Directors

Dr. Hayward

Rodney A. Hayward, M.D.
Director
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Rodney A. Hayward, M.D., is the Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan and the Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, where he is also the co-director of the VA Ann Arbor HSR&D Center of Excellence and a Professor of Public Health and Internal Medicine. He received his training in epidemiology, biostatistics and health economics as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA and at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica. His current and past work includes studies examining: measurement of quality, costs and health status; environmental and educational factors affecting physician practice patterns; and, statistical and epidemiological nuances in the interpretation of clinical trials and in the development of clinical practice guidelines. An overarching theme of his work focuses on encouraging improvements in healthcare quality and efficiency through more sophisticated performance measures and market incentives.


Dr. DavisMatthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P.
Co-Director
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., is Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan. Dr. Davis is also Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan, in the Department of Community Health. He is the founding Director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. Dr. Davis's research interests include measurement of public preferences and attitudes to inform policymaking, the financing and delivery of preventative services (particulary vaccines) for children and families, and health care reform efforts in the United States. Dr. Davis is also the recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Mentor Award for MICHR.

 

Dr. Heisler Michele Heisler, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Michele Heisler, M.D., MPA is a Professor of Medicine in the Medical School and of Health Behavior and Health Education in the School of Public Health. She is also a Research Scientist at the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research. She came to medicine after working on Human Rights and Poverty programs as a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation and developing and evaluating community health programs as a Project Analyst at Catholic Relief Services. Her main research focus is using CBPR approaches to work with partners to develop, evaluate, and implement innovative programs to improve chronic disease self-management and outcomes among adults in vulnerable populations and underserved communities. She currently is leading several multisite federally funded trials to test different approaches involving peer mentors and interactive web-based tailored tools to inform chronic disease self-management support from community health workers, health coaches, and peers. She is also initiating a large-scale implementation study to evaluate the implementation of a reciprocal peer support program found in her earlier effectiveness RCT to significantly improve diabetes control compared to nurse care management. In her role as a Board member and investigator for Physicians for Human Rights, an organization that won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, and as a consultant to the World Health Organization, she continues to apply her research expertise to human rights investigations and advocacy to promote health and human rights.

 

Dr. IwashynaTheodore J. Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D.
Co-Director
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Theodore J. Iwashyna, M.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care here at the U- M. His background includes a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, and internal medicine residency and pulmonary and critical care fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Iwashyna’s primary research is in the organization and outcomes of critical care. He is currently engaged in an NIH-sponsored study examining the network structure of interactions between hospitals. Hospitals vary substantially in the quality of the critical care they provide, and the interhospital transfer of critically ill patients is common. Now he is asking: Can the current informal transfer system be used to improve outcomes for patients at hospitals with less critical care technology, capacity, and experience? What are the relative advantages of regionalization or decentralized incentives to optimize the care of patients using existing resources? Methodologically, this work combines the traditional tools of health services research (including analysis of administrative databases and multi-level modeling) with emerging techniques in network analysis and agent-based modeling. More information about his research can be found at: http://sitemaker.umich.edu/iwashyna.lab/home.

 

Core Faculty


Dr. Choi Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., is a family physician and health services researcher at the University of Michigan whose clinical work and research are dedicated to optimizing the health of pregnant adolescents and their children.  She received her medical degree, M.P.H. in health management and policy, and completed her residency in family medicine at the University of Michigan.  She subsequently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program in 2013 and joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine.  Dr. Chang uses a variety of methods in her research including secondary data analysis, community-based participatory research, cost-effectiveness analysis, and clinical research to leverage emerging technologies (social media, text messaging, crowdsourcing) to improve health.  

 

Dr. ChoiHwaJung Choi, Ph.D.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

HwaJung Choi, Ph.D., is a Research Investigator at the Department of Internal Medicine and core faculty of RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michigan. Dr. Choi is a health and labor economist and demographer by training for her doctoral degree in economics at the University of Michigan. Her current research focuses on the inter-relationships among health, family resources and socio-economic status with expertise in longitudinal data and spatial data analyses. Her research interests also include social support for those with chronic illness, spatial availability of health care resources, disparities in health-care utilization and subsequent health outcomes among different socio-economic and ethnic/racial groups. Along with conducting research, Dr. Choi provides research training to UM's RWJF Scholars.

