Faculty

Primary Appointments

Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Area of Expertise: Epidemiology Dr. Akinyemiju is a social and molecular cancer epidemiologist with expertise in epidemiologic methods, translational research, health disparities and global health.  Her research interests focus on identifying the impact of social (such as access to healthcare) and biological factors (such as metabolic dysregulation), on cancer related risk, tumor aggressiveness and survival. She has a specific interest in understanding the causes of cancer disparities among women of African descent in the US and sub-Saharan Africa, given their significantly higher risk of aggressive cancer subtypes relative to other racial groups. To achieve these research aims, she utilizes data from population-based cancer registries, administrative claims, and existing cohort studies. Dr. Akinyemiju also leads several primary epidemiologic research studies. She is the PI of a case-control study of newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and healthy women in Nigeria designed to elucidate the impact of metabolic dysregulation, highly prevalent due to the epidemiologic transition, on hormone-receptor negative breast cancer subtypes and associated epigenetic mechanisms. In addition, Dr. Akinyemiju leads an R01 study designed to characterize racial differences across multiple healthcare access dimensions among US ovarian cancer patients, and evaluate the impact of differential healthcare on quality of initial and supportive treatment, and quality of life. A parallel line of research focuses on identifying lifestyle intervention strategies to improve metabolic health among breast cancer patients as a mortality prevention strategy. Dr. Akinyemiju is also passionate about promoting inclusion and diversity in research, teaching and service, and serves as the Vice-Chair for Inclusion and Diversity at the Duke University Department of Population Health Sciences and as Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement at the Duke Cancer Institute. 
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Bosworth is a health services researcher and Associate Director of the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care at the Durham VA Medical Center. He is also a Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Nursing at Duke University Medical Center and Adjunct Professor in Health Policy and Administration at the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests comprise three overarching areas of research: 1) clinical research that provides knowledge for improving patients’ treatment adherence and self-management in chronic care; 2) translation research to improve access to quality of care; and 3) eliminate health care disparities.  Dr. Bosworth is the recipient of an American Heart Association established investigator award, the 2013 VA Undersecretary Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research (The annual award is the highest honor for VA health services researchers), and a VA Senior Career Scientist Award. In terms of self-management, Dr. Bosworth has expertise developing interventions to improve health behaviors related to hypertension, coronary artery disease, and depression, and has been developing and implementing tailored patient interventions to reduce the burden of other chronic diseases. These trials focus on motivating individuals to initiate health behaviors and sustaining them long term and use members of the healthcare team, particularly pharmacists and nurses. He has been the Principal Investigator of over 20 trials resulting in over 350 peer reviewed publications and four books. This work has been or is being implemented in multiple arenas including Medicaid of North Carolina, The United Kingdom National Health System Direct, Kaiser Health care system, and the Veterans Affairs.Areas of Expertise: Health Behavior, Health Services Research, Implementation Science, Health Measurement, and Health Policy
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Clinical Decision Sciences, Epidemiology, and Health Services Research
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Devon Check, PhD is a health services researcher focused on understanding and overcoming barriers to the delivery of equitable, high-quality care for patients with cancer and other potentially life-limiting conditions.Dr. Check received her PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Department of Population Health Sciences at Duke, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Delivery Science at Kaiser Permanente Northern California.Areas of Expertise: Implementation Science and Health Services Research
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Theresa Coles, PhD, is a health outcomes methodologist with a focus on measuring and evaluating patient-reported outcomes (PROs), integrating PRO measures in clinical care, and improving interpretation of patient-centered outcome scores.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
A social scientist by training, Dr. Corneli has conducted qualitative and mixed-method research primarily in biomedical HIV prevention and bioethics in multiple countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and in the U.S.  A significant portion of her research portfolio has focused on engaging patients/participants and other key stakeholders in qualitative research to inform clinical research, socio-behavioral interventions, and material and scale/questionnaire development as well as to assess participant perceptions of intervention/clinical trial implementation. Her HIV-related research focuses on identifying evidence-based strategies for linking populations at HIV risk to PrEP care, support PrEP adherence to achieve protective levels, and keep clients engaged in PrEP care for as long as their HIV risk persists. Her research in bioethics has explored innovative methods for improving informed consent comprehension and shortening consent forms, the acceptability of informed assent, and the functioning of research ethics committees. Areas of expertise: HIV, qualitative research methods, bioethics, health behavior
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Lesley H. Curtis is Professor and Chair of the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Duke School of Medicine.  A health services researcher by training, Dr. Curtis is an expert in the use of Medicare claims data for health services and clinical outcomes research, and a leader in national data quality efforts. Dr. Curtis serves as co-PI of the FDA’s Sentinel Innovation Center, Co-Investigator of the Data Core for the FDA’s Sentinel Initiative to monitor the safety of FDA-regulated medical products, and Chair of the Data Quality Subcommittee for the National Evaluation System for health Technology (NEST) Coordinating Center that generates real-world evidence for health technology and medical devices. She serves as co-Investigator of the coordinating center for PCORI’s National Clinical Research Network (PCORnet), working with health systems and patient networks to develop a harmonized network infrastructure that leverages health systems and electronic health record data for robust observational and interventional research. Areas of expertise: Health Services Research and Health Policy  
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Developmental psychologist, statistician, and data scientist. Research focused on cardiovascular risk associated with psychiatric illness and trauma exposure, intraindivdiual variability in symptoms and affect, and the use of mobile apps and devices for health and behavior monitoring and interventions. Interest in longitudinal and repeated-measures analyses, mediation analyses, machine learning, and applications to administrative healthcare data.
