Health Systems Evaluation and Research

P. Michael Ho, MD, PhD

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NavLab Director

Dr. Ho is Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado and cardiologist at the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center. He was an HSR&D Career Development Awardee (CDA) and has been an active investigator within the Denver HSR&D COIN Center since 2004.

His research has focused on medication adherence and interventions to improve medication adherence. More recently, his research has focused on value in healthcare and creating learning health systems to improve the value of health care delivered to patients. He leads the VA Collaborative Evaluation (VACE) team which is focused on conducting collaborative program evaluations with VA clinical and operational partners. These evaluation findings have led to policy changes and clinical program improvement within VA. He serves in several leadership positions on national cardiology organizations for the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology.


Tyler Anstett, DO

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Tyler Anstett, DO is a hospitalist in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Colorado. He completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado where he was an inaugural member of the Hospitalist Training Program Leaders Track and went on to complete a fellowship in Hospital Medicine with a focus on Quality Improvement and Health Systems Leadership. His academic interests lie at the intersection of Quality Improvement, Leadership, and Medical Education across all levels of learners. Accordingly, he is a member of the NavLab and faculty in the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety, and Efficiency. His leadership roles include Director of the GME/IHQSE Quality and Safety Academy, Director of Quality and Safety Programs for GME, and he is an Associate Vice Chair for Quality for the Department of Medicine. His Quality Improvement work is focused on high-value care with a specific focus on simplifying processes and influencing user behavior at the point of care.


Karl Gordon Patti, MD


Blake Jones, MD


Blake Jones is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He received a BA in Philosophy from Boston College, his medical degree from Loyola University of Chicago, completed medical internship and residency at University of Chicago Medical Center and his gastroenterology fellowship at The University of Colorado. He is also a graduate of the Leaders in Informatics, Quality and Systems (LINQS) fellowship at the University of Colorado. His research involves leveraging physician and nursing documentation workflows to capture measurable data with a focus on gastrointestinal endoscopy quality and outcomes, colorectal cancer screening and the management of Barrett's Esophagus. 

Biostatistics & Predictive Modeling

Evan Carey, PhD

Luke Patten, MS

Luke is a research instructor in the Department of Biostatistics & Informatics and Center for Innovative Design and Analysis at the Colorado School of Public Health. Luke's studies were originally geared to a healthcare practitioner’s career, but his affinity for quantitative analysis led him to pursue a biostatistics career. He is especially skilled in the analysis of longitudinal or correlated data, but also has experience with a wide array of methods including predictive modeling, causal inference, and simulation studies. He often works with both big data from electronic health records for quality improvement projects, and relatively small scale data aimed at describing novel correlations in multiple research areas.

Luke works predominantly in R for statistical computing and data management, but is fluent in SAS and has experience with Stata, Python, G*Power for power calculations, and Simul8 for discrete event simulation. His research interests in include endocrinology and metabolic studies, as well as other research aimed explaining unique physiological phenomena.


Vanessa Richardson, MS

Vanessa Richardson received her MS in Biostatistics from the Colorado School of Public Health. She now works as a Research Instructor in the Department of Biostatistics & Informatics and performs data analysis on a variety of projects for the NavLab and the VA Eastern Colorado Geriatrics Research Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).

Vanessa has collaborated on both clinical trials and observational studies using electronic healthcare records. She utilizes a variety of statistical techniques, including multilevel modeling, causal analysis, survival analysis, and simulation studies to contribute to program evaluations, quality improvement studies, and health outcomes research


Clinical Informatics

Susan Osman, BS

Jonathan Pell, MD

Dr. Jonathan Pell, MD, is hospitalist clinician, researcher, and expert in health information technology (IT). He serves as the  Senior Medical Director of Informatics for UCHealth Inpatient Services and works clinically as a hospitalist at the University of Colorado Hospital. He has functioned as the physician champion for the rollout of multiple IT projects including the implementation of the electronic health record, Epic, at 12 University of Colorado Health Hospitals. He has served on the Society of Hospital Medicine Information Technology Task Force and is board certified in Clinical Informatics. His research has been focused on implementing health information interventions that aid providers in clinical decisions and improve patient engagement through project promoting transparency of the electronic health record.

User-Centered Design & Qualitative Analytics

Juli Barnard, MA

Ms. Barnard is a Senior Instructor in General Academic Pediatrics, and is the Education Lead for the Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Core in ACCORDS. She also conducts program evaluations for the Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran Centered and Value Driven Care (COIN), Denver VA Medical Center. 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), and has several years of experience teaching qualitative research methods and analytic techniques to clinician-scientists and master-level research assistants.

Brad Morse, PhD

Dr. Morse is a Research Instructor and faculty member in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He earned his Ph.D. in Technology, Media, and Society from the ATLAS Institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. A Masters degree in Cultural Anthropology was obtained before finishing his terminal degree. His current academic interests include user experience (UX) research, user-centered design, participatory design, qualitative research and methods, and community engagement. Skateboarding long distances is how Brad finds his daily bliss between snowboarding trips to the local Rocky Mountains. Board sports provide an opportunity to practice balance and mindfulness and serve as a centering pursuit of discipline and endurance.

Program & Project Management

Sharon Pincus, MA

Sharon is the Project Manager for D2V's Navigation Lab. She has experience in both managing clinical trials in the US and Australia as well as in business development for non-profit and for-profit companies. Most recently, she directed research operations for Cerebral Therapeutics’s Phase I/2 clinical trial for a new drug-device combination treatment for medically refractory epilepsy patients. Sharon holds a BA and MA in Psychology from Wesleyan University. She is enthusiastic about creating excellent communication and organizational systems to facilitate project success.

Sylvie Novins-Montague, BA