Healthcare Research Institute Overview

Program Mission

The mission of the Healthcare Research Institute is to investigate rigorously the delivery of care to patients with musculoskeletal conditions with the goal of continually improving treatment outcomes.

Program Goals

Using innovative methodologies for data management and analysis, the patient-focused clinical research of the Healthcare Research Institute will:

  • Define value of musculoskeletal care
  • Quantify optimal care pathways
  • Compare treatments effectiveness
  • Evaluate the musculoskeletal care delivery system for inefficiencies
  • Transform standards of measurement of treatment effect

Research Programs

Seven Research Programs currently define the Institute’s areas of research focus:

Quality Research Center
Directed by Steven Magid, MD, this program focuses on peri-operative safety.

Health Services
Directed by Stephen Lyman, PhD, this program focuses on the evaluation of care delivery from a systems perspective, especially access and quality of care in musculoskeletal health. A particular area of interest in this program is specialization, including whether specialization by physicians improves care and which procedures (if any) should be performed by specialists.

Directed by Cathy MacLean, MD, PhD, this program aims to determine the value of musculoskeletal care with an eye on combining the patient, physician, and hospital perspectives.

Cost Effectiveness
Directed by Hassan Ghomrawi, PhD, MPH, this program evaluates the cost effectiveness of musculoskeletal treatment options including implant design choice and surgical approach.

Comparative Effectiveness
Directed by Al Mushlin, MD, this program focuses on research that compares one treatment to another to determine the best option for a specific patient. Specific areas of interest in this program include differences in implant survival and functional improvements after orthopedic procedures.

Health Disparities
Directed by Michael Parks, MD, this program is concerned with disparities in access and quality of care available to vulnerable patient populations including women, minorities, and the elderly.

Outcomes Measurement
Directed by Carol Mancuso, MD, this program focuses on the development of new patient outcome measurements and leveraging emerging technologies.


Research Faculty

Catherine MacLean, MD, PhD
Alvin Mushlin, MD, MSc

Associate Scientists
Carol Mancuso, MD
Matthew Koff, PhD

Assistant Scientist
Hassan Ghomrawi, PhD, MPH

Scott DeNegre, PhD
Jayme Burket, PhD

Clinical Faculty
Vivian Bykerk, MD
Michael Cross, MD
Aaron Daluiski, MD
Emily Dodwell, MD, MSc
Scott Ellis, MD
Susan Goodman, MD
Steven Magid, MD
Robert Marx, MD, MSc
Michael Parks, MD