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Core Faculty


Steven J. Bernstein, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of internal medicine, associate research scientist in public health at U-M, and research scientist, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, received his medical degree from the University of Rochester. He also received his Masters in Public Health and completed a Public Health fellowship from the University of California at Los Angeles.

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Bernstein is also an advisor to the VA Diabetes Mellitus Quality Enhancement Research Initiative.

 

Caroline Blaum, M.D., M.S.

Associate professor of internal medicine, associate chief of Division of Geriatric Medicine Medical School, associate research scientist at Institute of Gerontology at U-M, and research scientist, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, received her medical degree from the U-M. She also received her Master’s degree in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from The U- M School of Public Health.

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Currently, Blaum is leading the U-M in a multi-year program sponsored by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to coordinate care and keep patients out of the hospital, to help reduce overall health care spending.

 

Rod Hayward, M.D.

Professor of internal medicine and public health at the U-M and director, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, received his training in health services research and policy as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UCLA and at the RAND Corporation, Santa Monica.  

His current and past work includes studies examining:

An overarching theme in Hayward’s work focuses on encouraging improvements in health care quality and efficiency through more sophisticated performance measures and market incentives.

He is perhaps best known for his work on:

Much of his recent work has focused on fundamental discrepancies between the epidemiological literature and current performance measures and quality improvement program incentives.

 

Michele Heisler, M.D., M.P.A.

Assistant professor of internal medicine at U-M and research scientist, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her Masters in Public Administration from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

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Currently, Heisler is the principal investigator on a randomized trial to improve self-management of congestive heart failure patients using CHF nurse managers in conjunction with an interactive voice response telephone exchange system that promotes peer-to-peer communication with other CHF patients. 

 

Tim Hofer, M.D., M.S.

Associate professor of internal medicine, U-M Division of General Medicine and research scientist, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, received his medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco. He completed a fellowship in General Medicine and Health Policy at U-M and received a Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the U-M School of Public Health.  

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Sarah Krein, Ph.D., R.N.

Research assistant professor, U-M Department of Internal Medicine, research investigator, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, and co-director, VA Research Coordinating Center for the Diabetes Quality Enhancement Research Initiative, received her Doctorate in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. 

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Kenneth M. Langa, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate professor of internal medicine, faculty associate, U-M Survey Research Institute for Social Research and research scientist in both the HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and the Institute of Gerontology, received his medical degree from the Pritzker School of Medicine and Doctorate in Health Policy from the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. 

Langa’s present research focuses on estimating the societal costs of chronic disease for both working-age and older adults, with a special emphasis on Alzheimer’s Disease. 

He is a co-investigator on the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative longitudinal survey of adults, age 50 and older, and the Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study, a national study of dementia – both funded by the National Institute on Aging. 

 

Julie C. Lowery, Ph.D.

Research investigator in the U-M Department of Surgery, adjunct associate research scientist, U-M Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, associate director of the HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System and chair of the VA Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center Review Panel, received her Doctorate in Health Services Organization and Policy from the U-M School of Public Health.

Her area of research expertise is outcomes associated with breast cancer surgery and chronic wounds. 

 

Caroline R. Richardson, M.D.

Assistant professor, U-M Department of Family Medicine, and research scientist, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, received her medical degree from Harvard University and completed the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at U-M.

Her present research focuses on integrating physical activity promotion into routine medical care, physical activity and chronic disease and behavior change. Richardson is particularly interested in the costs and benefits of increasing physical activity promotion, and the objective measurement of physical activity in the primary care setting.

 

Marcia A. Valenstein, M.D., M.S.

Assistant professor of psychiatry at U-M, and research scientist in the Serious Mental Illness Treatment Research and Evaluation Center, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, received her medical degree from the University of Illinois Medical School and her Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the U-M School of Public Health. 

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Valenstein is the principal investigator on a retrospective cohort study using data from the VA National Registry for Depression to assess several factors regarding suicide among veterans that may be used to inform care.

 

Sandeep Vijan, M.D., M.S.

Associate professor of internal medicine at U-M and research scientist, HSR&D COE, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, received his medical degree from U-M, where he also completed a fellowship in General Medicine and Health Policy and received a Masters in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis from the U-M School of Public Health. 

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Vijan also served as chair of the Implementation and Management Group for the VA Health Services Research and Development Scientific Merit Review Board in 2005.