Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc

Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc

Co-Director

Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, Jane Knight Lowe Professor of Medicine in the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology (SOM)

Since 2009, Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, Jane Knight Lowe Professor of Medicine, Division of Immunology and Rheumatology (SOM) and Vice-Chair for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research in the Department of Medicine has served as Director of the COERE. In addition to directing the COERE, Dr. Saag is the founding Director of the NIAMS-funded P50 INSIGHT CORT in gout and hyperuricemia. He is the immediate past President of the National Osteoporosis Foundation, and currently serves as Secretary of the American College of Rheumatology. He is a rheumatologist and outcomes researcher with particular expertise in epidemiology and is an international leader in the development, conduct, analysis and dissemination of results obtained from high visibility clinical trials in gout and osteoporosis.

Research Publications

Michael Mugavero, MD, MHSc

Michael Mugavero, MD, MHSc

Co-Director

Michael Mugavero, MD, MHSc, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases (SOM)

In addition to serving as Co-Director of the COERE, Dr. Mugavero serves as Co-Director of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science Training Academy and Co-Director of the Center For AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. Mugavero is an NIH, CDC, and HRSA funded investigator who has developed a dynamic health services research program at UAB centered on engagement in clinical care that has made seminal contributions to HIV prevention and treatment science. Dr. Mugavero Co-Directs the umbrella UAB HSRTP, serves as Co-PI for the UAB AHRQ T32 (leading the post-doc component), and co-runs the exceptionally popular “Friday Fellows Conference” for T- and K-level trainees across the CTSA partner network with Drs. Saag and Levitan. Dr. Mugavero has published over 200 articles in the peer review literature, and served as Primary Mentor for over 20 pre-doctoral students and 10 post-doctoral fellows and/or junior faculty, including current and past internal T32, TL1, K12, KL2, and extramural K23 awardees from the UAB Schools of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Social Work.

Research Publications

Emily Levitan, ScD, FAHA

Emily Levitan, ScD, FAHA

Co-Director

Emily Levitan, ScD, FAHA Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology (SOPH)

Dr. Levitan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology with 7 years of service at UAB. She has expertise in the design and analysis of observational studies using both traditional epidemiologic studies and administrative data. Her methodologic interests include risk prediction methods, analysis of recurrent events, and case-crossover/self-controlled designs. In addition to her research on primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease, she has served as a methodologic collaborator on multiple projects related to musculoskeletal disease, including a study of primarily fractures related to antihypertensive medications initiation, studies of infections related to immunosuppressive therapies for autoimmune rheumatologic disease, studies of racial disparities in osteoporosis knowledge and post-fracture outcomes, and studies of cardiovascular disease among individuals with autoimmune rheumatologic disease. In addition, to her role as co-Director of the COERE, Dr. Levitan serves and Program Director for the AHRQ T32 Pre-Doctoral Program.

Research Publications

Pat Patrician, PhD

Pat Patrician, PhD

Associate Director

Pat Patrician, PhD, Professor (SON)

Patricia A. Patrician, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the Donna Brown Banton Endowed Professor in the UAB School of Nursing. She joined the UAB faculty in August 2008 after having served 26 years in the US Army Nurse Corps, where she held clinical, administrative, educational, and research positions. Her research has led to multiple, highly cited publications in areas of quality and safety, nurse staffing and patient outcomes, and health services research methods. At UAB, she teaches in the Nursing and Health Systems Administration and PhD Programs and works as a mentor for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.

Research Publications

Jeffrey Curtis, MD, MS, MPH

Jeffrey Curtis, MD, MS, MPH

Associate Director

Jeff Curtis, MD, MS, MPH, Professor (SOM)

Dr. Jeffrey Curtis is the Marguerite Jones Harbert – Gene Ball Endowed Professor of Medicine UAB Division of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology. He previously served as the Co-Director of the UAB Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTs) of Musculoskeletal Disorders, which has a major emphasis on evaluating the safety and comparative effectiveness of medications for rheumatic diseases, and the Co-Director of the UAB Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics Research (PEER) Unit. Dr. Curtis is a member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR), the International Society for Pharmacoepidemiology (ISPE), and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR). He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and is on the editorial board for Arthritis & Rheumatism, Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety (PDS) and Arthritis Care and Research.

