Dr. Charlesnika Evans was one of 96 researchers awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Obama on July 23, 2012. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers. It is given by a group of federal agencies and departments, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, for which Dr. Evans works at the Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital, in addition to her duties at Northwestern. Dr. Evans’s work focuses on the secondary complications of persons with spinal cord injury and disorder (SCI&D) and women with HIV. Her major research interests include the epidemiology of infectious diseases (particularly healthcare associated infections) and outcomes as related to these infections, antimicrobial prescribing and its effects on patient outcomes, and uptake of influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccinations.
Dr. Rahul Khare was invited to be a recurrent host on Chicago's own Eight Forty-eight on WBEZ. Here, Dr. Khare discusses patient-physician relationships and the interesting effects of the internet on the healthcare system:
• Improving Doctor-Patient Relationships: http://bit.ly/Mu9ET5
• Paging Dr. Google: http://bit.ly/KqIud3
Drs. Rowland Chang and Dorothy Dunlop shared an invited talk, “Physical activity in rheumatic disease: Current status and future interventions” at the Challenges in Rheumatology II: Bench to Bedside Symposium in Chicago, IL June 29, 2012.
The Chronic Disease Care and Outcomes Program hosted Dr. JoEllen Wilbur, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Rush University College of Nursing, for a series of events including a lecture at the Center for Healthcare Studies Seminar Series entitled “The Women’s Walking Program: Using Technology to Establish Treatment Fidelity” on June 28, 2012. Dr. Wilbur discussed her research in using motivational interviewing to encourage African-American women living in the Chicago area to adhere to a walking exercise program.
Dr. Elisa Gordon delivered an invited paper, “How to Improve Informed Consent for Organ Donation and Transplantation,” at a meeting of the Italian Chapter of the International Transplant Nurses Society in Milan, Italy on May 10, 2012.
AppointmentsDr. Rowland Chang
was named Senior Associate Dean for Public Health and Director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL.
Dr. Charlesnika Evans has been named to the editorial board of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine (JSCM). JSCM is the peer-reviewed official journal of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals and the American Spinal Injury Association.
Dr. Elisa Gordon has been named an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Transplantation.
Dr. Elisa Gordon is a member of the Ethics Committee of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).
Dr. Sherri LaVela was recently named the Director, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Health Services Research, at the Hines VA Health Services Research and Development Center, Hines IL.
Dr. Donna Woods has been appointed to The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Task Force to develop materials for the new examinations on patient safety and other systems-based topics for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
Dr. Rowland Chang received new funding (2012-2013) for a new study entitled “JointADventure: A Worksite Activity-Diet Intervention for Chronic Knee Pain” from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). The Joint Activity/Dietary Venture (Joint ADventure) is a pilot study of a workplace-based behavioral intervention designed to encourage participants to become more physically active and to lose weight. Researchers from Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago have begun recruiting overweight or obese workers with knee symptoms at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois. Dr. Chang is the principal investigator. Co-investigators include Drs. Linda Ehrlich-Jones and Dorothy Dunlop.
Dr. Charlesnika Evans received renewed funding (2012) for a study entitled “Women's Interagency HIV study (WIHS) Consortium/Epidemiology and Analytic Support sub-contract” from the Hektoen Institute and NIH NIAIDS. The goal of this subcontract is to provide epidemiologic and analytic support for the Chicago WIHS consortium investigators in evaluating a longitudinal cohort of women with or at-risk for HIV. Dr. Evans is the principal investigator for this project.
Dr. Charlesnika Evans received new funding (2012-2013) for a study entitled “Examining telehealth applications for evaluation of mild traumatic brain injury” from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Health Services Research & Development, Quality Enhancement Initiative. The objectives of this study are to evaluate the Department of Veterans Affairs comprehensive TBI evaluation administered through telehealth. Dr. Evans is a co-investigator for this project; Dr. Bridget Smith is the principal investigator.
Dr. Sherri LaVela received funding (2012-2013) for a research study entitled “Current Weight Management Practices for Veterans with SCI/D across the VA System of Care.” The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of current weight management practices among Veterans with chronic SCI/D. Dr. LaVela is the principal investigator for this project.
Dr. Min-Woong Sohn received new funding (2012-2016) for a study entitled “Comparative Effectiveness of Dynamic Patterns of Glucose Lowering Therapies” from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The goal of this project is to examine effectiveness of multiple drug regimens for short- and long-term outcomes of patients with Type II diabetes. Dr. Sohn is a co-investigator for this project.
Colbert CJ, Song J, Dunlop D, Chmiel JS, Hayes KW, Cahue S, Moisio KC, Chang AH, Sharma L. Knee confidence as it relates to physical function outcome in persons with or at high risk of knee osteoarthritis in the osteoarthritis initiative. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 May; 64 (5):1437-46.
Feinglass J, Shively VP, Martin GJ, Huang ME, Soriano RH, Rodriguez HE, Pearce WH, Gordon EJ. How 'preventable' are lower extremity amputations? a qualitative study of patient perceptions of precipitating factors. Disabil Rehabil. 2012 Apr 25;
Feinglass J, Song J, Semanik P, Lee J, Manheim L, Dunlop D, Chang RW. Association of functional status with changes in physical activity: insights from a behavioral intervention for participants with arthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Jan; 93 (1) :172-5.
