Leadership

These investigators comprise the leadership for the Patient-Centered Comparative Effectiveness Research Center at the BWH Brigham Research Institute (BRI). They represent multiple departments and work to identify and advance collaborative research initiatives.

Center Chairs

Elliot Israel, MD
Department of Medici
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Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Director of Clinical Research, Pulmonary Division, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Elliot Israel is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is Director of Clinical Research in the Pulmonary Division. He was honored with the Daniel D. Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator Award by Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Israel’s major research interests include mediators of airway reactivity, biomarkers of asthma, therapeutic interventions to improve asthma outcomes, pharmacogenomics, and approaches to understanding and minimizing disparities in asthma morbidity. He has several grants from the National Institutes of Health to study asthma, severe asthma,  and leads one of 8 sites throughout the country supported by the NIH to conduct research into better asthma treatments. He is interested in disparities in asthma outcomes among minority and disadvantaged populations. He has conducted, and is conducting, studies in African Americans with asthma. These studies have involved investigating genetic determinants of differentiated responses to medications and the effectiveness of individualized therapeutic approaches in this population.  He was named one of Boston’s best in Pulmonary Medicine by Boston Magazine. He has authored or coauthored more than 125 articles, reviews, and abstracts in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and The Lancet. Dr. Israel received his medical degree and completed his internship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing his residency at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical College in New York City, he obtained clinical and research fellowships in both Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Allergy and Immunology from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston.

Joel S. Weissman, PhD 
Department of Surgery
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Deputy Director/Chief Scientific Officer, Center for Surgery and Public Health

Joel S. Weissman, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Associate Professor of Health Policy at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Weissman received his doctorate in health policy from the Pew Fellows Program at the Heller School, Brandeis.  His research interests focus on vulnerable populations, quality of care, comparative effectiveness policy, academic-industry relationships in biomedical research, and health care reform.  He has led numerous funded research projects in which he has studied the relation of patient safety to hospital crowding, the reporting and disclosure of medical errors to patients, access to clinical trials by uninsured participants, E-prescribing in Massachusetts, alternative scoring methods for pay-for-performance, and the evaluation of the Consumer’s Union Best Buy Drugs program.  He published early work on access to care by the uninsured in his book, “Falling Through the Safety Net: Insurance Status and Access to Care,” with a forward by Hillary Rodham Clinton.

 

During 2008-2010 Dr. Weissman served as Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where he led the planning effort for a multi-million dollar statewide all-payer medical home pilot, among other strategic initiatives.  Dr. Weissman is co-director of a course on health services research methods at the Harvard School of Public Health (portions of which have been taught in Singapore, Puerto Rico, and Mexico), is faculty for the public health section of resident physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital, and serves as a tutor in the health policy course for HMS students.

Center Working Group Members

Vicki Amalfitano, MBA, MSW
Department of Marketing and Planning

 

Mardi Chadwick, JD
Center for Community Health & Health Equity

 

Cheryl Clark, MD
Department of Medicine

 

Karen Costenbader, MD, MPH
Department of Medicine

 

Maureen Fagan, DNP, MHA
Center for Patients and Families

 

Michael Fischer, MD
Department of Medicine

 

Josh Gagne, PharmD, ScD
Department of Medicine

 

Jennifer S. Haas, MD
Department of Medicine

 

Aditi Hazra, PhD
Department of Medicine

 

Robert Lakow
Department of Medicine

 

Adam Landman, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine

Jeffrey Neil Katz, MD
Department of Medicine

Wanda McClain
Center for Community Health & Health Equity

 

Megan Oser, PhD 
Department of Psychiatry

 

Shobha Phansalkar, PhD
Department of Medicine

 

Jen Polinski, ScD, MPH
Department of Medicine

 

Nancy Shadick, MD, MPH
Department of Medicine

 

Shadeah Suleiman
Department of Medicine

 

Daniel H. Solomon, M.D.,M.P.H. (CoChair)
Department of Medicine

 

Dinah Vaprin*
Department of Communication & Public Affairs

 

Joel S. Weissman, PhD (CoChair)
Department of Surgery

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