PCORnet Research Committee


Timothy Carey, MD, MPH

Timothy Carey Timothy Carey is the Sara Graham Kenan Professor of Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill (UNC) and co-PI of the UNC Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Dr. Carey also directed the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services research at UNC for 16 years. He has substantial clinical experience in care of patients with multiple comorbid conditions and almost 30 years’ experience as a health services researcher, with a range of experience and expertise. He has substantial expertise in comparative effectiveness research, having served as co-director of the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) for 15 years and now a senior adviser to the EPC. His CER work continues through work with PCORI, AHRQ and the CTSA program. His is former chair of the Healthcare Effectiveness and Outcomes Research study section for AHRQ, and serves on the governing board of Academyhealth, the major professional organization of health services research.


Thomas Carton, PhD

Thomas Carton Thomas W. Carton is the Director of Health Services Research at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). As Principal Investigator of the Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet), he leads a large, multi-institutional team that is establishing the informatics, regulatory, patient engagement, and recruitment infrastructure to efficiently conduct comparative effectiveness research. As the research lead for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living, the state tobacco control program, he oversees and conducts research on initiation, cessation, health disparities, policy analysis, neighborhood-level risk factors that affect tobacco use, and tobacco-related health outcomes. His related work at LPHI links clinical, behavioral, social, and environmental data to investigate the impact of social and environmental determinants on health attitudes, behaviors, and outcomes. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health, where he teaches Econometrics and advises doctoral students.


Chris Forrest, MD, PhD

Committee Chair

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Chris Forest Dr. Forrest is Professor of Pediatrics and Health Care Management at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director of the CHOP Center for Applied Clinical Research, which is devoted to advancing multi-institutional clinical and health services research in routine pediatric healthcare settings. Dr. Forrest serves as the Principal Investigator of PEDSnet, a national consortium of children’s hospitals that conducts patient-centered outcomes research among children and youth. He is the Chair of the Research Committee for PCORnet, the national clinical research network funded by PCORI. He also chairs the Steering Committee for the National Institute’s of Health (NIH) program Validation of Pediatric Patient-Reported Outcomes in Chronic Diseases (PEPR) Consortium, which evaluates patient-reported outcome measures for children with chronic conditions. Dr. Forrest received his BA and MD degrees from Boston University and completed his PhD in Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.


Adrian F. Hernandez, MD, MHS, FAHA

Adrian HernandezDr. Hernandez, Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, is a cardiologist with extensive experience in clinical research ranging from clinical trials to outcomes and health services research.  He is the Faculty Associate Director of the Duke Clinical Research Institute and Director of the Health Services and Outcomes Research Domain. He has led several research grants funded to address issues in clinical care, health policy, quality of care, and outcomes. He is the Coordinating Center Principal Investigator of multiple large studies and networks including the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Heart Failure Research Network, PCORI’s PCORNet and the NIH’s Collaboratory. A central aim of these networks is to transform clinical research uniting patients, clinicians, health systems and electronic health data to establish national systems of evidence generation to improve population health and decision making.

Dr. Hernandez has over 300 published articles in high-tier journals on cardiovascular outcomes including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Lancet. He is an Associate Editor for JAMA Cardiology and serves on the leadership of several national committees for professional societies such as the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology. He has been recognized for his research through numerous awards and was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation in 2012. He has mentored over 30 students, residents, fellows and faculty and has been a recipient of the Robert M. Califf Mentorship Award.


Jeffrey Krischer, PhD

Jeffrey KrischerJeffrey Krischer is Professor and Chief of the Division of Bioinformatics and Statistics, and Director of the Health Informatics Institute of the University of South Florida, College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. He has a long-standing interest in the design, implementation and analysis of clinical trials in rare diseases. In 2003 and again in 2009 and 2014, Dr. Krischer’s office was selected to be the Data Management and Coordinating Center for the Rare Disease Clinical Research Network funded by the Office of Rare Diseases Research, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), NIH. The data management for this international study group is entirely web-based and supports a network of 22 clinical consortia that extends to more than 200 clinical sites worldwide and over 100 studies in 200+ rare diseases.

Dr. Krischer received his Ph. D. from Harvard University. His current research focuses primarily on the design, conduct and analysis of multi-institutional clinical trials, the epidemiology of autoimmune disorders, rare diseases and cancer control. Dr. Krischer is the author of more than 300 scientific papers.


Barbara Kroner, PhD

Barbara KronerBarbara Kroner is an epidemiologist with RTI International and a Co-PI of the Rare Epilepsy Network PPRN under PCORnet. She is also the PI of a CDC grant that is evaluating pediatric epilepsy care in Washington, DC, an NHLBI data coordinating center that is studying thoracic aortic disease in patients with rare syndromes, such as Marfan and Turner, and an NIH grant to develop a wearable seizure alert device for use in the home. She serves on the PCORnet Research Committee as both a researcher and a patient advocate, having a daughter with a rare epilepsy syndrome called Aicardi syndrome. Finally, she is on the Board of the Epilepsy Leadership Council, a group of lay, professional and government organizations that advocate for epilepsy funding, research and awareness, and a member of the Professional Advisory Board for the national Epilepsy Foundation.


