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IHDPS Leadership

Peter K. Lindenauer, MD, MSc, MHM

LindenauerPeter_smPeter Lindenauer is Director of the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science, Professor of Medicine, and Assistant Dean of Population Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, Professor of Quantitative Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Adjunct Professor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. A board-certified internist and practicing hospitalist, and founding Board member of the Society of Hospital Medicine, Dr. Lindenauer's research focuses on measuring the quality and outcomes of care for patients with common medical conditions, evaluating the effectiveness of acute treatments and care strategies, and the design, implementation and evaluation of interventions to improve care delivery.

His research is supported by grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH. He is the author of over 200 peer reviewed papers, which have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Affairs, Medical Care, and leading general internal medicine and subspecialty journals.

In 2008, he received the excellence in research award from the Society of Hospital Medicine, and in 2012 he was named a Master in Hospital Medicine. In 2013, he received Baystate’s Weinberg Family Award for academic excellence. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, the Joint Commission Journal of Quality and Patient Safety, and Perioperative Medicine, and has served on multiple NIH study sections focused on health services research, dissemination and implementation, and career development awards. Dr Lindenauer is a graduate of the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and completed a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco.

Tara Lagu, MD, MPH

lagu_taraTara Lagu is an Associate Director of the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science and a board-certified internist. She has been a Research Scientist at IHDPS at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, an Associate Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and an academic hospitalist in the Baystate Medical Center Department of Medicine since 2008. Prior to her arrival at Baystate, she attended Yale University School of Medicine, completed a General Internal Medicine Residency at Brown University, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

Her research is focused on the quality and value of care for hospitalized patients. In 2013, she received a five-year career development award from the National Heart, Lung Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health to study the optimal clinical strategies for improving quality of care for critically ill patients with heart failure. Her other research interests include the impact of the internet on the doctor-patient relationship, access to care for patients with disabilities, and the potential for the Internet to improve quality and transparency in health care.

Mihaela S. Stefan, MD, PhD

Mihaela Stefan is an Associate Director for Implementation Science of the Institute for Healthcare Delivery and Population Science and board-certified in Internal Medicine and Palliative Care. She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate, the Director of the Perioperative Care Program, Director Quality Assessment, Division of Healthcare Quality and Co-director of the Scholarly Activity in the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Baystate Medical Center. She completed a PhD in Clinical and Translational Science at Tufts University School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences, Boston, MA in 2015.

In 2013, she received a four-year career development award from the National Heart, Lung Blood Institute of the NIH to study the effectiveness of noninvasive ventilation in patients hospitalized with acute respiratory failure, and in 2019, a 5-year NHLBI R01 to examine the effectiveness of interprofessional training to increase the uptake of noninvasive ventilation in patients with COPD. Her research interests include 1) de-implementing low value care and increasing the use of evidence-based interventions 2) hospital-based strategies to improve the outcomes of patients with acute respiratory conditions with a special focus on COPD, asthma and acute respiratory failure; 3) the impact of frailty on outcomes and interventions to improve the outcomes of frail elderly patients.