Medical Instructor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Connor Drake is a health services researcher and implementation scientist. His research interests are at the intersection of primary care, population health management, social determinants of health, chronic illness care redesign, and health equity. He has experience with policy analysis, mixed and multi methods, community engaged research, and implementation and dissemination methods. Dr. Drake's current research projects include leveraging telemedicine and other clinical informatics to improve chronic illness care and population health management; developing and implementing behavioral interventions and 'whole-person' care models for patients with cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders; and studying the implementation of social care integration to respond to social risk factors including food insecurity, housing instability, discrimination, and social isolation.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Dupre is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and the Department of Sociology. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Aging and Human Development and member of the Cardiovascular Outcomes Group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Dupre is a medical sociologist who specializes in research on aging and the life course, health disparities, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) outcomes in older adults. As an interdisciplinary researcher, he has focused on several lines of work: (i) race and socioeconomic disparities in trajectories of chronic disease and mortality, (ii) the role of social stressors in the onset and progression of CVD, (iii) the development of adaptive risk-assessment models, and (iv) the social determinants of healthy aging in China. A unifying thread in his program of research is the application of life course theory to clinical outcomes research, the integration of population- and patient-level data, and the use of innovative statistical methods to better understand how exposure to social factors shape inequalities in health and aging. Dr. Dupre is the Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging (in press), co-editor of the book Disability Trends at Older Ages (in press), and has authored more than 80 publications in the leading journals of medicine, epidemiology, sociology, and public health. He has served as an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Population Aging and currently serves on the editorial boards for multiple journals.Areas of Expertise: Medical Sociology; Population Health; Social Epidemiology; Cardiovascular Disease; Aging; and Quantitative Methods
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Meira Epplein is a cancer epidemiologist interested in modifiable risk factors in under-served populations, with a focus on the association of infection and cancer.  She became Co-Leader of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at Duke Cancer Institute and Associate Professor of Population Health Sciences in the Duke University Medical Center in May of 2017.  Previously, she was a tenured faculty member at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after two years as a post-doctoral fellow with the Multiethnic Cohort Study at the University of Hawaii.  Prior to earning her PhD in epidemiology from the University of Washington, she completed an MA in international studies, and spent five years as a program officer for the Asian research think tank, the National Bureau of Asian Research. Dr. Epplein’s research program has centered around the bacteria Helicobacter pylori, a spiral, gram-negative bacterium that infects approximately 50% of the world’s population, and is the leading carcinogenic infectious agent according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer.  Her research seeks to understand the heterogeneity of H. pylori, to determine the most toxigenic forms of the bacteria so to identify the highest risk populations which can then be targeted for antibiotic therapy, which has been shown to be effective for risk reduction. At the same time, she is committed to furthering our understanding of the co-factors involved in both H. pylori-associated disease risk and benefit, as the bacteria has inhabited the stomachs of humans for over 100,000 years, and so very likely also confers certain biological advantages to its hosts. As Principal Investigator, she has obtained three large NIH-funded grants to further explore the epidemiology of H. pylori heterogeneity: a 5-year career development award (K07) from NCI that focuses on infection, inflammation, and cancer; a 5-year R01 from NCI to develop an H. pylori blood biomarker for gastric cancer risk in East Asia; and a 4-year R01, again funded by NCI, to further investigate, in a large consortium of prospective cohorts across the United States, the novel preliminary finding of H. pylori protein-specific antibodies and the risk of colorectal cancer. She also serves as a Co-Investigator and lead gastric cancer and H. pylori researcher for the Southern Community Cohort Study (SCCS). In addition to serving as a standing member of the study section NCI Subcommittee J (Career Development Awards), she is an editorial board member of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, and is co-chair of the 2017 American Society of Preventive Oncology Annual Meeting Program Committee. Area of expertise: Epidemiology
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Jennifer Gierisch, PhD,  is behavioral scientist and health services researcher. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Heath Sciences and the Department of Medicine at Duke University. She is a core investigator with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT)  where she serves as the leader of the Stakeholder Engagement Core and Director of the VA OAA Health Services Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Gierisch also is the Co-Director of the Evidence Synthesis Program (VA ESP) at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System. She also served as a faculty director of the Duke Clinical Translational Science Institute's  Community Engaged Research Initiative (CeRi) for five years Dr. Gierisch’s research focuses on three overarching areas: 1) behavioral research on the psychosocial factors that influence appropriate uptake and maintenance of complex health behaviors (eg., weight management, smoking cessation, cancer screening); 2) evidence synthesis on key health and healthcare topics to enhance uptake of evidence-based interventions to improve patient and health system outcomes; and 3) stakeholder and community engaged research approaches. Area of expertise: Health Behavior, Community-engaged Research, Evidence Synthesis 
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Gonzalez is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. He is an expert in the design of stated-preference survey instruments and the use of advanced statistical tools to analyze stated-preference data. His research has focused on the transparency in benefit-risk evaluations of medical interventions, and the elicitation of health preferences from multiple stakeholders to support shared decision making. Dr. Gonzalez co-led the first FDA-sponsored preference study which was highlighted in FDA’s recent precedent-setting guidance for submitting patient-preference evidence to inform regulatory benefit-risk evaluations of new medical devices. More recently, Dr. Gonzalez collaborated with the Medical Devices Innovation Consortium (MDIC) to prepare the first catalog of preference-elicitation methods (part of the Patient-Centered Benefit-Risk Assessment Framework) suitable for benefit-risk assessments of medical devices. As a core group member of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) Conjoint Analysis Task Force, Dr. Gonzalez helped draft good-practice recommendations for statistical analysis, interpretation, and reporting of health preference data. Currently, he is working with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at FDA to support the Center’s capabilities for the review of stated-preference data in regulatory decisions. Areas of expertise: Clinical Decision Sciences and Health Measurement
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Health Services Research, Health Policy, and Epidemiology
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Anna Hung, PharmD, PhD, MS is a pharmacist and health services researcher interested in payer and patient decision making related to pharmacy benefits. Previously, she collaborated with the Defense Health Agency to evaluate the budgetary impact of their antidiabetic drug formulary changes. She has also worked with a variety of managed care organizations to assess their drug utilization and clinical management programs. Her methodological research interests include health care cost evaluations, quasi-experimental study designs, and stated preference research. Dr. Hung received her Doctor of Pharmacy, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland. Her PhD is in pharmaceutical health services research, with concentrations in pharmacoeconomics, comparative effectiveness research, and patient-centered outcomes research. Prior to joining the Department of Population Health Sciences, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and served as Co-Chief Fellow.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Epidemiology, Health Services Research, and Implementation Science George L. Jackson, Ph.D., MHA is a healthcare epidemiologist and implementation scientist with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (also known as ADAPT) at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System, where he leads the Implementation and Improvement Science Lab/Core.  Additionally, he is a Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences, Department of Medicine (Division of General Infernal Medicine), and Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Duke.  He also co-teaches evidence-based practice for the Duke Physician Assistant Program.  George’s research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of team-based systems for treatment and prevention of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, and moral injury.  He also works to develop and evaluate structures to identify, replicate, and spread innovative practices within learning health systems.  He has collaborated closely with a number of healthcare systems such as the VA, Duke, and DoD with the goal of linking research and quality improvement.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
F. Reed Johnson, PhD, has more than 40 years of academic and research experience in health and environmental economics. He has served on the faculties of several universities in the United States, Canada, and Sweden, and as Distinguished Fellow at Research Triangle Institute. He currently is Senior Research Scholar in the Duke Clinical Research Institute. As a staff member in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental economics research program during the 1980s, Reed helped pioneer the development of basic non­-market valuation techniques which are widely used for benefit-cost analysis in health and environmental economics. He has designed and analyzed numerous surveys for measuring preferences for and value of health outcomes, health ­risk reductions, and improved environmental quality. Dr. Johnson has over 140 publications in books and peer-reviewed journals. His research has been published in various medical journals, the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Health Economics, Medical Decision Making, Health Economics, Value in Health, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and other journals. He has coauthored a book on techniques for using existing environmental and health value estimates for policy analysis. His current research involves quantifying patients’ willingness to accept side­effect risks in return for therapeutic benefits and estimating general time equivalences among health states. He led the first FDA­ sponsored study on patients’ willingness to accept benefit-risk tradeoffs for new health technologies. The study was used to develop recent FDA guidance on submitting patient-preference data to support regulatory reviews of medical devices.Areas of expertise: Clinical Decision Sciences, Health Measurement, Health Policy, and Health Economics
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Health Economics, Health Policy, and Health Services Research Dr. Kaufman is a health services researcher focused on improving the value of care for older adults, particularly those with multiple chronic conditions. Balancing the costs, risks and benefits of interventions becomes more challenging as goals for care shift and costs escalate in the later stages of life. Her research evaluates patient outcomes and cost-effectiveness of value-based payment models and novel care strategies that impact seriously ill adults and their caregivers. Her expertise in quasi-experimental study designs and decision modeling are useful to mitigate selection bias in administrative data sources and to characterize uncertainty and heterogeneous effects in primary data.   Dr. Kaufman received her Master of Science in Public Health and PhD in Health Policy and Management from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to joining the Department of Population Health Sciences, she completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and post-doctoral fellowship at the Margolis Center for Health Policy. 