Marleah Dean Kruzel, PhD

Marleah Dean KruzelMarleah Dean Kruzel, PhD is an Assistant Professor in Health Communication for the Department of Communication and a courtesy faculty for the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida. Dr. Dean Kruzel’s research focuses on utilizing patient-centered communication as a tool to enhance relationships between healthcare providers, patients, and their families and improve patient health outcomes. Her current research examines individuals who are highly predisposed to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer due to the genetic mutation BRCA but have not been diagnosed with cancer. A BRCA2-positive patient herself, Dr. Dean Kruzel volunteers for FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered, Inc.) and serves as a co-investigator on a R01-funded study ABOUT—American BRCA Outcomes and Utilization of Testing.


James McClay, MD, MS, FACEP

James “Jim” McClay, an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Chair of the Biomedical Informatics graduate program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), is the Greater Plains Collaborative (GPC) Clinical Data Research Network (CDRN) co-principal investigator. Dr. McClay established the graduate degree program in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Nebraska where he develops curriculum and mentors doctoral candidates. He is the director of the Clinical Research Data Warehouse at UNMC. Following completion of a research fellowship in medical informatics at Harvard Medical School in the early 1990s, Dr. McClay was informatics director for a large physician practice and consulted with healthcare information technology companies before joining the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 2001. He has led multiple collaborations developing innovative methods for the capture, encoding, and reuse of clinical data to improve the quality and safety of health care. Dr. McClay is an internationally recognized health information technology (HIT) standards developer chairing a Health Level Seven (HL7) International workgroup. Nationally, Dr. McClay serves on committees and tasks forces of the American College of Emergency Physicians as a Fellow. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, where he serves on the scientific program committee, and is a practicing clinician at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.


Andy Nierenberg, MD

Andy NierenbergDr. Nierenberg holds the Thomas P. Hackett, MD, Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at MGH, and is the Director of the Bipolar Research Program, and Associate Director of the Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). His academic appointment is Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and has published over 430 papers. He has received numerous awards including the Brain and Behavior Foundation Colvin Prize for outstanding achievement in mood disorders research. Dr. Nierenberg lectures nationally and internationally, teaches and supervises clinicians and researchers, maintains an active clinical practice, conducts clinical trials, consults to industry, and is on the editorial boards of multiple psychiatric journals.


Harold Pincus, MD

Harold PincusProfessor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Director of Quality and Outcomes Research at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and co-director of Columbia’s Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Pincus also serves as a senior scientist at the RAND Corporation. He is the national director of the Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program (funded by Atlantic Philanthropies and the John A. Hartford Foundation), and directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s national program on Depression in Primary Care and the John A. Hartford Foundation’s national program on Building Interdisciplinary Geriatric Research Centers. He has authored or co-authored more than 350 scientific publications on health services research, science policy, research career development and the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. He was the founding chair of the NIH/NCATS Evaluation Key Function Committee for Clinical and Translational Science Awards and co-chairs the WHO/ICD 11 Technical Advisory Group on Quality and Patient Safety, and National Quality Forum Behavioral Health Standing Committee. He also co-chairs the Advisory Committee for the PCORI-funded New York City Clinical Data Research Network and was recently appointed Co-Chair of the Measurement Application Partnership which is charged to review all quality measures under the Affordable Care Act.


Mark J. Pletcher, MD, MPH 

Mark J. PletcherMark Pletcher, a clinical epidemiologist and general internal medicine physician on the faculty at the University of California, San Francisco, is the principal investigator of the Health eHeart Alliance, PCORnet’s patient-powered research network dedicated to cardiovascular health. His research focuses on prevention of cardiovascular disease, and he has particular interests in use of emerging technology to improve health, early life causes of atherosclerosis, primordial and primary coronary heart disease and stroke prevention, clinical decision-making regarding use of preventive medications (particularly statins and anti-hypertensive medications), screening for subclinical cardiovascular disease, and clinical trials.


Véronique Roger, MD, MPH 

Véronique RogerVéronique L. Roger, M.D., MPH, a graduate of the Paris, France Medical School and the Minnesota School of Public Health, is the Elizabeth C. Lane and Nadine M. Zimmerman Professor of Internal Medicine, and Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. She is a cardiologist, epidemiologist, and outcomes researcher. Her research program focuses on the occurrence and outcomes of cardiovascular diseases and has been continuously funded by NIH since 1996. It is linked within the internationally recognized Rochester Epidemiology Project.

Dr. Roger serves in several leadership roles within Mayo Clinic. She is a member of the Mayo Clinic Board of Governors and Board of Trustees, and serves as the Director of the Mayo Clinic, Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science in Health Care Delivery. In this role, Dr. Roger oversees several initiatives relevant to the research use of clinical data. The Rochester Epidemiology Project (funded by NIH) has used clinical data for research in the community for more than 60 years. The High Value Health Care Collaborative1 and Optum labs2 are multicenter partnerships housed in the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery that foster the research use of clinical data in the electronic health record environment.

Nationally, Dr. Roger serves on committees and task forces of the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health, where she is a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Advisory Council. Dr Roger is a member of the Association of American Physicians.

Last updated on March 20, 2018