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  • Mary Catherine Beach Lab

    Research in the Mary Catherine Beach Lab focuses on physician mindfulness and the patient-provider relationship and how such factors impact health care quality. Current research involves investigating the theoretical foundations of respect, as well as the impact of physician attitudes and communication on patients in the primary care setting, with a specific focus on HIV, substance abuse and sickle cell disease patients. We also explore issues such as patients’ rights, mental health parity, human subject protection, genetic discrimination, human cloning and stem cell research.

    Research Areas: physician mindfulness, mental health, sickle cell diseases, substance abuse, patient-provider relationships, HIV, patients’ rights

    Principal Investigator

    Mary Catherine Beach, M.D., M.P.H.

    Department

    Medicine

  • Matthew DeCamp Lab

    Research in the Matthew DeCamp Lab focuses on ethical issues in health reform using both conceptual and empirical methods. We examine how accountable care organizations (ACOs) are engaging patients in an effort to improve patient engagement strategies. In addition, we study social media and medical professionalism as well as ethics in global health, with a special emphasis on short-term global health training.

    Research Areas: intellectual property, accountable care organizations, social media, health training, bioethics, health care reform

    Principal Investigator

    Matthew DeCamp

    Department

    Medicine

  • Nae-Yuh Wang Lab

    The Nae-Yuh Wang Lab concentrates on a wide range of multicenter studies and randomized controlled trials. Recent studies have focused on pediatric cochlear implantation and longitudinal data analysis. One recent study found that partnering with primary care providers to deliver weight loss programs may promote greater participant satisfaction and weight loss. Another active study is assessing the effectiveness of promising interventions to reduce race disparities in live donor kidney transplantation.

    Research Areas: epidemiology, longitudinal data, kidney transplants, cochlear implant, biostatistics, weight loss

    Principal Investigator

    Nae-Yuh Wang, M.S., Ph.D.

    Department

    Medicine

  • Nisa Maruthur Lab

    The Nisa Maruthur Lab studies primary care; individualized medicine for the prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity; pharmacogenomics of type 2 diabetes; and comparative effectiveness.

    Research Areas: primary care, obesity, pharmacogenomics, diabetes

    Principal Investigator

    Nisa Maruthur, M.D., M.H.S.

    Department

    Medicine

  • Raquel Greer Lab

    Work in the Raquel Greer Lab focuses primarily on health disparities in chronic kidney disease. Our most recent research explored the challenges perceived by primary care providers in educating patients about chronic kidney disease as well as physicians’ views on barriers to adequate preparation of patients for renal replacement therapy. We also are interested in examining how clinical-patient communication can impact quality of care in the primary care setting.

    Research Areas: primary care, kidney diseases, patient-provider relationships

    Principal Investigator

    Raquel Greer, M.D., M.H.S.

    Department

    Medicine

  • Richard Moore Lab

    Research interests in the Richard Moore Lab include clinical epidemiology, costs, cost-effectiveness and outcomes of HIV/AIDS. We recently examined whether the effect of delaying antiretroviral therapy initiation in HIV-positive adults is modified by age at entry into care.

    Research Areas: epidemiology, antiretroviral therapies, AIDS, HIV

    Principal Investigator

    Richard Moore, M.D.

    Department

    Medicine

  • Romsai Boonyasai Lab

    Research in the Romsai Boonyasai Lab focuses on systems-based approaches for improving health care quality, including reducing harm during care transitions after hospital discharge and improving outcomes related to hypertension and other chronic diseases. We recently have focused on developing and evaluating practice-based tools for improving the accuracy of blood pressure measurement, overcoming clinical inertia to treatment, and engaging patients in self-management of their health.

    Research Areas: health care quality, hypertension, care coordination, chronic illnesses

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    Principal Investigator

    Romsai Boonyasai, M.D., M.P.H.

    Department

    Medicine

  • Sarah Clever Lab

    Work in the Sarah Clever Lab focuses on medical education, patient-provider communication and the role of shared decision-making in patient recovery. We recently examined the ethical dilemmas of caring for “influential” patients whose attributes and characteristics (for example, social status, occupation, or position), coupled with their behavior, have the potential to significantly affect a clinician's judgment or actions.

    Research Areas: medical education, medical decision making, patient-provider relationships

    Principal Investigator

    Sarah Clever, M.D.

    Department

    Medicine

  • Sonal Singh Lab

    Investigators in the Sonal Singh Lab work to translate biomedical evidence into sound public policy and clinical care—and to ensure that stakeholders are informed enough about treatment choices to make evidence-based decisions. We're experts in conducting rigorous, systematic epidemiologic reviews, observational studies, multi-criteria decision analysis and benefit-risk assessment of drugs. Our studies of medication safety include detecting pancreatitis risk with GLP-based therapies for type 2 diabetes and detecting the risk of cardiovascular events with varenicline, inhaled anticholinergics and rosiglitazone. This work has influenced policy and been incorporated into national and international guidelines. We've also participated in studies of sexual violence against women and developed new scales to measure attacks on health workers in conflict settings and human-rights violations among men who have sex with men in Nepal.

    Research Areas: diabetes, drugs, human rights, sexual violence, cardiovascular diseases, evidence-based medicine, public policy

    Principal Investigator

    Sonal Singh

    Department

    Medicine

  • Spyridon Marinopoulos Lab

    Research interests in the Spyridon Marinopoulos Lab include evidence-based medicine. Recently, we examined the impact of health information technology (IT) that supports patient-centered care (PCC) and found substantial evidence that health IT applications with PCC-related components have a positive effect on health care outcomes.

    Research Areas: breast cancer, patient-centered health care, health IT, diabetes, evidence-based medicine

    Principal Investigator

    Spyridon Marinopoulos, M.B.A., M.D.

    Department

    Medicine

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