRSA Faculty Development Fellowship in 2008 during which time she completed her Masters in Public Health. She has been involved in research related to adult immunization since 2005 when she began working on the Vaccine Policy Collaborative Initiative with Dr. Kempe. Her other research interests include cardiovascular health disparities and healthcare for undocumented individuals. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a member of the American College of Physicians as well as the Society of General Internal Medicine.
Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Christine D. Jones is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Colorado and a Core Investigator in the VA Denver-Seattle Center of Innovation. Dr. Jones' work focuses on improving care transitions from the hospital to post-acute care through improved communication and symptom management across the care continuum. Dr. Jones has experience using qualitative and mixed methods to better understand care coordination from the perspectives of hospitalists, primary care providers, home health nurses, patients, and caregivers. She also has experience using VA data, Medicare data, and all-payer claims data to investigate outcomes including readmissions and mortality following acute care hospitalization.
Contact: Email | 720.848.4289
Director, ACCORDS Biostatistics and Analytics Core
Associate Professor of Biostatistics, University of Colorado School of Public Health
Dr. Juarez-Colunga is an assistant professor in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her BS in Applied Mathematics and MSc in Statistics in Mexico, and her doctoral degree in Statistics from Simon Fraser University in Canada. Elizabeth’s areas of expertise and interest include: (i) analysis of data with dependencies at different levels including longitudinal and clustered data, which builds upon generalized linear and nonlinear mixed models, (ii) analysis of repeated events data such as pulmonary exacerbations, which evolve as extension of survival analysis methods, (iii) joint modeling of multiple outcomes, and (iv) analysis of observational data. She has been involved in the design and analysis of several health outcomes research studies, including for instance, the The Scalable Architecture for Federated Translational Inquiries Network (SAFTINet) project, a pragmatic trial to assist weight loss in a low-income population, and several observational studies in surgical outcomes.
Instructor, Division of Cardiology
Chris Knoepke is an Instructor in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado, having joined ACCORDS and the Shared Decision Making Core in 2015 as a Postdoctoral Fellow. His research investigates means by which to improve the inclusion of patient values and voice in medical decisions, especially those which are technologically complex, emotionally burdensome, or for stigmatized conditions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Monmouth College, a Masters of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver. His work is currently supported by three NIH-funded trials of decision support materials (two from NHLBI and one from NIMH), pilot project funding from both the Palliative Care Research Collaborative and the Colorado Center for Women’s Health Research, and a career development award from the American Heart Association.
Contact: Email | 303.724.9938
Associate Professor of Pediatric and Neurology
Kelly Knupp is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Neurology at the University of Colorado. She received her medical degree from the University of New Mexico - School of Medicine, completed her residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of New York followed by a Pediatric Neurology Residency at Columbia University at Children’s Hospital of New York. After her residency, she trained as a Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Epilepsy at the Columbia Comprehensive Epilepsy Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Knupp practices at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, CO and is an Associate Research Director of Neuroscience Institute and Director of the Dravet Program. Her interests are epileptic encephalopathies including Dravet Syndrome and infantile spasms. She was a founding member of the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium and continues on the steering committee. This group focuses on developing collaborative research across the country for children with epileptic encephalopathies. She also serves on the medical advisory boards of the Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado, Roundup River Ranch and the Dravet Syndrome Foundation.
Contact: Email | 720.777.4636
Director, ACCORDS Education Program
Associate Professor of Family Medicine, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
D2V Dissemination & Academic Industry Collaboration Core
Bethany Kwan, PhD, MSPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2010, following a MSPH from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in 2005. She holds a BS in Chemistry and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University (’01). As an investigator in the University of Colorado’s Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS), she conducts pragmatic, patient-centered research and evaluation on health and health care in a variety of areas. With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and dissemination and implementation (D&I) methods, her work addresses the integration of physical and behavioral health, chronic disease self-management, improving processes and systems of care to achieve the Quadruple Aim, pragmatic trials using electronic health data, and enhancing quality of life for patients and care partners. She works with patients and other stakeholders at all phases of research, from prioritization, to design, implementation, and dissemination of research. She mentors and teaches students, trainees, and fellow faculty on Designing for Dissemination to ensure that research innovations are efficiently and effectively adopted, used, and sustained in real world settings to improve health and well-being for all. Dr. Kwan directs the ACCORDS Education program as well as the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Dissemination & Implementation Research Core.
