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Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare

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CINCCH Investigators

The Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Health Care is a nucleus for a dynamic group of health services research professionals who share a common mission. CINCCH core investigators have academic appointments at one of our affiliated universities.

The CINCCH Investigators are listed below with their e mails, and research interests.


Kevin Stroupe, PhD, Director of CINCCH

Research Interests: Computational statistics, cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmacoeconomics, economic analysis, health policy analysis

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Our Leadership Team

Saul Weiner, MD, Deputy Director CINCCH

Research Interests: Clinical decision-making, patient-centered care, contextual error, contextualizing care, and direct methods of studying the clinical encounter including unannounced standardized patients and patient-collected audio.

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Howard S. Gordon, MD, Assistant Director CINCCH at Jesse Brown VAMC (JBVAMC),  Site Lead Womens Health Practice Based Research Network (WH PBRN) at JBVAMC, Co-chair, IRB, JBVAMC, Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interests: Physician-patient communication, patient-centered communication, health disparities, health informatics

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Bridget M. Smith, PhD, MPA

Research Interests: Cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmacoeconomics, spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, statistical methods, health economics, affordable care act

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Charlesnika T. Evans, PhD, MPH, Co-PI QUERI CARRIAGE

Research Interests: Adult immunizations, databases, epidemiology, infectious disease, observational studies, patient outcomes, pharmacoepidemiology and adverse drug events, practice patterns, statistical methodology, treatment outcome, spinal cord injury, infection, antimicrobial resistance

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David Bentrem, MD, MS

Research Interests: Cancer, patient safety, quality assurance, health care - quality of health care, surgery

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Lisa Burkhart PhD, RN

Research Interests: spinal cord injury, preventive care, community health, interprofessional collaborative practice

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Michael Fischer, MD MSPH

Research Interests: Clinical epidemiology, nephrology, patient outcomes, resource use and cost of VA care, treatment outcome, chronic kidney disease, disparities, depression, quality of life, geriatrics

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 Dustin French, PhD

Research Interests: big data; epidemiology; health disparities; health economics; health policy; ophthalmology; public policy; Veterans

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Neil Jordan, PhD, MS

Research Interests: Chronic illness, comorbidity, mental health, health care policy, health services research, cost-effectiveness analysis, budget impact analysis

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Sherri LaVela, PhD, MPH, MBA, PhD Post-doctoral Fellowship Director

Research Interests: Disability studies, health promotion and disease prevention, chronic disease prevalence and multiple-morbidity in persons with disabilities, gerontology, aging with a disability, patient-centered care, patient experience, patient-reported outcomes, evidence-based medicine, spinal cord injury and rehabilitation, informal caregiving and family support, family-centered care

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Karen Saban, PhD, RN

Research Interests: Anxiety, cardiovascular diseases, caregiving, cross-cultural comparison, health behavior, health outcomes, social support, stroke, epigenetics, mindfulness, inflammation

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Abigail Silva, PhD

Research Interests: Health equity, health care access, cancer care quality and outcomes

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Frances M. Weaver, PhD

Research Interests: Health-related outcomes, patient-centered care, new care delivery models, Parkinson's disease, spinal cord injury, implementation science

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Geneva M. Wilson, PhD, MPH

Research Interests: Epidemiology, infectious disease, statistical methodology, antimicrobial resistance, observational studies, pilot studies, environmental contamination, environmental epidemiology, meta-analysis, pharmacoepidemiology

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updated 9-30-22