The Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation

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gehr-teamOur mission is to help collaborating health systems deliver better, more efficient care, and to learn about the science of health care delivery in the process. We are grateful for the opportunity to conduct this important work thanks to the generosity of Mr. Norbert Gehr, a successful businessman who supported us to start the Center.

Here is a link to our mission and vision statement as well as our 2018-19 annual report. If you are interested in learning more and collaborating with us, please contact us!


• Drs. Peden, Hochman, and Turner published a piece in the Center for Health Journalism on the role that the Coronavirus is having in the shift toward tele-medicine use at Keck Hospital of USC.

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation announced that Brian Bensadigh, MD, MBA of the Keck School of Medicine of USC has been awarded the 2020 Patient Safety Curriculum Award for his proposal, “Perioperative Patient Safety Curriculum for Anesthesia Trainees”. His co-investigator and mentor for the grant is the Gehr Center’s own Carol Peden, MB ChB, M.D.

• The Gehr Center’s Michael Cousineau, DPH, discusses how hygienic factors that affect homeless populations could impact the spread of coronavirus.

• Gehr Center Project Manager, Alissa Maier, MPH, recently presented on “Prediabetes and Diabetes Prevalence and Programming in LA County” at a Right Care Initiative LA University of Best Practices meeting.

• Gehr students Surabhi Reddy and Allie Obremskey published a new analysis in the journal Healthcare describing the impact of the Keck School of Medicine health policy curriculum – co-developed by the Gehr team – on medical student knowledge of and interest in health policy topics. Co-authors include Gehr faculty Sonali Saluja and Michael Hochman, along with Pam Schaff and Greg Harlan from the Keck medical education team.

• KPCC-FM (Los Angeles) interviewed the Gehr Center’s Michael Cousineau, DPH, about hygienic factors that affects homeless populations throughout Southern California.

• Do safety-net primary care clinics perform as well as private practices? Gehr Center director Michael Hochman, MD, MPH, offers his thoughts in a Journal of General Internal Medicine editorial.

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