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The Kaiser Permanente Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research was established in 2009. Through investments in infrastructure and specific projects, the center takes advantage of Kaiser Permanente’s talented research teams, rich data assets, and integrated delivery system to contribute to the knowledge base in comparative effectiveness and safety.

Mission and Vision

To optimize the health and well-being of our members and the public by developing knowledge about what works best for different groups of people, and translating that knowledge into policy and practice.

Director

Elizabeth A. McGlynn, PhD, is responsible for the strategic direction and scientific oversight of the Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research; a virtual center designed to conduct research and implement findings in policy and practice.  Dr. McGlynn is an internationally known expert on methods for evaluating the appropriateness and quality of health care delivery. She received AcademyHealth's 2012 Distinguished Investigator Award for her work. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. McGlynn was the Associate Director of RAND Health and held the RAND Distinguished Chair in Health Care Quality. Dr. McGlynn is a member of the Institute of Medicine and serves on several boards and national advisory committees. She received her BA in international political economy from The Colorado College, her MPP from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and her PhD in public policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Contact Beth McGlynn

Programs

Methods

John L. Adams, PhD, joined Kaiser Permanente in 2012 as the principal senior statistician with the Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research. Prior to that, he was the Senior Statistician in RAND's Statistics Service. He is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and former head of RAND's Statistical Consulting Group. Dr. Adams' current work focuses on improving quantitative methods in comparative effectiveness research and causal analysis of observational data.  His interests include quasi-experimental and improved study design methods. Dr. Adams is a co-author on the 2003 New England Journal of Medicine paper: "The quality of health care delivered to adults in the United States" that reported only 55% of needed care is delivered. Contact John Adams

CESR Analytics

Nicholas P. Emptage, MAE, is a principal consultant with CESR Analytics. Previously, he worked as manager of the guideline development and technology assessment programs at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and as a consultant within the Evidence-Based Medicine Services group in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. He produces systematic literature reviews for CESR Analytics projects, CESR collaborators, and the CESR Annual Meeting, and has extensive experience in meta-analysis and economic decision modeling.  He received his MAE from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Contact Nicholas Emptage

Michaela M. Hull, MS, is a health data analyst with the CESR Analytics. Her work consists of answering healthcare safety and effectiveness questions using evidence-based methods, including predictive analytics. Her prior experience involved working with big data in the public sector, such as predicting poll workers from voter registries.  She received her MS in Analytics from the University of San Francisco. Contact Michaela Hull

Jason Kramer, MS, is a health data analyst with CESR Analytics.  His work on CESR projects includes developing study designs and analyzing healthcare data to address comparative effectiveness and safety questions posed by Permanente Medical Group or KP Health Plan leaders. Prior to joining CESR analytics, he was a PhD candidate in Statistics at the University of California Irvine, where he also received his master’s in Statistics and researched methods in causal inference, Bayesian statistics, and hierarchical models. Contact Jason Kramer

Thomas A. McCormick, PhD, is a data analyst with CESR Analytics. Previously, he was a data consultant in the KP San Francisco Medical Center Controller's Office, where he developed reports and processes related to outpatient quality, data quality/coding, and other departmental projects. He received his doctorate in theoretical chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. Contact Tom McCormick

Beth T. Tang, MA, is a health data analyst with CESR Analytics. She also serves as the main statistical analyst collaborating with Dr. Adams on several multi-site studies focusing on topics such as prostate cancer and osteoporosis drug use. Prior to working with the center, Ms. Tang built and maintained the Kaiser Permanente Southern California HIV Registry; a resource that has been utilized by HIV providers, care coordinators, and pharmacists since 2005.  She has also provided HIV data expertise and statistical analysis on several Kaiser Permanente interregional HIV-related projects. Contact Beth Tang

Donna Woo, MA, is a Project Manager with CESR Analytics. In this role, she manages various components of the projects, including administrative oversight, process workflow time to completion, and regulatory and institutional submissions for approval. Prior to joining CESR Analytics, she was a Research Project Manager with the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation and the Health Services Research Center at University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her MA from the Claremont Graduate University. Contact Donna Woo

Operations

Bernadette Collins, PhD, is a practice leader at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research.  She is the director of operations for the Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research. In this role, Dr. Collins manages a variety of activities relating to the center, including budget, grant and research fund management, as well as annual meetings, and mentorship and seminar programs. Prior to her work with the center, she managed multi-site research projects at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research and also worked with Kaiser Permanente's National Diversity program. Dr. Collins received her doctorate degree in biochemistry from University College Dublin. Contact Bernie Collins

Lilia Grigoryan, BS, is a research administrative analyst at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation.  She is the executive assistant to Dr. Elizabeth McGlynn (Director, Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research). Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Grigoryan worked at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Digestive Disease/Gastroenterology. Her other roles included work with UCLA's Campus Human Resources, External Affairs, and Medical Center. She also served as Assistant Editor for the scientific journal, Pancreas. Ms. Grigoryan is a graduate of UCLA. Contact Lilia Grigoryan

Communications

Albert Martinez, MFA, is a communication manager focused on research at Kaiser Permanente. In this role, he promotes research conducted through the Center for Effectiveness & Safety Research and at Kaiser Permanente's medical centers and seven regional research centers. In previous roles at Kaiser Permanente, he worked on the implementation of Kaiser Permanente HealthConnect®, the largest and most advanced non-governmental electronic health record in the world, as well as business and revenue-tracking operations. Find him on Twitter at @AlMartinezatKP. Contact Al Martinez