USC Gehr Center Affiliate Program
Affiliate Membership: Affiliate membership offers a way to formalize collaboration between Gehr Center faculty and others at the University of Southern California and Los Angeles community with relevant interests. Potential affiliate members include health system leaders, researchers, and community members who are interested in conducting partnered research in health systems science in collaboration with Gehr faculty members. Gehr affiliates may also assist with mentoring Gehr students, teaching in the Gehr/Schaeffer health policy curriculum, and contributing to the Gehr Center blogs.
Benefits: Affiliate members will be able to use the resources of the Gehr Center, including administrative support. Affiliate members will also be invited to regular Gehr Center meetings, as well as special speaker events. Affiliate members will be eligible to apply for pilot grant funds from the Gehr Center, typically in the amount of $5,000-$10,000, to support promising projects that could result in larger collaborations. To apply for these grants, affiliate members must complete a two-stage proposal outlining their idea and submit it for consideration to the Gehr Center director. Only Gehr affiliate members are eligible to apply for these funds.
Expectations: Gehr affiliates are expected to participate in Gehr center sponsored staff and research meetings as they are able. At minimum, affiliates should be prepared to present at Gehr Center meetings at least twice a year.
How to Apply: If you are interested in learning more about the Gehr Center affiliate program, please email your CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org Please also send a document no longer than one page single-space addressing the questions:
- What health systems science research are you currently involved in?
- How will a Gehr affiliate membership help advance your work?
What are some potential collaborative projects or areas of research that you would like to work on with other Gehr faculty or affiliates?
Brian S. Mittman, PhD
|Brian S. Mittman, PhD is a Senior Research Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation and a Senior Scientist at the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Healthcare Innovation, Implementation and Policy in Los Angeles. His research interests include healthcare implementation and improvement science and healthcare delivery science. He has additional affiliations at RAND (senior advisor, health program), USC (research faculty, School of Social Work) and UCLA, where he co-leads the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute’s Implementation and Improvement Science Initiative and where he previously served as a Visiting Professor in the School of Public Health and the Anderson School of Management. Dr. Mittman convened the planning committee that launched the journal Implementation Science and served as co-editor in chief from 2005-2012. He was a founding member of the US Institute of Medicine Forum on the Science of Quality Improvement and Implementation and chaired the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Special Emphasis Panel on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health in 2007 and 2010. He directed VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) from 2002-2004. He currently serves on the Methodology Committee for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where he leads the Methodology Committee initiative to develop methods standards for studying complex interventions. He is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Advisory Panel on Research and advisory boards for several additional U.S. and international research programs in implementation science, including the King’s College London Centre for Implementation Science. He is a past member of the AcademyHealth Methods Council and Education Council. He has led or supported numerous implementation and improvement science studies and policy/practice improvement projects and has taught implementation science throughout the US and abroad.
Kimberly Miller, PhD, MPH
|Kimberly Miller, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences and Department of Dermatology at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on understanding the health behaviors and healthcare engagement of children, adolescents, and young adults with a particular focus on cancer-related health disparities. She is currently Principal Investigator of two NCI R01-funded studies in this area: a longitudinal study that examines the impact of a cancer diagnosis on the social well-being, symptom burden, and activity behaviors of ethnically diverse young adult cancer patients over the course of a year; and a study using data from the California Cancer Registry to examine the effects of residing in an ethnic enclave on the healthcare utilization of Asian American young adult survivors of childhood cancer. Her research incorporates behavioral, epidemiological, and implementation science methodologies to inform clinical practice and policies to improve cancer-related health outcomes and reduce disparities for this at-risk cancer population. With Drs. David Freyer (Children’s Hospital Los Angeles) and Joel Milam (University of California, Irvine), she is co-director of the Center for Young Adult Cancer Survivorship Research, an interdisciplinary research collaborative whose mission is to study and improve the health outcomes of young adult cancer survivors.
