Department of Medicine

Health Services Research

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The Section of Health Services Research is focused on improving health and well-being through innovations in health care delivery research on health care delivery that impacts policy practice and the health of patients and populations.

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Current Research Projects

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The following is a listing of section faculty research and funding information:

Terri Fletcher, Ph.D. / Jeffrey Cully, Ph.D.
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Title: A pragmatic Trial of Brief CBT for Anxiety in VA Primary Care
Total Funding: $1,256,805
Funding Dates: Oct. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2024

Drew Helmer, M.D.
Airborne Hazards Burn Pit Center of Excellence (AHBPCE)
Title: Partnership between the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety (IQuESt) and to Accelerate Learning and Impact from the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry (AHOBPR) (PIALIA)
Total Funding: $1,236,583
Funding Dates: Oct. 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2023

Javad Razjouyan, Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) K25
Title: Using Large Electronic Health Records and Advanced Analytics to Develop Predictive Frailty Trajectories in Patients with Heart Failure
Funding amount: $719,290
Funding Dates: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2025

Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H.
VA HSR&D COVID-19 Rapid Funding Mechanism
Title: Rapid assessment of national surges and variations in COVID-19 inpatient nurse staffing using a big data approach
Total funding: $174,261
Funding Dates: June 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021

Aanand Naik, M.D./Angela Catic, M.D.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Title: Southeast Texas Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program COVID-19 Supplement 
Total funding: $90,625
Funding Dates: May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021

Jason Hou, M.D.
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Effectiveness, Safety, and Patient Preferences of Infliximab Biosimilar Medications for Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Total funding: $1,458,815
Funding Dates: Feb. 1, 2020 – Jan. 31, 2024

Thomas Giordano, M.D. / Jan Lindsay, Ph.D. 
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Title: VA Video Connect to Improve Access to Multi-Disciplinary Specialty Care
Total Funding: $1,096,306
Funding Dates: Jan. 1, 2020 – Dec. 31, 2023

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Title:SAFER DX E-Measures to Reduce Preventable Delays in Cancer Diagnosis
Total funding: $520,173
Funding Dates: Nov. 13, 2019 – Feb. 12, 2021

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R01
Title: Application of  machine learning to enhance e-triggers to detect and learn from diagnostic safety events
Total funding: $1,494,980
Funding Dates: Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 31, 2022

Natalie Hundt, Ph.D.
VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Partnered Evaluation Initiative 
Title: Evaluation of Implementing FLOW in VISN 19: Transitioning Stabilized Mental Health Patients to Management in Primary Care
Total funding: $439,081
Funding Dates: Oct. 1, 2019 – Sept. 30, 2022

Drew Helmer, M.D.
Department of Defense (DoD) 
Title: Lung Injury etiology, risk factors, and morbidity of single and repeated low-level overpressure exposure
Total funding: $660,543
Funding Dates: Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2022 

Aanand Naik, M.D.
VA Geriatrics and Extended Care (GEC)  
Title: Patient Priorities Care
Total funding: $100,000
Funding Dates: October 2019 – September 2020 

Fasiha Kanwal, M.D., MSHS
Department of Defense (DoD)
Title: Risk of Hepatocellular Cancer After Virological Cure with Direct Acting Antiviral Agents in Individuals with Hepatitis C
Total funding: $3,460,530
Funding Dates: Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2023

Aanand Naik, M.D./Angela Catic, M.D.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Title: Southeast Texas Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Total funding: $3,749,881
Funding Dates: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2024

Kevin Erickson, M.D.
Health Care Service Corporation 
Title: Potential Cost Savings from More Widespread Use of Peritoneal Dialysis 
Total Funding: $536,060
Funding Dates: July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021 

Barbara Trautner, M.D., Ph.D./Larissa Grigoryan, M.D.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R01
Title: : Reducing use of antibiotics without a prescription among outpatients in a safety net health care system
Total funding $2,460,456
Funding Dates: July 1, 2019 – April 30, 2024