Contact: Email | 303.724.5153
Associate Professor of Medicine
Dr. Carmen Lewis is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine. She is a practicing general internists and a health services researcher. She completed her Masters in Public Health in Epidemiology and a Residency in Preventive Medicine at the University of North Carolina. Her current and past research includes broad areas of medical decision making, preventive care and cancer screening, and health care quality. Dr. Lewis has developed decision support for patients and physicians and has evaluated methods to implement decision support into ambulatory practices. She has been funded by the National Cancer Institute through a K07 career development award and two R21 grants through AHRQ studying individualized decision making for colorectal cancer screening in the elderly. She recently completing a randomized controlled trial funded through AHRQ aimed at promoting appropriate colon cancer screening using a targeted decision aid for elderly adults. She was also a co-principal investigator on an ARRA award through Health and Human Services to test three methods of implementing decision support on prostate cancer screening and treatment decision making.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. McIlvennan is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Colorado. Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at Marquette University and her Masters of Science, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and PhD degrees at the University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus. She currently works as the Lead Nurse Practitioner in the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Section at the University of Colorado. Her clinical experiences with patients who have advanced heart failure have led her to pursue a research career grounded in this patient population. She has experience with qualitative methodology and mixed methods. Her research focuses on family caregivers, decision making, end-of-life preferences.
Director, Colorado Program for Patient-Centered Decisions
Associate Professor, Medicine-Geriatrics
D2V Patient & System Value Core
Dr. Dan Matlock is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative care. His research is aimed at fundamentally changing and improving how patients make decisions around invasive technologies. He has been funded under an NIH career development award, three NHLBI RO1s (two Co-I, one PI), and four PCORI projects studying shared decision making among older adults making decisions around invasive technologies. He has participated in the American College of Cardiology’s shared decision making task force and he is also an active participant of the International Patient Decision Aid Standards writing committee. Recently, he has also been named Director of Implementation Research for the Denver Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center.
Director, ACCORDS mHealth Core & Informatics Core
Associate Director, mHealth Impact Lab, Colorado School of Public Health Research
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. Moore received her BS in biological sciences from the University of New Orleans, her MSPH from the Colorado School of Public Health, and completed her doctorate in health and behavioral sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. Prior to her research career, Dr. Moore worked in information technology (IT) for ten years, focusing primarily on implementation and support for software systems and technical education, training, and evaluation. Her ongoing research interests include consumer health informatics, digital health innovation, interoperability and clinical decision support, and the use of mobile and digital health technology to deliver patient-centered care.
Director, ACCORDS Qualitative Core
Assistant Professor, University of Colorado School of Public Health
Dr. Morris is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the School of Medicine. She earned her BS in Communication Disorders from Boston University, an MS in Speech-Language Pathology, an MPH with a Health Policy and Systems Concentration, and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. Dr. Morris serves as a qualitative and mixed methods expert on multiple health services research studies. She has worked across a multitude of clinical areas and is particularly interested in employing qualitative methodologies and methods to engage key stakeholders in identifying and addressing disparities in care experienced by vulnerable populations. In her own research, she aims to identify and address provider- and organization-level factors that contribute to healthcare disparities experienced by patients with disabilities. She is the founder and director of the national Learning Collaborative to Address Disability Equity in HealthcaRe (LEADERs).
Contact: Email | 303.724.3535
Director, ACCORDS Practice Based Research and Community Engagement
Green-Edelman Chair for Practice-Based Research
Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Community, Dept. of Family Medicine
Director of Community Engagement & Research, Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute
Director, State Networks of Colorado Ambulatory Practices & Partners
President, International Balint Federation
Don Nease is the Vice Chair for Community in Family Medicine, and Director of the Community Engagement and Research for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. Dr. Nease’s work is dedicated to improving health from the level of individual doctor-patient interactions to community and population-based interventions. His research is conducted largely within communities and their primary care practices, most notably in the areas of Chronic Illness and Systems Change. Don received both his B.A. and M.D. degrees at the University of Kansas. He did his Residency at the Medical University of South Carolina/Department of Family Medicine and a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of North Carolina.