Danica Liberman, MD, MPH
|Danica Liberman, MD, MPH is an attending physician in the Division of Emergency and Transport Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and an affiliate of the Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science & Innovation at USC. Her research interests include health services research, population health, and quality improvement. She directs the Health Justice and Systems of Care Seminar course at KSOM, teaches within the MPH program, and is Faculty Advisor to the MD/MPH dual-degree students at USC. At the undergraduate level, she is the co-founder and lead Professor of two pre-health undergraduate USC courses taught on site at CHLA focusing on pediatric clinical research and addressing social determinants of health, which have graduated dozens of students into medical school and other fields within healthcare, enhanced the research productivity of the Division, and assisted numerous families in identifying and connecting to the community resources they need. She received her undergraduate degree in History from Yale University, her medical degree from Brown Medical School, and her master’s in public health from the University of Southern California.
Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD, MPH
|Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD, MPH‘s passion has been to improve infant outcomes and address health equity in the field of perinatal-neonatal medicine leveraging patient centered research, process improvement methodologies, and digital technology. Dr. Lakshmanan is currently an Associate Professor, Department of Health Systems Science at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine and is an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Population and Public Health Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.
Mónica Pérez Jolles, PhD
|Mónica Pérez Jolles, PhD is a health services researcher with expertise in econometrics and mixed methodology as well as community-based participatory research. Her research focuses on: a) evaluating complex interventions and developing tools to increase the capacity of health and human service settings to implement these interventions, particularly patient/family-centered coordinated care, and b) testing culturally designed patient activation and shared decision-making interventions in primary care settings. Dr. Pérez Jolles has experience collaborating in two pragmatic trials recruiting hard-to-reach minority populations as well as leading secondary data analyses using national surveys such as the Medical Expenditures Panel Data (MEPS) and the National Survey of Private Child and Family Serving Agencies (NSPCFSA). Research projects include a PCORI-funded Eugene Engagement Award developing a toolkit to increase the capacity of behavioral health care providers to engage in patient-centered outcomes (PCOR) research. She was also a Co-Investigator in a recently completed PCORI-funded randomized CER study aimed at increasing parent activation skills for Latino parents with children in need of mental health services. Last, Dr. Pérez Jolles has investigated the organizational and managerial context of health and human service agencies as they relate to how they innovate and deliver evidence-based services to underserved families, including mental health. She has disseminated her research trough 17 peer reviewed scientific publications addressing the individual, provider and organizational aspects of health care services and through national and international conference presentations.
Jo Marie Reilly, MD, MPH
|Jo Marie Reilly, MD, MPH is a Professor of Family Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC (KSOM). She is the Director of the Keck School of Medicine of USC (KSOM) Primary Care Initiative, Associate Director of the KSOM Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course and KSOM Family Medicine Pre-Doctoral Director. She graduated from Georgetown Medical School, completed her internship and residency in family medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Family Residency Program in Los Angeles and her fellowship in women’s health and obstetrics at the White Memorial Family Practice Residency Program where she remained as faculty for 13 years. She completed her master’s in public health at the Keck School of Medicine of USC in 2017 where she focused on incorporating the behavioral health and social determinants of health into primary care clinic settings. She is past chair of the American Academy of Family Physician’s Commission on Education, Student and Resident subcommittee, on Editorial Boards of Family Medicine, American Board of Family Medicine, Family Systems and Health and PULSE, the KSOM senior Family Medicine Student Advisor and on the leadership team of the Society of Teacher’s of Family Medicine’s bioethics and humanities interest group. Dr. Reilly’s publications and research interests include developing a primary care workforce, inter-professional care teams, physician well-being, care of the underserved, humanities and narrative medicine, and women and children’s health.
Alexis Coulourides Kogan, PhD
|Alexis Coulourides Kogan, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and holds joint appointments in the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology and the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. She is a mixed-methods health systems researcher that focuses on translation and measurement of person-centered models of care and education for older adults and individuals with serious illness. Dr. Kogan’s work focuses on outpatient primary care settings and home-based care to better meet the physical health and service needs of older adult patients, patients with serious illness, and their caregivers. Dr. Kogan has a special interest in person-centered care for older adults, advance care planning, patient readiness to engage in sensitive discussions, and home-based palliative care. Dr. Kogan holds a BS degree from Tulane University in exercise and sports sciences, and a MS and Ph.D. in gerontology from the USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology. She is the recipient of a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Career Development award from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health.