Research Publications

Paul Muntner, PhD

Paul Muntner, PhD

Associate Director

Paul Muntner, PhD, Professor and Vice Chair, Epidemiology (SOPH)

Paul Muntner is Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Muntner has made major contributions to the field of hypertension through the publication of more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Additionally, he is the Director of the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy and Co-Director of the Pharmacoepidemiology and Economics Research (PEER) Unit. He is also Vice Chair of the Statistics Committee for the American Heart Association, a member of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline for the Management of Hypertension, an Associate Editor for the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension, and serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases and Journal of Hypertension. Dr. Muntner currently serves as co-PI of the NHLBI funded UAB Institutional Career Development Program (K12) in HIV-Related Heart, Lung, Blood and Research, as principal investigator for an American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network hypertension center, the National Institutes of Health funded Jackson Heart Study Hypertension Working Group and an academic/industry collaboration with Amgen Inc.

Research Publications

David T. Redden, PhD

David T. Redden, PhD

Associate Director

David T. Redden, PhD, Professor and Vice-Chair of the Biostatistics Department (SOPH)

Dr. Redden is a research biostatistician and university professor at UAB. He graduated the University of Alabama in 1995 with a PhD in Applied Statistics. He has 23 years of experience as a research biostatistician and university professor. He has served as Principal Investigator of a K25 award that developed statistical methods to estimate and control for the effects of admixture within genetic association studies. As the Principal Investigator of the NIAMS Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center (MCRC) Methodology Core, he has mentored junior investigators and oversaw the design, data collection and management, and analysis of the MCRC projects. These 4 projects included an outcome and effectiveness research study, two genetic association studies, and an imaging study. He has also served as Co-PI and Statistician on multiple R01 grants and longitudinal studies investigating AIDS, Diabetes, Obesity, Tuberculosis, Asthma, Early Childhood Education, Nutrition, Gerontology, Urinary Incontinence, and Pain.

He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the UAB Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and is the Director of Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Research Division (BERD) of the CCTS. He has expertise in design and analysis of clustered trials, group randomized trials, non-inferiority designs, power calculations, generalized estimating equations, and regression methodology including hierarchical linear models, mixed linear models, repeated measures ANOVA, and clinical trial design. Dr. Redden served as Chair of Biostatistics from January 2014 until July 2017.

Research Publications

Molly Wasko, PhD

Molly Wasko, PhD

Associate Director

Molly Wasko, PhD, Professor and Associate Dean of Research, Innovation, and Faculty Success (SOB)

Dr. Wasko is a professor and associate dean for the Collat School of Business at UAB, where she teaches design thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, business analytics and project management. She has overseen the implementation of the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program at UAB. She is the acting director for I-Corps programs at UAB, which includes UAB’s NSF I-Corps Site, I-Corps South Regional Node and NIH’s I-Corps@NCATS. Dr. Wasko provides leadership and guidance on overall research strategy for the school as well as facilitating research collaborations within the school and with faculty across campus.

Research Publications

Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, MBA

Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, MBA

Associate Director

Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD, MBA, Professor and LR Jordan Chair, Health Administration (SHP)

Robert Weech-Maldonado was appointed to the L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Administration in 2008. He is a Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Dr. Weech-Maldonado is a national authority in health disparities, cultural competency tools for healthcare organizations, and racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences in short-term and long-term care. Dr. Weech-Maldonado works to educate students of the challenges faced by racial/ethnic minorities and the elderly, so that researchers and healthcare leaders may better address these challenges and improve access and quality of care outcomes for these populations.

Research Publications

Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH (SOM)

Smita Bhatia, MD, MPH (SOM)

Chair, Internal Advisory Committee

In addition to her roll with the COERE, Dr. Bhatia serves as Vice Chair of Outcomes for Pediatrics in the UAB School of Medicine, and Director of the School of Medicine Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship. Dr. Bhatia’s research focuses on cancer outcomes, with a special emphasis on the long-term health and wellbeing of cancer survivors across all cancer diagnoses with the overarching goal to reduce the burden of morbidity among cancer survivors. Her research includes a study of the burden of morbidity carried by cancer patients across the entire age spectrum, an understanding of etiology and pathogenesis of the long-term complications identified in cancer survivors, development of risk prediction models to identify survivors at the highest risk, and intervention trials to reduce the complications among the cancer survivors. Her research has also focused on understanding the causes of disparity in cancer outcomes, with the goal to develop targeted interventions to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes. As Director of the Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship at UAB School of Medicine, she is fully committed to mentoring the Institute members and ensuring their success.