Fischer MJ, Xie D, Jordan N, Kop WJ, Krousel-Wood M, Kurella Tamura M, Kusek JW, Ford V, Rosen LK, Strauss L, Teal VL, Yaffe K, Powe NR, Lash JP, on behalf of the CRIC Study Group Investigators. Factors Associated With Depressive Symptoms and Use of Antidepressant Medications Among Participants in the Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort (CRIC) and Hispanic-CRIC Studies. Am J Kidney Dis. 2012 Apr 10.
Gordon EJ. Informed Consent for Living Donation: A Review of Key Empirical Studies, Ethical Challenges and Future Research. Am J Transplant. 2012 May 17.
Gordon EJ. Living Organ Donors’ Stories: (Unmet) Expectations about Informed Consent, Outcomes, and Care. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2012;2(1):1-6. Symposium Editor on Living Organ Donation.
Gordon EJ, Bergeron A, McNatt G, Friedewald J, Abecassis MM, Wolf MS. Are informed consent forms for organ transplantation and donation too difficult to read?. Clin Transplant. 2012 Mar-Apr; 26 (2) :275-83.
Gordon EJ, Ladner DP, Baker T. Letter to the editor. Liver Transpl. 2012 May 29.
Gordon EJ, Reddy E, Ladner DP, Friedewald J, Abecassis MM, Ison MG. Kidney transplant candidates' understanding of increased risk donor kidneys: a qualitative study. Clin Transplant. 2012 Mar-Apr; 26 (2) :359-68.
Gupta RS, Springston EE, Smith B, Warrier MR, Pongracic J, Holl JL. Geographic Variability of Childhood Food Allergy in the United States. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 May 17.
Jay CL, Skaro AI, Ladner DP, Wang E, Lyuksemburg V, Chang Y, Xu H, Talakokkla S, Parikh N, Holl JL, Hazen GB, Abecassis MM. Comparative effectiveness of donation after cardiac death versus donation after brain death liver transplantation: Recognizing who can benefit. Liver Transpl. 2012 Jun; 18 (6) :630-40. PubMed PMID:22645057.
Lau CH, Springston EE, Sohn MW, Mason I, Gadola E, Damitz M, Gupta RS. Hand hygiene instruction decreases illness-related absenteeism in elementary schools: a prospective cohort study. BMC Pediatr. 2012 May 15; 12 (1) :52.
Lau DT, Joyce B, Clayman ML, Dy S, Ehrlich-Jones L, Emanuel L, Hauser J, Paice J, Shega JW. Hospice providers' key approaches to support informal caregivers in managing medications for patients in private residences. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2012 Jun; 43 (6) :1060-71.
LaVela SL, Evans CT, Prohaska TR, Miskevics S, Ganesh SP, Weaver FM. Males aging with a spinal cord injury: prevalence of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Jan; 93 (1) :90-5.
LaVela SL, Gering J, Schectman G, Weaver FM. Optimizing primary care telephone access and patient satisfaction. Eval Health Prof. 2012 Mar; 35 (1) :77-86.
LaVela SL, Johnson BW, Miskevics S, Weaver FM. Impact of a multicomponent support services program on informal caregivers of adults aging with disabilities. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2012; 55 (2) :160-74.
Lavela SL, Prohaska TR, Furner S, Weaver FM. Chronic diseases in male veterans with multiple sclerosis. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Feb; 9:E55..
Lee J, Dunlop D, Ehrlich-Jones L, Semanik P, Song J, Manheim L, Chang RW. Public health impact of risk factors for physical inactivity in adults with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Apr; 64 (4) :488-93.
Lee J, Song J, Hootman JM, Semanik PA, Chang RW, Sharma L, Van Horn L, Bathon JM, Eaton CB, Hochberg MC, Jackson R, Kwoh CK, Mysiw WJ, Nevitt M, Dunlop DD. Obesity and other modifiable factors for physical inactivity measured by accelerometer in adults with knee osteoarthritis: Data from the osteoarthritis initiative (OAI). Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Jun 5;
Manheim LM, Dunlop D, Song J, Semanik P, Lee J, Chang RW. Relationship between physical activity and health-related utility among knee osteoarthritis patients. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Feb 10;
Massad LS, Weber KM, Wilson TE, Goderre JL, Hessol NA, Henry D, Colie C, Strickler HD, Levine AM, Watts DH, Evans CT. Correlating knowledge of cervical cancer prevention and human papillomavirus with compliance after colposcopy referral. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2012 Apr; 16 (2) :98-105. PubMed PMID:22227841.
McHugh M, Tanabe P, McClelland M, Khare RK. More patients are triaged using the Emergency Severity Index than any other triage acuity system in the United States. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Jan; 19 (1) :106-9.
Powell ES, Khare RK, Courtney DM, Feinglass J. Lower mortality in sepsis patients admitted through the ED vs direct admission. Am J Emerg Med. 2012 Mar; 30 (3) :432-9.