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Implementation Science, Health Services Research, and Health Measurement
Medical Instructor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
I am an implementation scientist with focused training in mixed methods and community-engaged research, with an emphasis on improving access to healthy foods and physical activity among children facing social and economic disadvantages.My research centers around 3 primary focus areas:(1) understanding and improving implementation in order to optimize reach of evidence-based healthy eating and physical activity policies and practices in child-serving settings (mostly schools);(2) engaging children and adolescents as active participants in implementation research, including developing and testing pragmatic, age-appropriate evaluation metrics;(3) developing measures to improve our understanding of the determinants of health-related decision-making among children and adolescents, in order to better implement health literacy and public health literacy-based programs.While these are the main focus areas of my research, my methods expertise is broadly applicable to other child and adolescent health outcomes. This expertise includes: implementation and dissemination methods, stakeholder-driven research, youth participatory research methods, mixed methods evaluation, pragmatic measures development (including rapid qualitative data collection and analysis), organizational capacity-building, theory-based program development, policy implementation.Areas of Expertise: Implementation Science, Health Behavior, and Health Management
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Matt Maciejewski, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences. He is also a Senior Research Career Scientist and Director of the Non-randomized Design Lab in the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation at the Durham VA Medical Center. Matt also holds Adjunct Professor appointments in the Schools of Public Health and Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has received funding from NIDA, CMS, AHRQ, VA HSR&D, and the RWJ Foundation to conduct evaluation of long-term clinical and economic outcomes of surgical interventions, behavioral interventions and Medicare program or policy changes on patients with obesity and cardiometabolic conditions.  He is also interested in methods for addressing unobserved confounding in observational studies.  Matt evaluated the first-ever population-based implementation of value-based insurance design and led the first-ever linkage of lab results and Medicare FFS claims.  He has published over 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals such as JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Surgery, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Economics, Medical Care, Health Services Research, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and Diabetes Care.Areas of expertise: Health Services Research, Health Economics, Health Policy, Multimorbidity
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Area of Expertise: Informatics
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Bioethics, Qualitative Research Methods, and Health Behavior
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences
Dr. Muiruri is a health services researcher, Assistant Professor in the Duke Department of Population Health Sciences, Assistant Research Professor in the Global Health Institute, and Adjunct lecturer at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Moshi Tanzania. Broadly, his research seeks to improve the quality of healthcare and reduce disparities for persons with multiple chronic conditions both in and outside the United States. His current work focuses on prevention of nonAIDS comorbidities among people living with HIV. His current projects funded by NIAID, NHLBI and NIMHD focus on improving the quality of cardiovascular disease prevention and care among people living with HIV in North Carolina and Tanzania.Areas of Expertise: Mixed methods, Qualitative methods, Applied Econometrics in Health services Research,  Preference research, Implementation Science, Global Health, Health Policy
Medical Instructor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am an epidemiologist and health services researcher at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. My research focuses on comparative effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes, and pragmatic health services research in cardiovascular and pulmonary disease.Areas of expertise: Epidemiology, Health Services Research, and Clinical Decision Sciences
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Dana K Pasquale earned a PhD in infectious disease epidemiology from UNC-Chapel Hill, earned an MPH in health behavior from East Carolina University, and completed three years as a postdoc in the Duke University Department of Sociology.  She combines social network and pathogen genetic data to study infectious disease transmission networks.  The majority of Dana’s work is domestic, examining HIV and syphilis transmission in North Carolina.  She also uses clonal bacterial data, pathogen genetic data, and location information to study hospital-acquired multi-drug resistant infections.  Dana is the PI of Duke RDS^2:  Respondent-Driven Sampling for Respiratory Disease Surveillance, a CDC-funded snowball sampling study to locate active, undiagnosed SARS-CoV-2 cases in Durham County.  She is also externally funded by NIH and NSF as a co-Investigator.
Chief Science and Digital Officer
Areas of Expertise: Epidemiology, Health Measurement, Health Services Research, Implementation Science, Informatics, Cybersecurity, Medical Privacy, Digital Health, Digital Therapeutics
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Pollak is a social psychologist who designs and tests behavioral interventions to promote smoking cessation, reduce health disparities, and improve clinician-patient communication. She also is one of the heads of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative that supports multi-site palliative care trials. Finally, Dr. Pollak serves as a Communication Coach where she teaches clinicians effective communication techniques.Area of expertise: Health Behavior
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Epidemiology and Health Services Research
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Shelby Reed, PhD, RPh is Professor in Population Health Sciences and Medicine at Duke University and Director of the Preference Evaluation Research (PrefER) Group at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.  She also is core faculty and serves on the executive committee at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. Dr. Reed has 20 years of experience leading multidisciplinary health outcomes research studies. Dr. Reed has extensive expertise in designing and conducting trial-based and model-based cost-effectiveness analyses of diagnostics, drugs and patient-centered interventions. In evaluating health policy issues, she has developed computer models to evaluate the economic impact of trends in clinical trial design, changes in reimbursement policies, a new financing scheme to spur drug development for ultra-rare conditions, and the societal value of alternative approaches to identifying drug safety problems. Over the last several years, her research has increasingly focused on stated-preference studies to evaluate benefit-risk tradeoffs, patient-centered value, and their application in comparative effectiveness research and clinical decision making.  Dr. Reed earned pharmacy and doctoral degrees from the University of Maryland and completed her training in the Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research and Policy Program at the University of Washington. She serves on editorial advisory boards for Value in Health and Health Services Research.  She served as President of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR) in 2017-2018 and is currently Chair of ISPOR's Health Science Policy Council.   Areas of expertise: Health Economics, Health Measurement, Stated Preference Research, Health Policy, and Health Services Research
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Health Measurement and Health Services Research
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Richman's research broadly focuses on understanding factors that contribute to health disparities for disadvantaged groups. Some research areas include the role of social status, gentrification, and social network characteristics on health behaviors and outcomes. Click here for .pdf links to my publicationsAreas of expertise: Health Behavior and Health Measurement
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
For an up-to-date description of my research program please visithttps://ryser.netlify.comAreas of Expertise: Multi-scale modeling, early carcinogenesis, cancer evolution
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Clinical Decision Sciences, Health Services Research, and Health Policy
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Megan Shepherd-Banigan designs research studies to improve the health, emotional well-being, and social functioning of adults with mental and physical disabilities. Her methods combine empirical approaches that address methodologically challenging research questions in health systems and policy research. Dr. Shepherd-Banigan uses large survey and administrative datasets to evaluate the impact of policies that support family members to care for adults with disabilities.   Dr. Shepherd-Banigan won a VA Career Development Award from 2019-2024 and is studying ways to strengthen family support for veterans under-going traumatic stress treatment. She also leads a project that surveys family caregivers of Vietnam-era veterans who might be eligible for expanded support services under the VA Mission Act to evaluate program impacts. As co-investigator on an NIA-funded CARE IDEAS study (Terri Wetle, PI) , she is investigating end-of-life-care planning and well-being among dementia care dyads.  Finally, Dr. Shepherd-Banigan is leading a project in partnership with the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregivers to identify creative empirically-based approaches to support family caregivers. 
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Health Services Research, Implementation Science, Health Policy and Epidemiology Asheley Cockrell Skinner, PhD, is a health services researcher whose work addresses a variety of population health issues, particularly implementation of programs to improve the health of vulnerable populations. She is currently an Associate Professor at Duke University in Population Health Sciences. She received her PhD in 2007 in Health Policy and Administration at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A nationally-known expert in childhood obesity, her work uses a data-driven approach to understand pediatric obesity and improve implementation of evidence-based treatment. She applies this implementation science approach to other populations, including children involved in child welfare investigations and individuals affected by opioid use or misuse. In addition to her many roles in research, she also currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies for Population Health Sciences, directs multiple training programs, and actively mentors undergraduate and graduate students, fellows, and junior faculty.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Valerie A. Smith, DrPH, is an Associate Professor in the Duke University Department of Population Health Sciences and Director of the Biostatistics Core at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center's Center of Innovation. Her methodological research interests include: methods for semicontinuous and zero-inflated data, economic modeling methods, causal inference methods, observational study design, and longitudinal data analysis. Her current methodological research has focused on the development of marginalized models for semicontinuous data. Dr. Smith works largely in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, with a focus on health policy interventions, health care utilization and expenditure patterns, program and policy evaluation, obesity and weight loss, bariatric surgery evaluation, and family caregiver supportive services.Areas of expertise: Biostatistics, Health Services Research, Health Economics, and Health Policy
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Sorenson has extensive research and policy expertise in value assessment in health care, comparative effectiveness research, drug and device regulation and payment, and health policy evaluation. She is interested in the design, implementation, and assessment of innovative, evidence-based strategies to enhance value-based health care, particularly with regards to new and existing health care treatments and services. In this work, she also examines the economic, methodological, political, cultural, organizational, professional, and legal levers that support or hinder the adoption of such approaches.     Dr. Sorenson’s work also focuses on education and training development in health policy and management. She is currently Faculty Director of Graduate Education Initiatives and the Margolis Scholars in Health Policy and Management Program at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. Outside of academe, Dr. Sorenson has served in senior health care consulting and policy positions in both the private and public sectors. She has also worked in an advisory capacity for governmental organizations in several countries on development of national and regional health technology assessment systems.  