Elizabeth Burner, MD, MPH, MSci
|Elizabeth Burner, MD, MPH, MSci is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. In 2013, Dr. Burner joined the faculty at the Keck School and has worked clinically in the emergency department at the LAC+USC hospital, the Jail Urgent Care based in the LA County Twin Towers Correctional Facility as well as several community hospitals in the Los Angeles area. Dr. Burner’s research interests center on investigating emergent health communication tools to reach health disparity groups, and directing patients to chronic care and medical homes as appropriate. She is committed to engaging patients in healthier lifestyles. She conducts mixed methods research to better understand the viewpoints of marginalized populations, particularly urban Latino immigrants. Her work has been supported by several NIH, institutional and local grants.
Jeanine Hall, MD
|Jeanine Hall, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, is a Gehr Center affiliate. Dr. Hall is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. She provides acute care to patients in the emergency department at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her research interest includes patient advocacy in the realms of access to care and health services delivery especially for low income and underserved populations. Her research projects in progress include in examining barriers to access to care pre- and post-emergency department visits.
Eugene Lin, MD, MS
|Eugene Lin, MD, MS is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and a health services researcher with a focus on economic policies pertaining to nephrology. His research interests are in cost-effectiveness and assessing the impact of financial incentives on patient outcomes. He recently concluded a project studying the appropriateness of 30-day rehospitalizations in dialysis patients (NIH/NIDDK F32) and is studying the economic and social determinants of home dialysis drop-out (NIH/NIDDK K08). He also has interests in how Medicare policies affect the billing and delivery of health care by physicians and other providers, optimization of healthcare delivery, and has recently studied the cost-effectiveness of a multi-disciplinary care program in chronic kidney disease. Dr. Lin is also a faculty affiliate at the USC Schaeffer Center. Eugene completed a postdoctoral fellowship in nephrology at the Stanford School of Medicine in 2018 and a MS in Health Services Research at Stanford University in 2017. He received a BS in biology (minor in mathematics) from Stanford University, an MD from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed his Internal Medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
Ronan Hallowell, EdD, MA
|Ronan Hallowell, EdD, MA is an assistant professor of clinical medical education at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. As a learning scientist in the Department of Medical Education at Keck, he works with colleagues to provide a suite of curriculum and instruction services to faculty and administrators that includes instructional design, faculty development and the Physician-Citizen-Scientist Curriculum Renewal Initiative. He currently serves as a Co-Investigator on a digital health literacy grant funded by the AMA as part of its Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative. Dr. Hallowell also conducts research on curriculum design, the medical humanities and cross-cultural perspectives on medicine. He works with faculty at the Gehr Center for Health Systems Science as a co-instructor for the Introduction to Health Policy course for second year MD students in the Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine Program. In addition, he is part of the team creating a new health systems science curriculum to be launched in 2021 as part of a larger curriculum renewal initiative. Dr. Hallowell also serves as an associate director of the USC Center for Mindfulness Science which is a collaborative hub for interdisciplinary research and innovation in the practice of mindfulness. He earned his EdD in Educational Psychology from the University of Southern California, his MA in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies and his BA in Economics from Boston College.
Anne E. Fehrenbacher, PhD, MPH
|Anne E. Fehrenbacher, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences in the Division of Disease Prevention, Policy and Global Health in the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Dr. Fehrenbacher is a social epidemiologist specializing in biobehavioral HIV prevention with sex workers and sexual and gender minority populations. Dr. Fehrenbacher is currently preparing to launch a five-year K01 study funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center on PrEP implementation science with hard-to-reach populations in India evaluating policy, structural, and organizational barriers to widespread rollout and scale-up of PrEP. Dr. Fehrenbacher is the PI for two studies on PrEP acceptability and adherence barriers among sex workers in India and Co-PI for a study on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the livelihoods of sex workers in collaboration with the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee in West Bengal. Dr. Fehrenbacher serves as a Scientific Advisor for the Sex Work Lived Experience Affirming Research Network (SW LEARN) funded by the California HIV/AIDS Research Program (CHRP): Community-Centered Research Collaboratives to Address Local HIV-Related Syndemics Across California. Dr. Fehrenbacher is the recipient of the 2022 Mark A. Etzel Scholarship Award for Implementation Science Research from the UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services for her work to develop scalable, sustainable, and effective PrEP implementation strategies to reduce disparities in HIV incidence globally. Previously, Dr. Fehrenbacher was a Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and completed a Fogarty GloCal Fellowship sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute with the Public Health Research Institute of India and Ashodaya Samithi in Karnataka. Dr. Fehrenbacher earned her PhD and MPH in Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and her BA in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.
