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Seed Grant Pilot Funding Awardees for 2017-2018

Dr. Matthew William McCarthy

Matthew McCarthy, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and a hospitalist at Weill Cornell Medicine. His research focuses on ethical issues pertaining to hospitalized patients, including informed consent, patient access to medical records, surrogate decision-makers, religious practices, and futility. His latest study examines the epidemiology of ethical issues that arise on the Internal Medicine housestaff service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Dr. Iris Navarro-Millan

Iris Navarro-Milan, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Internal Medicine of the Department of Medicine at Weill Cormell Medicine and the Division of Rheumatology at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Navarro-Millán received a Medical Degree (MD) from Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Jalisco, México and a Master in Science of Public Health (MSPH) degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) in Birmingham, AL. She subsequently completed a residency in internal medicine at Baptist Health System in Birmingham, AL and a fellowship in rheumatology at UAB in 2012. Her research focuses on factors that influence outcomes, particularly cardiovascular (CV) disease among patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). She is developing, testing, and implementing behavioral patient-centered interventions to reduce pain and cardiovascular risk in RA patients. This includes the use of peer-coaches and community based participatory research as a way of disseminating newly developed interventions. These interventions aim to address and improve modifiable CV risk factors among patients with RA and other forms of inflammatory arthritis with high cardiovascular burden such as psoriatic arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

Dr. Megan Johnson Shen

Megan Shen, Ph.D. is a formally trained social and experimental psychologist, with specialized training in patient-provider communication. Dr. Shen is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Medicine at the Center for Research on End-of-Life Care at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Shen’s research focuses on understanding and improving provider-patient communication within oncology and critical care settings. Specifically, her research has examined how aspects such as culture, religion, stigma, and other social psychological concepts influence communication and decision-making regarding end-of-life care. Some of her current research is focused on developing social psychological and communication-based interventions designed to improve engagement in advance care planning (ACP) and end-of-life care communication and care outcomes among minority patients, including African American and Latino cancer patients. As a recent recipient of an NCI K07 award, Dr. Shen is currently developing an intervention designed to improve engagement in ACP and end-of-life communication and care outcomes among Latino advanced cancer patients. Her research aims to improve end-of-life care outcomes among advanced illness patient populations and reduce health disparities among underserved minority populations through the development and dissemination of social psychological interventions.

Seed Grant Pilot Funding Awardees for 2016-2017

Dr. Joseph Shin

Joseph Shin, a clinician-educator and advocate with expertise in health and human rights. He completed his training at NYU/Bellevue Medical Center, working closely with the Program for Survivors of Torture and Physicians for Human Rights. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hospital Medicine and the Medical Co-Director for the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights where he conducts medical forensic evaluations for survivors of human rights abuses and torture. He also works closely with a broad coalition of medical, legal aid, social service and human rights organizations to improve the lives of populations vulnerable to human rights abuses such as refugees, asylees, survivors of torture, incarcerated populations in correctional facilities and immigration detention centers, and victims of human trafficking.

Dr. Lisa Kern

Lisa M. Kern, M.D., MPH, FACP is an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Healthcare Policy & Research at Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Kern is a health services researcher whose work has focused on evaluation of interventions designed to improve healthcare delivery. This has included extensive work evaluating the impact of health information technology and the patient-centered medical home on healthcare quality and utilization. Dr. Kern's research also focuses on advancing the methods for measuring quality, efficiency and value in healthcare.

Dr. Kern’s IPCI project is a qualitative study designed to determine patients' and providers' views on the causes and consequences of healthcare fragmentation in the ambulatory setting. The project will consist of focus groups at Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates. The results will have implications for clinical care, population management and healthcare policy.

Dr. Amanda Carmel

Amanda S. Carmel, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and a general internist at Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates. Dr. Carmel is the Director of Content Development for the Patient Activated Learning System (PALS), a novel online patient education system conceived of by Dr. Monika Safford, Chief of General Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell. Dr. Carmel's research interests include patient education and evaluating the impact of online patient education tools, including investigating the efficacy of the PALS and its impact on medical adherence, disease management, and patient outcomes.

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