Contact: Email | 303.724.6270
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Dr. O'Leary is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado. He received a BA in Environmental Studies from Brown University in 1991 and graduated from University of Texas Houston Medical School in 1996. After completing pediatric residency at The Children's Hospital in Denver in 1999, he moved to Fort Collins where he practiced as a general pediatrician for 8 years. Dr. O’Leary is the director of the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network (COCONet), Colorado’s pediatric practice-based research network. His research focuses on identifying barriers to vaccination and developing and testing interventions to address those barriers. He serves as the liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. He is also on the AAP’s Committee on Infectious Diseases (Red Book Committee). He serves as a co-chair of the Policy Committee for the Colorado Children’s Immunization Coalition (CCIC) and co-chair of the Immunization Committee for the Colorado Chapter of the AAP.
Contact: Email | 303.724.1582
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics
Dr. John Rice is an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health. He received his MSPH in Biostatistics from Emory University in 2010, and his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan in 2015, where his dissertation focused on statistical methods for cancer research. He completed postdoctoral training at the University of Rochester in 2017, where he worked in the areas of HIV testing behavior and cardiovascular outcomes, prior to joining the faculty at UC Denver. His research interests include longitudinal data analysis, recurrent events, and semiparametric regression methods for binary and semicontinuous outcomes data.
Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiology
Dr. Scherer received a PhD in social psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine and Ann Arbor VA. She was an Assistant Professor at University of Missouri Department of Psychology before moving in 2018 to pursue a focus on medical decision making research at the University of Colorado. Her research lies at the intersection of behavioral science, decision-making and medicine, and seeks to understand patient preferences, healthcare seeking vs. avoidance, and how to facilitate shared decision making and improve communication between doctors and patients. Methodological expertise: survey research, experimental design, measurement scale development and validation.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Co-Director, TL1 Program, Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute
Co-Director, Emergency Medicine Scientist Training and Intensive Mentorship (EM-STIM) program, Department of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Sills has been a health services delivery research investigator at ACCORDS since 2002. Her research has focused on using electronic health data methods to define and model systems- and patient-level factors associated with process and outcome measures of health care quality, with a focus on asthma in acute and primary care settings for children. This work has assessed variation in quality of care for various conditions, and has demonstrated the importance of rigorous methods in selecting and implementing quality metrics. These publications have highlighted the importance of the following in quality measurement: (1) selecting process measures only when they have demonstrated association with outcomes of value; (2) using risk-adjustment that extends beyond adjustment for the severity of the acute condition to encompass chronic medical complexity and social determinants of health; and (3) incorporating adjustment for structural measures of quality, including crowding and occupancy measures.
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine
IMPACT K12 Scholar
Matthew Simpson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. As a clinician-researcher, he has an active clinical practice at the AF Williams Family Medicine Clinic and serves as the associate director for the Colorado Research Network (CaReNet), a practice-based research network of primary care clinics that are focused on delivering care to medically underserved patients. Through the IMPACT K12 program, he is focused on improving detection of sleep apnea in primary care, particularly because of its role as a cardiovascular disease risk factor and its possible contribution to racial/ethnic health disparities in heart disease and stroke.
Contact: Email | 303.724.8589
Professor of Physical Therapy, Investigator, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Director, Rehabilitation Science PhD Program
Director, Muscle Performance Laboratory
Co-Director, CU RESTORE group
Dr. Stevens-Lapsley is a Professor in the Physical Therapy Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center. She is focused on identifying, integrating and advancing innovative evidence-based medicine solutions for older adult rehabilitation through highly effective research methods and partnerships. She has almost 20 years of clinical research experience in patients with osteoarthritis planning joint arthroplasty, and more recently, medically complex patient populations. Her research ranges from understanding the mechanisms of skeletal muscle dysfunction to studies of implementation of best rehabilitation practices in post-acute care settings. More specifically, her research focuses on clinical trials, includes the evaluation of care bundling strategies for joint arthroplasty, pragmatic interventions in medically complex patient populations, and health services research to understanding how rehabilitation services impact hospitalization rates and functional performance. Dr. Stevens-Lapsley earned her PT degree at the University of Delaware, where she went on to complete a PhD in Biomechanics and Movement Science with a focus in Applied Physiology. She then completed post-doctoral training at the University of Florida.
Implementation Scientist, Dissemination & Implementation Science Program
Associate Professor, Pediatrics
Dr. Studts’ mixed methods research focuses on the systematic adaptation and implementation of evidence-based health promotion interventions with underserved populations. She has a strong interest in increasing access to interventions enhancing parenting skills and parent-child relationships, particularly those that help prevent or reduce the effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). In addition to leading her own program of community-engaged research, Dr. Studts serves as an implementation scientist on teams studying implementation in a variety of topical areas, including lung cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity practices in child care settings, sexual risk reduction, diagnostic testing after failed newborn hearing screens, and others.
