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Christina T. Yuan, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Christina T. Yuan, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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  • Joint Appointment in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

implementation science; diffusion of innovations; organizational behavior; quality improvement; patient safety more


Christina T. Yuan, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.  

Her research focuses on the dissemination and implementation of healthcare innovations, with a special interest in how healthcare providers influence and learn from one another. Through the use of qualitative, quantitative, and social network methods, she is currently studying the implementation of enhanced recovery after surgery programs, the meaning of patient safety in patient-centered medical homes, and the role of social networks in the implementation of electronic health records. 

Dr. Yuan received her Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management, with a concentration in Organizational Theory and Management from Yale University. She received her M.P.H in the Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases from the Yale School of Public Health, and her B.S. in Biology and Honors from Villanova University.

Dr. Yuan’s work appears in several peer-reviewed outlets, including JAMA Surgery, Health Services Research, Health Care Management Review, and The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety. more


  • Joint Appointment in Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



  • B.S.; Villanova University (Pennsylvania) (2003)
  • M.P.H.; Yale University (Connecticut) (2005)
  • Ph.D.; Yale University (Connecticut) (2016)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

Brewster, A.L., Yuan, C.T., Tan, A.X., Tangoren, C.G., Curry, L.A. (2019). Collaboration in Health Care and Social Service Networks for Older Adults: Association with Health Care Utilization Measures. Medical Care, 57(5), 327-333

Yuan, C.T., Pronovost, P.J., Marsteller, J.A. (2018). Harnessing the power of peer influence to improve quality. American Journal of Medical Quality.

Stone, A.B.,* Yuan, C.T.,* Rosen, M.A., Grant, M.C., Benishek, L.E., Hanahan, E., Lubomski, L.H., Wick, E.C. (2018). Enhanced recovery after surgery implementation strategy: a systematic review of barriers and facilitators. JAMA Surgery, 153(3):270-279. https://doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.5565 (https://doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2017.5565)

*Authors contributed equally

Yuan, C.T., Bradley, E.H., Nembhard, I.M. (2015). A mixed methods study of how clinician 'super users' influence others during the implementation of electronic health records. BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 15(26). 

Yuan, C.T., Nembhard, I.M., Kane, G.C. (2020). The influence of peer beliefs on nurses’ use of new health information technology: A social network analysis. Social Science & Medicine, 255, 113002. DOI:

Contact for Research Inquiries

Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
750 E Pratt St
15th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21202 map

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Activities & Honors


  • Health Services Research Dissertation Grant (R36), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), 2013 - 2015
  • William Crawford Health Information Technology Award, Yale University, 2012 - 2013
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein-National Service Research Award, Trainee, Yale University, 2009 - 2013
  • Wilbur G. Downs International Health Research Fellowship, Yale University, 2004 - 2004
  • St. Martin de Porres Scholarship (full tuition), Villanova University, 1999 - 2003


  • AcademyHealth
  • Academy of Management
  • Organization Theory in Health Care Association

Professional Activities

  • Principal Faculty, Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality
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