A Chicago Center of Excellence in Learning Health Systems Research Training (ACCELERAT) was established to develop the next generation of health system transformation leaders. The diverse institutions in ACCELERAT provide care across the patient life spectrum from pediatrics to geriatrics, and across all care settings (from pre-patient to acute inpatient care and rehabilitation). Our faculty and scholars are diverse and draw from the Chicagoland region, with several faculty who lead their own related training programs. Core training domains in ACCELERAT are led by experts in mentorship and training, health services research, informatics, patient reported outcomes, quality improvement in health systems, and fostering a culture of change. ACCELERAT will serve as a national leader in teaching core LHS research competencies aimed to train our future LHS leaders to transform care delivery and advance PCOR within the context of delivering quality health care.

Meet our Scholars
Faraz Ahmad, MDFaraz Ahmad, MD

Project Title: Implementing and testing heart failure patient-reported outcomes measures in a learning health system

Faraz Ahmad, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine (Cardiology) and the Department of Preventive Medicine (Health and Biomedical Informatics) in the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Chicago in 2009 and MS in Health and Biomedical Informatics from Northwestern University in 2017. He completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania and fellowships at Northwestern University. Faraz is a first year scholar focused on enhancing the clinical utility of a novel, heart failure patient-reported outcome measure (the PROMIS-Plus-HF Profile Measure) using innovative health measurement science approaches and on optimizing the integration of the patient-reported outcomes measures into the routine care of patients with heart failure using principles from implementation science as part of the NM PRO initiative.

Kristin Kan, MDKristin Kan, MD

Project Title: Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes and Remote Patient Sensor Data in Childhood Asthma

Kristin Kan, MD is an Instructor in the Department of Pediatrics at Lurie Children’s Hospital. She received her MD from Johns Hopkins University in 2010 and an MPH in 2009. She completed her residency at the University of Washington in 2013 and received her MSc in Health Services Research from the University of Michigan in 2016. Kristin is a first year scholar focused on the integration of patient-reported outcomes and remote patient sensor data in childhood asthma. The results of this study will influence how to best design future version(s) of this technology-enhanced intervention, aimed to optimize health providers’ support of asthma self-management and families’ asthma-related, self-efficacy and quality of life.

Ryan Merkow, MDRyan Merkow, MD

Project Title: Development of a Novel, Post-Surgical, Post-Discharge Complication Monitoring and Adaptive Intervention System Using Tailored Patient Reported Outcomes

Ryan Merkow, MD is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He received his MD from the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2007 and his MS in Health Services and Outcomes Research from Northwestern University in 2012. He completed his residency in surgery at the University of Chicago in 2015, and advanced fellowship training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2017. Ryan is a first year scholar focused on the development of a novel, post-surgical, post-discharge complication monitoring and adaptive intervention system using tailored patient reported outcomes. The results of his study will improve care for patients during one of the most vulnerable and high risk periods after major cancer surgery, and build the infrastructure to generalize the monitoring system to other areas of surgery.

Hale Thompson, PhDHale Thompson, PhD

Project Title: The Substance Use Intervention Team: Addressing Health Disparities with a Systems-Level Strategy to Identify and Treat Opioid Misuse

Hale Thompson, PhD is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center. He received his PhD from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2016, his MS in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 2011, and his MA in Sociology from the University of Illinois in 1995. Hale is a first-year scholar conducting research to address health disparities with a systems-level intervention to identify and treat opioid misuse. The results of his study will inform the replication and adaptation of the intervention at other medical centers.


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