 


Dr. Chung Kevin Chung, M.D., M.S.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Kevin C. Chung, M.D., M.S., is a Professor of Surgery and an Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs (instructional track) for the Medical School. Dr. Chung received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at the University of Texas, San Antonio.  He then entered a plastic surgery fellowship at the University of Michigan, and a hand surgery fellowship at the Curtis National Hand Center. He was recruited to the University of Michigan to coordinate the hand surgery program in the Department of Surgery. During this time, he received additional training as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and received a master’s degree in Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Currently, Dr. Chung provides care as part of the Hand Program, the Pediatric Brachial Plexus Program and the Plastic Surgery Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Program. He has served as a council member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and is now a director for the American Board of Plastic Surgery and as a board member for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He has published over 200 manuscripts in national journals and has authored 7 textbooks. He is a National Institutes of Health funded researcher who is the principal investigator for an R01 grant for a multicenter clinical study on the rheumatoid hand. He has also received a K24 Midcareer Investigator Grant in Patient-Oriented Research and a R21 Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Chung is a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hand Surgery and is the Section Editor of Outcomes Research for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.


Sonya DeMonner Sonya DeMonner, M.P.H.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Sonya DeMonner, M.P.H., is a Research Associate, RWJF Clinical Scholars Program and VA Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research. She received her training in Health Behavior and Health Education from the Univeristy of Michigan School of Public Health. She has provided data management and technical assistance to UM's RWJ Clinical Scholars for the past 10 years. Prior to that she was a Project Manager for a large multi-site quality indicator study at the VA HSRD. She provides scholars with support through all phases of their training including survey development, statistical analysis, database design, data collection and management, programming, and reference management. She is currently developing expertise in qualitative methods and analyses.


Dr. Fagerlin Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Angela Fagerlin, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Medicine and a Research Health Science Specialist at the VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Center of Excellence. Her training is in cognitive psychology and her research focus is testing methods for communicating the risks and benefits of treatment to patients (e.g., in decision aids). She has developed and tested decision aids for prostate cancer and breast cancer prevention. Each of these studies has tested whether different design features of the decision aids influence the decision making process. She is also examining how decision aids affect patient-physician communication. Her other research interests include studying cognitive biases involved in medical decision making and the use of living wills at the end of life.


Dr. Fendrick A. Mark Fendrick, M.D.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., is a Professor of Internal Medicine in the School of Medicine and a Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fendrick received a bachelor’s degree in economics and chemistry from University of Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fendrick completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where he was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. He currently directs the Health Services Research Core Laboratory and is Co-director of the Center for Value-Based Insurance Design at the University of Michigan. Dr. Fendrick's research focuses on the clinical and economic assessment of medical interventions with special attention to how technological innovation influences clinical practice and impacts health care systems. He has authored over 200 articles and book chapters and lectures frequently on the health and cost implications of medical interventions to diverse audiences around the world. Dr. Fendrick remains clinically active in the practice of general internal medicine.  He is the Co-editor in chief of the American Journal of Managed Care and is an editorial board member for 3 additional peer-reviewed publications. His perspective and understanding of clinical and economic issues have fostered collaborations with numerous government agencies, health plans, professional societies, and health care companies. He serves on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee.  Dr. Fendrick has served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care (ISTAHC) and the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR).


Dr. Forman Jane Forman, Sc.D., M.H.S.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Jane Forman, Sc.D., M.H.S., is a Research Scientist at the VA Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research in Ann Arbor. She earned her doctorate from the Program in Law, Ethics, and Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. At the VA, she collaborates with investigators in the design, data collection, and analysis phases of mixed methods and qualitative studies, with an emphasis on understanding health care delivery systems, translating health services research into practice, and nurse-physician communication.


