Erin Giovannetti

Erin Giovannetti, Ph.D. Erin Giovannetti, Ph.D. is Scientific Director of the MedStar Health Economics and Aging Research (H.E.A.R) Institute – part of the MedStar Health Research Institute. She is also Director of Clinical Outcomes for MedStar Health Clinical Care Transformation. She has a background in health services research and quality measurement. Dr. Giovannetti received a Ph.D. in Health Policy and Management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and completed a research fellowship in geriatric medicine at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her research focuses on measurement science and evaluation of health care delivery interventions with a focus on older adults and adults with multiple chronic conditions. She has worked extensively with health systems to implement and evaluate goal-setting and shared decision-making interventions for complex older adults. She has also experience with testing and implementing novel approaches to patient-reported outcomes for older adults and family caregiver-reported outcomes. Prior to working with MedStar, Dr. Giovannetti was a Senior Research Scientist at the National Committee for Quality Assurance where she led a research team responsible for developing and maintaining geriatric clinical quality measures in the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). She has also worked with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to develop novel approaches to measuring health outcomes for the dual-eligible population and adults using Medicaid long-term services and supports.

As Director of the H.E.A.R. Institute, Dr. Giovannetti’s research is focused on developing, evaluating and disseminating novel approaches to delivering care to older adults that result in improved whole-person care, reduced total-cost of care and more equitable care which addresses social determinates of health.

As Director of Outcomes for Clinical Care Transformation, Dr. Giovannetti oversees evaluation and outcome measurement for multiple MedStar Health programs that focus on improving health outcomes and reducing the cost of care for multiple high risk population.  The departments Dr. Giovannetti works with include Palliative Care, Senior Services, Community Health, Diabetes Institute, and Case Management.

Dr. Giovannetti completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College. She completed her PhD in Health Policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, along with a fellowship in Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Giovannetti’s research interests include the following:

  • Implementing goal-setting into routine care for older adults
  • Innovative models of geriatric care delivery
  • Health care quality
  • Health disparities
  • Research Areas
  • Geriatrics
  • Health Services/Quality/Outcomes

Nathan Cobb

Nathan Cobb, MD, is a practicing physician whose work in informatics and behavior change has spanned non-profit foundations, academia, and industry. He is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Until recently he served as the Chief Medical Officer for MeYou Health, a Boston based health informatics company where he led both clinical program design and research and evaluation. In 2015 he helped spin the company out of Healthways, and then pivot the company from insurer clients to a SaaS-based, small employer focus. During this time, he led two successful randomized control trials, developed a novel standards-based health risk appraisal system and oversaw the development of multiple evidence-based interventions that were deployed to hundreds of thousands of individuals. Previously he was a Research Investigator with the Schroeder Institute at Legacy (now Truth Initiative), where he led a transdisciplinary team focused on the development of novel digital approaches for tobacco cessation.

As a new investigator, he successfully won RO1 funding from NIH to design and lead the first RCT fully embedded in the Facebook social network, demonstrating how social apps can be constructed for viral spread through networks. While a medical student and resident, Dr. Cobb co-founded QuitNet, one of the first firms to demonstrate the potential for online behavior change services. QuitNet was successfully sold to Healthways in 2005 as part of a roll-up acquisition.

Currently, Dr. Cobb serves as an attending physician in the intensive care units at MedStar Georgetown Hospital. He trained in Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Beth Israel, Brigham and Women’s and Mass General hospitals. He received his AB from Georgetown University and MD from Boston University and maintains board certification in Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine.

  • Research Areas
  • Biostatistics/Bioinformatics
  • Critical Care/Emergency Medicine

Erin C. Hall

Erin C. Hall, MD, MPH, is the co-medical Director for the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the medical director of the MedStar Washington Hospital Center-Community Violence Intervention Program. She is an attending physician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center in both the Department of Surgery and the Department of Critical Care Medicine. She is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hall is board certified in general surgery and surgical critical care. She completed a surgical critical care, trauma, and acute care surgery fellowship at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland. She is a member of the American College of Surgeons, where she serves on the Committee on Trauma. She also holds membership in the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and the Association for Academic Surgery..

