AHRQ Grantee Profiles

These profiles highlight AHRQ research training grantees whose work has led to significant changes in health care policy and notably influenced research and practice. AHRQ supports a range of research training and career development grant programs that help emerging health services researchers better understand, improve, and share knowledge about how health care is delivered in the United States.


Anjali Joseph, Ph.D.

Simulating the Health Care Environment to Improve Patient and Caregiver Safety
Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC, Professor, Spartanburg Regional Health System Endowed Chair in Architecture + Health Design, and Director of the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing
Clemson University
"The design and layout of health care facilities can contribute to the safety of care that patients receive. Thanks to funding from AHRQ, my team is developing the research base and tools that are needed to design and build health care facilities that support safer patient care."  More >>

Matthew Weinger, M.D., M.S.

Using Simulation To Improve Patient Care
Matthew B. Weinger, M.D., M.S., Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical Education
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
"AHRQ's investment in health care simulation has helped our team to advance the science and application of human factors to improve our understanding of, and ability to improve, the care of patients during care transitions and life-threatening events." More >>

Paula Tanabe, Ph.D., R.N.,

Improving Treatment and Care Processes for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease
Paula Tanabe, Ph.D., R.N.
Duke University School of Nursing
“Helping providers and emergency departments understand the unique clinical needs of patients with sickle cell disease is my passion.” More >>

Thomas H. Gallagher, M.D.

Creating Standards for Communication and Resolution When Things Go Wrong
Thomas H. Gallagher, M.D.
University of Washington
“Providers needed a better understanding of how to communicate with patients when something goes wrong and ensure appropriate resolution.” More >>

Elaine L. Larson, Ph.D., R.N.

Identifying Underlying Barriers to Infection Prevention on the Front Lines of Patient Care
Elaine L. Larson, Ph.D., R.N.
Professor of Nursing Research and Epidemiology at Columbia School of Nursing
“AHRQ’s support of my work helps clinicians understand the benefit of systematic feedback and the need to follow HAI prevention practices in a supportive environment.” More >>

Grace M. Lee, M. D., M.P.H.

Studying HAI Prevention Efforts to Inform Better Clinical Care and Policy
Grace M. Lee, M. D., M.P.H.
Associate Chief Medical Officer for Practice Innovation at Stanford Children’s Health
“Throughout my career, AHRQ funding has helped me pursue multiple avenues of research to improve patient outcomes and inform better decisions.” More >>

Gregory Maynard, M.D.

Improving Patient Safety through Research and Implementation
Gregory Maynard, M.D.
Hospitalist and Chief Quality Officer at the University of California Davis Medical Center
“Improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of patient care is a passion that I gladly share with AHRQ. Our commitment to rigorous, innovative research is the only way to provide the best possible patient-safety resources to healthcare teams across the country.” More >>

Tejal Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H.

Gaining Clinician Support for Health IT to Improve Patient Safety
Tejal Gandhi, M.D., M.P.H.
Chief Clinical and Safety Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
“AHRQ funding helped us understand not only how health IT could reduce medication errors, but also the steps we needed to take to get clinicians’ support.”   More >>

Thomas H. Payne, M.D.

Customizing Health IT to Support Physician Workflow and Reduce Burden
Thomas H. Payne, M.D.
Attending Physician, University of Washington Medical Center and Harborview Medical Center
“Documentation is one of the most time-consuming parts of a doctor's day, particularly in primary care. It's an area ripe for improvement."   More >>

Nasia Safdar, M.D., Ph.D.

Combatting Recurrent C diff and Other HAIs Through Research, Best Practices, and Clinical Innovation
Nasia Safdar, M.D., Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Research, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison
“The research that we’re doing, thanks to AHRQ’s support, is making it easier for clinicians to apply best practices and improve care for patients who suffer from dangerous infections.”   More >>

Susan Huang

Advancing Academic and Practical Knowledge To Prevent Infections From Hospital to Home
Susan Huang, M.D., M.P.H.
Medical Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, Professor, Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine, University of California, Irvine Medical Center
"Understanding how to prevent infections in all settings of care is critical to keeping patients safe."   More >>

David Bates

Advancing the Use of Health Information Technology to Reduce Medication Errors and Improve Patient Safety
David W. Bates, M.D., M.Sc.
Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School   More >>

Mark Linzer, M.D. Improving Working Conditions Reduces Physician Burnout
Mark Linzer, M.D., Director of the Division of General Internal Medicine,
Director of the Office of Professional Work Life at Hennepin County Medical Center, and
Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis
"I am truly indebted to AHRQ for the support that allowed us to identify the connections between work conditions, clinician reactions (including satisfaction and burnout), and patient outcomes..."   More >>
Gordon D. Schiff, M.D. Improving the Safety and Quality of Medications and Diagnosis
Gordon D. Schiff, M.D., Associate Director of Brigham and
Women’s Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice and Associate Professor
Harvard Medical School
"We can reduce medication errors by including a key piece of information..."   More >>
Brian Jack, M.D. Reducing Avoidable Return Trips to the Hospital
Brian Jack, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Family Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine
"I am truly grateful to AHRQ for our collaboration that led to RED, the toolkit, and dissemination of these ideas..."   More >>
Laying the Groundwork to Improve Diagnosis in Health Care
Mark L. Graber, M.D., Senior Fellow
RTI International
"The Agency’s continued support helped to sustain an annual conference series..."   More >>
Lucian Leape, M.D., Leading the Way on Research To Combat Preventable Medical Errors
Lucian Leape, M.D., Adjunct Professor of Health Policy
"AHRQ funding allowed me to conduct research on adverse events related to use of medications..."   More >>
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D. Making Health Care Safer for Patients
Peter Pronovost, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality; Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality; and Practicing Critical Care Physician
"If you want a [return] on our basic and clinical investments at NIH, you need AHRQ...'"   More >>
Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc. Improving Health Outcomes
Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc., Acting Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
"The AHRQ award allowed me to develop the expertise I needed to serve the New Orleans community...'"   More >>
Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H. Improving Diagnostic Safety
Hardeep Singh, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Health Services Research
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
"Many senior researchers used to caution me saying, 'Are you sure you want to study this?..'"   More >>
Sanjeev Arora, M.D. Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes)
Sanjeev Arora, M.D., Director of Project ECHO
University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
"AHRQ funding allowed us to create technology-supported networks of continual learning..."  More >>
Christopher P. Landrigan, M.D., M.P.H. Effects of Sleep Loss and Night Work on Patient Safety
Christopher P. Landrigan, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Boston Children's Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
"The primary focus of my research is patient safety..."   More >>
M. Kate Bundorf, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.P.H. Health Plan Choice: Implications for Consumers and Purchasers
M. Kate Bundorf, Ph.D., M.B.A., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Health Research and Policy
Stanford University School of Medicine
"I'm very interested in how people make decisions…"   More >>
Jennifer E. DeVoe, M.D., D. Phil. Does Parental Health Insurance Loss Affect Children's Access to Care?
Jennifer E. DeVoe, M.D., D.Phil., Professor of Family Medicine
Oregon Health & Sciences University
"As a family physician, I’ve seen many patients…"   More >>
Glenn Flores, M.D. Insuring Uninsured Children
Glenn Flores, M.D., Distinguished Chair for Health Policy Research
Medica Research Institute
"By having the support of AHRQ, I was able to do my research but also mentor future generations of investigators…"   More >>
Page last reviewed September 2018
Page originally created December 2015
Internet Citation: AHRQ Grantee Profiles. Content last reviewed September 2018. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/funding/grantee-profiles/index.html