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Division Research

In the Division of General Internal Medicine, faculty and staff lead and collaborate on leading-edge discovery, translational, and implementation research. While this work collectively encompasses a variety of topics and disciplines, all efforts are connected by a shared goal of improving the health of patients and populations through collaborative science

Research in General Internal Medicine is organized in a number of units (listed alphabetically).

Cancer Care Delivery Research (CDR) Collaborative

CDR Collaborative is a group of multidisciplinary health services researchers, collaborating with clinical and patient partners to understand and improve the delivery of cancer care. Our work spans policy, implementation, systems, economics, and behavioral issues that limit the equitable delivery of high-quality cancer care. The Collaborative is led by Arthur Hong, M.D., M.P.H.

Learn more about the CDR Collaborative

Newcomer Research

Kelley Newcomer, M.D., leads or co-leads a number of scholarly projects that involve a focus on palliative care. The SUNRiSE Cancer Study gathers data before and leading up to patient death, with the goal of understanding  and better palliating end of life care for cancer patients, isolating advanced cancer DNA changes, and eventually targeting therapies at more aggressive disease. Jointly led with colleagues in cardiology, the Aligning ICD Settings with Goals of Care of Care study seeks to educate patients about their ICDs and adjust settings to match their current goals of care. In a study of morphine gel for painful cancer lesions, pain and use of oral opiates are assessed among patients with mucocutaneous painful cancer lesions who are taught to mix their own morphine gel and apply it to painful cancer lesions. In another study, Dr. Newcomer and colleagues are implementing and studying the ROAR Score (Risk of Acute Return) to the hospital among pediatric patients on concurrent hospice care, with a score also being developed and assessed for use among home palliative patients.

Population Health Interventions in Chronic Disease (LATTICE)

LATTICE focuses on the development and evaluation of pragmatic, scalable interventions for the screening, prevention and management of chronic diseases. In partnership with health system stakeholders, our goal is to develop interdisciplinary solutions to improve health outcomes. The team is led by Michael Bowen, M.D., M.P.H.

Population Science and Health Systems Initiative (PISCES)

Population- and health systems-based research are major focuses in the Division of General Internal Medicine. PISCES seeks to advance such work by combining data, population-based science, and health systems expertise into collaborative work between trainees and faculty within and beyond the Division. GIM faculty are core members of the Initiative, which encompasses a growing data core and related projects.

Learn more about the PISCES Initiative

Program on Policy Evaluation and Learning (PROPEL)

The mission of the Program on Policy Evaluation and Learning is to translate ideas and data into actionable policy and practice insight. It does so through a range of national, regional, and local research and evaluation collaborations, as well as engagement with public and private policymakers. The Program is led by Joshua Liao, M.D., M.Sc.

Learn more about PROPEL

Translational Nutrition Lab

Interdisciplinary, translational research program that intersects nutrition, gut microbiome, immunology, and neurobiology. The overarching aim is to understand the integrative mechanisms responsible for nutrient-sensing, energy balance, and food decision making to prevent aberrant eating behavior. The program is led by Brooks Brodrick, M.D., Ph.D.