USC Gehr Center Affiliate Membership 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: sonali.saluja@med.usc.edu 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?

See current affiliates

Brian S. Mittman, PhD

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.
Society for Nutrition. Dr. Kurt Hong received his M.D. with research distinction from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from University of California, Los Angeles.

Kim Miller, PhD, MPH

Kim Miller, PhD, MPH

Kim Miller, PhD, MPH is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Dermatology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC where her research focuses on cancer control, prevention and survivorship among children, adolescents and young adults. Her interests include models of care and the provision of supportive care for younger and medically underserved cancer patients and survivors, as well as disparities in care engagement in this population. Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior Research and Master’s in Public Health from USC.

Danica Liberman, MD, MPH

Danica Liberman, MD, MPH

Danica Liberman, MD, MPHis an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, is a Gehr Affiliate. Dr. Liberman is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an attending physician in the Division of Emergency
and Transport Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Her areas of interest include public health including how the social determinants of health interact with general health, quality improvement, and cost-effectiveness. She is the Director of Patient Advocacy in her division and is committed to equitable, quality care. In addition to her clinical and research work, she teaches an undergraduate pre-health minor course designed to expose USC undergraduates to clinical research and pediatric emergency medicine, and health policy and health services delivery in the Keck School of Medicine and the -School of Preventive Medicine at USC.

Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD, MPH

Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD, MPH

Ashwini Lakshmanan, MD, MPH‘s research interests and goals have been to address disparities in health care delivery in the field of perinatal-neonatal medicine. After she received her MD from the Keck School of Medicine at USC, she completed a pediatric and a chief residency at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and then entered the Harvard-wide Pediatric Health Services Research fellowship, which provided a highly structured mentorship program and a Masters in Public Health degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. This complemented her clinical training in the Harvard Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship program. Dr. Lakshmanan was recruited to the University of Southern California (USC) Keck School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Fetal and Neonatal Institute, where she is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine. In 2014, she was appointed the Section Head of Epidemiology and Outcomes. She was awarded four intramural grants in fellowship and since becoming faculty, has also received the Saban Research Institute Research Career Development Award, the Confidence Foundation grant and received the Young Investigator Award from the Lucile Packard Foundation. Most recently, she was awarded the Mentored Career Development award from the USC CTSI (KL2) to complete work on “Addressing Disparities after NICU Discharge using Patient Navigation.” She hopes to lead research efforts that identify interventions to empower families to care for high-risk infants that both influence health policy and clinical practice.

Mónica Pérez Jolles, PhD

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

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

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

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

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..

Gabe Waterman, MD

Gabe Waterman, MD

Gabe Waterman, MD is an Extesnivist at CareMore health. As our CareMore-Gehr fellow, Dr. Waterman has been working under the direct mentorship of Dr. Hochman to study and improve clinical programs within the CareMore Health System. Dr. Waterman is also an adjunct clinical instructor at the Keck School of Medicine and supervises fourth year medical students rotating at CareMore. Dr. Waterman completed his medical and business degrees at the University of Southern California, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine. His research interests include understanding how Medicare Advantage’s unique incentives can be used to drive systems innovation and improved health outcomes.

Eugene Lin, MD , MS

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

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..

José Luis González, MD

José Luis González, MD

José Luis González, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine who is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He oversees the training of residents at the Adult East Primary Care Clinic at LAC+USC and sees his own patients at Keck Hospital of USC. His research interests include expanding and integrating addiction services into routine primary care practice. Most recently, he is involved in multiple initiatives aimed at the safe prescribing of opioids for chronic pain and the integration of smoking cessation treatment for patients being screened for lung cancer via the USC Healthy Life Healthy Lungs Program. Dr. González is also interested in helping eliminate ethnic disparities in healthcare and serves as faculty adviser for the USC Latino Medical Student Association.

Sue Kim, PhD, MPH

Sue Kim, PhD, MPH

Sue Kim, PhD, MPH is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine. She teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses and is the co-Director of Health Services and Policy concentration for the MPH program. In addition to teaching courses in health care delivery and quality in health care, her research projects have focused on health care systems and management, health care reform and policy, and chronic disease management, particularly with emphasis on cancer prevention and health care utilization among low-income and ethnically diverse communities. She has expert knowledge of health care organizational and delivery factors that affect quality of care, and disparities in health outcomes among diverse populations. She also has expertise in research methodology, primary data collection, as well as working with complex data sets, including cancer registries, survey data, and claims data. Dr. Kim is trained as a health services researcher and health economist. She received both MPH and Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley.

Kerri Yoder Hubbard, MSc, PhD C

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,

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.

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