Dr. Freed Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Gary L. Freed, M.D., M.P.H., is the Percy and Mary Murphy Professor of Pediatrics in the School of Medicine and Professor of Health Management and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.  He is Director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Director of the Children’s Health Evaluation and Research (CHEAR) Unit.  Dr. Freed has over 18 years of experience in children’s health services research and has been the principal investigator of numerous federal, state and foundation-funded grants.  He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles on child health policy and health economics, physician behavior and interspecialty variation in the provision of preventive services to children. Dr. Freed received his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Austin, his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and his master of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH).  Dr. Freed was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar as well as a Preventive Medicine Fellow at UNC-CH.  He is the immediate past President of the Society for Pediatric Research, the largest research society in the field of child health.  Dr. Freed also serves on several national committees.  He is the immediate past Chair of the Department of Health and Human Services National Vaccine Advisory Committee.  He is a frequent consultant to state and federal agencies as well as the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the World Health Organization.  He is a member of the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.


Dr. Goold Susan D. Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Susan D. Goold, M.D., M.H.S.A., M.A., Professor of Internal Medicine, directs the Bioethics Program. She earned her medical degree at the University of Michigan in 1987, (GO BLUE)  then completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in 1990 and a general medicine – health services research fellowship at the University of Michigan Medical School. The other letters stand for a master’s in health policy from University of Michigan in 1992 and a master’s in philosophy at Michigan State University in 1994. Dr. Goold’s research focuses on the allocation of scarce health care resources, especially the priorities of patients and citizens, public health ethics and “anything having to with money and medicine.”  The CHAT (Choosing Healthplans All Together) simulation exercise, which she designed with Marion Danis, has been used by researchers, policy makers, educators and others in over twenty states and several countries. “We’re especially gratified that CHAT has been valuable to states like Oklahoma and communities like Galveston to inform basic or essential benefit packages,” says Dr. Goold.  Dr. Goold serves on several editorial boards and on the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.  She’s looking forward to a “stay” as a Brocher Foundation fellow next summer in Geneva, where she plans to collaborate with Swiss and German researchers and the WHO Ethics unit.


Dr. Hofer Timothy P. Hofer, M.D., M.Sc.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Timothy P. Hofer, M.D., M.Sc., is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and the Director of the Measurement and Analysis Core at the VA Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research in Ann Arbor. Dr. Hofer works on measuring and improving quality of care in the complex patient. He is interested in the methodological and practical issues in measuring and profiling quality of care and how the ability to measure quality may affect popular policy initiatives to identify and reduce medical errors or set up pay for performance systems.  His projects have focused on the adequacy of risk adjustment, social and economic factors predicting utilization, as well as the patient, provider and organizational influences on performance measurement and indicators.  He is a core faculty member in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at the University of Michigan and spends a significant amount of time on research mentoring and teaching research trainees.


Dr. Horwitz Jill R. Horwitz, M.P.P., J.D., Ph.D
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Professor Jill R. Horwitz teaches health law, nonprofit law, and torts. Her empirical research on hospital ownership and medical service provision has won several awards. Horwitz, the Louis and Myrtle Moskowitz Research Professor of Business and Law, also is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She graduated from Northwestern University with an honors B.A. in history and Harvard University with an M.P.P., J.D., magna cum laude, and Ph.D. in health policy. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for Judge Norman Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. As a doctoral student, Horwitz held graduate fellowships at the Harvard Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations and the Harvard Center for Ethics and the Professions. Horwitz has been a post-doctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, public affairs director for the Planned Parenthood Association of San Mateo County, and a teaching fellow in history at Phillips Academy. She is a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Victoria (Faculty of Law, School of Public Administration, and Department of Economics) in British Columbia.


Dr. Howell Joel Howell, M.D., Ph.D.
Senior Associate Director
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Joel Howell, M.D., Ph.D., was a Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania 1982-1984.  He served as co-director and director of the University of Michigan Program from its inception until 2007.  He is now the Victor Vaughan Professor of the History of Medicine, Senior Associate Director of the Michigan CSP, and Professor Internal Medicine, History, and Health Management and Policy.  His primary research interest is in the history and sociology of medical practice.  He has written widely in both the medical and historical literature about the history of medical technology, of hospitals, of ethics, and of human experimentation.