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Informatics
Krithika Suresh is a research assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Informatics in the Colorado School of Public Health. She received her MMath in Biostatistics from the University of Waterloo, and her PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include survival analysis, longitudinal data, joint modeling, and prediction models, with applications in cancer research and other health outcomes.
Research Medical Director, Director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program, Institute of the Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Section. Interim Medical Director, Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado
Dr. Stanley Szefler is currently the Research Medical Director and Director of the Pediatric Asthma Research Program in the Breathing Institute of the Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Section and Interim Medical Director for the Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He is also a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus.
Dr. Szefler’s major contributions are directed toward the individualized use of asthma therapy. He has identified biomarkers and asthma characteristics that are associated with asthma exacerbations and response to asthma therapy. He is the Co-Principal Investigator for the Denver site of the NHLBI PrecISE Network that is focused on precision medicine for severe asthma.
For the past fifteen years, he has directed a school-centered asthma program (AsthmaCOMP) funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Cancer, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Program for the State of Colorado. This program identifies students most significantly affected by asthma and then establishes lines of communication between schools, primary care physicians, and specialists to assure that these children have consistent medical care.
Dr. Tietbohl is an Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and the ACCORDS Qualitative and Mixed Methods Core. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Tietbohl’s research focuses on how communication shapes health care experiences, especially as it relates to medical decision-making and its consequences. Her work uses qualitative and mixed methods to investigate how social categories, medical conditions and contexts, authority, and external forces come to bear on physician-patient communication and contribute to variations in health care.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Dr. Tyler is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Hospital Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado and serves as the Director of Quality Improvement for the Section of Hospital Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and did her residency at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Tyler is fellowship trained in health services research and implementation science. She completed the SCORE (Sub-specialists Clinical Outcomes Research) fellowship at ACCORDS, and was a scholar in the National Institutes of Science (NIH) Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH) and the National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) IMPlementation to Achieve Clinical Transformation (IMPACT) K12. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Science and has advanced training in improvement science through the Advanced Improvements Methods (AIM) course at the James M Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. As an implementation scientist, Dr. Tyler’s research focuses on “de-implementation” to identify processes and strategies to stop or reduce over-testing and over-treatment that can be broadly adapted to varied contexts and disease processes to improve the delivery of guideline concordant, evidence-based care and improve patient outcomes.
Contact: Email | 303.724.0854
Associate Professor of Pediatric Urology, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Director of Research and Associate Residency Program Director, Division of Urology, Department of Surgery
Dr. Vijaya Vemulakonda is an Associate Professor of Pediatric Urology, Director of Urologic Research, and Associate Residency Program Director for the Division of Urology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She earned her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and her medical degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. She completed her urology residency at Baylor College of Medicine and her pediatric fellowship at Seattle Children's Hospital, University of Washington School of Medicine. She is also a graduate of the Clinical Faculty Scholars Program at the University of Colorado. She is active in the American Urological Association, serving on the Board of Directors for the South Central Section, as well as on the Executive Committee for the Society for Fetal Urology.
Her clinical interests include the management of antenatally detected congenital urologic anomalies, including UPJ obstruction, vesicoureteral reflux, posterior urethral valves, and cloacal and bladder exstrophy variants. Her research focuses on the development of evidence based guidelines to optimize surgical outcomes in children with congenital urologic anomalies and the use of the electronic health record to facilitate prospective multi-center collaborative surgical research. Current funding includes a K08 Career Development Award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality studying variations in care for infants with suspected UPJ obstruction. She is also the first pediatric urologist recipient of the American Urological Association’s Rising Stars in Urology Research Award, funded by the Frank and Marion Hinman Urology Research Fund.
Associate Clinical Professor, Family Medicine
Jeanette Waxmonsky is the Director of Research Innovation at Jefferson Center’s Office of Healthcare Transformation, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Family Medicine, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Dr. Waxmonsky received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Lafayette College, her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alabama. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Administration and Evaluation at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Prior to joining Jefferson Center, Dr. Waxmonsky was an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry, she was involved in the development, implementation, and evaluation of integrated behavioral health programs for thousands of Coloradans. She has had a lead role in securing over $7 million in grant funding to support integrated care programs and evidence based treatment interventions for medically underserved and minority populations.