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

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  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Research Interests

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


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


  • Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine

Departments / Divisions

Centers & Institutes



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

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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

Linnander, E., Yuan, C.T., Ahmed, S., Cherlin, E., Talbert-Slagle, K., Curry, L.A. (2017). Process evaluation of knowledge transfer across industries: Leveraging Coca-Cola's supply chain expertise for medicine availability in Tanzania. PLOS ONE

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).

Nembhard, I.M., Yuan, C.T., Shabanova, V., Cleary, P.D. (2014). The relationship between voice climate and patients' experience of timely care in primary care clinics. Health Care Management Review, 40(2):104-115.

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
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