Kerri Yoder Hubbard, MSc, PhD C
|Kerri Yoder Hubbard, MSc, PhD C is a nonprofit management executive with more than 20 years of experience in health policy, health services research, and philanthropic development for healthcare organizations, hospitals, scientific research, higher education, and community-based organizations. Kerri serves as the Senior Executive Director of Development, USC Health Sciences Advancement, leading a team that raises and manages funds across the health system of Keck Medicine of USC to support high priority strategic funding needs, including investments in technology, facility improvements, clinical training and patient services. Kerri has worked in several fundraising capacities with a variety of organizations and has been responsible for securing over $100M in philanthropic funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations throughout her fundraising career. Kerri holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yale University, a joint Master’s degree in Health Policy, Planning, & Financing from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the London School of Economics (LSE). She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Policy, Planning, and Development at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, where Kerri is continuing her passion and research for community health initiatives, community hospitals, and the role of public-private partnerships in ensuring a healthcare safety net for vulnerable communities.
Chris Hendel, MA
|Chris Hendel, MA, is is Adjunct Research Instructor of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine. He serves as an editor and adviser to the Gehr Center on the development of personalized preventive health screening materials and web-based patient self-care and guidance applications, notably the Checkup Checklist and the COVID-19 Self-Assessment tools. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been working with the nonprofit investigative journalism newsroom, ProPublica, providing consultation and daily COVID research briefings. Previously, he worked for the nonprofit Consumer Reports for three decades, where he served as chief medical researcher and health and medical content reviewer. While at Consumer Reports, he also provided research and medical review for various grant-funded public health initiatives, including the Choosing Wisely campaign (per CR’s partnership with the ABIM Foundation), helping to “advance dialogue on avoiding unnecessary tests and treatments.” A co-founder and sole medical researcher for the Consumer Reports on Health newsletter throughout his tenure at CR, his longtime interest has focused on providing accurate, meaningful, evidence-based information to the public to help improve quality of life and doctor-patient relationships. He works remotely from his home in Vermont.
Tiffany Abramson, MD
|Tiffany Abramson, MD is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. Dr. Abramson is board certified in Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medical Services. Since joining the Keck School of Medicine Faculty in 2019, she has worked clinically in the emergency departments at LAC+USC Medical Center and Verdugo Hills Hospital. Dr. Abramson’s research interests involve the intersection of healthcare disparities, resource utilization, and prehospital emergency care with a focus on utilizing mobile integrated health and novel healthcare delivery models to care for vulnerable populations, specifically persons experiencing homelessness.
|Michael Hochman, MD, MPH, is the inaugural CEO of SCAN’s Homeless Medical Group initiative, Healthcare in Action. Under his leadership, the group uses a “street medicine” model to focus on the care of patients experiencing homelessness in California. Dr. Hochman, a board certified general internist, is an active physician providing care within the medical group.
Dr. Hochman previously served as the inaugural director of the USC Gehr Family Center for Health Systems Science and Innovation; the Medical Director for Innovation at AltaMed Health Services; and the Senior Health Deputy for LA County Board of Supervisor Member Mark Ridley-Thomas.
Dr. Hochman attended Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Cambridge Health Alliance and was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellow at UCLA. As an instructor, Dr. Hochman has won several clinical teaching awards from Harvard Medical School and LAC+USC Medical Center.
Dr. Hochman has written on health topics for the Boston Globe and other publications, and is the founding editor of the 50 Studies Every Doctor Should Know book series published by Oxford University Press.
Rusha Modi, MD, MPH
|Rusha Modi, MD, MPH is a board certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist focused on quality improvement, health systems reform and digital health and clinical informatics in the management of chronic diseases. His clinical interests focus on methodologies to increase colorectal cancer screening rates as well artificial intelligence in endoscopy.