Terri Fletcher, Ph.D.
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Title: Anxiety diagnostic accuracy in VA primary care mental health integration settings: Identifying barriers and facilitators to inform a learning health care system
Total Funding: $896,725
Funding Dates: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2023

Mark Kunik, Ph.D., MPH
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Using Peer Navigators to Increase Access to VA and Community Resources for Veterans with Diabetes-Related Distress
Total funding: $1,382,803
Funding Dates: May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2023 

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Title: The SAFER DX Guide for Organizational Risk Assessment to Improve Diagnostic Safety: A Proposal for Development and Refinement
Total funding: $399,867
Funding Dates: April 1, 2019 – Oct. 31, 2021

Sara Nowakowski, Ph.D.
Nursing Research Initiative (NRI) R01
Title: Effectiveness of Healthy Sleep Habits for Hospitalized Older Adults to Optimize Rehabilitation 
Total funding: $2,726,323
Funding Dates: Feb. 1, 2019 – Nov. 30, 2023

Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H.
VA HSR&D Centers of Innovation (COIN) Program Grant
Title: Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety (IQuESt)
Total funding: $4,000,000
Funding Dates: Oct. 1, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2023

Ashley Meyer, Ph.D.
VA HSR&D Career Development Award (CDA-2)
Title: Understanding physicians' diagnostic accuracy in the HER era
Total funding: $784,110
Funding Dates: October 2018 – September 2023

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Title: Measuring and improving the safety of test result follow up
Total funding: $1,099,807
Funding Dates: Sept. 1, 2018 – July 30, 2022

Traber Lee Giardina, Ph.D.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) K01 
Title: Engaging patients in diagnostic error reporting
Total funding: $766,326
Funding Dates: September 2018 – August 2023

Sylvia Hysong, Ph.D.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) R01 
Title: Impact of team configuration and team stability on primary care quality
Total funding: $1,572,813
Funding Dates: July 6, 2018 – April 30, 2022

Kyler Godwin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
VA Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)
Title: Leading healthcare improvement: Leadership training for applying improvement strategies
Total funding: $231,274
Funding Dates: June 1, 2018 – March 31, 2022

Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H.
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Title: Improving the Measurement of VA Facility Performance to Foster a Learning Healthcare System 
Total funding: $1,099,174
Funding Dates: June 1, 2018 – May 31, 2021

Fasiha Kanwal, M.D., MSHS/ Aanand Naik, M.D.
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Title: Patient centered care for individuals with advanced liver disease
Total funding: $989,090
Funding Dates: May 1, 2018 – April 30, 2021

Barbara Trautner, M.D., Ph.D.
VA HSR&D Investigator Initiated Research (IIR) Grant
Title: Less is More: Improving antimicrobial stewardship for asymptomatic bacteriuria
Total funding: $1,098,817
Funding Dates: Feb. 1, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2021

Felicia Skelton, M.D., M.S.
VA HSR&D Career Development Award (CDA-2)
Title: Optimizing Bacteriuria management in veterans with spinal cord injury
Total funding: $1,235,361
Funding Dates: Nov. 1, 2017 – Oct. 31, 2022

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Title: The SAFTER DX Learning Lab: A Demonstration Project for Improving Diagnostic Safety
Total funding: $3,093,625
Funding Dates: Oct. 1, 2017 – Sept. 30, 2021 

Jennifer Kramer, M.P.H., Ph.D.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01
Title: Identifying Novel Pharmacologic Risk Factors for Common Non-AIDS Defining Cancers in Individuals with Well-Controlled HIV Infection
Total funding: $2,331,844
Funding Dates: July 1, 2016 – May 31, 2021

Aanand Naik, M.D.
VA Office of Academic Affairs (OAA)
Title: Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program
Total funding: $20,000
Funding Dates: July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2021

Fasiha Kanwal, M.D., MSHS / Hashem El Serag, M.D.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32
Title: Research Training in Gastroenterology 
Total funding: 
Funding Dates: April 1, 2010 – April 30, 2015

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