Steering Committee

Brody, Ab – PhD, RN, FAAN
Credentials: PhD, RN, FAAN
Role:

Core Leader, Pilot Studies Core
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine
Primary Institution: New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing
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Associate Professor of Nursing and Medicine, New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Associate Director, Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
Founder, Aliviado Health

Bio: Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN is associate professor of nursing and medicine, Associate Director of Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and Founder of Aliviado. His work focuses on the intersection of geriatrics, palliative care, and equity, seeking to improve quality of care for older adults with serious illness. He is principal investigator for two NIH-funded large-scale pragmatic clinical trials: one focusing on improving care quality, quality of life, and healthcare utilization for people living with dementia in home health (R01AG056610) through Aliviado Dementia Care for Home Health; another, the HAS-QOL trial (R61AG061904), focusing on implementing Aliviado Dementia Care for Hospice, with a primary outcome of reducing inappropriate antipsychotic use that can lead to reduced function and quality of life. He is passionate about mentoring and developing the nursing and scientific workforce, leads the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association Leadership Development Program, is Enrichment Program Director of NYU Meyer’s P20 Exploratory Center for Precision Health in Diverse Populations (P20NR018075), and maintains an active practice on the Geriatric and Palliative Consult Services at NYU Langone Health.
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Callahan, Chris – MD, MACP
Credentials: MD, MACP
Role:

Core Leader, Training Core
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Chief Research and Development Officer
Primary Institution: Eskenazi Health
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Chief Research and Development Officer, Eskenazi Health
Professor of Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine
Investigator, Regenstrief Institute

Bio: Christopher M. Callahan, MD, MACP is a physician-scientist and Chief Research and Development Officer at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Callahan graduated from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1985 and completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine and a fellowship in health services research at Indiana University. He has served on the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine for 30 years. His clinical practice at Eskenazi Health in Indianapolis focuses on the care of older people living with Alzheimer’s disease and AD-related dementias. He is a Scientist in the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Dr. Callahan served as Director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research for over 20 years. He conducts clinical research to improve care of older adults in primary care settings, including clinical trials exploring new models of care which increasingly focus on the integration of family, community, and medical services. He studies new approaches to facilitate implementation of care models into routine clinical practice, with emphasis on vulnerable elders.
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Halpern, Scott – MD, PhD
Credentials: MD, PhD
Role:

Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: John M. Eisenberg Professor in Medicine
Primary Institution: Penn LDI
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John M. Eisenberg Professor in Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

Bio: Scott D. Halpern, MD, PhD is the John M. Eisenberg Professor in Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the Palliative and Advanced Illness Research (PAIR) Center and the NIA-funded Roybal Center, ÒTransforming residential palliative care for persons with dementia through behavioral economics and data science.Ó Dr. Halpern’s research focuses on developing and testing interventions to improve the value of health care delivery for patients and caregivers affected by serious illnesses, including dementia. He is an elected member of ASCI and AAP, and has received numerous awards for research and mentoring, including the 2017 American Federation for Medical Research’s Outstanding Investigator Award for the best scientist in any field under the age of 45, the Association of Clinical and Translational Science’s Distinguished Investigator Award for lifetime achievement in translation of clinical practice into public benefit and policy, and the Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.
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Hanson, Laura – MD, MPH
Credentials: MD, MPH
Role:

Core Leader, Patient/Caregiver Reported Outcomes (PCRO) Core
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Director, UNC Palliative Care Program
Primary Institution: University of North Carolina School of Medicine
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Professor, Division of Geriatric Medicine
Director, UNC Palliative Care Program, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Bio: Laura Hanson, MD, MPH is a tenured professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and Director of the UNC Palliative Care Program. As a board-certified physician in internal medicine, geriatric medicine, and hospice and palliative medicine, she provides care for frail and medically complex older patients, and adults of all ages with serious and potentially life-limiting illness. Dr. Hanson leads a research program to understand, measure and improve quality of palliative care for people living with late-stage AD/ADRD, nursing home residents and other vulnerable populations. As lead clinical investigator on the PEACE Project, she helped develop and test clinical palliative care quality measures, now endorsed by the National Quality Forum and applied nationwide in hospice care. She has been the principal investigator/co-investigator for numerous real-world and pragmatic clinical trials to improve nursing home dementia care, including two NIH-NIA funded randomized clinical trials of decision aids for family caregivers of people living with advanced dementia, and serves as site-based principal investigator for the Measurement Core, Palliative Care Research Cooperative group.
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
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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.
Mitchell, Susan – MD, MPH
Credentials: MD, MPH
Role:

