Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Baier, Rosa – MPH
Credentials: MPH
Role:

Team Leader, Data Sharing & Standards
Executive Committee, Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Core
Executive Committee, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Q&I Center Director
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
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Associate Director, Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation
Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice, Brown University School of Public Health

Bio: Rosa Baier, MPH is associate professor of practice at Brown. She leads the Center for Long-Term Care Quality & Innovation (Q&I)–the IMPACT Collaboratory’s administrative home–which aims to improve care for older adults by testing and disseminating proven interventions, and has particular strength in post-acute and long-term care settings. Prior to launching Q&I in 2015, she spent 14 years collaborating with healthcare providers and stakeholders to implement and evaluate Medicare quality improvement initiatives. This hands-on experience informs her approach to pragmatic research: combining rigorous methods and evaluation with the flexibility necessary to implement interventions under real-world conditions and constraints. Among her scientific contributions is co-creating the Readiness Assessment for Pragmatic Trials (RAPT) model, which helps trialists assess an intervention when determining whether or not to proceed to a pragmatic trial and how to design that trial. Her research interests also include characterizing nursing centers able to implement interventions successfully.
Bayliss, Elizabeth – MD, MSPH
Credentials: MD, MSPH
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Senior Investigator
Primary Institution: Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research
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Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Institute for Health Research
Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Bio: Elizabeth A. Bayliss, MD, MSPH, is a senior investigator at the Institute for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Colorado and professor of family medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Her research focuses on processes of care and methods for studying care delivery for patients and populations with complex care needs. She is also interested in the interaction between health policy and care delivery for this population. Dr. Bayliss completed her medical training at the University of Colorado Denver, where she also received her Master of Science in Public Health degree. She has served as principal investigator on studies of competing demands affecting individuals with complex care needs, developing quality measures for complex patients, assessing the impact of primary and specialty care continuity within an integrated delivery system, and improving medication prescribing practices for older adults with multiple chronic medical conditions.
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Gurwitz, Jerry – MD
Credentials: MD
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Executive Director
Primary Institution: Meyers Primary Care Institute
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Executive Director, Meyers Primary Care Institute
Chief, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Bio: Jerry Gurwitz, MD is Executive Director of the Meyers Primary Care Institute, a joint endeavor of University of Massachusetts Medical School, Reliant Medical Group, and Fallon Health. He also serves as Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he is the Dr. John Meyers professor of primary care medicine. Dr. Gurwitz serves as principal investigator of the NIA-funded Advancing Geriatrics Infrastructure and Network Growth (ÒAGINGÓ) Initiative which is a joint endeavor of the Health Care Systems Research Network and the Older American Independence Centers.
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Hanson, Leah – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Associate Core Leader, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Senior Research Investigator, Senior Director of Research at HealthPartners Neuroscience Center
Primary Institution: HealthPartners Institute
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Senior Research Investigator, Senior Director of Research at HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, HealthPartners Institute
Co-Director of Research, HealthPartners Center for Memory & Aging

Bio: Leah Hanson, PhD is a senior research investigator and Senior Director of Research at HealthPartners Neuroscience Center, HealthPartners Institute and Co-Director of Research at the HealthPartners Center for Memory & Aging. For over 15 years, her research has focused on the development of novel therapeutic delivery methods for the treatment and prevention of neurologic diseases, especially those that impact older adults such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and stroke. In 2010, she initiated the Minnesota Memory Project, a longitudinal cohort study of memory changes in adults and associated risk and protective factors, and she continues to serve as the principal investigator. Her experience includes recruitment for clinical research and trials in dementia via electronic medical record and healthcare claims data, conducting trials of non-medication interventions including education and support for patients and caregivers, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and aromatherapy.
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Larson, Eric – MD, MPH
Credentials: MD, MPH
Role:

Core Leader, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Vice President, Research and Health Care Innovation
Primary Institution: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Complete Titles:

Vice President, Research and Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Executive Director and Senior Investigator, Kaiser Washington Health Research Institute

Bio: Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, is Executive Director of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (KPWHRI) and Vice President for research and health care innovation at Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington. A general internist, Dr. Larson is a national leader in geriatrics, health services, and clinical research and has been an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine since 2007. Dr. Larson pursues an array of research, ranging from clinical interests such as Alzheimer’s disease and genomics to health services research involving technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, and quality improvement. His research on aging includes a longstanding collaboration between Kaiser Permanente Washington and the University of Washington called the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. With colleagues from Duke and Harvard, Dr. Larson started and now helps lead the NIH Health Care Systems Research Collaboratory.
Reuben, David – MD
Credentials: MD
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Archstone Professor of Medicine; Director, UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology
Primary Institution: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
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Archstone Professor of Medicine, Director, UCLA Multicampus Program in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Bio: David Reuben, MD is Director of the Multicampus Program in Geriatrics Medicine and Gerontology, Archstone Foundation chair, and professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is also Director of the UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program. Dr. Reuben sustains professional interests in clinical care, education, research and administrative aspects of geriatrics. He recently completed a PCORI methodology grant to determine and measure patient and caregiver goals in dementia. In 2018, he was awarded a multi-site PCORI- and NIA-funded pragmatic trial to compare the effectiveness of health system-based dementia care versus community-based dementia care versus usual care. Dr. Reuben is co-chair of the 2020 National Research Summit in Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Developing a Behavioral and Social Science Research Agenda on Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementias (AD/ADRD).
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Williamson, Jeff – MD, MHS
Credentials: MD, MHS
Role:

Executive Committee, Health Care Systems (HCS) Core

Primary title: Professor; Chief of Geriatric Medicine; Director for Center for Healthcare Innovation
Primary Institution: Wake Forest School of Medicine
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Professor, Chief of Geriatric Medicine, and Director for Center for Healthcare Innovation, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Bio: Jeff Williamson, MD, MHS is a professor of internal medicine and epidemiology and Chief, Section on Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine. He is an internationally known geriatrician and clinical trialist and serves as Director, Center for Healthcare Innovation, co-leader, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Administrative Core and Program and Clinical Core principal investigator, Wake Forest Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center. He completed his geriatric medicine fellowship and received a Master’s degree in epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Williamson’s primary research interests are in understanding relationships between chronic diseases and the maintenance of cognitive and physical function in aging adults, developing research methods for including older adults in clinical trials and in developing approaches to improved care coordination for vulnerable older patients traversing the health care system. Dr. Williamson is on the leadership team for 3 nationwide research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. Altogether, his NIH research studies have involved more than 30,000 adults over age 65 and 15,000 people over age 75.
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