Driving performance through high-value care.
Catherine MacLean, MD, PhD
Chief Value Medical Officer
Manager of Analytics
Mark Alan Fontana, PhD
Senior Data Scientist
Value Research Assistant
Value Research Assistant
Catherine MacLean, MD, PhD is the Chief Value Medical Officer at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), where she leads the development and execution of strategies to measure, report and improve healthcare value. As part of this role she directs the HSS Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care, which pulls together expertise from across the organization to rapidly develop and deploy programs, systems and tools that will fast-track the delivery of high value musculoskeletal care at HSS and beyond. She is a nationally recognized expert on healthcare quality and value with a diverse leadership experience including strategic planning, implementation and evaluation of population health, quality and value programs. She has previously served as the executive leader of quality and care management programs at Anthem/WellPoint; principal investigator on numerous academic research projects at UCLA and RAND; and as a director, chair or participant on numerous national committees and panels related to health care quality and value. She currently chairs the performance measures committee for the American College of Physicians.
Dr. MacLean obtained her MD from Washington University, St. Louis. She completed training in internal medicine at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, and in rheumatology at UCLA's Center for the Health Sciences. She obtained her PhD in health services from UCLA's School of Public Health.
Jordan Harmon, MHA, is Managing Director of the HSS Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Health at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), where he focuses on helping clinical teams deliver high value care. The center pulls together expertise from multiple departments to rapidly develop and deploy programs, systems and tools to fast-track the delivery of high value musculoskeletal care at HSS and beyond. Jordan works with interdisciplinary teams at HSS to develop these new high-value care solutions for the enterprise and the broader healthcare market. Before co-leading the center, Jordan was Senior Director of Operational Excellence, where he oversaw clinical care transformation initiatives for the hospital.
Before joining HSS, Jordan was a leader in the Faculty Group Practice (FGP) at NYU Langone Medical Center and was a management consultant with both Navigant and Huron Healthcare, working with many leading healthcare organizations throughout the country to improve operational and financial performance.
Jordan is also currently Director of Advocacy at Costs of Care, a global NGO that curates insights from clinicians to help delivery systems provide better care at lower cost. Costs of Care has received national attention and been profiled in NY Times, NEJM, and ABC News for efforts to demonstrate how over-treatment can harm patients. Jordan’s work at Costs of Care has focused on bringing cost-conscious decision making to the bedside, leading to the best possible care at the lowest cost.
Jordan holds a BA in Business Administration from Mount Union College and a MHA from The Ohio State University.
Matthew Titmuss is the Senior Director in the Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care. After a 20-year career in the printing industry serving as VP of Operations for a large national company, Matthew returned to school and received his B.A. from Fordham University and a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The CUNY Graduate Center. Matthew joined HSS in 2009 as a physical therapist and rose to Senior Director of the Acute Rehabilitation department. Since joining Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care his focus on quality outcomes and understanding the clinical operations of the hospital have enabled Matthew to take leadership role in the management and development several successful programs.
He successfully implemented the collection of patient reported outcomes on all patients at HSS as standard of care. Additionally Matthew oversees management of HSS patients who are part of the CJR bundle, implementing a program with over 30 partner nursing homes that ensures the highest quality of care is received whilst significantly reducing length of stay and variation of treatment. Matthew set up the Readmission Task force and facilitated the implementation of a program to monitor high-risk patients once they leave HSS and from this played a key role in the development of a pre-surgical risk optimization pilot program.
Matthew was the Keynote speaker at the International Arthroplasty Symposium Hospital Alvorada, São Paolo February 2016 and a Contributor to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons textbook “Post-Operative Rehabilitation” published in 2017. He co-authored “Therapeutic exercise for OA” published by the American Physical Therapy Association in 2011.
Matthew is currently enrolled “The Fundamentals of Value-Based Health Care” at Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Policy, continues to treat patients, and in his spare time enjoys to hike the White Mountains, travel to Europe and bicycle the parks of New York city with his three daughters.
Ting Pan is the Manager of Value Management Analytics at the Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care. She is a subject matter expert for real-world data including insurance claims, EHR, and patient-reported outcomes. She is responsible for designing analytics to identify opportunities to develop high value data-driven decision-making processes, to achieve day-to-day operational optimization in the hospital, and to better inform healthcare professionals on clinical decision making. Ting Pan received an MPH of Health Policy and Management with concentration in Effectiveness and Outcomes Research from Columbia University.
Dr. Fontana is a Senior Data Scientist and economist whose interests are interdisciplinary and empirical, focused on the intersection of behavioral economics, health policy, survey and experimental design, and mobile health. His work at the Center focuses on (1) collecting novel patient information (e.g. goals, presenteeism, steps), (2) leveraging machine learning and large datasets to predict patient outcomes (e.g. patient-reported outcome measure scores, complications, readmissions), and (3) evaluating consumer-facing hospital and surgeon quality rating systems. His PhD in economics is from the University of Michigan, where his dissertation investigated the pro-health impact of mobile push notifications, adaptive survey methods for measuring financial risk tolerance, and how genetic predispositions moderate the impact of cigarette tax policy. He did postdoctoral work at the University of Southern California’s Behavioral and Health Genomics Center, where his research focused on identifying genetic variants associated with behavioral phenotypes (e.g. risk-taking, depression, educational attainment), as well as supervising the design and development of a mobile platform “Ask Me” for collecting behavioral and game data. He also has a master’s in operations research from Cornell University, where he received his bachelor’s in economics and government.
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Wasif Islam is a Value Research Assistant at the Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care. He received his B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, & Developmental Biology with a concentration in Neurobiology from Yale University. His research interest mainly focuses on studying patient health outcomes in order to inform the delivery of high-value, patient-centered care. His current work explores novel health outcome such as patients’ goals, and patients’ ability to work before and after their surgery – outcomes that are meaningful to patients. His other interests are in the implementation of mobile technology in healthcare to promote patient engagement and data-driven, evidence-based clinical decision-making. Wasif is also an aspiring physician and healthcare leader and hopes to apply his current research to deliver value-based care in his own clinical practice.
Gourab serves as a Value Research Assistant at the Center for the Advancement of Value in Musculoskeletal Care. As an undergraduate, he conducted extensive basic and clinical research. He also completed an internship at Gilead Sciences Inc. where he developed business analysis tools.
Gourab is interested in the role of data in enhancing healthcare value. As a research assistant he has worked on data summarization and visualization. He is also involved in developing a residency value curriculum.
Gourab is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Biochemistry and Economics.