Powell ES, Khare RK, Venkatesh AK, Van Roo BD, Adams JG, Reinhardt G. The relationship between inpatient discharge timing and emergency department boarding. J Emerg Med. 2012 Feb; 42 (2) :186-96.
Powell ES, Patterson BW, Venkatesh AK, Khare RK. Cost-effectiveness of a novel indication of computed tomography of the coronary arteries. Crit Pathw Cardiol. 2012 Mar; 11 (1) :20-5.
Semanik PA, Chang RW, Dunlop DD. Aerobic activity in prevention and symptom control of osteoarthritis. PM R. 2012 May; 4 (5 Suppl) :S37-44
Sohn MW, Budiman-Mak E, Oh EH, Park MS, Stuck RM, Stone NJ, Pearce WB. Obesity paradox in amputation risk among nonelderly diabetic men. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 Feb; 20 (2) :460-2.
Manheim LM, Dunlop D, Song J, Semanik P, Lee J, Chang RW. Relationship between physical activity and health-related utility among knee osteoarthritis patients. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Feb 10; PubMed PMID:22328141.
Sohn MW, Budiman-Mak E, Oh EH, Park MS, Stuck RM, Stone NJ, Pearce WB. Obesity paradox in amputation risk among nonelderly diabetic men. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2012 Feb; 20 (2) :460-2. PubMed PMID:21996669.
LaVela SL, Johnson BW, Miskevics S, Weaver FM. Impact of a multicomponent support services program on informal caregivers of adults aging with disabilities. J Gerontol Soc Work. 2012 Feb; 55 (2) :160-74. PubMed PMID:22324332.
LaVela SL, Prohaska TR, Furner S, Weaver FM. Chronic diseases in male veterans with multiple sclerosis. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012 Feb; 9:E55. PubMed PMID:22321147.
Powell ES, Khare RK, Venkatesh AK, Van Roo BD, Adams JG, Reinhardt G. The Relationship between Inpatient Discharge Timing and Emergency Department Boarding. J Emerg Med. 2012 Feb; 42 (2) :186-96. PubMed PMID:20888163.
Lee J, Dunlop D, Ehrlich-Jones L, Semanik P, Song J, Manheim L, Chang RW. The public health impact of risk factors for physical inactivity in adults with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2012 Jan 25; PubMed PMID:22278986.
Massad LS, Weber KM, Wilson TE, Goderre JL, Hessol NA, Henry D, Colie C, Strickler HD, Levine AM, Watts DH, Evans CT. Correlating Knowledge of Cervical Cancer Prevention and Human Papillomavirus With Compliance After Colposcopy Referral. J Low Genit Tract Dis. 2012 Jan 5; PubMed PMID:22227841.
Feinglass J, Song J, Semanik P, Lee J, Manheim L, Dunlop D, Chang RW. Association of functional status with changes in physical activity: insights from a behavioral intervention for participants with arthritis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Jan; 93 (1) :172-5. PubMed PMID:22200399.
McHugh M, Tanabe P, McClelland M, Khare RK. More patients are triaged using the emergency severity index than any other triage acuity system in the United States. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Jan; 19 (1) :106-9. PubMed PMID:22211429.
LaVela SL, Evans CT, Prohaska TR, Miskevics S, Ganesh SP, Weaver FM. Males aging with a spinal cord injury: prevalence of cardiovascular and metabolic conditions. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Jan; 93 (1) :90-5. PubMed PMID:22200386.
LaVela SL, Gering J, Schectman G, Weaver FM. Optimizing primary care telephone access and patient satisfaction. Evaluation & the Health Professions. 2012;35(1):77-86. PMID:
Evans ME, Kralovic SM, Simbartl LA, Obrosky DS, Hammond MC, Goldstein B, Evans CT, Roselle GA, Jain R. Prevention of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in spinal cord injury units. Am J Infect Control, in press.
Gordon EJ, Rodde J, Gil S, Caicedo JC. Quality of Internet Education About Living Kidney Donation. Progress in Transplantation. 2012; In press.
Holl JL, Oh EH, Yoo J, Amsden LB, Sohn MW. Effects of welfare and maternal work on recommended preventive care utilization among low-income children. AJPH. In print.
LaVela SL, Burns SP, Goldstein B, Miskevics S, Smith B, Weaver FM. Dysfunctional sleep in persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders. Spinal Cord. (advanced online: 17 April 2012) doi:10.1038/sc.2012.31
LaVela SL, Prohaska TR, Furner S, Weaver FM. Preventive health care use among males with Multiple Sclerosis. Public Health. In Press.
LaVela SL, Schectman G, Gering J, Locatelli SM, Gawron A, Weaver FM. Understanding health care communication preferences of Veteran primary care users. Patient Education and Counseling. In Press.
Locatelli SM, LaVela SL, Hogan TP, Kerr AN, Weaver FM. Communication and information sharing at VA Facilities during the 2009 novel H1N1 influenza pandemic. American Journal of Infection Control. 2012; In Press.
Locatelli S, Sohn MW, Spring B, Sattar H, Weaver F. Examining Factors Affecting Patient Retention in a Group Weight Management Program. Preventing Chronic Disease. In print.