Faculty Scholarly Interests

Alphabetic Index to Faculty by Last Name:   A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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A

Ivo Abraham, PhD, RN
Professor, College of Pharmacy

My Passion is…
“clinically relevant outcomes research focused on modifiable and manageable factors”

Research/Scholarly Interests
outcomes research
(comparative) effectiveness research

Methodological Interests and Expertise
economic analysis


Leila Ali-Akbarian, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“learning what cancer patients need and how to meet those needs during and after treatment, including at the end of life as well as survivorship care; lifestyle (nutrition, physical activity, sleep, mindfulness/stress management) to help with disease management and modification of disease risk factors; helping physicians care for themselves and acknowledge the shadow side of themselves and medicine in order to have the ultimate goal of more effective and gentle care of themselves and their patients”

Research/Scholarly Interests
chronic disease—cancer
integrative medicine
palliative care/end-of-life
physician wellness
prevention & wellness – prevention of cancer recurrence

Methodological Interests and Expertise
qualitative research
quality improvement


B

Tamsen Bassford, MD
Associate Professor

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical practice
health disparities
quality/performance improvement research
serious mental illness
intellectual and developmental disabilities


Shirley Blancas, MD
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“teaching counseling wellness to patients and treating coordinating care for patients with behavioral health concerns affecting
chronic illness”

Research/Scholarly Interests
chronic disease
maternal/child health
medical student/resident education
prevention & wellness
women’s health


Bethany Bruzzi, DO
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“improving patient experience and outcomes based on data measures & evidence based practice”

Research/Scholarly Interests
hospital medicine
integrative medicine
patient experience
quality/safety
 


C

Colleen Cagno, MD
Associate Professor

My Passion is…
“teaching medicine”

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical practice/education
health disparities
health promotion/prevention
quality/performance improvement


A. Peter Catinella, MD, MPH
Associate Professor

My Passion is…
“Discovering new ideas or ways to think about things.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
EHRs; clinical decision support
clinical education
faculty development; curriculum development
tools for process improvement
evidence-based medicine

Methodological Interests and Expertise
quality improvement methods
process behavior charting
 



Leslie Cohen, JD
Assistant Professor

Research/Scholarly Interests
youth with disabilities
health promotion/prevention
developmental disabilities
disability policy
disability law
 


James Cunningham, PhD
Assistant Professor

Research/Scholarly Interests
community ecology
drug policy
health disparities
health outcomes and effectiveness
program evaluation

Methodological Interests and Expertise
quasi-experimental design
time series analysis
multilevel analysis


D

Dan Dickman, MD
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“geriatrics, palliative care”

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical practice

 


E

Tony Estrada, PhD
Professor, Mexican American Studies

My Passion is …
“teaching and Research!”

Research/Scholarly Interests
health disparities
Latino health
cultural competency
substance use
psychiatric disorders

Methodological Interests and Expertise
quasi-experimental research designs
mixed methods approaches
randomized trials


G

Francine Gachupin, PhD, MPH, CIP
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“developing projects and programs to address American Indian health disparities and health promotion.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
behavioral risks
obesity
youth
Native American/American Indian
chronic disease

Methodological Interests and Expertise
surveillance
epidemiology
public health practice



Carlos R. Gonzales, MD
Associate Professor

My Passion is…
“training the next generation of family physicians to enter practice servicing the underserved either in reservations, urban inner cities, rural areas, or along the border”

Research/Scholarly Interests
border health issues
health disparities/underserved populations
rural health issues
traditional Indian medicine


Judith Gordon, PhD
Associate Professor

My Passion is…
“assisting FCM researchers and clinicians to conduct scholarly activity, from exploratory to quality improvement to randomized trials.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
mHealth
smoking cessation
health disparities
multi-behavioral interventions
prevention
quality improvement
clinical decision support systems

Methodological Interests and Expertise
qualitative and quantitative methods
randomized clinical trials
intervention development
dissemination


Paul Gordon, MD, MPH
Professor

My Passion is…
“helping junior faculty achieve excellence”

Research/Scholarly Interests
menopause
women's health
medical student education
full spectrum family medicine

Methodological Interests and Expertise
clinical trials (preliminary)
 


Ravi Grivois-Shah, MD, MPH
Associate Professor

My Passion is…
“build systems to provide robust population management of health conditions.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
health disparities/underserved populations
public health/public policy

Methodological Interests and Expertise
quality improvement


H

Susan Hadley, MD
Assistant Professor

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical practice/education
CAM
health disparities

 


Cadey Harrel, MD
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“breastfeeding medicine and taking care of moms and babies!”

