UAB/CHOT Team

Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD

Rob Weech Maldonado5.141Robert Weech-Maldonado, PhD - Dr. Weech-Maldonado was appointed to the L.R. Jordan Endowed Chair in Health Administration in 2008 by the University of Alabama Board of Trustees. 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, racial and ethnic differences in patient experiences with care, and long-term care. Imparting this expertise to students, researchers and healthcare leaders may improve management’s ability to fully understand and better address challenges faced by racial/ethnic minorities and the elderly, possibly dramatically improving access and quality of care outcomes for these populations.

Dr. Weech-Maldonado has influenced national organizations and health policy through various roles in such national and international healthcare organizations as Academy of Management, Health Services Research (editorial board), AcademyHealth, American College of Healthcare Executives, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (study section member), and Office of Minority Health, DHHS.

Nancy Borkowski, DBA, FACHE, FHFMA

borkowskin5.61Nancy Borkowski, DBA, FACHE, FHFMA - Dr. Borkowski has over 20 years experience in the healthcare industry and is a two-time past recipient of the American College of Healthcare Executive’s (ACHE) Southern Florida Senior Career Healthcare Executive Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of health management excellence. Dr. Borkowski’s work has been published in the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, Leadership in Health Services, Group & Organization Management, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Health Care Management Review, Journal of Health Administration Education, Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, International Journal of Public Administration, and various other journals.

Eta Berner, EdD

EtaBernerEta Berner, EdD - Dr. Berner teaches in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program and is Director of the UAB Center for Health Informatics for Patient Safety/Quality. Her current research activities include evaluation of health informatics and health services interventions. Dr. Berner is a Fellow of both the American College of Medical Informatics and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.

She has published articles in leading journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, Academic Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. She is the editor of a book entitled Informatics Education in Healthcare: Lessons Learned as well as the book Clinical Decision Support Systems: Theory and Practice, now in its third edition. Dr. Berner has served on several national external advisory committees related to Clinical Decision Support, has been a World Health Organization consultant, has served in leadership positions at the national level in professional informatics and health professions educational organizations, and has been on advisory committees and study sections for both NIH and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Dr. Berner is currently a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association and the Journal of Healthcare Information Management.

Nathan Carroll, PhD

NathanCarroll1Nathan Carroll, PhD - Dr. Carroll's research focuses on the financial management of healthcare organizations and has been published in the American Journal of Managed Care, Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, Inquiry and the Journal of Rural Health.  He holds a Ph.D. in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, a MHA from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BS in Commerce (finance) from the University of Virginia.  He has worked in both the managed care and long-term care sectors.

Sue Feldman, RN, MEd, PhD

Sue Feldman HSASue Feldman, RN, MEd, PhD - Dr. Feldman is the Program Director of Graduate Programs in Health Informatics. Her research interests are broadly on locating value for all types of health information systems from fitness trackers to e-health Exchange, our nations health information exchange, relative to improving care and access to care for all. Much of her early work was around people with disabilities in terms of Social Security Administration disability determination and workforce reentry. In her work with the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), Dr. Feldman is also very involved with accreditation of health informatics programs across the nation. Additionally, she serves on the Health Informatics Accreditation Council and has studied and developed graduate level health informatics curriculum. As a Registered Nurse (RN) for over 30 years, she brings a unique clinical and informatics blend to everything she does, grounding policy and theoretical with practical. Dr. Feldman has published in a variety of top-tier peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, and served as program chair for several national forums. Dr. Feldman has a Masters degree in Education and a PhD in Education and also in Information Systems and Technology from Claremont Graduate University.

Allyson Hall, PhD

Allyson Hall1Allyson Hall, PhD - Dr. Hall’s broad research interests emphasize improving healthcare access and systems for vulnerable populations. Current scholarly activity focuses on reducing fragmentation within the delivery system including assessments of patient-centered medical homes and transition to primary care programs for emergency department patients. Hall has a long-standing interest in Medicaid and was an investigator on an 8-year evaluation of changes to Florida’s Medicaid program. Her work has also included studies aimed at improving health care access for individuals living with a disability.