Dr. Hall has mentored students through the MedStar Summer Research Program since 2018, which allows rising second-year medical students from Georgetown University to participate in a research project over eight weeks. She was awarded the MedStar Washington Hospital Center Surgery Keystone Educator Award in 2018. She has served as a preceptor and lecturer for both physical care and for healthcare disparities training for residents at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Hall’s has contributed to over 50 research publications, including work that has been published in JAMA, JAMA Surgery, British Journal of Cancer, and Journal of the National Medical Association. She has also authored to two book chapters on acute care surgery and critical care.

Dr. Hall received her medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford CA. She completed her master’s in public health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a concentration in epidemiology and biostatistics. She is a member of the 2020 cohort of MedStar Health Teaching Scholars.

Research Interests

Dr. Hall’s research interests include:

  • Long term trauma outcomes
  • Medical education
  • Surgical stress
  • Improving outcomes of vulnerable trauma populations
  • Violence prevention/intervention
  • Equitable access to medical care

Selected Research

Trauma Transitional Care Coordination: protecting the most vulnerable trauma patients from hospital readmission
Unplanned hospital readmissions increase healthcare costs and patient morbidity. A nursing-led TTCC program successfully followed patients and was associated with a significant decrease in 30-day readmission rates for patients with high-risk trauma. Targeted outpatient support for these most vulnerable patients can lead to better utilization of outpatient resources, increased patient satisfaction, and more consistent attainment of preinjury level of functioning or better. DOI: 10.1136/tsaco-2017-000149

Trauma transitional care coordination: A mature system at work
Targeted outpatient support for high-risk patients can decrease 30-day readmission rates. As our TTCC program matured, we reduced 30-day readmission in patients with lower-extremity injury, complicated tracheostomy and bowel procedures. This represents over one million-dollar savings for the hospital per year through quality-based reimbursement. DOI: 10.1097/TA.0000000000001818

Medicaid beneficiaries undergoing complex surgery at quality care centers: insights into the Affordable Care Act
Medicaid beneficiaries do not have equal access to high-volume centers for complex surgical procedures. Gaps exist between the percentages of Medicaid patients receiving emergency general surgery vs more complex surgical care at the same hospital and may be exaggerated in hospitals with very high volume of complex elective surgeries. DOI: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2015.11.026

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  • Research Areas
  • Critical Care/Emergency Medicine
  • Health Services/Quality/Outcomes
  • Medical Education

Tamika C. Auguste

Tamika C. Auguste, MD, FACOG is the Vice-Chair of Women’s and Infants’ Services at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine. Sher serves as the Associate Medical Director for the MedStar Simulation Training & Education Lab (SiTEL) and the Director of OB/GYN Simulation/Staff Physician at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Dr. Auguste is the chair of the OB/GYN Clinical Practice Council at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She also serves as a member of the Risk Management Committee, Professional Liability Claims & Loss Prevention Committee, and Resident Education Committee. She is the director of the MedStar Obstetrical Safety Training (MOST) program. Dr. Auguste is the co-director of the MedStar Health Teaching Scholars program.

Dr. Auguste serves as a reviewer for Simulation in Healthcare Journal. She has been awarded the Faculty Award from the Society of Academic Specialists in General Obstetrics and Gynecology, the Crystal Award from the Student National Medical Association, Georgetown School of Medicine, and been twice awarded the APGO Excellence in Teaching Award from the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Dr. Auguste is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Auguste is board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She holds a certificate in Medical Education Research from the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Research Interests

Dr. Auguste’s research activities focus on education and outcomes, including:

  • Medical education
  • Simulation training
  • Patient Safety/Quality

Selected Research

Predicting Vaginal Delivery in Nulliparous Women Undergoing Induction of Labor at Term
We identified independent risk factors that can be used to predict vaginal delivery among nulliparas undergoing induction at term. Our predictor provides women with additional information when considering induction. DOI:10.1055/s-0037-1608847

The simulation of an ex utero intrapartum procedure to extracorporeal membrane oxygenation

The use of low-fidelity, cost-effective simulation during a surgical rehearsal can give a surgical team critical advantage when performing a rare and/or complex procedure. DOI:10.1016/j.jpedsurg.2010.10.007

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  • Research Areas
  • Health Services/Quality/Outcomes
  • Maternal-Fetal/Women’s Health
  • Medical Education

Kacie J. Saulters, MD, FACP

Kacie J. Saulters, MD, FACP, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C. She is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Namibia.

