Outcomes and Health Services Research

The Program in Outcomes and Health Services Research (OHSR) conducts studies focused on understanding the patient, provider, and system factors that influence the quality, outcomes, equity, appropriateness, and cost of care. These insights are used to develop interventions and policies to improve the processes and outcomes of care for patients and populations.

Our program research aims to advance the six health care system goals as outlined by the National Academy of Medicine to make care:

  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Patient-centered
  • Timely
  • Efficient
  • Equitable

Program faculty have methodological expertise in:

  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Patient-centered outcomes
  • Health services
  • Population health
  • Disparities
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Predictive analytics
  • Quality improvement
  • Shared decision making
  • Applied clinical informatics

OHSR Faculty

Michael Bowen, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor

Sylvain DeLisle, M.D.

Una Makris, M.D., M.Sc.
Associate Professor

Ishak Mansi, M.D.

Ank Nijhawan, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor

David Sher, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Professor
CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Amit Singal, M.D., M.S.
Associate Professor

Anna Tavakkoli, M.D., M.Sc.
Assistant Professor

Christy Turer, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor

Arthur Westover, M.D., M.S.
Assistant Professor

Community Advisory Panel

The Program in Outcomes and Health Services Research supports the Community Advisory Panel (CAP), a diverse group of patient and community stakeholders who are available to meet with investigators to discuss their research projects. The CAP includes patients of the Parkland Health & Hospital System from which many population health studies conducted by UT Southwestern recruit participants. Investigators can seek input from the CAP on any population health-related topics and at any stage of a study where stakeholder input could be helpful.

Topics have included:

  • Colon cancer screening at a population health level
  • Developing a childhood obesity intervention
  • Human Papilloma Virus vaccination
  • Developing a smartphone app for use with patients with traumatic brain injury
  • Outreach strategies to enhance uptake of cancer genetics screening
  • Patient acceptance of therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Implementing a culinary medicine program in community settings

To learn more about the CAP and how to utilize this resource, contact Bryan Elwood, CAP Coordinator, bryan.elwood@utsouthwestern.edu. Meetings with the CAP are arranged at no cost to investigators.

Works-in-Progress Seminars

The Works-in-Progress (WIP) seminar is an interactive, problem-solving session conducted during the lunch hour as a virtual seminar. Researchers present projects in development to elicit feedback and guidance, such as: preliminary data, draft tables and figures, abstract submissions/presentations, proposed specific aims for grants, and challenging analytic issues. Any faculty or trainee investigator can bring their idea forward for discussion in this seminar.

Examples of recent seminar topics include:

  • “Using intervention mapping to develop and implement a healthy eating program in South Dallas County,” Serena Rodriguez, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • “Reimagining maternal health equity: a chronic disease, reproductive justice, and social determinants of health approach,” S. Michelle Ogunwole, M.D.
  • “BSPAN: One-stop Data Resource to assess Breast Cancer Screening Patterns,” Rasmi Nair, Ph.D.
  • “Results of SNAP-appointment interventions,” Sandi Pruitt, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • “Using risk prediction modeling to select patients who may benefit from patient navigation for follow-up colonoscopy,” Gloria Coronado, Ph.D.
  • “Supporting long-acting reversible contraception for adolescents through community-based connections,” Jenny Francis, M.D., M.P.H.
  • “Decision and cost-effectiveness analyses of radiation dose de-escalation for HPV-positive oropharyngeal cancer,” David Sher, M.D.

For more information about scheduling a WIP seminar, contact Arthur Hong, M.D.arthur.hong@utsouthwestern.edu.