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Health Services Research, Health Measurement, and Implementation Science
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Steinhauser's primary interests are end-of-life care, medical sociology and patient-provider relationships. Specifically, she investigates the composition and measurement of the quality of life for patients and their families at the end of life. Dr. Steinhauser is a Health Scientist with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center, Durham; Professor, Department of Population Health Science and Medicine; Senior Fellow with the Duke University Center for Aging; Associate Chief for Research, Duke Palliative Care, and Director, Duke Residency Professional Development Coaching Program.  Karen E. Steinhauser, PhD is a social scientist dedicated to improving quality of life of patients, families, and providers during serious illness.  She is a Health Scientist with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center, Durham and Professor, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Senior Fellow with the Duke University Center for Aging, and a former VA Career Development Awardee.  Karen Steinhauser, PhD, is Professor, Departments of Population Health Sciences and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center and Senior Fellow with the Duke University Center for Aging and Health Scientist with the Center for Health Services Research in Primary Care, VA Medical Center, Durham. Her research is dedicated to improving patient and family psychosocial and spiritual care, in serious illness. She has developed measurement tools to assess patient and family quality of life as well as psychosocial interventions to improve the experience of serious illness for patients and those who care for them. Dr. Steinhauser's research has used qualitative and qualitative methods, observational, trial and implementation research.  Her latest work includes: developing a measure to assess the spiritual needs in palliative care, and addressing clinician resilience in palliative care. She serves as Associate Chief of Research for Duke Palliative Care, Director of the Duke Residency Professional Development Coaching program and Vice Chair of Faculty Development for Population Health Sciences. She has been a long-term member of AAHPM, having served on the research committee and being the 2015 Awardee for Excellence in Scientific Research in Palliative Care. She is the Director of Duke’s Residency Professional Development Coaching Program and Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Population Health Sciences Area of expertise: Palliative Care, Qualitative Research
Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans International Distinguished Professor
Areas of Expertise: Health Services Research, Health Policy, Disease Control Strategy, and Implementation Science
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Courtney Van Houtven is a Professor in The Department of Population Health Science, Duke University School of Medicine and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.  She is also a Research Career Scientist in The Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT), Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dr. Van Houtven’s aging and economics research interests encompass long-term care financing, intra-household decision-making, informal care, and home- and community-based services. She examines how family caregiving affects health care utilization, expenditures, health and work outcomes of care recipients and caregivers. She is also interested in understanding how best to support family caregivers to optimize caregiver and care recipient outcomes.Dr. Van Houtven  is co-PI on the QUERI Program Project, “Optimizing Function and Independence”, in which her caregiver skills training program developed as an RCT in VA, now called Caregivers FIRST, has been implemented at over 100 VA sites nationally. The team will evaluate how intensification of an implementation strategy changes adoption and sustainment. She directs the VA-Cares Evaluation Center in the Durham COIN, which evaluates the VA’s Caregiver Support Program, including its Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC), a program that supports family members who care for injured post-9/11 Veterans. She is a co-investigator on the NIA/NIH CARE IDEAS R01 study examining outcomes among care partners and persons with cognitive impairment and dementia (Vince Mor, PI) and in October 2021 launched a new R01 study as PI that will assess the value of "home time" for persons living with dementia and their caregivers (RF1 AG072364). Areas of expertise: Health Services Research and Health Economics
Medical Instructor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Dr. Vilme is a social scientist with training in public health, specializing in health promotion and health education. She has expertise in community-based participatory research, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and program evaluation. Her research focuses on how the food environment influences diet and weight among college students; the interplay of food security and neighborhood effects on diet; and neighborhood racial/ethnic disparities related to exposure to unhealthy outlets. Dr. Vilme's current projects include GIS mapping of the food sources surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in North Carolina; the development and implementation of a study to assess the impact of COVID-19 on college students globally; and the development of a nutrition curriculum for elementary students.  Dr. Vilme is also a recipient of a K12 Career Development Award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to develop a farm-to-university program for HBCUs in North Carolina. 
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Areas of expertise: Health Services Research, Health Policy, and Implementation Science
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Qingyi Wei, MD, PhD, Professor in the Department of Medicine, is Associate Director for Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Co-leader of CCPS and Co-leader of Epidemiology and Population Genomics (Focus Area 1). He is a professor of Medicine and an internationally recognized epidemiologist focused on the molecular and genetic epidemiology of head and neck cancers, lung cancer, and melanoma. His research focuses on biomarkers and genetic determinants for the DNA repair deficient phenotype and variations in cell death. He is Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal "Cancer Medicine" and Associate Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Molecular Epidemiology and Genetics.Area of Expertise: Epidemiology
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Kevin P. Weinfurt, PhD, is Professor and Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Population Health Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and a faculty member of the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He holds secondary appointment as a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Professor of  Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, and a Faculty Associate of the Trent Center for the Study of Medical Humanities and Bioethics. Dr. Weinfurt also co-directs the Center for Health Measurement at Duke and is co-director of the Clinical Research Training Program (Masters degree offered through the School of Medicine). Dr. Weinfurt currently works as Special Governmental Employee for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, helping to create the Patient-Focused Drug Development guidance series. He is also a member of the Secretary's Advisory Committee for Human Research Protections.  Dr. Weinfurt conducts research on measuring patient-reported outcomes, medical decision making, and bioethics. In addition to conducting research, Dr. Weinfurt has taught undergraduate courses in introductory psychology, judgment and decision making, and the psychology of medical decision making; and graduate courses in multivariate statistics, patient-reported outcomes, and research ethics.Areas of Expertise: Bioethics, Health Measurement, Health Services Research, and Health Behavior
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Zigler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences and part of the Center for Health Measurement. A psychometrician and statistician by training, she is an expert in the development and evaluation of clinical outcome measures. Her particular specialty is in designing patient-centered tools for children with rare diseases. She recently developed a patient-reported outcome measure to capture quality of life impact in children and adolescents with localized scleroderma, and is collaborating with a multidisciplinary team to adapt the measure for adults. She also is working with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) to design and evaluate a caregiver-reported measure to assess communication changes in individuals with Angelman Syndrome. The resulting tool will serve as an outcome measure in future clinical trials. Dr. Zigler received her PhD in Research Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh and her MSEd in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami. She has been involved in research for over 12 years and has published applied work in rheumatology, pediatrics, human engineering, veterans’ affairs, and rehabilitation science. Her other methodological interests include multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, small sample size statistical methods, and anchoring vignettes. Areas of Expertise: Health Measurement, Health Behavior, and Health Services Research
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Leah L. Zullig, PhD, MPH is a health services researcher and an implementation scientist. She is an Associate Professor in the Duke Department of Population Health Sciences and an investigator with the Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT) at the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System. Dr. Zullig’s overarching research interests address the reduction of healthcare disparities, improving cancer care delivery and quality, supporting medication adherence, and promoting cancer survivorship and chronic disease self-management. She has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Zullig completed her BS in Health Promotion, her MPH in Public Health Administration, and her PhD in Health Policy.Areas of expertise: Implementation Science, Health Measurement, Health Policy, Health Behavior, Telehealth, and Health Services Research

Secondary Appointments

Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
My research interests cover the gamut of health-services research and include traditional clinical outcomes research, patient-reported outcomes, comparative effectiveness review, economic analysis, health-technology assessment, and management and policy studies. I have a particular interest in informatics, data analytics and visualization, and dissemination and implementation.My goal is to develop “metrics that matter” — standardized methods to assess outcomes that are meaningful to patients. I focus especially on improving integration of these data into the clinical workflow of multidisciplinary teams, where communication and coordination of care are critical for success.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Armstrong's clinical and research interests include pediatric nutrition and the treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity, along with related health problems. As director of the Duke Children's Healthy Lifestyles Program, Dr. Armstrong oversees a cohort of over 3000 overweight children and teenagers. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Obesity.  Dr. Armstrong's research focuses on leveraging innovative strategies to improve children's nutrition and activity, including mobile health interventions, community partnerships, and medication or surgical approaches.
