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IHDPS Events

Research in Progress Seminars

Wednesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 pm

MassMutual 5 conference room (unless otherwise noted)

The Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science weekly research-in-progress seminar is a venue where trainees, local and visiting faculty, health system leaders, and representatives of community-based organizations and industry have the opportunity to present ongoing and planned research projects.

These seminars generally consist of presenting to 15-30 people representing IHDPS faculty and staff, clinical faculty, trainees, and health system leaders, and are informal, lively, and fun. You may also be interested in scheduling a Research Help Session.

  • We provide constructive feedback for projects at all stages of development, from study conception to analysis to presentation of results for conferences or manuscripts.
  • Feedback is given with the aims of teaching and learning about study design and analysis, improving the project being discussed, and giving presenters an opportunity to find collaborators within and beyond IHDPS. 

How to Attend

  • If you would like to receive an email reminder about upcoming events or have an interest in sharing your work at one of these meetings, please contact us at
  • The Mass Mutual Wing is located on the main Baystate Medical Center campus. Use the Daly parking garage. Driving directions and campus map (pdf).

Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Sessions

Date  Presenter   Topic
January 2, 2019 No meeting  
January 9, 2019 Natalia Shcherbakova, PhD, MS, Associate Professor of Pharmacoeconomics, Western New England University Impact of access restriction on use of short-acting prescription opioids in a US health plan
January 16, 2019 Timothy Mader, MD, Program Director, Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship; Professor, UMMS-B A contemporary analysis of epidemiology and public health impact of drug related out-of-hospital cardiac arrest in the US
January 23, 2019 Benjamin Bearnot, MD, Associate Faculty, Ariadne Labs; Instructor, Harvard Medical School Meeting People Who Use Drugs Where They Are: Career Development in Addiction Research and Implementation
January 30, 2019 Ruben Vaidya, MD, attending neonatologist, Baystate Children’s Hospital; Assistant Professor, UMMS-B Volume Ventilation in the Delivery room for Preterm Infant Born <32 weeks: A pilot study
February 6, 2019 Kenneth Riley, MBA, Director, Patient and Population Health Technologies, Baystate Health Patient and Population Health Technologies
February 13, 2019 Mark Metersky, MD, FCCP, FACP, Associate Chief of Service, Department of Medicine; Director, Center for Bronchiectasis Care; and Professor of Medicine; UConn Health TBD
February 20, 2019 Seppo Rinne, MD, PhD, Investigator, Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research, US Department of Veterans Affairs; Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine Clinician burnout
February 27, 2019 Steven Bernstein, MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Public Health; and Vice Chair, Academic Affairs; Yale University School of Medicine Tobacco Control in the Hospital Emergency Department

Past Sessions

Date Presenter Topic
January 3, 2018 No meeting
January 10, 2018 Jerry Krishnan, MD, PhD
Professor and Associate Vice Chancellor for Population Health Sciences, University of Illinois
Patient-centered outcomes research 
January 17, 2018 *cancelled for inclement weather*
January 24, 2018 Laura Attanasio, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, UMass Amherst
Maternity care quality and women’s birth experiences 
January 31, 2018 David Chin, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, UMass Amherst
Serious Reportable Events in Acute Care Hospitals: Lessons Learned from California’s Public Reporting Program
February 7, 2018 *cancelled for inclement weather*
February 14, 2018 Laurel Copeland, PhD, MPH
Research Scientist, VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System; Associate Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences, UMass Medical School
Opioid-Related Adverse Drug Events among Postoperative Inpatients
February 21, 2018 Kathleen Szegda, PhD, MPH, MS, Director of Community Research and Evaluation

Kathy Wicks, MPH, Live Well Springfield Project Manager, Partners for a Healthier Community, Baystate Health
Policies for Action Research: A quasi-experimental study examining community and health impacts of complete streets policies 
February 28, 2018

William Soares, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, UMass Medical School-Baystate

SPOiLER: Safer Prescribing of Legal Opioids from the Emergency Room (K08) 
March 6, 2018 (Tuesday)

Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine

Overdiagnosis & Cancer Screening: Challenges Posed by Birds, Rabbits, and Turtles
Located in Chestnut 5, 3-4:30pm
March 7, 2018 No Meeting
March 14, 2018 No Meeting
March 21, 2018 No Meeting

March 28, 2018

Mary Paterno, PhD, CNM
Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, UMass Amherst
Community and clinical research on perinatal substance use disorder
 April 4, 2018 Lisa Diamond, MD, MPH, FACP
Research faculty, Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Language Concordance in Practice: How Fluent is Fluent Enough?
April 11, 2018  No Meeting
April 18, 2018

