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The AAMC Learning Health System Champion and Pioneer Research Awards recognize innovations in medical education, care delivery, research, and diversity and inclusion. The research awards recognize institutions that have implemented or wish to enhance capacity of innovative, system-wide processes that improve the opportunity for research.


2013 Champion Award Winners

Title: The University of Chicago Hospitalist Scholars Program
Primary contact: David Meltzer M.D., Ph.D.; Chief, Section of Hospital Medicine
Institution: University of Chicago, Department of Medicine

Title: Reducing Disparities through Data Collection and Quality Improvement Initiatives: The MGH Annual Report on Equity in Healthcare Quality
Primary contact: Joseph R. Betancourt, M.D., M.P.H.; Director, Disparities Solutions Center
Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital

Title: A multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional network that provides faculty, staff, and students with information, resources, and connectivity to accelerate innovation in healthcare services research and education.
Primary contact: Fred Sanfilippo M.D., Ph.D.; Director, Emory-Georgia Tech Healthcare Innovation Program; Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Health Policy & Management
Institution: Emory University, Healthcare Innovation Program

Title: The Community Review Board: Strengthening Research Capacity through Community Engagement
Primary contact: Consuelo H. Wilkins M.D.; Executive Director, Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance
Institution: Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Vanderbilt University

Title: Building Knowledge about Education in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety through Interprofessional Education and Health System Partnerships
Primary contact: Linda A. Headrick, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.P.; Helen Mae Spiese Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Senior Associate Dean for Education, Professor of Medicine
Institution: University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine

2013 Pioneer Award Winners

Title: Connecting the Dots: Building the Infrastructure Linking Patient Care to Professional Education to Scholarly Work and back to the Patient Again
Primary contact: Sally Kraft, M.D., M.P.H.; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine; Medical Director, Quality, Safety and Innovation
Institution: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Title: Development of a collaborative regional program to promote and coordinate Quality Improvement, research, and education
Primary contact: Geoffrey C. Lamb, M.D.; Professor, Internal Medicine. Associate Director, Joint Quality Office
Institution: Medical College of Wisconsin

Title: Building the infrastructure to enhance QI research in the UAB Health System
Primary contact: Monika M. Safford, M.D.; Endowed Professor of Medicine; Assistant Dean of Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Title: Henry Ford Health System’s Healthcare Equity Scholars Program
Primary contact: Denise White Perkins, M.D., Ph.D.; Director, Institute on Multicultural Health
Institution: Henry Ford Health System

Title: Community Partnership for Patient Access to Supportive Services (ComPPASS)
Primary contact: Thomas J. Balcezak, M.D.; Senior Vice President, Patient Safety and Quality and Associate Chief of Staff
Institution: Yale-New Haven Hospital

Title: System-wide Efforts to Improve Everyday Clinical Practice and Health Equity in an Accountable Care Environment
Primary contact: Gregory Makoul, M.A., Ph.D., MS; Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer / Chief Academic Officer Professor of Medicine
Institution: Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Title: The Duke University Learning Health System Training Program
Primary contact: Amy P. Abernethy, M.D., Ph.D.; Associate Professor of Medicine, Medical Oncology, Director, Center for Learning Healthcare
Institution: Duke University School of Medicine

2013 Special Innovation Award

Title: Rapid, Self-serve Clinical Analytics: A Web and Hadoop-based Clinical Research Database (CRDB)
Primary contact: Richard H. Kennedy, Ph.D., Vice Provost and Senior Associate Dean for Research
Institution: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

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