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Audrey L. Blewer, PhD, MPH is an epidemiologist and resuscitation scientist in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health within Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Blewer completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania from the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Informatics and her Master of Public Health in Social in Behavioral Sciences from the University of Florida. Dr. Blewer has been fortunate to have published in several noteworthy journals such as Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Circulation, and Critical Care Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Blewer has been recognized for her work internationally, recently nominated as a finalist for the Ian Jacobs Young Investigator Award by the European Resuscitation Council. Her recent work investigating bystander CPR disparities was chosen as a top abstract, where she received a young investigator award at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am a Research Health Scientist at Durham VA Health System’s Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation (ADAPT), Duke University faculty at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Medical School, Senior Fellow at the Duke Center for the Study of Aging & Human Development as well as Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy Core Faculty. My research has focused on assessing patients’ and caregivers’ experiences and expectations of health care delivery during advanced illness and near the end of life, using qualitative and mixed methods research. I have extensive experience in clinical medicine, health care administration, health professions education, hospice and palliative care quality improvement, and community-based research. Challenges and opportunities at the intersection of social care and health care inform my research agenda. My collaborations across disciplines at VA and Duke and with community organizations have afforded me deep insights into the lives and challenges of vulnerable community members and family/friend caregivers. I have active research 1) describing caregivers’ social and health needs related to caring for older adults re-entering the community from prison; 2) examining hospice admissions practices and what can be done to reduce inappropriate live discharges; and 3) developing, with a cross-disciplinary team, a “life story book” intervention for families and community members living with dementia. As a VA Research Health Scientist and Career Development Awardee, I am 1) a principal investigator designing a community-based lay navigator program targeting caregivers’ social and practical needs as they engage in their complex roles as caregivers of Veterans with advanced stage illness, and 2) a co-investigator on several VA projects utilizing my qualitative research skills and passions for public policy and stakeholder engagement.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Boulware directs the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute as Vice Dean for Translational Science and Associate Vice Chancellor for Translational Research, and she is Chief of the Duke Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine. She is a general internist, physician-scientist and clinical epidemiologist focused on improving health and health equity for individuals and communities affected by chronic health conditions such as kidney disease. A national thought leader in health equity, she has identified patient, clinician, system, and community-level barriers that result in disparate outcomes for Black and other minoretized individuals. Using pragmatic trials, she has developed successful interventions, shaped guidelines, raised physician awareness and changed clinical practice.  Throughout her work, Dr. Boulware has sought to improve transparency and trustworthiness in science and medicine.  Her research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes for Health, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and other organizations throughout her career. She has published over 200 manuscripts, book chapters, and editorials, and she mentors numerous students, residents, fellows, and faculty members.  Dr. Boulware is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. PubMed Listing Here (Link)Education A.B. Vassar College, 1991 M.D. Duke University, 1995 M.P.H. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1999
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am a geriatrician with research training in population health and chronic disease epidemiology. Through my work, I aim to inform patient-centered care that focuses on optimizing function and quality of life over traditional disease-based approaches. Much of my work has focused on chronic kidney disease, however I have recently broadened the scope of investigation to include other chronic conditions including hypertension and systemic lupus erythematosus. The unifying theme of this work has been applying a geriatric research approach to large studies of chronic disease. As Associate Director of Clinical Programs at the Durham VA Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center, I have also had the opportunity to partner with nephrologists to develop clinical programs in the VA designed to provide patient-centered, geriatric care for older adults with kidney disease.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Cook is a clinical researcher, physical therapist, and profession advocate with a long-term history of clinical care excellence and service. His passions include refining and improving the patient examination process and validating tools used in day-to-day physical therapist practice. Dr. Cook has authored or co-authored 3 textbooks, has published over 165 peer reviewed manuscripts and lectures internationally on orthopedic examination and treatment.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Leonor Corsino is a Board- Certified Adult Endocrinologist and an experienced physician-scientist, organizational and health professional education leader. She offers an extensive and diverse leadership background with a successful implementation of innovative programs in clinical, research and workforce development and education. Her expertise and strengths lie in her diverse portfolio that expands from basic science to clinical and community-engaged research, innovative curriculum development, successful clinical program implementation, and collaborations. Dr. Corsino's research focuses on diabetes, obesity and related complications and health disparities with a particular interest in Hispanic/Latino populations. She has successfully lead and extensively collaborates with investigators locally, nationally and internationally. Her research and contribution have been recognized locally and at the national levels with many awards including the NIH/NIDDK Network of Minority Health Research Investigators medallion. Dr. Corsino has extensive leadership experience including her current roles as member of the Executive Committee Member and Associate Director of the Duke School of Medicine Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS), Co-Director for the Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute - Community Engagement Core / Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERI) and Associate Dean of Students Affairs/Advisory Dean Duke School of Medicine MD program. She is the former Co-Director, Education and Training Sub-core, Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity, Director/ Duke Population Health Improvement Initiative Program, Associate Chair for the Department of Medicine Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee, and Associate Director for the Duke School of Medicine Office of Faculty Mentoring Training. Dr. Corsino leadership lead to the successful development and implementation of unique and innovative programs including the Duke MBS program selective curriculum, the REACH Equity Summer Undergraduate Research Program, the CTSI/CERI Population Health Improvement Award, E-library, consultation services and the interactive platform for the Duke Population Health Improvement Program. Her visionary and innovative initiatives have enhanced patient care, population health, and the recruitment, training, development, and support of health professions students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty having a significant, palpable and impressive impact of the diversity of health profession workforce and health disparities research.