Dr. Saulters is an Assistant Program Director for the Internal Medicine residency program at Georgetown and created and directs their Global Health Track. She is a member of the Independent Scholarly Project Oversight Committee at the Georgetown University School of Medicine and has served as a facilitator and faculty judge for research events at Georgetown University. At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, she is a member of Patient Communication Consult Service and the physician-leader for the Inter-Hospital Transfer Quality Improvement Group.

Dr. Saulters received CTropMed® certification from the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of the Consortium of Universities in Global Health. Dr. Saulters received the Chapter Leadership Award from the DC chapter of American College of Physicians for her work in developing the International and Urban Health Equity Committee. She was awarded the MedStar Georgetown Department of Medicine Chairman’s Award for service to the department. She is also the recipient of the Golden Apple teaching award from the Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Dr. Saulters received her medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Virginia. She is a member of the 2020 cohort of MedStar Health Teaching Scholars.

Research Interests

Dr. Saulters’s research interests include:

  • Global health
  • Sepsis treatment in resource-poor settings
  • Medical education
  • Implicit bias

Selected Research

Qualitative analysis of resident reflections on health and barriers to health pre and post international elective
Ongoing. A qualitative study assessing themes in resident physicians’ perceptions of health and barriers to health pre- and post- international travel.

Longitudinal analysis of implicit racial bias and empathy in interdisciplinary interns at Georgetown and UVA
Ongoing. An observational study of changes in empathy and implicit racial bias in interdisciplinary residents over the course of training.

Prospective validation study of the Universal Vital Assessment Score in Namibia
Ongoing. A clinical audit at Katatura State Hospital in Windhoek, Namibia, monitoring UVA scores at time of admission and correlation with in-hospital mortality.

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  • Research Areas
  • Medical Education

Richard D. Zorowitz, MD

Richard D. Zorowitz, MD, is an attending physician at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital and a Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation Medicine at Georgetown University. He serves as the Chief Medical Informatics Officer at MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, where he is also the chairman of the Credentials Committee and the secretary of the Medical Executive Committee.

Dr. Zorowitz focuses his clinical activities on the rehabilitation of stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and other neurological conditions. He specializes in the management of spasticity, including oral medications, botulinum toxin injections, and intrathecal baclofen.

Dr. Zorowitz is a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is a member of the board of directors of the PCPI Foundation. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, and Stroke.

Dr. Zorowitz has received numerous awards including: Visionary in Practice Society, National Stroke Association (2001); Central Nervous System Council Outstanding Service Award, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2011); Golden Goniometer Award, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (2012); America’s Top Physicians, Consumer’s Research Council of America (2015, 2018); and Outstanding Contributions in the Training and Education of the Resident Staff, MedStar National Rehabilitation Network/Georgetown University Department of Rehabilitation Medicine (2016); Top Doctors in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Washington, DC (2017); and 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Zorowitz has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has written chapters about stroke rehabilitation internationally. He is a co-editor of the textbook, Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation (2015). He participated on consensus panels of The Joint Commission (TJC) Primary Stroke Centers, the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) Stroke Subspecialty Program, and the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (PCPI) Stroke and Stroke Rehabilitation Workgroup. He has contributed to a number of clinical practice guidelines, including the Veterans Affairs/Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Adult Stroke Rehabilitation Care (2005); and the American Stroke Association Writing Groups for Recommendations for the Establishment of Stroke Systems of Care (2005), Metrics of Comprehensive Stroke Centers (2005), Comprehensive Overview of Nursing and Interdisciplinary Rehabilitation Care of the Stroke Patient (2010), Metrics for Measuring Quality of Care in Comprehensive Stroke Centers: Detailed Follow-up to Brain Attack Coalition Comprehensive Stroke Center Recommendations (2011), Palliative and End-of-Life Care in Stroke (2014), and Adult Stroke Rehabilitation and Recovery (2016). He currently serves on the writing group to update the Stroke Systems of Care guideline.

