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Thomas Valley, MD

Faculty

Tom Valley is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan. He received his undergraduate degrees in history and chemistry from Emory University, and his medical degree from the University of Miami. He completed his internal medicine residency and chief residency at the University of Texas-Southwestern/Parkland Memorial Hospital.

Last Name: 
Valley

Julie Wright Nunes, MD, MPH

Faculty

Julie Wright Nunes is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Department of Internal Medicine. Her research interests include Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and its prevention and also the development of methods and tools to help facilitate and optimize provider-directed CKD patient education.

Last Name: 
Wright Nunes

Chithra Perumalswami, MD, MSc

Fellow

Chithra Perumalswami is a general internist and palliative care specialist. After training at the University of Michigan for undergraduate (English and Cellular and Molecular Biology) and graduate school (medical school & residency), she worked at Northwestern University as a clinician educator in hospital medicine. During that time, she trained in hospice and palliative medicine and also worked on several local and statewide quality improvement initiatives.

Last Name: 
Perumalswami

Emily Sippola, BA

Research Associate

Emily joined CBSSM as a Research Associate in 2018 after a circuitous journey in social science research from academia to industry and back. She has worked with mental health research at the Institute for Social Research, medical education and health disparities at UM Medical School’s Global REACH, and spent more than a decade supporting pharmaceutical quantitative and qualitative survey research. Emily works with Dr.

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Sippola

Funded by National Institute of Health (NIH), National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

SPECIFIC AIMS : 1) Develop a re-organized model of peri-procedural anticoagulation care within six diverse healthcare centers using health systems engineering methods; 2) Develop an implementation strategy for a re- organized model of peri-procedural anticoagulation management of atrial fibrillation patients within a diverse group of healthcare centers; and 3) Perform a single-center pilot study of implementing a re-organized peri- procedural anticoagulation delivery model emphasizing improved intra-organizational provider coordination and communication. RESEARCH PLAN: To accomplish these aims, Dr. Barnes will perform direct observations and semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders to develop and then optimize a work flow model for evidence-based peri- procedural anticoagulation management. He will then use stakeholder semi-structured interviews to develop an implementation strategy for re-organizing per-procedural anticoagulation management. Finally, he will perform a single center pilot study where the re-organized anticoagulation strategy is implemented to assess feasibility, acceptability and efficacy. This study will inform a future multi-center implementation study.

PI: Geoff Barnes, MD, MSc

Funded by NIH - National Institute Of Nursing Research

The project aims are 1) To develop a tailored web-based decision support intervention to prepare stroke surrogates to make decisions on use of life sustaining treatments; and 2) To pilot test the tailored decision support intervention in surrogate decision makers of hospitalized stroke patients. Key features of the tool will include an advanced statistical prognostic calculator that presents customized outcome data in a tailored and accessible fashion; an exercise to assist the surrogate in clarifying values most important to the patient, and questions to ask the health care team to empower surrogates to communicate more effectively. Information obtained in this R21 is critically important to the development of a novel tool that can be tested in a future definitive R01 study in order to better match treatment plans to patient wishes, reduce adverse outcomes among surrogates, and limit unwanted variability in end-of life treatment.

PI: Darin Zahuranec, MD

Funded by NIH - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

The central hypothesis of this study is that early patient CKD education combined with health coach support will improve patient behaviors aligned with blood pressure control by increasing patient knowledge, self-efficacy, and motivation. These in turn will lead to optimal health behaviors and improved blood pressure control. The long-term goal of this research is to develop, test, and disseminate sustainable patient-centric education and coaching support interventions to improve quality and outcomes in CKD. The objective of this proposal is to test the impact of a pilot-tested, provider-delivered patient education tool, followed with health coaching focused on blood pressure control. A cluster-randomized controlled trial will compare outcomes in patients with CKD stages 3-5 between intervention and control groups in primary care settings. Continuous quality improvement and systems methodologies will be used to optimize resource neutrality and identify how to leverage existing technology and resources to support implementation and future dissemination. Involving local partners from a state-wide primary care practice-based research network will support future transferability and uptake into community settings.

PI: Julie Wright Nunes, MD, MPH

Stephanie Kukora, MD

Faculty

Dr. Stephanie Kukora is a clinical lecturer in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.  She completed pediatric bioethics training through the Kansas City Children’s Hospital, under the instruction of Drs.

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Last Name: 
Kukora

Submit Your Paper for Consideration in the ASBH Student Paper Competition

If you are a student who would like to be considered for the Student Paper Award, please send your paper to the ASBH office in an electronic format (Word or PDF) to candersen@asbh.org, with “ASBH Student Paper Competition” in the subject line.  All papers need to be received at the ASBH office by July 15, 2013 to be considered.    The Awards Committee will review and rank all submissions.  The top three papers will be placed in a special session at the Annual Meeting, and one winner will be chosen at the meeting by the Awards Committee. The award will be presented during the Members’ meeting.

All papers will be assessed anonymously.  Do not include identifying information in your paper submissions, such as title pages with your name. Previous winners are not eligible for consideration. Eligible papers should be no more than 3500 words in length. A student is defined as one who is actively pursuing an advanced degree and has not received a doctoral-level degree (e.g., MD, PhD, JD or equivalent degree). Authors who are not students according to the definition above are not eligible for the Student Paper Award. Coauthored papers are eligible only if all authors are students.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the ASBH office at: info@asbh.org

Thank you,
 
American Society for Bioethics + Humanities (ASBH)
Phone: 847-375-4745

www.asbh.org

 

Michael Fetters, MD, MPH, MA

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