Michael Fine, MD, MSc - Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion
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Michael Fine, MD, MSc

CHERP COIN Investigator

Director, VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion

Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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Michael J. Fine, MD, MSc is Director of CHERP, Staff Physician at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) and Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. His research focuses on ways to improve the quality and equity of medical care for patients with common medical problems, such as pneumonia, diabetes, and pulmonary embolus. As Co-Founder and Director of CHERP, he is particularly interested in conducting research to detect, understand, and eliminate disparities in health and health care among vulnerable patient populations. His past research employed retrospective and prospective cohort designs, with extensive emphasis on assessment of patient-centered outcomes. His research has also utilized randomized clinical trial design to test the effectiveness and safety of implementing medical practice guidelines to improve the quality and efficiency of care for patients with common medical illnesses.

In May 2022, Dr. Fine was 
appointed to the faculty rank of Distinguished Professor of Medicine by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This appointment "constitutes the highest honor that the University can accord to a member of the professoriate." This special category of distinguished professorship honors "extraordinary, internationally recognized scholarly attainment."
 

Dr. Fine received his MD from Hahnemann Medical School and his MSc in Epidemiology from Harvard School of Public Health.  He founded VA CHERP in 2001 with David Asch, MD, MBA as the first two-site VA HSR&D Research Center of Excellence. At CHERP, Dr. Fine has led a high-impact national research program focused on improving the quality and equity of health and health care for vulnerable Veteran populations, successfully competing for Center renewal in 2007, 2013, and 2018. 

Dr. Fine has advised and/or trained 70+ mentees within the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and/or its academic affiliate, the University of Pittsburgh. A cornerstone of Dr. Fine's mentorship involves the cultivation of scholarship through scientific publication. Using scientific writing as a powerful tool to develop his mentees' methodological, analytical, and critical thinking skills, he has published 200+ peer-reviewed papers, review articles, or commentaries with 63+ of his mentees; his mentees served as first author for ~80% of these articles.  Both Dr. Fine's and his mentees' success is magnified by the impact their scholarship has had in shaping health services research, patient care, and healthcare policy.  He received the VA HSR&D Daniel Deykin Award for Outstanding Mentor in 2018.  

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Funded Research

CHERP Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (TPS 72-000) as Principal Investigator

Published Research

Association Between Neighborhood-Level Poverty and Incident Atrial Fibrillation: a Retrospective Cohort Study. J Gen Intern Med (2021)
Essien UR, Fine MJ, et al.
Association Between Neighborhood-Level Poverty and Incident Atrial Fibrillation: a Retrospective Cohort Study. Journal of General Internal Medicine (2021)
Fine MJ, Essien UR, et al.
Evaluation of a collaborative VA network initiative to reduce racial disparities in blood pressure control among veterans with severe hypertension. Healthcare (2021)
Fine MJ, Burkitt KH, Rodriguez KL, Hausmann LRM, Long JA
National Media Coverage of the Veterans Affairs Waitlist Scandal: Effects on Veterans' Distrust of the VA Health Care System. Medical Care (2021)
Fine MJ, Burkitt KH, Hausmann LRM, et al.
Prescriber perspectives on low-value prescribing: A qualitative study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2021)
Fine MJ, Gellad WF, Thorpe CT, Radomski TR, et al.
Identifying sociodemographic profiles of veterans at risk for high-dose opioid prescribing using classification and regression trees. Journal of opioid management (2021)
Fine MJ, Gellad WF, Thorpe CT, Radomski TR, Hausmann LRM, et al.
Temporal Associations Between Social Media Use and Depression. American Journal of Preventive Medicine (2021)
Fine MJ, et al.
Identifying sociodemographic profiles of veterans at risk for high-dose opioid prescribing using classification and regression trees. Journal of Opioid Management (2021)
Hausmann LRM, Thorpe JM, Gellad WF, Thrope CT, Radomski TR, Fine MJ, et al.
Prescriber perspectives on low-value prescribing: A qualitative study. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2021)
Thorpe CT, Fine MJ, Gellad WF, Radomski TR, et al.
Identifying sociodemographic profiles of veterans at risk for high-dose opioid prescribing using classification and regression trees. Journal of Opioid Management (2021)
Thorpe CT, Hausmann LRM, Fine MJ, Radomski TR, Gellad WF, Thorpe JM, et al.
Source of Post-Transplant Care and Mortality among Kidney Transplant Recipients Dually Enrolled in VA and Medicare. (2021)
Weisbord SD, Fine MJ, Gellad WF, Hall DE, et al.
Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Medical Treatment of Opioid Use Disorders Within the VA Healthcare System Following Non-Fatal Opioid Overdose. J Gen Intern Med (2020)
Essien UR, Zhao X, Thorpe CT, Mor MK, Hausmann LR, Fine MJ, Gellad WF, et al.
Veteran, primary care provider, and specialist satisfaction with electronic consultation. JMIR Med Inform (2015)
Fine MJ, et al.
Racial Differences in Satisfaction with VA Health Care: A Mixed Methods Pilot Study. Pubname (2015)
Fine MJ, et al.
Brand-name prescription drug use among diabetes patients in the VA and Medicare Part D. Ann Intern Med (2013)
Gellad WF, Zhao X, Mor MK, Thorpe CT, Fine MJ, et al.

Research Areas

  • Health Equity
  • Patient-centered Outcomes
  • Practice Guideline Implementation