Dr. Jagsi Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholar. Dr. Jagsi has a longstanding interest in issues at the intersection of social science and medicine. She received her A.B. in Government, summa cum laude and first in her class at Harvard University. She then went on to receive her M.D. from Harvard Medical School and her D.Phil. in Social Policy from Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar. Dr. Jagsi completed her residency training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and served as a Fellow in Harvard’s Center for Ethics. Since she joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 2006, her medical research has focused on improving the quality of care received by breast cancer patients, both by advancing the ways in which breast cancer is treated with radiation and by advancing the understanding of patient decision-making, cost, and access to appropriate care. She also leads research regarding gender equity and determinants of success in academic medicine, including ongoing projects supported by the National Institutes of Health and by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Her work has appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and the Annals of Internal Medicine.

 

Dr. Kerr Eve A. Kerr, M.D., M.P.H.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Eve A. Kerr, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, Director of the Center for Clinical Management Research, a VA Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence, and Research Director of the Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative. Dr. Kerr received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at University of California, Los Angeles. She subsequently completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar’s Program and received a Masters of Public Health from UCLA. In 1996, she joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine and the Ann Arbor VA Center for Clinical Management Research. Dr. Kerr studies ways to develop and implement innovative methods to improve quality of care for patients with chronic illness. In particular, she studies ways to develop more clinically meaningful and valid performance measures that motivate quality improvement for patients at high risk for poor outcomes while minimizing potential for unintended consequences. Her studies use such clinically meaningful measures, as well as assessments of medication adherence, to motivate appropriate medication management, enhanced patient self-management, and better outcomes for patients with diabetes. Dr. Kerr has also been instrumental in development of the RAND QA Tools system, and in demonstrating a VA quality advantage relative to patients in the private sector. She has spoken nationally and internationally about performance measurement issues and translating quality improvement lessons from VA to other healthcare systems.

 

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Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Joyce Lee, M.D., M.P.H., is a Pediatric Endocrinologist and Clinical and Health Services Researcher at the University of Michigan who uses a variety of methodologies to study diabetes and obesity, including secondary data analysis, state transition modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, and clinical research. She is now pursuing projects in the realm of emerging technologies (mobile technology, data visualization) and is passionate about the use of design thinking and participatory research for creating tools to accelerate clinical care and research. She is co-director of the Program in Mobile Technology for Enhancing Child Health, and is Social Media Editor for JAMA Pediatrics. More information is available at joycelee.me

 

Dr. Lichtenstein Richard L. Lichtenstein, Ph.D.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Richard Lichtenstein, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy. He received both his M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in medical care organization, and a B.S. from Cornell University in industrial and labor relations. Dr. Lichtenstein's research interests include: Community-Based Participatory Research; Racial and ethnic disparities in health; Barriers to health insurance coverage for low-income children; The effects of discrimination on access to health care; and, efforts to increase diversity in the health workforce.  Dr. Lichtenstein is the director of the University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program in Health Management, an internship program for undergraduate students interested in eliminating health disparities. He is also the director of the University of Michigan Training Site for the Kellogg Health Scholars Program, Community Track. Dr. Lichtenstein is involved in the governance of two Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Associations (VEBAs), which provide health benefits to groups of retirees. Dr. Lichtenstein formerly was Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

 

