Team

Our team from Northwell Health is across disciplines and includes experts from the field of evidenced-based medicine (EBM), implementation science, and medical informatics.

Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) Reviewers

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Dr. McGinn is Professor of Medicine at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and an accomplished health services researcher. He has been recognized nationally and internationally for his pioneering work in EBM and deriving and validating clinical prediction rules. Dr. McGinn’s work focuses on improving primary care systems by applying his expertise in evidenced based medicine and the implementation of utilized and clinically impactful integrated clinical decision support. More »
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Dr. Martin Doerfler has leadership experience in diverse and complimentary environments including research, academic, public and community hospital settings, private practice as well as industry. He is responsible for identifying and guiding the adoption of evidence based clinical practices by working with the senior leadership team. He has worked in the creation of evidence-based content for electronic medical record systems and computer decision support content which makes him a key member of the EBM reviewers.
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Dr. Sharaf is a health-services researcher with a focus on clinical cancer genetics and the care of patients with hereditary gastrointestinal cancer syndromes. His background is in clinical research, guideline development, and quality improvement (QI). He possesses the expertise in evidence-based medicine and the synthesis of evidence-based guidelines (i.e. Standards of Practice Committees for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy) to lead the EBM reviews. More »
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Dr. Safiya Richardson is interested in health information technology as an efficient and effective means of disseminating high grade clinical evidence. After completing her training in Internal Medicine she decided to pursue research focused on developing evidence based clinical decision support. Working under the mentorship of Dr. Thomas McGinn, she has participated in several projects focused on bringing evidence based medicine to the clinical point of care using the electronic health record.

Implementation Science

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Dr. Diefenbach’s research has focused on exploring psychosocial issues including the assessment of cognitive and affective factors in reaction to disease and treatment, and influence on treatment decision making. His research has alternated between the assessment of these basic psychological phenomena and the development of applied interventions based on basic findings. His experience in designing theory-based interventions and managing large-scale national trials makes him an influential member of the implementation team. More »
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Dr. Hajizadeh’s research interest is in comparative effectiveness research and decision-making science with a focus on translating this science into instruments that can be used by patients and their clinicians for informed end of life decision making. Her work focuses on ‘translating’/communicating mathematical modeling results to patients and their clinicians. Her background and experience with the development of data collection instruments – in particular from Electronic Medical Records, makes her a key implementation expert. More »
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Ms. Lauren McCullagh is an accomplished public health professional with extensive experience implementing digital health research projects and over ten years of experience in clinical research management. She has published extensively on usability testing and clinical decision support tools. Ms. McCullagh oversees all operations for the group and ensures studies achieve their goals and are conducted under good clinical research guidelines.

Medical Informatics

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Dr. Oppenheim serves as Chief Medical Information Officer for the entire Northwell Health and as the Vice President his responsibilities include working closely with the Health System’s senior clinical leadership to ensure alignment with clinical and strategic priorities. Under Dr. Oppenheim’s leadership, an increased adoption of information technology within the health system has improved the quality and decreased the costs of medical care which is valuable in the medical informatics team.
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Dr. Adler serves as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for Northwell Health Physician Partners, which is Northwell Health’s ambulatory care network. In this position, he oversees the ambulatory electronic health record (EHR), AllScripts TouchWorks. Based on his expertise in EHR optimization and his having used EHR technology in actual clinical practice since 1998, he is in a prime position to serve as a key stakeholder in overseeing the refinement and implementation of the clinical decision support platform.
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Dr. Chelico has a formal fellowship training in biomedical informatics with sub-specialty board certification in clinical informatics. He is currently the Chief Medical Information Officer (CMIO) for North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, two of the largest tertiary care hospital in Northwell Health. Dr. Chelico’s vast knowledge in developing health informatics and use of electronic health record systems for the improvement of clinical care, quality, and research make him a key member of the team.
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Dr. Anantraman heads the Enterprise Architecture group at Northwell health. He has extensive experience in integrating multiple electronic medical record (EMR) systems together by leveraging interoperability technology and implementing cross system decision support. He previously has had experience in product management for a leading EMR (Allscripts) and entrepreneurial success in developing handheld decision support technology (Dimagi, Inc.). With his expertise and knowledge, he will be an asset to the medical informatics team.

Consultants

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Dr. Mann’s expertise in informatics, behavioral medicine, human-computer interactions, mHealth and primary care in service of a learning health system makes him a critical member of the team. His appointment to the Health Information Technology Policy Committee (HIT-PC), a presidential advisory committee maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator to advise federal health information technology policy initiatives, further affords him the ability to navigate the increasingly complex intersection between research and implementation.
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Over the past 20 years, Dr. Kushniruk has worked on applying and developing new methods for user analysis and improvement of healthcare information systems. This has included work in applying and adapting usability engineering methods for the design and evaluation of healthcare information systems throughout the system development lifecycle. In addition, he has worked on a range of projects examining the impact of clinical decision support and use of prediction rules embedded within electronic health record systems.

Support Staff

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Dr. Qiu works within the Research Informatics and Business Intelligence Competency Center (BICC) at Northwell Health. He has worked on several projects within the Department’s Innovation Group using patient data from the electronic health record (EHR), running calculations on the backend, and alerting physicians in the EHR to pay attention to certain high risk patients. He has experience working on NIH funded projects to implement clinical decision support tools at the point of care and developing prospective data capture tools.
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Dr. Khan has experience working as a research coordinator on retrospective and prospective studies and as a project manager with experience in regulatory compliance and patient recruitment. She is the senior research assistant on multiple studies throughout the Department of Medicine’s Innovation Group. Dr. Khan’s role has been essential in the usability testing and analysis of several projects with expertise in the development of IRB protocols, and assisting with analysis of retrospective and prospective data.