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Michael Fine, MD, MSc
Director, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP)
Staff Physician, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Dr. Fine is an internationally recognized health services researcher with a longstanding focus on the development and implementation of evidence-based approaches for the management of pneumonia. Publications:Link to PubMed*

Judith A. Long, MD
Co-Director, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) Staff Physician, Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia
Sol Katz Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Research Areas: Dr. Long’s research focuses on social determinants of health and health care especially as they pertain to socioeconomic and racial disparities.

Sonya Borrero, MD, MS
Associate Director (Pittsburgh)
Associate Professor of Medicine; Clinical and Translational Science; and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Her research examines gender and racial disparities in health care, with a focus on reproductive health care. Dr. Borrero is interested in understanding how patient-level and provider/system-level factors contribute to health care disparities.

Melissa E. Dichter, PhD, MSW
Associate Director, CHERP (Philadelphia)
Core Investigator

Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.
Research areas: Women's health, intimate partner violence, qualitative research
Publications:  Link to PubMed *

Alphabetical List of Faculty

Sherrie L. Aspinall, PharmD, MSc
Core Investigator
Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy
Research Areas: Appropriate and cost-effective use of medications, especially antibiotics. Pharmacoeconomics. Racial variations in medication use.
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Charles Atwood, MD
Core Investigator
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Director, Sleep Disorders Program, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
Director, UPMC Sleep Medicine Center
Director of Sleep Medicine Fellowship, UPMC.
Research Areas: Sleep disorders, COPD, Dysphagia
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Kelly Hyman Burkitt, PhD
Core Investigator, Director of Research Development
Research Areas: Trauma, health psychology, program evaluation
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Carson C. Clark
Communications Coordinator
Co-Chief, Communications and Dissemination Core

 

Mary Ersek, PhD, RN
Core Investigator
Director of PROMISE (Performance Reporting and Outcomes Measurement to Improve the Standard of care at End-of-Life)
Associate Professor of Nursing, Associate Director, Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing and the Center for Integrative Science in Aging, University of Pennsylvania
Research areas: pain and palliative care in older adults, with an emphasis on nursing home residents
PubMed 

Linda Fried, MD, MPH
Core Investigator
Research area: Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Treatment
Staff Physician, VAPHS
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh

Walid Gellad, MD, MPH
Core Investigator
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Research Areas: Health equity; health economics
Publications: Link to PubMed *

C.Bernie Good, MD, MPH
Core Investigator
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacy, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Research Areas: Health equity
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Peter Groeneveld, MD, MSc
Core Investigator
Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Research Areas: Cost effectiveness, emerging medical technologies, health equity
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Leslie R.M. Hausmann, PhD
Core Investigator
Research Areas: Health care culture, Healthy equity
Publications: Link to PubMed

Samuel T. Kuna, MD, MCSE
Core Investigator
Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Section, PVAMC
Associate Professor of Medicine, the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Research Areas: Sleep Apnea, Health Equity
Publications: Link to PubMed *

David W. Oslin, MD
Core Investigator
Associate Professor, Geriatric and Addiction Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Research Areas: Treatment and consequences of alcohol dependence in older adults
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Keri Rodriguez, PhD
Core Investigator
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Research Areas: Patient-Provider Communication; End-of-Life Care
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Armando J. Rotondi, PhD
Core Investigator
Associate Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Health Policy Management
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Research Areas: The design, development, and testing of systems to improve quality, access, and cost performance, of health, mental health, and social services.
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Mary Ann Sevick, ScD
Core Investigator
Associate Professor of Medicine and Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
Research Areas: Adherence, chronic disease
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Judy A. Shea, PhD
Co-chief, Measurement Core
Professor of Medicine, Clinician Educator, Director of Evaluation and Assessment, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Research Areas: Measurement, Instrument Design, Evaluation, Psychometrics
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Roslyn A. Stone, PhD
Co-Chief, Biostatistics and Informatics Core
Associate Professor of Biostatistics, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh
Research Areas: generalized linear models, survival, design and analysis of cluster-randomized studies
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Kevin G. Volpp, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Professor Health Care Systems, The Wharton School
Research Areas: Quality impacts of natural experiments in health policy reform, Risk behavior and non-use of beneficial preventive services
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Mary B. Walsh, RN
Administrative Officer, Pittsburgh
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Steven Weisbord, MD, MSc
Core Investigator
Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Research Areas: Hepatitis, kidney failure, patient satisfaction
Publications: Link to PubMed *

Rachel Werner, MD, PhD
Core Investigator, Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Research Areas: Health Disparities, Discrimination, Quality of Care, Performance Improvement
Publications: Link to PubMed *