Research/Scholarly Interests
breastfeeding medicine
gender disparities in health
obstetrics/prenatal care
underserved populations
newborn care

 


J

Lane Johnson, MD, MPH
Professor

My Passion is…
“education of medical students and residents”

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical leadership/clinical quality/administration
health disparities
medical student/resident education
public health/public policy

Methodological Interests and Expertise
health outcomes/comparative effectiveness research
quality improvement


Melody Jordahl-Iafrato, MD
Assistant Professor

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical practice/education
health disparities


K

Jerry  Koleski, MD
Assistant Professor

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical practice/education
health services research
global health
chronic disease
health disparities


Karyn Kolman, MD
Assistant Professor

My Passion is …
“improving resident education primarily in inpatient medicine, maternal child health and quality improvement.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
maternal/child health
palliative care/end-of-life
program evaluation
women’s health

Methodological Interests and Expertise
quality improvement


Randa Kutob, MD
Associate Professor

My Passion is …
“training health professionals to provide better care through better communication with patients. Helping patients achieve lifestyle changes in medical and other settings to loose weight, become more physically active and prevent or control chronic condtions such as diabetes. Help patients communicate with their physicians. Both of these tie into the elimination of health disparities.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
type II diabetes
obesity
cultural competency
health disparities
Latino health

Methodological Interests and Expertise
small clinical trials
quantitative methods


L

Patricia  Lebensohn, MD
Professor

My Passion is…
“medical education, cross cultural health care, physician wellness, mindfulness”

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical education
CAM
evaluation of curriculum, competencies, etc
physician wellness, prevention and health promotion



M

Craig McClure, MD
Professor

My Passion is…
“medical education”

Research/Scholarly Interests
medical education: aging/geriatrics and palliative care/end-of-life


Holly Beach, MD
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“I am interested in all preventative examinations injury and prediction and prevention in high school athletes. I am also very involved in concussion education, evaluation and management in athletes and hope to incorporate this interest in a research project of value.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
sports medicine
concussions: prevention, education, management
SM education of residents and fellows
injury prediction and prevention
 


Myra Muramoto, MD, MPH
Professor

My Passion is…
“clinical and behavioral interventions for prevention and early intervention in lifestyle-related chronic disease: e.g. tobacco cessation, obesity treatment, substance abuse, skin cancer prevention. Also very interested in comparative effectiveness research involving integrative medicine and CAM therapies.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
integrative medicine
comparative effectiveness research
health promotion/prevention (tobacco cessation, skin cancer prevention, e-cigarettes)
diabetes, metabolic syndrome
carbohydrate restriction as a a theraputic dietary intervention

Methodological Interests and Expertise
clinical trials
community based participatry research
mixed methods


Victoria Murrain, DO
Clinical Associate Professor

Research/Scholarly Interests
maternal/child health


P

Tejal Parikh, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

My Passion is …
“improving teaching modalities for medical students.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
chronic disease
health disparities/underserved populations
tobacco cessation
women’s health

Methodological Interests and Expertise
community-based participatory research
health outcomes/comparative effectiveness research
educational research
 


Jessie Pettit, MD
Assistant Professor

My Passion is …
“maternal child health and breastfeeding and lactation. I am a certified lactation consultant and have created a breastfeeding pearl curriculum within our residency program.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical education/practice
breastfeeding/lactation
maternal child health
CAM
health disparities


R

Mari Ricker, MD
Associate Professor

My Passion is…
“training family physicians to care for their communities and patients while learning to care for themselves as healers in the process”

Research/Scholarly Interests
behavioral health
integrative medicine
palliative care/end-of-life
physician wellness
medical education

Methodological Interests and Expertise
quality improvement


Anne  Ryan, Esq.
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“teaching healthcare providers how to identify and help address legal issues that impact health, and collaborating with them in advocacy efforts for their patients.  Topics of particular interest include advocacy, health disparities, mental illness, disability benefits, advance directives, and refugee populations.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
clinical practice/education
CAM
health disparities
refugees
mental illness


S

Yumi Shirai, PhD
Instructor

My Passion is…
“connecting academic teaching, practice and reaserch to day-to-day life”

Research/Scholarly Interests
developmental disabilities
aging/late life transitions
bereavement intervention
therapeutic and educational use of creative arts

Methodological Interests and Expertise
mixed methods
qualitative analysis
multilevel analysis


Violet Siwik, MD
Assistant Professor

Research/Scholarly Interests
type II diabetes
obesity
Latino health
underserved populations


Teshia G. A. Solomon, PhD
Associate Professor

My Passion is…
“ending health disparities, and improving the quality of life particularly among Indigenous people by training the next generation of Indigenous health professionals, leading the discovery and application of culturally competent NA health and science research, and honoring the culture and sovereignty of Native Nations through community engagement and partnerships.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
cancer prevention and control through health promotion and health policy
Indigenous ways of knowing
eliminating health disparities
community driven research and engagement

Methodological Interests and Expertise
program evaluation
community assessments
health promotion theories
Indigenous models of education


Autumn Stevenson, MD
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“promoting and empowering safe & natural child birth; assisting with that process before, during and after birth by teaching residents and women that birth is a powerful process that we are there to observe with as little intervention as possible.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
health disparities/underserved populations
integrative medicine
maternal/child health
physician wellness
women’s health

Methodological Interests and Expertise
community based participatory research
health outcomes/comparative effectiveness research
practical, patient centered techniques


T

Lynne Tomasa, PhD
Assistant Professor

My Passion is…
“to be a life-long learner and to promote this in students and peers through teaching, research, and collaboration.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
aging caregivers
end-of-life planning
developmental disabilities
professional education

Methodological Interests and Expertise
mixed methods
qualitative analysis
survey development

 


W

Barry D. Weiss, MD
Professor

My Passion is…
“bicycling and hiking. But I sometimes work, too ☺. My favorite professional activities are medical editing and writing for publication. Geriatrics is important, too.”

Research/Scholarly Interests
health literacy
patient-physician communication

Methodological Interests and Expertise
writing for publication
medical editing