Our outcomes laboratory provides opportunities for research and training at the undergraduate, medical student, graduate student, resident, and postdoctoral fellow levels. The scope of work for laboratory members includes learning and applying methods in epidemiology, biostatistics, data systems analysis, nationwide outcomes, claims, and administrative databases, and prospective cost-utility and patient reported outcomes databases. Members of the lab are expected to produce meaningful manuscripts that significantly contribute to the literature, in addition to writing relevant book chapters and grants for future work. Members of the lab are also exposed to novel surgical technologies in the operative care of spine patients, cadaveric dissections, and select spinal biomechanical studies.
We currently have positions available for highly qualified post-doctoral scientists interested in comparative effectiveness or cost-utility research as it relates to spine pathology. Interested applicants should have excellent skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, and the design of clinical trials to participate in projects aimed at making progress towards understanding and treating various spinal disorders.
Excellent dissertation project opportunities exist in our laboratory for health services, quality, cost, and outcomes research. Students currently enrolled in the any of the Vanderbilt University graduate programs are welcome to plan research rotations within our laboratory. Students in the MD/PhD program or graduate programs of Neuroscience, Public Health, or other programs are welcome to discuss research opportunities in the laboratory.
Our laboratory provides opportunities for clinical fellows at the Neurosurgery or Orthopedic Resident training level seeking a research project in outcomes or cost-utility research. The laboratory provides one- and two-year research opportunities for residents. The research fellowship also allows collaboration and co-mentorship with the Vanderbilt Institute of Medicine and Public Health as well as it’s Center for Surgical Quality and Outcomes Research.
Year-long and summer research internships are available for medical students from Vanderbilt or any U.S. medical school. Medical students will learn and applying methods in data collection, database management, biostatistics, and manuscript preparation. Students doing a summer internship are encouraged to write and submit a peer-reviewed manuscript at the conclusion of their 3-month research internship. Students completing a year-long research internship are encourage to complete and submit at least three peer-reviewed manuscripts and participate in a national research meeting via poster or platform presentation. Medical and undergraduate students will also gain exposure to the operating room to observe the various spinal surgeries that they are studying.