Assistant Professor n Population Health Sciences
Emily D'Agostino, DrPH, MS, MEd, MA, is a pediatric cardiovascular epidemiologist specializing in community-based interventions. Her research expertise lies in partnering with community organizations to examine structural and social factors that promote youth physical activity and fitness. She also specializes in expanding epidemiology education to high school and undergraduate students, and incorporating contemporary teaching and learning practices into epidemiology instruction at all levels. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Duke University in Family Medicine and Community Health. She also provides research oversight for the Miami-Dade County Department of Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces, the third largest county park system in the nation. She received her doctorate in Epidemiology from the City University of New York's Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy. She also holds master's degrees in Science Education, Educational Leadership, and Museum Education.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Everett joined the faculty of the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University in August 2013 and gained a secondary appointment in the Department of Population Health in 2018. Prior to joining the faculty, she worked clinically in emergency departments in rural Wisconsin. Prior to becoming a physician assistant (PA), Dr. Everett worked in research at the National Institutes of Health and public health policy at the Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Everett’s current research initiatives focus on healthcare team design and the impact on patient, provider, and organizational outcomes. Recent work has focused on understanding the role of primary care PAs and nurse practitioners (NPs) and how they relate to outcomes for patients with diabetes. Her work has been published in a variety of journals including Health Affairs, Journal of Rural Health , Medical Care Research and Review, and BMC Family Practice. She completed the first comparative effectiveness study of primary care PAs and NPs and has become the first PA faculty in the US to receive grant funding from the National Institutes of Health.Nationally, Christine has served on a range of governmental and non-governmental groups, including the Healthy People 2010 Workgroup, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Primary Care Team Workforce Models Workgroup, and the American Academy of Physician Assistant Research Council.  She is currently a member of the advisory board for the Center for Professionalism & Value in Healthcare and the Associate Editor for Research for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
I study the meaningful use of Electronic Health Records data. My research interests sit at the intersection of biostatistics, biomedical informatics, machine learning and epidemiology. I collaborate with researchers both locally at Duke as well as nationally. I am interested in speaking with any students, methodologistis or collaborators interested in EHR data.Please find more information at: https://sites.duke.edu/bgoldstein/
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Goode is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a physical therapist by clinical training and epidemiologist by scientific training. His focus is on understanding the etiology of low back pain and other chronic musculoskeletal conditions and improving the delivery of care for patients with acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.  In his research he has published in the areas of the relationship between individual radiographic features in the lumbar spine and clinical symptoms, biomarkers and peripheral joint osteoarthritis. 
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am a board-certified nephrologist, and my academic career focus is geriatric nephrology. Older adults with kidney disease are one of the most vulnerable sub-populations of patients because of their high morbidity, mortality, and functional limitations and the complexity of our fragmented healthcare system. Research and clinical efforts to enhance the quality of care and quality of life of these patients is paramount. My research involves epidemiology and health services research methodologies. Clinically, I lead a local geriatric nephrology clinic. My long term goal is to identify effective novel interventions for management of older pre-dialysis and dialysis patients.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am interested in using health economic models to inform decisions related to gynecologic cancers. Specific models have addressed the decision to administer intraperitoneal chemotherapy for newly diagnosed advanced ovarian cancer following optimal cytoreduction, the choice of chemotherapy regimen for recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer, and the exploration of screening strategies for ovarian cancer. The ovarian cancer screening model examines the effects of test cost, sensitivity, specificity, and screen frequency on ovarian cancer mortality, the lifetime false positive rate of testing, the positive predictive value of the test, and its cost effectiveness. This type of model is potentially useful in informing the design trials of novel screening tests for ovarian cancer. I am also conducting a prospective study to quantify the effects of screening for, diagnosis of, and treatment for ovarian cancer on the quality of life of women.
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am an interventional cardiologist with a specific focus on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cardiovascular disease. As a clinician, I see patients in the office and do coronary and peripheral vascular procedures (angiography and interventions) in the Duke Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. I have served as the Medical Director of the cath lab at Duke since 2016. Alongside my partners in the cath lab, we collaborate with our cardiothoracic surgeons to hold Heart Team meetings each week, and we frequently are asked to address complex cardiovascular issues as a multidisciplinary team.I also have a broad background in cardiovascular site-based research, multicenter clinical trials, clinical event classification, and observational analyses. I have helped to lead clinical trial efforts at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) by designing and conducting studies evaluating new and existing treatments for patients with coronary artery disease and peripheral artery disease. My specific research interests include examining access to care and disparities in care for patients with peripheral artery disease and the design and conduct of pragmatic clinical trials in cardiovascular disease.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
health services and outcomes research, information-technology enabled registries, supportive oncology and palliative care, quality assessment and improvement
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am a medical oncologist, palliative care physician, and patient experience researcher.  My clinical practice focuses on the care of patients with hematologic malignancies, with a particular emphasis on myeloid conditions and acute leukemias including acute myeloid leukemia (AML), acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs / MPDs, CML).  As founding Director of the Duke Cancer Patient Experience Research Program (CPEP), my research investigates common issues faced by people with cancer, including issues of symptom burden, quality of life, psychological distress, prognostic understanding, and treatment decision-making. This work aims to improve patients' experiences living with serious illnesses like blood cancers, including the integration of specialist palliative care services to provide an extra layer of support along with their comprehensive cancer care. More broadly, our team in CPEP conducts various studies of patient experience and outcomes issues in oncology, including retrospective chart review studies, comparative effectiveness work, prospective observational studies and registries, and qualitative research, along with efforts to facilitate the integration of patient-generated health data (PGHD) into routine cancer care processes, such as with electronic patient-reported outcome measures (ePROs) and other mobile health interventions (mHealth). This work has led to recognition as an "Inspirational Leader under 40" by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), "Fellow" status from the Academy in 2016, the 2018 international "Clinical Impact Award" from the European Association for Palliative Care, and the AAHPM "Early Career Investigator" award in 2020. I served as 2017-18 Chair of the ASCO Ethics Committee, and currently Chair the Scientific Review Committee of the NIH/NINR-funded Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC; www.palliativecareresearch.org). I have served on various national guideline panels for AML and for palliative/supportive care issues in oncology, and was inducted as a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO) in 2021. To date I have published over 150 Medline-indexed articles, and several chapters in prominent textbooks of oncology and palliative medicine.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Yongmei Liu is a genetic epidemiologist with appointments in Cardiology/Medicine and Neurology. Her primary interests are to better understand the molecular mechanisms of aging-related inflammatory diseases including diabetes, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease by studying genome, the interplay of genetic and environmental factors, and epigenomic and transcriptomic profiles. The combination of an unbiased genome-wide search in large sample sizes of disease relevant tissues/cells with longitudinal and randomized clinical trial designs, followed up by in vitro and in vivo experiments, is providing novel biomarkers for risk prediction and new insights into mechanisms that are involved in inflammatory diseases.
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Richard C. “Chad” Mather III MD, MBA is an assistant professor and vice chairman of practice innovation in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University School of Medicine.  He is also a faculty member at the Duke Clinical Research Institute.  Dr. Mather is a health services researcher and decision scientist with a focus on economic analysis, health policy, health preference measurement and personalized decision-making.  His current work focuses on building tools for healthcare consumerism by facilitating measurement and communication of individual patient preferences in treatment decisions.  Additionally, he has great interest in health innovation, particularly in developing new care and payment models to foster different incentives and practice approaches.  He was a health policy fellow with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Mather received an undergraduate degree in economics from Miami University and a medical doctorate and masters in business administration from Duke, where he also completed residency training in orthopaedic surgery. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Rush University Medical Center.  His clinical practice focuses on hip arthroscopy including both FAI and extra-articular hip endoscopy.  Specifically to the hip in addition to health service research applications he conducts translational research on biomarkers and hip instability. 