Monica L. Lypson, M.D., M.H.P.E., F.A.C.P.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Monica L. Lypson, MD, MHPE, FACP is Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Education, Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), as well as faculty director for the UMHS Standardized Patient Program and communication skills curriculum. For the 2011-2012 academic year, she served as the Interim Associate Dean for Diversity and Career Development. She is a current participant in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Lypson also practices as a board-certified internist at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Her work on trainee assessment, sociocultural issues in medicine, leadership and the under-representation of minorities in academics has resulted in over 40 peer-reviewed publications in several of the top-tier medical education journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine and the internationally-based Medical Education as well and countless invited talks both nationally and internationally. In her role as Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, she has been a pioneer in post-graduate (resident) assessment leading one of the first OSCEs for incoming interns in the nation. Dr. Lypson has also served on the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), Executive Board and National Council and abstract review sections annually for SGIM's national meeting. She represents the SGIM on the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) Internal Medicine Education Redesign Advisory Board and serves on the American Hospital Association Regional Board where she represents the interest of the University of Michigan and physicians at large. She was elected as the Member-At-Large of the NBME and served on the Integrated Case Development Task Force and Finance Committee and represents the GRA as the group's national Chair-elect. She previously held a seat on the AAMC Feedback on Performance of Recent Medical Graduates Work Group, and currently sits on the AAMC Medical Academic Performance Services (MedAPS) Advisory Board, which illustrates her national reputation and inolvement on medical education and assessment. In recognition of her numerous scholarly contributions to GME, Dr. Lypson was appointed as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education and the Co-Editor of the Rip-Out Section, which is dedicated to providing readers with information to facilitate their ongoing development as educators in graduate medical education.


Dr. McMahon Laurence F. McMahon, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Associate Director
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Laurence F. McMahon, M.D., M.P.H., is Chief of the Division of General Medicine and Professor of Internal Medicine and Health Management and Policy.  He received an MPH from Yale University in Hospital Administration.  While at Yale he worked with the group that developed the Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) system that serves as the basis of Medicare’s Prospective Payment System for hospitals.  He also received subspecialty training in Gastroenterology at Yale, where he was also a postdoctoral fellow in the Health System’s Management Group at Yale’s School of Organization and Management.  His research focuses on health care management and clinical systems to improve health care outcomes and quality.

 

Arden Morris, M.D., M.P.H.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Arden M. Morris, M.D., M.P.H. is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Associate Professor of Health Behavior Health Education, and chief of the Division of Colorectal Surgery. She is core faculty for University of Michigan's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy and for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. Dr. Morris has published extensively on processes and outcomes of cancer care, and reducing disparities in the quality of surgical care. She recently completed a mixed methods study funded by the American Cancer Society to understand variations in care among socially vulnerable populations and has begun a 4-year population based survey in Georgia and Michigan to understand the influence of patient-provider relationships on the quality of colorectal cancer care. For the past 2 years, Dr. Morris has co-chaired the National Quality Forum's Steering Committee for Surgical Quality Measures. She has served on the Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee and on a variety of national technical advisory panels and committees primarily focused on quality of care.

 

Ashley O'Toole, M.P.H., M.S.W..
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Ashley O'Toole, M.P.H., M.S.W., began as the Detroit URC Center Manager in the Spring of 2012. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health and School Work, Ms. O'Toole has a depth of experience engaging in collaborative research in Detroit. Prior to accepting the Center Manager position, she was the Project Manager for Community Action Against Astham, an affiliated partnership of teh Detroit URC.

 

Dr. Richardson Caroline Richardson, M.D.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Caroline Richardson, M.D., is a practicing Family Physician and an associate professor in the University of Michigan Medical School Department of Family Medicine. She holds a joint appointment as a Research Scientist at the VA Health Services Research and Development Service in Ann Arbor, MI. She is also a Research Scientist with the Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Dr. Richardson received an undergraduate degree from MIT in Mathematics, and she received her medical degree from Harvard. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship at the University of Michigan. The main focus of Dr. Richardson's research is on integrating physical activity promotion into routine medical care. She is looking at several aspects of this issue including: 1) costs and benefits of increasing physical activity promotion, 2) objective measurement of physical activity in the primary care setting, and 3) intervention evaluation.


Dr. Rogers Mary A.M. Rogers, Ph.D.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Mary A.M. Rogers, Ph.D., is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan and the Research Director of the Patient Safety Enhancement Program at the University of Michigan Health System and Ann Arbor VA Medical Center. She is a clinical epidemiologist and received her training at the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Rogers' expertise is in study design and analyses. Her research interests include preventative medicine, methods in collaborative science, and translational research..


