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Highlights from AHRQ's Health Care Research Scholars Program

This is another installment in our continuing series focusing on the recent achievements of current and former scholars who received support for their research education from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, AHCPR) through our National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants program.

We are very proud of the accomplishments and recognition received by these current and former students, as well as the accomplishments of their training programs and advisors. We look forward to sharing their news with you from time to time.

These features will provide a window into the future of health services research and the individuals who have already begun to lead the way toward meeting the new challenges we will face in the years ahead. If you are a current or former scholar whose research education was supported by AHRQ or its predecessor agencies (the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, AHCPR, and the National Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technology Assessment, NCHSR) and you would like to be mentioned in an upcoming issue of Research Activities, please send a message with the appropriate information by E-mail to In particular, we are eager to hear about how your research findings have been translated into practice or how your research has affected health care in the United States. We look forward to hearing from you.

This month we are focusing on current affiliations and recent notable achievements of former fellows, as well as faculty and institutional accomplishments.

Spotlight on Former Fellows

University of Pennsylvania

  • Joseph Kerstein, Ph.D., (1986)—Associate Professor of Accountancy at Baruch College, City University of New York; co-authored a book, Accounting for Effective Decisionmaking: A Manager's Guide to Financial and Internal Reporting.
  • James Highland, Ph.D., M.H.S.A., (1986)—founder and CEO of Compass Health Analytics, Inc.
  • Robert Connor, Ph.D., M.H.A., (1987-1988)—Associate Professor in the Department of Health Care Management of the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.
  • Jacqueline Zinn, Ph.D., M.B.A., (1987-1990)—Assistant Professor, Department of Risk Insurance and Health Care Management, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University. Dr. Zinn recently received the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR) Young Outstanding Investigator Award.
  • David Bishai, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., (1991-1995)—Assistant Professor, Department of Population Dynamics, School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.
  • Nicholas Christakis, M.D., Ph.D., (1993-1995)—Assistant Professor of Medicine and Sociology at the University of Chicago, Section of General Internal Medicine; Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar.
  • Jose Escarce, M.D., Ph.D., (1986-1987)—Senior Natural Scientist at the RAND Corporation, is serving as a member of AHRQ's National Advisory Council.
  • Amy Justice, M.D., Ph.D., (1991-1994)—Assistant Professor of Medicine, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of Pittsburgh.
  • Scott Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D., (1986-1987)—Assistant Professor, Division of General Medicine, University of Washington; Director of Clinical Economics, Center for Cost and Outcomes Research, University of Washington.
  • Kimberly Rask, M.D., Ph.D., (1989-1991)—Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine and Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Emory University.
  • David Brailer, M.D., Ph.D., (1988-1989)—Chairman and CEO of Care Management Sciences, Adjunct Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Executive Director, Wharton Forum on Clinical Care Management.
  • Christopher Feudtner, M.A., M.D., Ph.D. (1993-1995)—Clinical Scholar and Acting Professor of Pediatrics, University of Washington.
  • Jeffrey Silber, M.D., Ph.D., (1988-1989)—Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Oncology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
  • Stephen Walston, Ph.D., (1993-1997)—Assistant Professor, Sloan Program for Health Services Administration, Cornell University; former recipient of an AHCPR dissertation grant.

Faculty Accomplishments at Brown University

  • Constantine Gatsonis, Ph.D., was awarded a grant naming Brown's Center for Statistical Sciences as a Statistical Coordinating Center for the American College of Radiology Imaging Network, which is part of a research system funded by the National Cancer Institute.
  • Joan Teno, M.D., was recently awarded a $2.4 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to assess progress at the national, State, and local levels in improving end-of-life care for dying patients and their families.
  • Mary Fennell, Ph.D., was recently awarded an AHCPR grant entitled "Facility effects on racial differences in nursing home quality."
  • Susan Allen, Ph.D., was recently awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for developing a Medicaid managed care chartbook.

Institutional Accomplishments

  • Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) will be one of the five components in the National Institute on Drug Abuse's substance abuse treatment research network. Postdoctoral students at OHSU will become very involved in studying substance abuse treatment effectiveness over time.

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