Dr. Zorowitz is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New Hyde Park, NY, and a residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, IL. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine, and Brain Injury Medicine.

Research Interests

Dr. Zorowitz’s research activities focus on stroke rehabilitation, including:

  • Motor recovery
  • Hemiplegic shoulder pain
  • Dysphagia
  • Spasticity
  • Pseudobulbar affect
  • Functional outcomes

Selected Research

A Screening Tool to Identify Spasticity in Need of Treatment
This research sought to develop a clinical tool for providers to use in patient interactions to provide data in making a determination of spasticity for treatment. DOI: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000605

ICU-Acquired Weakness: A Rehabilitation Perspective of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Functional Management
This research highlighted the risk factors and causes of ICU-acquired weakness, along with potential treatment options for patients.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2016.06.006

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  • Research Areas
  • Neuroscience
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Diego A. Medvedofsky

Diego A. Medvedofsky, MD, is the associate director of Cardiac Imaging Research and a physician scientist at the Cardiovascular Core Laboratory, MedStar Health Research Institute and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Medvedofsky specializes in cardiac imaging.

His areas of research include three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography, myocardial deformation (strain) analysis, contrast echocardiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and the role of cardiac imaging in valvular heart disease and heart failure. He is currently focusing his research efforts on myocardial deformation (strain) analysis. Specifically, he is collaborating to incorporate the use of strain methodologies in transcatheter device placement to treat mitral regurgitation, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and potential treatments for patients with advanced heart failure.

Dr. Medvedofsky has published his research on novel approaches to cardiac imaging in more than 30 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, Journal of Cardiac Failure, Hypertension, Journal of Cardiology, American Journal of Cardiology, and others. In addition, he reviews manuscripts for Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions and Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine. Dr. Medvedofsky is fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew.

His medical degree is from the University of Buenos Aires Medical School. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Meir General Hospital and a fellowship in cardiology at Sheba Medical Center, both in Israel. He then completed a 3-year fellowship in advanced non-invasive cardiac imaging at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Research Interests

Dr. Medvedofsky’s research interests include the following:

  • 3D echocardiography, including volumetric analysis, automaticity, strain, rotational mechanics, shape, and dynamic assessment
  • Myocardial deformation (strain) analysis
  • Contrast echocardiography
  • Cardiac computed tomography
  • Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging
  • Cardiovascular devices
  • Novel approaches to cardiac imaging

Selected Research 

2D and 3D Echocardiography-Derived Indices of Left Ventricular Function and Shape: Relationship with Mortality


In this study, Dr. Medvedofsky and colleagues showed the improved performance of 3D over 2D echocardiography for left ventricular volumetric assessment and the advantage of 2D and 3D left ventricular longitudinal strain analysis over ejection fraction. Three-dimensional shape analysis provided additional risk information. This work has been published in JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging (2017, Nov 10. Doi: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2017.08.023).


3D Echocardiographic Quantification of the Left-Heart Chambers Using an Automated Adaptive Analytics Algorithm


Dr. Medvedofsky led this multinational trial to validate a new automated 3D echocardiographic volumetric analysis. The results of this work have been published in European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging (2018;19:47-58).


3D Echocardiographic Quantification of Right Ventricular Volume and Function


Echocardiographic assessment of the right ventricle is challenging because of its complex shape. Dr. Medvedofsky and colleagues have described the acquisition and analysis of a new approach for volumetric assessment in the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (2015;28:1222-1231).


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  • Research Areas
  • Cardiovascular
  • Core Services

Kristen E. Miller

Kristen E. Miller, DrPH, CPPS, is the scientific director of the MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine, affiliate faculty at Georgetown Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics, and adjunct faculty at Catholic University Department of Biomedical Engineering. In her role as scientific director, she leads and manages the Center’s scientific research which applies novel approaches to improving patient safety and quality and includes projects that apply systems thinking and human factors engineering to clinical research to support the delivery of high-quality care.

