Wednesday, February 20, 2019

MedStar’s New (and very classy!) IRB

A few months ago, MHRI kicked off a new IRB board when the new electronic IRB system was installed. To celebrate the new IRB and thank them for their dedication and service, along with having an extended time for training and on-boarding, we decided to meet for an off-site at the Cosmos Club. As I walked into the room, I was struck by the fancy setting for such a serious and important committee so I needed to take a few pics!

And look.........  people are clearly having a good time!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

MedStar Health Teaching and Research Scholars Capstone Program

The MedStar Health Teaching and Research Scholars Capstone event was held on Wednesday, February 6th at the Columbia Sheraton Hotel. This event culimnates the two-year Research Scholars and Teaching Scholars programs at MedStar. It was also a chance to recognize those who have recently been inducted into the GUMC Teaching Academy. 

The evening started with an open poster session to view the research posters of all the scholars. One graduate of each program presented their research at the podium. Teaching Scholar, Leon L. Lai, MD, director of Ryan White HIV services at MedStar Washington Hospital, presented "Effect of a Transgender Speaker Panel on Genderism and Transphobia in Graduate Medical Education". He was followed by Research Scholar, Deliya B. Wesley, PhD, MPH, research scientist in the Health Services Research Network at MHRI, presented, "Is Social Support Always Supportive?: A Qualitative Approach to Characterizing Diabetes Self-Management Among Black Patients".

Certificates were presented to the teaching scholars, research scholars, CENTILE (Center for Innovation and Leadership in Education) LEAD Program graduates and was followed by a presentation on the Georgetown University Teaching Academy.  The evening concluded with closing remarks by Stephen R.T. Evans, MD, Executive Vice President & Chief Medical Officer of MedStar Health. 

Congratulations to all of our Teaching and Research Scholars for their achievement!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Fun at Capital One Arena and MedStar Health

During a recent visit to to Capital One Arena I was struck by the prominence of the MedStar support and presence. One of my favorite signs was the huge LED screen...  so my son and I just had to take a few pics!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Making EHRs Safer: Using Research to Power Change

It may seem like they’ve been around longer, but electronic health records (EHR’s) have only gained widespread adoption in the last ten years. In recent years, researchers from MedStar Health have been investigating the use of EHRs. Some of the most recent research was on the usability of EHRs and how it contributes to patient safety.

As a result of this research, MedStar has collaborated with the American Medical Association (AMA) to push for changes to address the known risks to patient safety and clinician burnout that stem from poor EHR usability. This collaboration has resulted in a new website,, to highlight the concerns and potential solutions.

Visit to watch on videos of
real & simulated electronic health record usability & safety issues
Everyone who participates in healthcare in the United States can benefit from action to make EHRs more effective and usable. The MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare has authored a letter to Congress, urging them to ensure safety is prioritized in the EHR Reporting Program that is already mandated by the 21st Century Cures Act.  Consider taking the time to add your voice to the call for change.

Learn more about the collaboration and research behind the initiative here.

Monday, February 4, 2019

We Continue to Make a Difference!

Below is my monthly message for the February 2019 edition of the MHRI newsletter, Focus. You can view Focus online at

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

When I was born, the risk of dying of a heart attack (myocardial infarction) in the United States was 34%. And then it dropped precipitously from there. In my lifetime, I have seen the risk of dying from a heart attack dramatically change:
  • 1975 – 27%
  • 1984 – 19%
  • 1994 – 10%
  • 2018 – 6%

This shows that what we do every day does matter! We are making a difference because together we are advancing health through research. Thank you MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network (and the entire MedStar-Georgetown research community) for the great work you are doing. February is Heart Month. It’s another month we can use to reflect, acknowledge our accomplishments, appreciate the power of our research teams, and take pride in the importance of our work. It’s another month we can get revitalized so we can then move forward to take on the next health care challenge with renewed strength and determination.

Thank you for what you do today to advance health for tomorrow.


Read Focus at