2011 Clinical Scholars National Meeting - Washington DC
The objective of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars
program at Yale University is to prepare a select group
of physicians to be leaders in improving the nation’s
health and health care. Scholars are taught to generate
knowledge and insights and translate research into action
at the local, state and national levels. The Yale program
enables Scholars to gain competence in clinical and
health services research methods, biostatistics, health
policy and management, community-based research, and
Through curricular programs that are tailored to their
needs, Scholars learn to work effectively across disciplines;
think creatively and rigorously about health care issues;
lead organizational change; participate in policy development;
collaborate in projects to improve community health;
and, ultimately, to generate ideas and make scholarly
contributions that will improve health and health care.
Long-standing relationships with community organizations
in the New Haven area, fostered by Yale faculty and
Clinical Scholars alumni, afford current Scholars ample
opportunities to participate in community-based projects.
They will also meet with national leaders involved in
health care delivery, including operations, policy-making,
advocacy, government and research. Yale University offers
rich and varied resources that foster the creation of
a unique experience for each Scholar, including close
linkages with faculty and programs at the School of
Medicine and the Schools of Public Health, Nursing,
Law, and Management, and the Graduate School.
Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D.
Harlan M. Krumholz MD, SM, is the Director of the Yale Program where he also teaches and provides extensive mentoring to Scholars. Dr. Krumholz is the Harold H. Hines, Jr. Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Public Health. Dr. Krumholz received his MD from Harvard Medical School and an SM in Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He did his training in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and in cardiology at Beth Israel in Boston. He serves as Director of the Yale-New Haven Health Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE).
Dr. Krumholz is a member of many national committees focused on quality of care issues. He chairs the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Joint Committee on Performance Measures for the Care of Patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction, and was a member of the ACC/AHA Writing Committee for Guidelines for Patients with ST-Segment Elevation AMI. He is former chair of the AHA/ACC Annual Scientific Forum on Quality of Care and Outcomes Research in Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke. Dr. Krumholz is a board member of the Society of Geriatric Cardiology and is on the Executive Council of the Heart Failure Society of America. He is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.
Cary Gross, MD
Cary Gross, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) and Co-director of the Yale Program. Dr. Gross completed his residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center and served as chief medical resident at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center the following year. As a former Scholar, Dr. Gross has advanced training in biostatistics, epidemiology, research ethics, and outcomes research. He is an active investigator, and mentors Clinical Scholars, residents, and medical students in a variety of scholarly projects.
The over-arching theme of his work is the disconnect between evidence generated from clinical research and the actual needs of patients. Dr. Gross has focused his research on exploring ethical issues in the conduct of research, as well as understanding cancer in vulnerable populations. He has examined clinical trial participation and the impact of chronic illness on colorectal cancer screening, treatment patterns, and outcomes, and has received federal, institutional, and foundation grants to explore these issues. After documenting that older persons are disproportionately excluded from clinical research, Dr. Gross also demonstrated that applying trial results to patients who were above the age limit of trial eligibility was associated with a higher risk of harm. These findings led to work addressing the impact of non-cancer health conditions on quality of care, preferences, and outcomes. Ongoing investigations focus on the impact of comorbidity on cancer outcomes, as well as temporal and geographic variation in racial disparities in cancer treatment. Dr. Gross’s work has been published in leading journals including JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine. He has published commentaries in Lancet and JAMA, and is a recipient of a “Paper of the Year Award” from the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy.
Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH
Leslie Curry, PhD, MPH, is Senior Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health, and Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. She is core faculty at the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute and the former Director of the Braceland Center for Mental Health and Aging.
Leslie’s research focuses on health care access, quality and outcomes in hospital, community and institutional settings in the U.S. and internationally. She is especially interested in the development and scale up of innovative, evidence-based health practices, programs and policies and regularly collaborates with government agencies and health care providers in these efforts. Her work has been supported by a variety of funders including NIH, AHRQ, The Commonwealth Fund, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The World Bank. Leslie is an internationally recognized expert in qualitative and mixed methods, and was appointed to a working group commissioned by the National Institutes of Health to develop Best Practices for Mixed Methods Research in the Health Sciences in 2011. She is actively engaged in conducting, studying and teaching about interdisciplinary research, bridging the methods communities through publishing qualitative and mixed methods empirical research and methodology in biomedical and health services journals. A Fellow of Branford College at Yale, Leslie teaches extensively and provides mentoring at the undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate levels in public health and medicine.
Georgina Lucas, MSW
Georgina Lucas, MSW is Deputy Director of the Program and Director for the Program's Community Research Initiatives. She brings a strong track record of leadership in the academic, nonprofit, public, and private sectors. She was the founding director of the Center for Innovative Practice at Smith College Graduate School for Social Work where she worked with faculty, doctoral students, and local, state, and national organizations in implementing applied research and training programs to improve mental health services to underserved populations.
Ms. Lucas served as the Staff Director of the Connecticut Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Public and Private Responsibilities for Financing Long Term Care. This commission was responsible for establishing the Connecticut Partnership for Long Term Care, a collaboration between the Connecticut Department of Medicaid and the insurance industry. The Connecticut Partnership model was subsequently replicated in other states. She has also held executive positions in the private sector managing a national community-based care management program for frail elderly, managing Travelers long-term care insurance division, the Travelers national and community affairs division and their corporate philanthropic foundations.
Marjorie Rosenthal, MD, MPH
Marjorie Rosenthal, MD, MPH is an Assistant Director of the Program and Assistant Director for the Program’s Community Research Initiative. She is a former RWJ Clinical Scholar from both Yale and the University of North Carolina. She is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Rosenthal's work has focused on barriers and facilitators to improving health education and health behavior for young, vulnerable families; this has led her to study quality improvement in physicians' offices, parental literacy, maternal mental health, and childcare. Dr. Rosenthal joined the faculty in July 2005.
Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS
Joseph S. Ross, MD, MHS, is an Assistant Professor in the Section of General Internal Medicine. He completed his undergraduate degrees in biological science: neuroscience and psychology at the University of Rochester and his medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. After completing his post-graduate training in primary care internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center, Dr. Ross was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program at Yale University, earning a Master’s degree in health sciences research. He was awarded a Paul B. Beeson Career Development Award in Aging Research from the National Institute on Aging in 2008. Using health services research methods, Dr. Ross’s research focuses on examining factors which affect the use or delivery of recommended ambulatory care services for older adults and other vulnerable populations, evaluating the impact of state and federal policies on the delivery of appropriate and higher quality care, and issues related to conflict of interest, medical professionalism, and drug safety. Dr. Ross continues to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators under contract for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to develop statistical models that are used to measure and publicly report hospital clinical outcomes using administrative data.
Kendall Getek, Program Administrator
Kendall Getek, MBA is the Program Administrator for the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at Yale University. Before joining the Program, she worked in Trauma, Surgical Critical Care, and Surgical Emergencies also at Yale.
Dolores Roller, Senior Administrative Assistant
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program
Yale University School of Medicine
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