Dr. Miller is a clinically oriented human factors researcher focusing on medical decision making, informatics, and the assessment of medical interventions with an emphasis on health information technology, usability, human error and patient safety. Her work incorporates both industrial engineering and cognitive psychology components and takes into account the entire system, from cultural components to characteristics of individual patients. Dr. Miller is experienced in a wide range of analytical techniques, including formative and summative evaluations, observational studies, surveys, simulation and decision modeling, and interpretation and application of study results to practice and policy. She is skilled in the integration of technological innovations, such as continuous monitoring and connected systems, and she has expertise in risk perception and information processing. Her research uses novel technology that reduces the consequence of disease and evaluates the mechanisms by which providers and patients receive, understand, and respond to health information technology.

Dr. Miller’s research portfolio includes federally-funded work from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Through peer-reviewed journal articles (over 60 to date) and addresses to more than 10,000 people, Dr. Miller seeks to engage both clinical and non-clinical audiences in the evaluation and improvement of safety and quality in healthcare using human-centered systems approaches.

Her service in the wider community includes work as a technical expert for patient safety/health information technology for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and as a senior key advisor for the Dental Patient Safety Foundation. She reviews human factors engineering grants for the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Additionally, Dr. Miller plays an active role in the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, NODE.Health, and AcademyHealth.

Dr. Miller serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics and as a peer reviewer for multiple clinical and informatics journals. Her work has been published in JAMA Surgery, the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, and the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, among others. She frequently presents her research at professional meetings ranging from medical grand rounds to international conferences.

Her teaching experience includes serving as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Public Health and Health Sciences, University of Michigan, and as an invited faculty for an international summer school on mobile healthcare sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and held in Dublin, Ireland, and Stockholm, Sweden. She currently serves as faculty of the MedStar Research Scholars program.

Dr. Miller earned a DrPH in Epidemiology and Environmental Health, with specialized training in Human Factors Engineering and Ergonomics, at Texas A&M University. She then completed a fellowship in Advanced Patient Safety at the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for Patient Safety. Most recently, she earned the Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS) credential from the National Patient Safety Foundation. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Law from the University of Maryland, Baltimore Francis King Carey School of Law.

Research Interests

Dr. Miller’s research interests include the following:

  • Clinical decision making
  • Risk perception and information processing
  • Web and mobile application development
  • Biomedical informatics
  • User-centered design
  • Clinical support tools for treatment of sepsis
  • Human factors engineering and patient safety

Selected Research

Clinical Decision Support (CDS) for Chronic Pain Management
As co-principal investigator on this project, Dr. Miller and Dr. Hettinger are leading a project to develop, implement, disseminate, and evaluate CDS for patients and clinicians in the area of chronic pain management. Increased scrutiny of opioid prescribing for patients with chronic pain, especially among non-pain management specialists, has led healthcare systems to work on optimizing pain therapy and consider opioid-dose reductions. Specifically, the project advances knowledge for patients and clinicians through CDS tools that enhance the quality of clinical discussion and shared decision-making for optimizing pain management therapy. This research is sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Mobilizing a Million Hearts: Leveraging Health IT Architecture to Advance Clinical Knowledge and Care Coordination
As principal investigator on this project, Dr. Miller and team are developing and piloting a SMART on FHIR application to optimize the current state of cardiovascular risk calculators. The proposed work represents a multi-disciplinary approach that tackles both technological and design components of health IT architecture while understanding end-user needs (e.g., cognitive support), workflow, and data integration. This research is sponsored through a Leading Edge Acceleration Project (LEAP) by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

Signaling Sepsis: Developing a Framework to Optimize Alert Design
As principal investigator on this project, Dr. Miller is developing and testing enhanced visual display models, which will integrate patient data into validated sepsis staging scores. This research will provide evidence-based principles and design recommendations to support the development of a clinical decision tool for treatment of sepsis. This research is sponsored by an RO1 grant from the National Library of Medicine.

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  • Research Areas
  • Health Services/Quality/Outcomes

Rachel M. Wynn

Rachel M. Wynn, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in MedStar’s National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare. In this position, Dr. Wynn uses her expertise in cognitive psychology to collaborate with research teams to create innovative solutions to healthcare challenges.

Dr. Wynn has experience with all parts of the research process, from identifying questions and appropriate experimental designs to analyzing data and communicating the results. At the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, she applies her knowledge and expertise to conduct research into efficient solutions to patient care problems. Dr. Wynn’s previous experience includes work as a research fellow in the Mayo Clinic’s Human Cognitive Neurophysiology Laboratory and as a graduate research assistant at George Washington University.