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am a cardiologist with a clinical and research interest in heart failure, including advanced therapies such as cardiac transplantation and mechanical assist devices or “heart pumps." I serve our group as Chief of the Heart Failure Section. I became a heart failure cardiologist in order to help patients manage their chronic disease over many months and years. I consider myself strongly committed to compassionate patient care with a focus on quality of life and patient preference.I am the Editor in Chief of the Journal of Cardiac Failure - The official journal of the Heart Failure Society of America.My research interests are focused on treating co-morbid diseases in heart failure patients and improving outcomes across the cardiovascular spectrum through clinical trials and outcomes research. Below, you will find my specific research interests:     Cardiometabolic disease     Co-morbidity characterization (diabetes, sleep apnea, renal failure) in heart failure     Phenotypic characterization and risk prognostication of patients with heart failure     Role of surrogate and nonfatal endpoints in clinical heart failure trials     Biomarkers in heart failure     Novel pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches to heart failure     Improving site-based heart failure research
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Morgan is a health services researcher focusing on PAs and NPs in the health workforce and on outcomes associated with their use in different roles and settings.  As Director of Research in the Duke PA Division, she led the development of the PA Research section, which is one of only a few such groups nationally.  As a practicing PA for 25 years, Dr. Morgan has extensive knowledge of the PA profession from the perspective of a clinician.  As one of a very few national experts on education, practice, and workforce issues related to the PA profession, Dr. Morgan is regularly invited to serve in national and state level policy advisory positions.  Her research, linked below, addresses methodological problems of data sources for use in research on PAs and NPs, the effect of PA use on health resource utilization, and use and roles of PAs and NPs in various settings.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Kevin Oeffinger, MD, is a family physician, Professor in the Department of Medicine, and a member of the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI). He is founding Director of the DCI Center for Onco-Primary Care, and Director of the DCI Supportive Care and Survivorship Center. He has a long-standing track record of NIH-supported research in cancer screening and survivorship and has served in a leadership capacity in various cancer-focused and primary care-focused national committees and organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Cancer Society, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.The three-fold mission of the DCI Center for Onco-Primary Care are are to: (1) deliver evidence-based, patient-centered, personalized health care across the cancer continuum by enhancing the interface between cancer specialists and primary care clinicians; (2) conduct innovative research with cutting-edge technology that can be translated to the community setting; and (3) train and educate the next generation of clinicians and researchers to extend this mission. Dr. Oeffinger's clinical expertise is managing survivors of pediatric and young adult cancer.
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Chronic disease epidemiology; obesity; health services research; population health; public health; social medicine; health information systems; health surveys; programme evaluation; clinical trials; aging; nutrition; dementia; Global Health
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am a cancer epidemiologist with specialized training in genetic epidemiology. The overall goal of my research program is to identify genetic factors that increase the risk of developing a brain tumor as well as those that affect prognosis after diagnosis. My research focuses on: 1) using population-level cancer registry data for surveillance and risk factor discovery; 2) discovering sources of germline genetic risk for brain tumors and 3) understanding the relationship between immune traits and brain tumor risk and survival. I approach these questions through a research program of interrelated projects and application of novel analytic techniques.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Palmer leads a successful program of clinical, basic and translational research in transplantation and advanced lung diseases. He currently directs the pulmonary research program at the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) and serves as Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Medicine.Dr. Palmer has over 150 peer reviewed publications, received numerous awards, including election into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) in 2012, chaired many sessions at national and international meetings, serves regularly on NIH study sections, and is on the editorial board of many prominent journals. He is also Associate Director of the Clinical Research Training Program at Duke and has personally mentored over 40 pre-and post-doctoral trainees, many of whom are now engaged in their own successful research careers. His scientific accomplishments include the first human studies to demonstrate the importance of innate immunity in transplant rejection and completion of a prospective multicenter study that improved CMV prevention after lung transplantation.Current basic projects in the lab are studying the role of the matrix in the activation of innate immunity in pulmonary transplant rejection, and epithelial injury and repair in the development of toxin induced bronchiolitis obliterans. Translational and human projects are studying predictors of lung transplant survival in the UNOS database, immune monitoring to predict CMV infection and acute rejection after lung transplantation, and the use of novel inhaled antibiotics in lung transplantation. The lab is also using cutting edge whole exome genetic sequencing to identify genetic predictors of transplant rejection.Dr. Palmer also leads trials coordinated through the DCRI that study the natural history and investigate new treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), chronic lung transplant rejection, and posttransplant cytomegalovirus infection.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Wei Pan is an Associate Professor (with tenure) of Health Measurement, Biostatistics, and Data Science at the Duke University School of Nursing and in the Department of Population Health Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Measurement and Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University and M.S. in Statistics from Fuzhou University, China. His research interests are causal inference, advanced statistical modeling, data analytics, meta-analysis, and psychometrics; and their applications in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. He has been involved as a Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, and Principal Biostatistician in many research projects funded by federal agencies, such as NIH, NSF, and the like. He has published numerous refereed journal articles on both methodological and applied research. He was awarded the Outstanding Ph.D. Faculty Award by the Duke University School of Nursing in 2017. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Applied Public Health Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
The major themes that embody Dr. Pastva's scholarly pursuits include:  a) mechanisms of physical reserve and resilience; b) rehabilitation strategies for improving the health and function of individuals living with chronic cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases and/or surviving critical illness; and c) pedagogical strategies that will optimize health professions curricula to address clinical practice expectations in aging and acute or critical illness. In addition to her faculty appointments, she is a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, a Duke Pepper Older American Independence Center (OAIC) Scholar, and a member of the Center’s Physical Measures Core. She serves as an advisor in Duke Health's Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Physical Therapy Residency Program and on the Steering Committee of Chancellor Washington's Translating Duke Health Initiative in Cardiovascular Health. She also serves on the American Physical Therapy Association’s ICU Rehabilitation Clinical Guideline Development Group and on the Research Committee of its Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Section.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Jonathan P. Piccini, MD, MHS, FACC, FAHA, FHRS is a clinical cardiac electrophysiologist and Associate Professor of Medicine with Tenure at Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He is the Director of the Cardiac Electrophysiology section at the Duke Heart Center. His focus is on the care of patients with atrial fibrillation and complex arrhythmias, with particular emphasis on catheter ablation, left atrial appendage occlusion, and lead extraction. His research interests include the conduct of clinical trials and the assessment of innovative cardiovascular therapeutics for the care of patients with heart rhythm disorders. He has served as the chairman for several national and international clinical trials and registries, including the American Heart Association-Get with the Guidelines Atrial Fibrillation quality improvement registry. He is an associate editor for the American Heart Journal and serves on the editorial board of several journals, including Heart Rhythm, the European Heart Journal, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology, Circulation: Arrhythmia & Electrophysiology and the Journal of Cardiac Electrophysiology. Dr. Piccini has more than 450 publications in the field of heart rhythm medicine and has been the recipient of several teaching and mentorship awards.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Board Certified in Anesthesiology and in Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Raghunathan is an Associate Professor with Tenure at the Duke University School of Medicine and is a Staff Physician at the Durham Veterans Affairs Healthcare System in Durham, North Carolina. He is Co-Director of the Critical Care and Perioperative Population Health Research  (CAPER) Unit at the Department of Anesthesiology, Duke University Medical Center. 
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Rebecca Shelby, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor with Tenure in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University and the Director of Education and Training for the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.  Dr. Shelby is a member of the Duke Pain Prevention and Treatment Research Program and the Duke Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program. Dr. Shelby completed her graduate training in clinical psychology at the Ohio State University and her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.  Her research focuses on developing and evaluating behavioral interventions for cancer patients, management of cancer pain and treatment side effects, and improving adherence to recommended care. Dr. Shelby serves on the Duke clinical psychology internship faculty and supervises clinical psychology fellows, interns, and clinical psychology graduate practicum students completing clinical rotations as part of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program.   