Eric Mortensen, MD, MSc
Division Chief of General Internal Medicine & Professor of Medicine, UConn Health

 Pharmacoepidemiology of pneumonia: Not just antibiotics!
April 25, 2018 Lipika Samal, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Risk Stratification in Chronic Kidney Disease through Electronic Health Record Tools
May 2, 2018 Joseph Ross, MD, MHS
Associate Professor of Medicine (General Medicine) & Public Health (Health Policy) and Co-Director, National Clinical Scholars program, Yale School of Medicine
May 9, 2018 Kimberly Fisher, MD
Assistant Professor, UMass Medical School
Open Notes in COPD: A study of the effects of inviting patients with COPD to read their clinic notes
May 16, 2018 Raphael Arku, ScD, MS, MPhil
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, UMass Amherst
Inequalities in living environment, air pollution, and health in low-income settings
May 23, 2018 No meeting
May 30, 2018 Kelly Strait, MS
Senior Data Scientist, Aetna
Data visualization
June 6, 2018 Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH
Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine, UMMS-Baystate
Fixing a knowledge translation fail: Evidence based pulmonary embolism (PE) diagnosis in the Emergency Department
June 13, 2018  Elizabeth Henneman, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor, College of Nursing, UMass Amherst
Use of checklists to improve transfusion safety
June 20, 2018 Daniel Engelman, MD
Associate Professor, UMMS-Baystate
Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Enhanced Recovery After Cardiac Surgery: Optimizing perioperative care through collaborative discovery, analysis, expert consensus, and dissemination of best practices
June 27, 2018 Richard Engelman, MD
Director of Cardiac Surgery Research, Baystate Medical Center;
Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Temperature management during cardiac surgery
July 11, 2018 Elizabeth Schoenfeld, MD
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine
Evidence-based decision-aid development: Shared Decision-Making for the promotion of patient-centered imaging in the Emergency Department
July 18, 2018 Lewis Cohen, MD
Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School – Baystate, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine
Designing research around the phenomenon of suicidal patients and comfort measures only
 September 5, 2018 Tai Spargo, MPA, doctoral candidate, Health Economics Research Assistant & Teaching Associate, UMass-Amherst Rare diseases and orphan drugs
 September 12, 2018

David Asch, MD, MBA
Executive Director, Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

Innovation in health care
Located in Chestnut 5
September 19, 2018
 No meeting
September 26, 2018 Timothy Naimi, MD, MPH
Associate Professor, Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health
 Alcohol policies, alcohol consumption, and cancer
October 3, 2018 Monica Mukherjee, MD, MPH
Director, Echocardiographic Research, Johns Hopkins University
RV dysfunction and ultrasound
Located in Chestnut 3
October 10, 2018 Meredith Shea, MS, PhD candidate at Springfield College, & Quinn Pack, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, UMMS-B Exercise Prescription in Cardiac Rehabilitation
October 17, 2018  Michael Korvink, Senior Data Scientist, & John Martin, VP of Data Science, Premier Inc A Proposed Physician Attribution Method using Standardized Resource Consumption
October 24, 2018 Gwenael Layec, PhD
Assistant Professor, UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
Peripheral dysfunction in patients with COPD: BH4 as a possible remedy?
October 31, 2018 Andrew Artenstein, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Chief Physician Executive & Chief Academic Officer, Baystate Health
The Evolution of Emergency Care – DispatchHealth
November 7, 2018 Benjamin Burns, MS, Data science consultant, SMC Partners Predictive modeling analysis of acute admission risk at a Connecticut ACO
November 14, 2018 John Zeber, PhD, Associate Professor and Program Head, Health Policy and Management, UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences Establishing a Health Services Research Center: Experiences from a Learning Healthcare System
November 21, 2018  No meeting
November 28, 2018 Michele Heisler, MD, MPA, Professor, University of Michigan; Associate Director, Global REACH; Research Scientist, VA Center for Clinical Management Research Current Challenges in Developing and Evaluating Peer, Lay Health Worker, and e-Health Interventions to Extend Support beyond Clinic Visits
December 5, 2018 Thomas Lincoln, MD, Physician, Baystate Health; Medical Director, Hampden County Correctional Centers Comparative Effectiveness of Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder with Monthly vs. Daily Buprenorphine Continuation during Incarceration - a Pilot Study
December 12, 2018  No meeting
December 19, 2018 Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup, DHS, MS, MA, Research Fellow, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute Investigating the implementation science of molecular testing for familial hypercholesterolemia in population health settings
December 26, 2018  No meeting