News and Highlights
The Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP) Is Established
The Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP) received official designation from Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University in June 2011. CHiP’s mission is to advance the field of healthcare informatics and related policies through interdisciplinary collaboration and academic excellence in research, education, innovation and service. The leadership team of CHIP includes Executive Director Rainu Kaushal, MD, MPH , the Frances and John L. Loeb Professor of Medical Informatics; Associate Director for Service Curtis L. Cole, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Public Health and Chief Information Officer at Weill Cornel; Associate Director for Education Stephen B. Johnson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Assistant Professor of Public Health in Pediatrics; Associate Director for Research Lisa M. Kern, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Public Health and Medicine; and Administrative Director Melissa M. Honour, MPH.
CHiP and the Division of Quality and Medical Informatics have their base of operations in new offices on the third floor of 425 E. 61st Street. The Division remains an integral part of the Department of Public Health’s research and educational programs. In addition to participating in joint research-in-progress seminars with the Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and the Division of Health Policy, CHIP now sponsors its own seminar series and brown bag lunches as well. For more information about the CHiP seminar series visit the CHiP Website.
CHiP was officially launched on March 30, 2012. To commemorate the opening, New York State Commissioner of Health Dr. Nirav R. Shah gave the keynote address and the event included presentations by Dr. Kaushal and Dean Laurie Glimcher. Read the medical college press release about CHiP, as well as the Dean’s Bulletin article. News of the opening was carried in Crain’s Health Pulse, News Medical, ModernHealthcare.com, Becker’s Hospital Review, Healthcare Informatics, NonClinicalJobs.com, FierceHealthIT.com, HealthITNews.com, CMIO.net, and Health Data Management.
Faculty and staff interested in applying for membership to The Center please contact Melissa Honour, MPH, Administrative Director of CHiP, at (646) 962-9407 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Visit the New CHiP Website
The Center for Healthcare Informatics and Policy (CHiP) has launched a new website: http://www.med.cornell.edu/chip/.
The Center invites you to browse the site to learn more about its people; events—past and future; research programs, achievements, and seminars; educational programs; service; and innovation.
Department Develops New Courses in Comparative Effectiveness Research
Dr. Lawrence Casalino Co-Chairs Weill Cornell Healthcare Leadership Fellows Program
Lawrence P. Casalino, MD, PhD, the Livingston Farrand Associate Professor of Public Health and Chief of the Division of Outcomes and Effectiveness Research, is the Co- Chair of the new Weill Cornell Healthcare Leadership Fellows program, established by Dean Laurie H. Glimcher. Michael J. Wolk, MD, Clinical Professor of Medicine, Chief Contracting Officer of the Weill Cornell Physician Organization and President of the Michael Wolk Heart Foundation, initiated the program and is Co-Chair. This joint program of Weill Cornell Medical College and the Weill Cornell Physician Organization seeks to identify and foster the development of Weill Cornell’s “leaders of tomorrow.” The 15-20 faculty members who are chosen as fellows for this five-year program will help Weill Cornell and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital develop innovative solutions for efficient, patient-centered and cost-effective health care delivery. The program is sponsored by the Michael J. Wolk Heart Foundation, Inc. and requires that at least 10 percent of the fellows’ time be protected for the program. Funding will be provided for courses and travel expenses, mentoring, meetings, and visiting professors. In addition, there will be a $2500 award to the best-judged Fellowship project at the annual symposium. The Leadership Fellows Committee members are designing the program selecting the Fellows. For more information see the flyer about the program.
The first five Fellows have been chosen:
- Tessa Cigler, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology; Assistant Attending Physician, NYP
- Peter Fleischut, MD, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology; Assistant Attending Anesthesiologist and Deputy Quality and Patient Safety Officer, NYP
- Fran Ganz-Lord, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine; Director of Quality and Patient Safety—WCIMA
- Keith Hentel, MD, MS, Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology; Assistant Attending Radiologist, NYP
- Robert Kim, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Assistant Attending Physician, NYP
PATEE Collaboration for Addiction Treatment Effectiveness and Economics
Chief of the Division of Community and Public Health Programs; Brandon Aden, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Public Health; and Jared Leff, MS, Program Supervisor. Training in Addiction Medicine/Psychiatry will be led by Dr. Beeder and Christopher Sturiano, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Administrative Director of the Midtown Center for Treatment and Research.
Cayuga Medical Center (Ithaca)
As part of Weill Cornell’s contribution to Cayuga’s weekly Grand Rounds program, the Department of Public Health, under the leadership of Madelon L. Finkel, PhD, Professor of Clinical Public Health, has organized an eight-part Healthcare Reform Series. Throughout the year, the Office of Affiliations assists Cayuga’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) Team in arranging guest faculty from Manhattan who provide Grand Rounds in Ithaca.
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