Health Services and Translational Research

Led by Matthew Weinger, MD 

Matthew Weinger, MDThe Health Sciences & Translational Research Group conducts rigorous studies in comparative effectiveness, systems science, human factors, and informatics. The group takes a patient-centered approach to increase the likelihood that the most effective medical interventions are available under the right circumstances to the appropriate patients and are most responsive to patients’ needs, values, and preferences.

An effective HSTR portfolio must do more than conduct studies that generate the evidence for best clinical practices. It must develop methods and conduct studies to evaluate the best ways to instill optimal practices into everyday practice (implementation science), create and evaluate technology and processes that enhance routine and non-routine care (human factors and informatics), and perform studies to ascertain how best to improve patient and population health through behavioral, social and cultural changes at the systems level (systems science). HSTR is an interdisciplinary collaborative team that addresses important problems in the perioperative arena, with the ultimate goal of providing every perioperative provider and facility with the tools needed to provide the correct interventional care for each patient in a timely and efficient manner.

Our nationally recognized research mentors primarily utilize methods in Informatics (Weinger, Johnson, Ehrenfeld*, Sandberg), Human Factors (Weinger, France*) and traditional Health Services Research (Dittus, Speroff). However, we are aggressively expanding expertise in perioperative outcomes-focused research using comparative effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes research, and systems science methods.