Dr. Saint Sanjay Saint, M.D., M.P.H.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Sanjay Saint, M.D., M.P.H., a Professor of Internal Medicine at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center and the University of Michigan, is the Director of the VA/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program and a core faculty member of the University of Michigan’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. His research focuses on: enhancing patient safety by preventing healthcare-associated complications; translating research findings into practice; and medical decision-making (including cognitive errors). He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed papers with approximately 50 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. His research is currently funded through extramural grants from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Saint has also authored or edited several books, including the Saint-Frances Guide to Inpatient Medicine (published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) and Clinical Problem-Solving (published by McGraw-Hill), and is a Special Correspondent to the New England Journal of Medicine.  He received his Medical Doctorate from UCLA, completed a medical residency and chief residency at the University of California at San Francisco, and obtained a Masters in Public Health (as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar) from the University of Washington in Seattle.


Tony Tsai Tony Tsai, MBA
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Tony Tsai, MBA is a organizational consultant at the University of Michigan Health System. He received his MBA from Columbia Business School and is trained in organizational behavior and finance. Prior to working at the Health System, he was the Associate Director of Career Development at the Stephen M. Ross School of business where he oversaw the career education and counseling program there. Currently, he is working on special projects relating to leadership development, organizational process design, and social networking at the Health System.


Dr. Vijan Sandeep Vijan, M.D., M.Sc.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Sandeep Vijan is a Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan and a Research Scientist and Physician at the Ann Arbor VA Health System. Dr. Vijan’s research interests primarily center around identifying and implementing value-based interventions as a basis for health-system reform. His primary goal is to develop models to examine the costs, risks, and benefits of applying approaches to personalized medicine for a variety of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease prevention, diabetes management, colorectal cancer screening, and mental health disorders. He also has research interest in applying these models to improve shared decision-making processes, applying them to develop more nuanced measures of quality of care, and in examining how they may improve the efficiency and value of health care delivery. He has recently expanded his work to broader, national assessments of health policy to examine how we can best determine the value of health care and thus best inform the reform of the health care system. In addition to his research activities, he is the author of a number of local, national and international clinical guidelines related to diabetes management, and is serving his 2nd term as the chair of a VA Merit Review study section. He also serves as a research mentor to a number of junior faculty and fellows ranging across disciplines and specialties. Dr. Vijan received his M.D. from the University of Michigan, where he also completed his post-doctoral residency and fellowship training, including a Masters degree in clinical research design and statistical analysis.


Dr. WarberSara L. Warber, M.D.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Dr. Warber is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and has served as the Co-Director of U-M Integrative Medicine for the past 10 years.  She was the Co-Director of the University of Michigan Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center for Cardiovascular Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health funded national centers dedicated to research and education in the practice of integrative medicine. She was also the Principal Investigator on the largest randomized controlled trial of an energy healing modality, Qigong, to be conducted in the United States. Dr. Warbers research interests include the use of herbs, energy healing, environmental healing, and the therapeutic relationship. Dr. Warber is a family physician in the Integrative Medicine Clinic at Briarwood.  Dr. Warber studied herbalism and spiritual healing for 14 years with a Native American Healer, and has continued her training with shamans from the Peruvian Andes.

Dr. Zikmund-FisherJulia Weinert, M.P.H.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Julia Weinert, M.P.H., began as the Detroit URC Center Manager in the fall of 2014. A graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ms. Weinert has a depth of experience engaging in collaborative research in Detroit. Prior to accepting the Center Manager position, she was the Communications Specialist for the Detroit URC and the Healthy Environments Partnership, an affiliated partnership of the Detroit URC.

 



Dr. Zikmund-FisherBrian J. Zikmund-Fisher, Ph.D.
Core Faculty
Michigan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

Brian J. Zikmund-Fisher, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and is also affiliated with UM Department of Internal Medicine, the UM/VA Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine (CBSSM) and the UM Risk Science Center. A behavioral scientist with training and expertise in decision psychology, survey research, and behavioral economics, Dr. Zikmund-Fisher uses survey and experimental methods (including web-based surveys) to study factors that affect individual decision making about a variety of health and medical issues, with a particular emphasis on making data meaningful, risk perceptions, and the effects of poor numeracy. He is an associate editor of the journal Medical Decision Making.