Roberta Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, CNT
|Roberta Pineda, PhD, OTR/L, CNT is an Associate Professor in the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, with a dual appointment in Pediatrics, Neonatology through the Keck School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She is a board-certified neonatal therapist with >30 years of clinical and research experience working with high-risk neonates in the NICU. Her research aims to improve the health and well-being of high-risk infants in the NICU and their families. She is an author of the Supporting and Enhancing NICU Sensory Experiences (SENSE) program, which was developed using current evidence and aims to engage parents in providing age-appropriate, positive sensory exposures to their infants each day of NICU hospitalization. More than 400 hospitals from around the world are implementing the SENSE program to improve care. Dr. Pineda is studying factors related to implementation success and hopes to evaluate cost and adaptations in the real-world context. She has R01 funding to investigate the immediate impact of early sensory exposures in the NICU on infant physiology and brain development. Other research interests include feeding and neurobehavioral assessment of preterm infants, neurodevelopmental outcomes, and assessing and addressing the gap in services between NICU discharge and initiation of early intervention programming. Dr. Pineda’s goal is to maximize generalizability and decrease disparities in the quality, accessibility, and efficiency of care through the implementation of interventions such as the SENSE program and the Baby Bridge program that are evidence-based and sustainable in real-world settings. She has disseminated her research findings through more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.
Daniel Novak, MA, PhD
|Daniel Novak, MA, PhD is Director of Scholarly Activities at the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Medicine. Population, and Public Health. In this role, he supports medical students’ scholarship and research projects, and he directs the Health Systems Science Project thread in the UCR SOM Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE). His research interests include innovative instructional design in graduate and professional education, health justice education, and promoting undergraduate medical student scholarship. He has published in journals such as Academic Medicine, IEEE Transactions on Education, American Medical Association Open, and the British Journal of Educational Technology. He has taught courses in educational leadership and technology at the University of Washington, digital health and health informatics at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine, and given grand rounds lectures at institutions such as Texas A&M’s Engineering Medicine program. Dr. Novak has been a co-investigator on two American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Medical Education grants, and is also a graduate of the American Medical Association’s Health Systems Science Scholars program.
Parveen Parmar, MD, MPH
|Dr. Parmar’s research has focused on the study of health and human rights violations in refugees and internally displaced populations. Dr. Parmar has supported health care for refugees and other vulnerable persons globally in multiple settings–on issues such as emergency care delivery, maternal and child health, gender-based violence, and primary care provision. Dr. Parmar is the Chief of the Division of Global Emergency Medicine at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, where she is an Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine. She is also the Director of the Center for Gender Equity in Medicine (GEMS) and Science at the Keck School of Medicine.
Carol J. Peden, MB ChB, MD, FRCA, FFICM, MPH
|Professor Carol Peden MB ChB, MD (Res), FRCA, FFICM, MPH is Executive Director for Clinical Quality for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) a federation of the 34 Blue Plans which cover care for 113M, one in three, Americans. Carol is also an Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of Southern California and at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds academic positions in the UK as a Visiting Professor at the University of Bath Center for Healthcare Innovation and Improvement and as Senior Associate Tutor at the University of Oxford. She is the immediate past Chair of a major public health campaign by the American Society of Anesthesiologists the Perioperative Brain Heath Initiative, and a board member of the International ERAS Society, USA. She has expertise in designing and leading improvement and innovation projects around the world and was named Public Health Innovator of the year in 2016 by Harvard School of Public Health for her work to improve outcomes in high-risk surgical patients.
Prior to joining BCBSA in 2021, Carol was executive director for health system innovation at Keck Medicine of USC, the nationally ranked academic center of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. In prior roles in the United Kingdom in addition to her clinical work, Dr. Peden developed patient safety collaboratives and quality goals for 13.5 million people through NHS England, developed a national audit for high-risk surgery (the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit NELA), and chaired the executive board of Global Comparators, a group of 44 of the world’s leading institutions that shared data for health outcome improvement. She has authored over 100 publications including guidelines, reviews, three books, and book chapters and published in major journals such as The Lancet, BMJ Quality and Safety, JAMA Surgery, NEJM Catalyst and Implementation Science.
Professor Peden gained her quality expertise through a Fellowship with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, Mass. and with the Health Foundation in London. She has been awarded the Humphry Davy medal and the Macintosh Professorship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists UK, and the Ellis Gillespie medal of the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Dr. Peden is dually accredited in anesthesiology and intensive care medicine and has a medical degree and research doctorate in medicine from the University of Edinburgh (UK), and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.