Paul Erwin, MD, DrPH, MPH (SOPH)

Paul Erwin, MD, DrPH, MPH (SOPH)

COERE Internal Advisory Committee Member

Paul Campbell Erwin, MD, DrPH is Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is board certified in internal medicine, and public health and preventive medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine. He is an associate editor of the American Journal of Public Health and a member of the editorial boards for Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba Review and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice. Dr. Erwin is a leader in establishing formal Academic Health Department collaboratives between academia and public health practice partners. His research interests include evidence-based public health and public health services and systems research. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed publications and served as the lead editor (with co-editor Dr. Ross Brownson) of the fourth edition of the textbook, Scutchfield and Keck's Principles of Public Health Practice.

Mona Fouad, MD, MPH (SOM)

Mona Fouad, MD, MPH (SOM)

Internal Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Fouad is Senior Associate Dean, Diversity and Inclusion Professor and Director, Division of Preventive Medicine, and serves as Director, UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center. Dr. Fouad is recognized nationally as a leader in health disparities research and is a member of the NIH National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is PI for the CDC-funded center Racial and Ethnic Approaches across the US (REACH US) Mid-South Center of Excellence in the Elimination of Disparities (CEED), a model that serves as an infrastructure to implement, evaluate, and disseminate locally, regionally and nationally evidence-based interventions to reduce breast and cervical cancer disparities between African American and white women. As Director of the UAB Division of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Fouad also has played a prominent leadership role in the merging of efforts with UAB and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to train minority researchers and leaders in the national effort to eliminate health disparities. Through this work, she has developed a strong interest in mentoring minority investigators, fellows, and young faculty, helping to train the next generation of leaders in the fight against health disparities.

Marie Bakitas, PhD (SON)

Marie Bakitas, PhD (SON)

Internal Advisory Committee Member

Dr. Bakitas is Professor and Marie L. O'Koren Endowed Chair in Nursing at UAB. Since 1998, Dr. Bakitas has participated in or led clinical trials creating and evaluating concurrent, early palliative care models for patients with life-limiting conditions, with a main interest of reducing disparities in palliative care access for rural, underserved minorities. Focused on reducing suffering and enhancing quality of life for persons with advanced illness and family caregivers--especially in rural areas--her early tele-health palliative care model ENABLE (Educate, Nurture, Advise, Before Life Ends), has led to practice and policy changes. Dr. Bakitas is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, recognizing her ground-breaking research. In collaboration with physician, social work, and pastoral care colleagues, she teaches case-based didactics on principals of pain and symptom management, neuropathic pain, shared decision-making/advanced care planning and palliative care research methods. She currently serves as a journal referee for Cancer, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of Palliative Medicine, and the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management while continuing her commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration in teaching.

Seth Landefeld, MD (SOM)

Seth Landefeld, MD (SOM)

Internal Advisory Committee Member

Seth Landefeld is Chair of the Department of Medicine and the Spencer Chair in Medical Science Leadership. Prior to joining UAB in September 2012, Dr. Landefeld founded and led the development of UCSF’s Division of Geriatrics, and he ultimately served as Associate Chair of the Department of Medicine for Strategic Planning and Implementation. In landmark studies of acutely ill-hospitalized elders, Landefeld and his colleagues invented the Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit, a novel method for improving patients’ functional outcomes that has been adapted at medical centers nationwide. In incremental studies of anticoagulant therapy, he developed the first valid, reliable measure of hemorrhagic complications, designed and validated risk assessment indices for anticoagulant-related bleeding, developed interventions to prevent major bleeding, and demonstrated their efficacy in clinical trials. Dr. Landefeld continues to work to transform and personalize health care to meet the needs of older Americans and their families.