Principal Investigator, Administration & Management Core (AC)
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Senior Scientist
Primary Institution: Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
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Senior Scientist, Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Faculty, Division of Geriatrics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Bio: Susan L. Mitchell, MD, MPH is a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and senior scientist at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research in Boston, where she directs the Palliative Care in Aging Research Center and co-directs the Interventional Studies in Aging Center. She is a geriatrician and health services researcher. Her research focuses on improving outcomes for older patients with advanced illness, particularly those living with dementia. She has been the principal investigator on many large research projects, including several cluster randomized clinical trials, funded by the NIH and has authored many key scientific publications related to this topic. Dr. Mitchell is an active mentor of young investigators and was supported by an NIH-NIA K24 Mid-Career Investigator Award for ten years. She is also a current recipient of a NIH-NIA Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award.
Mor, Vincent – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

Principal Investigator, Administration & Management Core (AC)
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice and the Florence Pirce Grant University Health
Primary Institution: Brown University School of Public Health
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Professor of Health Services, Policy & Practice and the Florence Pirce Grant University Health, Brown University School of Public Health
Research Health Scientist, Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center

Bio: Vincent Mor, PhD professor of health services, policy & practice and Florence Pirce Grant professor in the Brown University School of Public Health, has been principal investigator of 40+ NIH-funded grants focusing on use of health services and outcomes of frail and chronically ill people. He has evaluated the impact of programs and policies including Medicare funding of hospice, changes in Medicare nursing home payment, and the introduction of nursing home quality measures. He co-authored the Congressionally-mandated Minimum Data Set (MDS) and was architect of an integrated Medicare claims and clinical assessment data structure used for policy analysis, pharmaco-epidemiology and population outcome measurement. Dr. Mor developed summary measures using MDS data to characterize residents’ physical, cognitive and psycho-social functioning. These data resources are the heart of the NIA-funded Program Project Grant he leads, “Changing Long Term Care in America,” examining the impact of Medicaid and Medicare policies on long-term care. These data are also at the core of a series of large, pragmatic cluster randomized trials of novel nursing home-based interventions led by Dr. Mor.
Onken, Lisa – PhD
Credentials: PhD
Role:

NIA Project Scientist
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Director Behavior Change and Intervention Program
Primary Institution: National Institute on Aging
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Director Behavior Change and Intervention Program, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (DBSR)

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Ritchie, Christine – MD, MSPH
Credentials: MD, MSPH
Role:

Executive Committee, Patient/Cargiver Reported Outcomes (PCRO) Core
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Professor of Medicine
Primary Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital Mongan Institute
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Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Minaker Chair in Geriatrics, Director of Research, Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine, MGH

Bio: Christine Ritchie, MD, MSPH, is the Minaker chair in geriatrics and Director of Research in the Division of Palliative Care and Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. She will be establishing a Center for Aging and Serious Illness Research at MGH, designed to bring together researchers to improve the well-being of older adults and enhancing the lived experience of those with advanced illnesses. A graduate of Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, she completed her internal medicine residency, chief residency and geriatric fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). She is a board-certified geriatrician and palliative care physician with research focused on optimal clinical care for those with advanced illness, including advanced dementia. Dr. Ritchie co-chairs the NIH-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative and co-directs the National Home-based Primary Care and Palliative Care Research Consortium.
Salive, Marcel – MD, MPH
Credentials: MD, MPH
Role:

NIA Project Scientist
Member, Steering Committee

Primary title: Health Scientist Administrator
Primary Institution: National Institute on Aging
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Health Scientist Administrator, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology (DGCG)

Bio: Marcel Salive, MD, MPH is National Institute on Aging project scientist on the IMPACT Collaboratory. Dr. Salive administers NIA’s research portfolio on multiple chronic conditions treatment and prevention, polypharmacy and deprescribing. He developed initiatives on pragmatic clinical trials, including treatment of comorbid conditions in persons with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Previously, he served as Director of the Division of Medical and Surgical Services within the Coverage and Analysis Group of CMS and was responsible for developing and maintaining national coverage decisions for Medicare beneficiaries and led an expansion of prevention coverage that put it on par with diagnostic and treatment services. He currently serves on the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee. He earned chemistry and medical degrees from the University of Michigan and completed his preventive medicine residency and a master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.
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