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CHSI-QI Research Mentors

The individuals listed below have provided their information to the Center in order to share and network.

Name Current QI Research
QI Research Interests
Email Availability
Jim Wan, PhD


Statistical methods for quality improvement

Any time

Satya Surbhi, BPharm, MS, PhD

Improving medication adherence through full subsidy and direct delivery of essential medications.

Future Projects: 1) Impact of high-risk medications of hospitalizations and ED visits, 2) Using social determinants of health factors to predict patients with high utilizatization, 3) Using social determinants of health to predict medication nonadherence.

My work focuses on developing and evaluating strategies to improve health care quality, reduce health care costs, and improve health outcomes among medically underserved patients with multiple chronic conditions. Some of my current research projects include improving medication adherence by providing full subsidy and direct delivery of essential medications, examining racial, income, and geographic disparities in access to primary care and associated health care utilization, and opioid prescribing behavior and health care utilization among medically-complex super-utilizers.

Any time

Charisse Madlock-Brown, PhD, MLS


lean six sigma


Aram Dobalian, PhD, JD, MPH

Various preparedness and response studies, Work with Veterans

Public health preparedness and response, access and quality of health services, Veteran and military connected health

Any time

Mehmet Kocak, PhD

CANDLE birth cohort

Biostatistics, Clinical Trial designC

Summer, Spring

Elizabeth "Betsy" Tolley

None currently, but willing to work with others to mentor students

Statistical an analysis of data and interpretation of results from various studies. I can offer advise on study design and data analysis.


Helmut Steinberg, MD



Any time, Summer, Fall, Spring


David L Schwartz, MD

Patient navigation for radiation treatment (Active NCI R01 submission)

Closing radiation treatment quality gaps in at-risk populations

Any time

Ian M. Brooks, PhD

Examining the effectiveness of Enhanced Recovery After Surgery protocols on reducing pain, reducing opioid usage, decreasing length of stay & re-admissions etc.

Use of mHealth and eHealth communications devices on pre-operative adherence and post-op medication control

SDoH, equity, eliminating disparities in care & pain management; primary focused on hospital-based experiences. Special emphasis on surgery & outcomes.

Any time

Leonard “Jeff” Harris, MD, MS-epidemiology

Demand Capacity Analysis

Cost-effective care, Acute Exacerbations of Chronic Illnesses, Chronic Pain

Any time

Mona Wicks, Ph.D., MSN, BSN, FAAN

I am interested in in the quality of life and health of persons with chronic conditi

I am not currently practicing. Instead I teach, am an administrator, and conduct research focused on chronically ill populations and their family caregivers.


Owen Phillips, MD, MPH

Grant supported program to educate pregnant women about the importance of

Patient information and patient literacy

Any time

Christopher D. Jackson, MD


Practice improvement, chronic disease management

Any time

Peter Hossler, PhD


Community Engagement; Underserved Communities; Systems Alignment

Any time

May 26, 2022