Larry Hearld, PhD

Larry HearldLarry Hearld, PhD - Dr. Hearld is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Services Administration at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He received his doctorate in Health Services Organization and Policy from the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. He also holds an MBA (Human Resource Management) and MSA (Health Services Administration) from Central Michigan University and a B.S. (Psychology) from the University of Michigan.

Shannon Houser, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA

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Shannon Houser, PhD, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA - Dr. Houser's research interests include chronic disease prevention, health behaviors, and the impact of data collection and management on research outcomes. She is also interested in establishing and clarifying the role of HI professionals in biomedical research. Her current research activities include an epidemiological study on Reasons for the Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS), and a behavioral intervention study on Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Program (SOLUTIONS).

Amy Landry, PhD

Amy LandryAmy Landry, PhD - Dr. Landry, the Howard W. Houser Endowed Professor in Health Administration School of Health Professions, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Services Administration. Landry also serves as Director for the Master of Science in Health Administration program. She received her Ph.D. (administration-health services) from UAB in 2006. She has worked for both UAB Hospital and the UAB Health System. Prior to joining the faculty at UAB, she was a member of the Health Services Research, Management, and Policy faculty at the University of Florida. Landry's research interests include the strategic behavior of healthcare organizations, organizational performance and strategic human resources management. She received a Health Management Research Award from the American College of Healthcare Executives in 2007, and she received a research award from the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy in 2011 to study financial distress in the nursing home sector. Her research has been published in the Journal of Healthcare Management, Medical Care Research and Review, and the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

Tapan Mehta, PhD

Tapan Mehta 334x4481Tapan Mehta, PhD - Dr. Mehta’s primary research interests lie in aggregating and integrating silos of genomic, epidemiological and administrative data, to investigate interesting scientific questions, through novel applications of statistical methods and computing platforms. He is especially interested in pursuing scientific inquiry in topics related to obesity, longevity, disability, and health policy and interventions.

Bunyamin Ozaydin, PhD

Bunyamin OzaydinBunyamin Ozaydin, PhD -  Dr. Ozaydin teaches in the Master of Science in Health Informatics Program. He received a B.S. degree in Physics from Marmara University in Turkey, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from UAB. He has worked at UAB's Departments of Ophthalmology and Anesthesiology for over a decade at various roles including Database Analyst and Research Associate.

Dr. Ozaydin's research interests and prior work experience include the topics of systems modeling and analysis, database systems, data modeling, database administration, databases for clinical research, healthcare quality improvement, health information systems, artificial intelligence techniques for classification and pattern recognition, information theory, and quantum information theory.

Bunyamin serves as part of the Next Generation Leadership Group for the Society for Design and Process Science (SDPS). Before joining the Department of Health Services Administration, he has also served on Quality Improvement Committee and the Section on Quality and Patient Safety at the UAB Department of Anesthesiology.

Midge Ray, PhD, RN, CCS

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Midge Ray, PhD, RN, CCS - Dr. Ray's research has included using technology in health behavior change (tobacco cessation), safe medication use, and medication adherence in primary care practices. Dr. Ray is a subject matter expert in ICD-9-CM, CPT, ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding systems. She has over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals and been a co-author on two different manuscripts that received the Distinguished Paper Awards from American Medical Informatics Association and has published with her colleagues in numerous journals including American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Journal of American Medical Informatics Association, Journal of Health Psychology, Journal of Pharmacotherapy, and Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Ferhat Zengul, PhD

Ferhat Zengul 334x4481Ferhat Zengul, PhD - Dr. Zengul’s broad research focus is the performance of healthcare organizations with an emphasis on clinical and financial performance. He is particularly interested in applying machine learning approaches in developing predictive models to the clinical and financial performance of healthcare services. He is currently working on an SQL-based data-warehouse and data-mining infrastructure that is supported by an intramural faculty development grant.

Recently, Dr. Zengul’s proposal to develop predictive models for liver graft survival by using machine learning approaches was one of only 10 nationwide accepted for the Data Science Rotations for Advancing Discovery (RoAD-Trip) program which is operated by University of Southern California and funded by National Institutes of Health’s Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. Dr. Zengul is interested in continuing his research in predictive analytics with healthcare focus by combining his experience from RoaAD-Trip fellowship, the Clinical and Translational Science 2017 Training Program, and The National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-CORPS) South Regional Training that he has completed.