Department of Medicine

Health Services Research

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The Section of Health Services Research is focused on improving the health and well-being through innovations in health care delivery by conducting 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:

Jessica Davila, Ph.D.
HSR&D: A multi-intervention to improve cancer care for hepatocellular carcinoma
Total funding: $1,158,925

Aanand Naik, M.D.
HSR&D: Advanced Fellowships in Health Services Research
Total funding: $1,340,000

Jennifer Kramer, M.P.H., Ph.D.
NIH R01: NCE: Identifying Novel Pharmacologic Risk Factors for Common Non-AIDS Defining Cancers in Individuals with Well-Controlled HIV Infection
Total funding: $2,331,844

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
CanTest UK: Cancer diagnostic testing in primary care: a paradigm shift for cancer diagnosis
Total funding: $259,017

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: The SAFER DX Learning Lab: A Demonstration Project for Improving Diagnostic Safety
Total funding: $3,525,397

Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H.
HSR&D: Improving the measurement of VA facility performance to foster a Learning Healthcare System
Total funding: $1,099,906

Traber Lee Giardina, Ph.D.
NIH K01: Engaging patients in diagnostic error reporting
Total funding: $766,326

Felicia Skelton, M.D., M.S.
HSR&D: Optimizing Bacteriuria management in veterans with spinal cord injury
Total funding: $1,235,361

Barbara Trautner, M.D., Ph.D.
HSR&D: Less is More: Improving antimicrobial stewardship for asymptomatic bacteriuria
Total funding: $1,098,817

Aanand Naik, M.D.
VA: Big Data Scientist Training Enhancement Program
Total funding: $20,000

Fasiha Kanwal, M.D., MSHS/ Aanand Naik, M.D.
HSR&D: Patient centered care for individuals with advanced liver disease
Total funding: $989,090

Sylvia Hysong, Ph.D.
NIH R01: Impact of team configuration and team stability on primary care quality
Total funding: $1,572,813

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H./Priya Mahajan, M.D.
AHRQ: Improving diagnosis in emergency and acute cancer: A learning laboratory (IDEA-LL)
Total funding: $2,476,657

Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H.
VA: Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness, and Safety
Total funding: $4,000,000

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
HSR&D: Measuring and improving the safety of test result follow up
Total funding: $1,099,807

Ashley Meyer, Ph.D.
HSR&D: Understanding physicians' diagnostic accuracy in the HER era
Total funding: $784,110

Aanand Naik, M.D.
GEC: Patient Priorities Care
Total funding: $100,000

Barbara Trautner, M.D., Ph.D./Larissa Grigoryan, M.D.
AHRQ R01: Reducing use of antibiotics without a prescription among outpatients in a safety net health care system
Total funding $2,460,456

Kyler Godwin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
HSR&D: Leading healthcare improvement: Leadership training for applying improvement strategies
Total funding: $231,274

Jessica Davila, Ph.D.
VA: Evaluation Plan Development for the rural health faculty development project
Total funding: $111,999

Aanand Naik, M.D./Angela Catic, M.D.
HRSA: Southeast Texas Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program
Total funding: $3,749,881

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: The SAFER DX Guide for Organizational Risk Assessment to Improve Diagnostic Safety: A Proposal for Development and Refinement
Total funding: $307,602

Patrick O’Mahen, Ph.D.
HSR&D: Effects of ACA state Medicaid expansion on VA dual enrollment and care utilization
Total funding: $50,000

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
AHRQ R01: Application of  machine learning to enhance e-triggers to detect and learn from diagnostic safety events
Total funding: $1,494,980

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: SAFER DX E-Measures to Reduce Preventable Delays in Cancer Diagnosis
Total funding: $520,173

Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H.
AHRQ: Master and Task Order (75P00119F37006)-Diagnostic Safety Capacity Building
Total funding: $854,992

Drew Helmer, M.D.
DoD: Lung Injury etiology, risk factors, and morbidity of single and repeated low-level overpressure exposure
Total funding: $660,543

Laura Petersen, M.D., M.P.H.
HSR&D: Rapid assessment of national surges and variations in COVID-19 inpatient nurse staffing using a big data approach
Total funding: $174,261

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