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Caroline is a General Internist. Her clinical interests are in primary care for vulnerable populations and patients with multiple chronic conditions. Her research interests focus on the role that money plays in medical decision-making. She has studied the impact of Medicare payment reform on the way dialysis facilities provide care to patients with end-stage kidney disease, as well as the ways that doctors and patients communicate about and make decisions based on out-of-pocket costs.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Smith is interested in the impact of lifestyle interventions, such as diet and exercise, on neurocognitive function and mood. He has also published multiple studies examining the relationship between cardiovascular disease, major depressive disorder, and neurocognitive outcomes, preoperative predictors of postoperative delirium, the impact of cardiothoracic interventions on neurocognitive outcomes, and the relationship between patterns of dietary intake and cardiovascular outcomes. He is also interested in the role of modifiable risk factors, such as physical inactivity and psychosocial stress, on clinical outcomes in solid organ transplant recipients.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Smith's core research focuses on improving the assessment and treatment of hearing loss in older adults. Specifically, her work centers on comparing the effectiveness of current hearing interventions, developing new, innovative clinical tools, and examining alternative service-delivery approaches that help patients reach their individual hearing goals and improve their quality of life.Dr. Smith also collaborates with multi-disciplinary teams to better understand the impact of hearing loss on other health conditions and services. Current projects involve understanding the impact of hearing loss on surgical outcomes in older adults, determining the mechanisms that may explain the independent association between hearing loss and falls in older adults, and comparing different models of hearing screenings for older adults in primary care settings.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
Professor in Population Health Sciences
I am a physician and behavioral scientist at Duke University. My research and writing explores the quirks in human nature that influence our lives — the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect our health, our happiness and the way our society functions. (What fun would it be to tackle just the easy problems?)I am currently exploring controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. I use the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision making and health care spending. My books include Pricing Life (MIT Press 2000) and Free Market Madness (Harvard Business Press, 2009). My newest book, Critical Decisions (HarperCollins), came out in September of 2012, and explores the challenges of shared decision making between doctors and patients.
Professor in Population Health Sciences
My major area of research is cardiovascular disease prevention. I am particularly interested in improving detection and control of hypertension. Since assessment of blood pressure begins with measurement, my studies often include out-of-office BP measurement techniques including 24-hour ambulatory BP monitoring and home BP monitoring. I am also interested in obesity prevention, and in another line of research am examining the effectiveness of food labeling policies (such as calorie-labeling) on people's food and physical activity decisions. As a family physician, I enjoy providing full-scope primary care (acute care, chronic illness care, preventive services) to patients of all ages and from all walks of life.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Walsh is Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pathology, Director of the Division of Neuro-epidemiology, and a Senior Fellow in the Duke Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. He leads Duke’s Neuro-epidemiology Lab, which integrates bench science with statistical methods to study the neurobiology of glial senescence and gliomagenesis. This research interrogates human genomic and epigenomic profiles to identify both heritable and modifiable factors that contribute to neurologic and physical decline, applying these approaches to studying the shared neurobiology of cognition, glial senescence, and gliomagenesis. The lab has a long history studying telomere maintenance in pre-malignant cells and its role in the development of cancer, most notably glioblastoma.
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Assistant Professor in Population Health Sciences
Sarah M. Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. She is also an Investigator at the VA Center of Innovation to Accelerate Discovery and Practice Transformation and a practicing clinical psychologist at the Durham VA Health Care System. Dr. Wilson's research focuses on testing and implementation of interventions for substance use, psychological symptoms, and health behavior change in at-risk populations, including low-income individuals, sexual and gender minorities, and racial/ethnic minorities. She is currently funded on a 5-year VA HSR&D Career Development Award, IK2 HX002398, "A Personalized mHealth Approach to Smoking Cessation for Veterans Living with HIV."
Professor in Population Health Sciences
The focus of my research is disordered mineral metabolism across the spectrum of chronic kidney disease, including dialysis, kidney transplantation and earlier stages.My research has been published in leading general medicine and subspecialty journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Circulation, Cell Metabolism, Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, and Kidney International, among others.My primary contributions have been in the area of hormonal regulation of phosphate homeostasis. I have helped to characterize the physiological role of fibroblast growth factor 23 in health and in chronic kidney disease, and the impact of elevated fibroblast growth factor 23 levels on adverse clinical outcomes in patients with kidney disease.
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences
Dr. Zafar is a gastrointestinal medical oncologist and Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Policy, and Population Health Science at the Duke Cancer Institute and Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. He serves as Director of Healthcare Innovation at the Duke Cancer Institute. Dr. Zafar also serves as Clinical Associate Director of Duke Forge (Health Data Science Center). Dr. Zafar is considered an international expert in identifying and intervening upon the financial burden of cancer care. His research explores ways to improve cancer care delivery with a primary focus on improving the value of cancer treatment from both patient-focused and policy perspectives. Dr. Zafar speaks internationally on his research and cancer care delivery. He has over 100 publications in top peer-reviewed journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and JAMA Oncology. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Cancer Society, among others. His work has been covered by national media outlets including New York Times, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Washington Post. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Adjunct Appointments

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Instructor in Population Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Dr. Dinan is a health services researcher with a focus on emerging medical technology in cancer. Dr. Dinan currently holds an AHRQ K99/R00 pathway to independence award to examine adoption of Oncotype DX molecular testing in breast cancer and has conducted work in breast and other cancers examining emerging technologies and their associated disparities in utilization, outcomes and costs. Dr. Dinan has expertise in both secondary data analysis and clinical registry methodologies. Her secondary data expertise include the SEER-Medicare linked data, Medicare claims, NIS, NCDB, as well as EHR data. Dr. Dinan holds additional appointments at the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Duke Cancer Institute where she co-leads the Patient Experience and Survivorship Focus Area in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program.Areas of expertise: Health Economics, Health Policy, and Health Services Research
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Kathryn E. Flynn, PhD, is an adjunct assistant professor in psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. She works primarily at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Flynn was trained in sociology and population health sciences at the University of Wisconsin, where she worked with Maureen Smith on the development and fielding of new survey instruments to assess health care access and utilization in the near elderly as part of the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a long-term cohort study with over 10,000 participants. In 2005, Dr. Flynn was awarded an R36 dissertation grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to use the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to examine preferences for health care decision making among older adults. Findings from this research have been published in Social Science and Medicine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, Dr. Flynn trained under Kevin Weinfurt, gaining experience in the design and analysis of patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials. Dr. Flynn's research interests include shared medical decision making; patient-provider relationships, including communication, trust, and technology; quality of medical care; patient-reported outcomes in clinical trials; and quantitative and qualitative methods in behavioral research.Areas of Expertise: Health Measurement, Health Services Research, and Health Behavior
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Dr. Susan M. Kansagra currently serves as Chief of Chronic Disease and Injury for the NC Division of Public Health, where she oversees initiatives related to health promotion and disease prevention including tobacco control, chronic disease prevention, injury and violence prevention, and the public health response for addressing the opioid crisis. Her previous roles include serving as Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Health Department, where she led ground-breaking policies and programs aimed at reducing chronic disease, as well as, Assistant Vice President of Population Health at NYC Health + Hospitals, where she led clinical quality improvement initiatives for the country’s largest public health care system. She has published extensively on topics related to public health and serves on the Board of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors. Dr. Kansagra completed her internal medicine training at Massachusetts General Hospital and her medical and business degrees from Duke University. Areas of Expertise: Health Policy, Health Behavior, and Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor in Population Health Sciences
Aaron McKethan is General Manager of New Ventures at Aledade, Inc. where he oversees the establishment and management of new business lines, products, and services aligned with Aledade’s core mission supporting value-based primary care. At Duke, Aaron is Senior Policy Fellow at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy and Adjunct Professor of Population Health Sciences in the Duke University School of Medicine. Aaron previously co-founded and led two healthcare data science and technology companies (NoviSci and RxAnte) and served in executive health care roles in both federal and state government. Aaron holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also received his undergraduate degree. Aaron's work has appeared in such publications as the Journal of the American Medical Association, the New England Journal of Medicine, and Health Affairs also serves on several non-profit boards, including Samaritan Health Center in Durham, NC. Area of Expertise: Health Policy
Instructor, Medical Center in the Department of Population Health Sciences
Adjunct Professor in Population Health Sciences