Some of Dr. Wynn’s current research is focused on applying human factors research to further patient and family-centered care, investigating the impact of interruptions on interpretation of chest radiography, and integrating quantitative and qualitative approaches to improve the clinical utility of predictive models in chorioamnionitis.

Dr. Wynn is a student member of the Vision Sciences Society, the Psychonomic Society, and the Association for Psychological Science. An experienced presenter, she has presented her research on topics including heuristic usability evaluation of molecular diagnostic reports in  cancer, individual differences in susceptibility to irrelevant environmental influences in prediction of visual search performance, and the lingering effects of response inhibition.

Dr. Wynn earned her PhD in Psychology/Cognitive Neuroscience at George Washington University, where she focused on executive function processes that allow goal-oriented behavior.

Research Interests

Dr. Wynn’s research interests include the following:

  • Executive functions
  • Cognitive control
  • Working memory
  • Theory of mind

Selected Research

Advancing Guideline Implementation Through a Learning Engine for Clinical Decision Support (AGILE CDS)

Dr. Wynn will be participating in research activities for this Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality-sponsored project.

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  • Research Areas
  • Health Services/Quality/Outcomes
  • Neuroscience

Bryan W. Cunningham

Bryan W. Cunningham, PhD, is the director of the MedStar Health Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute, located in the Division of Orthopaedic Research, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital. In this position, Dr. Cunningham is responsible for formulating and executing the Institute’s annual scientific and research strategy and for developing and maintaining a multidisciplinary research center capable of conducting biomechanical testing, histologic and radiographic studies, in-vivo biological modeling, and clinical research.

Dr. Cunningham supervises all basic science projects performed at the Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute and assists his MedStar colleagues in forming and implementing research strategies. In addition, he collaborates with academic leaders, institutions, and private industry worldwide. His patents include the “Compression-Distraction Spinal Fixation System” (U.S. Patent No. 8,864,800 B2) and the “Compression-Distraction Spinal Fixation System and Kit” (U.S. Patent No. 8,968,367). He has other patents pending.  

Dr. Cunningham has published more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed journals. His published research has been on topics such as spinal reconstructive surgery, biomechanical fixation, and surgical techniques. He is associate editor of Spine Deformity, and he reviews manuscripts for Spine, Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related ResearchThe Spine Journal, European Spine Journal, and the Journal of Orthopaedic Research. His work has been published in SpineJournal of Neurosurgery: SpineClinical Spine Surgery, and other prominent journals.

His educational responsibilities include developing and incorporating the non-clinical research fellowship program for the Musculoskeletal Education and Research Institute and providing research guidance to medical school students and orthopaedic residents, fellows, and attending physicians. He has mentored more than 15 PhD-level fellows in spinal research. In addition, he holds an appointment as an adjunct professor, Menzies Health Institute, Queensland School of Medical Science, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

Dr. Cunningham has received numerous research awards, including an award for “Best Podium Presentation in Translational Research” from the European Orthopaedic Research Society and a “Basic Science Resident Research Award” from the Cervical Spine Research Society. He is a member of the Scoliosis Research Society, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the North American Spine Society, and the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery. He has presented his research at more than 500 specialty society meetings, giving presentations for the Scoliosis Research Society, North American Spine Society, Cervical Spine Research Society, Orthopaedic Research Society, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, International Meeting of Advanced Spine Techniques, International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, and others.

Dr. Cunningham received his PhD in Musculoskeletal Spinal Research from the School of Medical Science, Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.

Research Interests

Dr. Cunningham’s research interests include the following:

  • Spinal reconstructive surgery
  • Intersegmental motion preservation systems
  • Innovative surgical techniques

Selected Research

  • Biomechanical and Radiographic Evaluation of an Articulating Interbody Fusion Device for Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion
  • Biomechanical Properties of Direct Lateral Interbody Fusion with Supplemental Posterior Instrumentation for Adjacent Level Reconstruction
  • Multidirectional Flexibility and Fixation Properties of Occipital Bolt versus Plate Stabilization Systems

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  • Research Areas
  • Orthopedics/Sports Health